Hometown: Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Joined: 09/21/2015
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Viking Heimdal

August 2017 - Viking Heimdal to River Cruises - Europe

lovely vacation

Over all it was a wonderful experience. The few glitches we encountered were resolved for the most part. We really enjoyed the ship. Couldn't have had better service and food. We did have the add on of 3 nights in Paris. The city tour was good. Spend a lot of time in Notre Dame, which was good. Would have liked to go through Montmartre, though. Would have liked a photo stop in front of the Louvre and Arch d'triumph.

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Grandeur of the Seas

September 2015 - Grandeur of the Seas to Bermuda

bermuda excursion

The ship was nice, but not as nice as the Princess one we traveled on last year. The food and food service were excellent. They promoted the casino so much that it got annoying. Several things were charged for,  like ice cream. Internet was ridiculously expensive. Other ships had charges for 15-30 minutes, but on this one, the only choice was $20 a day. The excursions were expensive, so we booked one through Cruises only, and got a better excursion for 20% less. Luggage handling was very rough. They broke two things in my luggage which were in a padded area, including a bottle of detergent, which ruined things nearby. I've never had that happen before. The entertainment shows were very good,and varied,  but they only had one small group worth listening to, and there was no easy listening music in the bars until 9 p.m. Would have liked some introduction to the area we were visiting that wasn't just a promotion of their excursions. All in all, it was a relaxing time, and our cabin was just great. More storage space than we needed, and we really enjoyed our veranda.Cabin service was excellent.

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Lyon, France - The city tour was ok. I loved the old town and would have like to spend more time there. because of our walking problems, we always tried to take the tour bus back to the ship rather than trying to find our own way. The beaujoulais excursion was really good. Our guild was very knowledgeable and made the trip a lot of fun. Had plenty of time to explore everything.
Tournon, France - Went on a train ride for the excursion. It was ok. Not a whole lot to see, except mountainous territory. Only had time at the top for a quick bathroom break, but there wasn't much to see anyway. It was nice to do something different, and we needed a break from walking through towns.
Avignon, France - Cooking class excursion was mediocre. They made a bread and some cream puffs. I had expected a dish of some kind with a sauce or something. The lunch was mediocre. Appetizer and dessert were ok, but the main dish was broiled cod, which was very undercooked and had an off taste. Very few people ate it. The visits to shops and walk around the city were good. The tour of Arles was interesting with the Roman ruins, but we had expected more about VanGogh. We would have liked to explore on our own, but there was too much walking to get back to the bus
Vienne, France - We were on the gentle tour. They really paid attention to walking problems. The city was really interesting. We did have a little time to explore the market place, but not much. Martine, our guide, was the same one we had in Lyon. She was very good and know her Roman history very well.
Baltimore, Maryland - Loved being in the Inner Harbor, but be prepared to pay a lot for your hotel.

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