Southern France

Viking Buri Cruise Review to Europe

Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 7

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
7 Night Portraits Of Southern France (Chalon To Avignon)
Sail Date: October 11, 2015
Ship: Viking Buri
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 309
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

The Viking boat experience itself was exceptional.  Though some were exceptional (Avignon) the onshore excursions guides were somewhat disappointing  in comparison to our previous cruise.  Of particular note here was Arles, which was the optional included tour supposedly concentrating  on Van Gogh. Our guide literally picked up postcards from a kiosk rack and said well he painted this here and that there, etc.  Others abandoned the tour but we stuck with it thinking it had to get better.Having previously visited Arles and loved it we played up the visit to our friends.  After that tour they questioned our advice on the visit. The food though was even better that our previous trip.   The Viking employees were all great, especially our server Robert in the dining area. Our Nice extension guide was also exceptional and made that part of the visit.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We sat in the same place for meals just to have Robert as our server. Our chef helped to make the experience wonderful. On our previous cruise the chef was not evident and on this trip she was there every days and most anxious to please. Some of our fellow travelers had just been on a northern route and some of the meals were the same and they noted that this was even better.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Eat every meal. The food is exceptional. Had planned on several meals off the boat but the food was so good we could not resist being back at the boat. Skip the Arles tour or at least express some concern before signing up.

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