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Viking Rinda Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Viking Rinda Cruise Review by lov2smile

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Europe River

We had a wonderful time on our trip to London and Paris. Our glass is always half full.

However there is something you need to know about the Viking Cruise ship Rinda.

Viking advertised (and continues to advertise) "Paris to Normandy". We received an e-mail advising us of a dock change 3 days before sailing. The explanation for the change in the docking location was that a permit from the French government for the Rinda to use the Paris docking location had not yet been received. Later in the week we were told by the Program Director, this Viking Ship cannot dock in Paris because it is too big to pass under the bridges in Paris. Viking Cruise line knew this at least as far back as March 2015, (As posted by Tipsy Girl) but continues to sell "PARIS to Normandy". Instead we dock about an hour's bus ride away from Paris in a town called La Pecq. I guess La Pecq wouldn't market as well.

This was a huge disappointment because we had planned our trip around the time we would have with three full days docked in Paris, to explore the city and return to the ship to eat or rest between visits.

Our itinerary was considerably modified due to the new docking location and the optional tours of the Louvre and Versailles were both scheduled for our last cruise day, These tours were originally scheduled for different days, exhausting having both tours in one day.

According to Typsy Girl, a similar situation in April 2014 took place on the Viking Forseti in Bordeaux. The ship had not yet received a permit from the French government to go under a specific bridge on the cruise route, so their itinerary was modified.

We were also scheduled to dock at Con Flans but instead we had to bus from La Pecq to get there as well. There were other River Cruise ships docked at Con Flans, but for some reason Viking decided not to dock there.

Viking reserves the right to change ports without notification. A change is one thing, but Viking never intended to dock in Paris in the first place. This was very deceitful and I would not recommend Viking for any future cruises.

As for the rest of the cruise...Yes, the entire staff were terrific, the food was good and seeing Normandy was very emotional. In spite of it all....We had a wonderful time!


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Cabin Review

Cabin Balcony 221

Nice cabin, however, in La Pecq we were facing the parking lot and on other stops the view was obstructed because we were next to another ship. these river boats park right up against each other...which means to disembark, you need to cross through the neighboring ship. Kinda funny, but I don't think I would pay extra for the balcony because it has limited use


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