False advertizing - not Paris roundtrip

Viking Rinda Cruise Review to Europe


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

2.0 out of 5
7 Night Paris And The Heart Of Normandy (Paris Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 07, 2015
Ship: Viking Rinda
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 301
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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

Food and Dining

3 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

1 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
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

Ship Tip

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.

5 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
Read up on Joan of arc in advance - very good stop
3 out of 5
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
5 out of 5
Castle of Richard 2 is excellent but spending the whole day there was more time than needed
1 out of 5
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
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