Viking Rinda Cruise Review to Europe

Contributor Level: Third Mate

4-6 cruises


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2 out of 5

False advertizing - not Paris roundtrip

Sail Date: September 07, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 301

This cruise was advertised as Paris roundtrip but the dock in Paris was actually over 10 miles from Paris in an industrial area of Le Pecq. Thus the three nights advertised for being docked in Paris were not delivered and the cruise line knew this well in advance and did not inform the passengers. The actual cruising was not too bad but there was too little of it There were several very good stops (Giverney, Rouen and Normandy).Food was good but not great. Staff was quite good. Staterooms were very cramped. Value was very poor. Dealing with the Viking office here in US regarding the changed docking location near Paris was dismal and uncooperative. Don't take this cruise until they live up to advertizingAngry

Cabin / Stateroom
Cabin which was the highest level veranda stateroom (most expensive) was located where the gangway was placed at each stop so we never had any privacy and it was also very noisy when docking and even when docked so we were awakened by it several times
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Food and Dining
Vernon, France
Monet gardens were fantastic but be prepared to share it with lots of others as it is one of the most visited spots in France
Rouen, France
Read up on Joan of arc in advance - very good stop
Rouen (Normandy Beaches), France
be prepared for over two hour coach ride to get there and a mass production, poor quality lunch but the trip is still very well worth it
Les Andelys, France
Castle of Richard 2 is excellent but spending the whole day there was more time than needed
Conflans Ste Honorine, France
Paris, France
Tour of Paris at night is long and has only one highlight - sparkles of the Eiffel Tower. If they had docked in Paris - could have walked there


Ship is fine but quite modest. Staff works hard and tour director was very good. Cabins are quite cramped but this might be normal for river cruises. No on deck activities scheduled just coach tours. Everything seemed to be extra and wine/ beer provided with meals was of low quality.

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