TravelPulse Canada On A Viking River Cruise: “It’s Simply So Straightforward”

There are a lot of methods to journey, however I feel this river cruise factor has me hooked.

It’s simply so rattling straightforward. My cruise companion and I arrived in Paris on Sunday morning, have been met by Viking representatives on the airport, had a cushty switch and arrived on the Viking Fjorgyn docked on the Seine with the enduring Eiffel Tower because the backdrop.


A cushty balcony stateroom on the Viking Fjorgyn.

In lower than 5 minutes we have been checked in to our stateroom (at 11:30 am), and our baggage have been delivered.

A beautiful first impression to make certain. And whenever you add to that effectivity the nice and cozy welcome of crew members and the calming, embracing attraction of the Viking longship’s Scandinavian décor, it was as nice a begin to a visit as we’ve ever skilled.

Drained however energized by the fun of being in one of many world’s nice cities, we walked off the Fjorgyn and into an unseasonably heat November day. Parisians by the 1000’s have been out seizing the day — jogging, strolling, figuring out below bridges and customarily trying fabulous.

Viking Fjoygyn river ship decor
The Scandinavian decor on Viking’s river ships is heat and welcoming.

After cocktails and a scrumptious dinner, we loved a mixture of opera arias and Parisian favourites from a four-piece piano, accordion, soprano and baritone quartet. It was the right finish to a primary day within the Metropolis of Lights.

Day 2 supplied a welcome full day in Paris, earlier than an early night departure. We selected an included morning panoramic tour by coach, which oriented us to key sights on each the precise and left banks of the Seine.

We stopped first at Notre Dame, the place work continues with hope that the medieval cathedral that burned in a catastrophic 2019 fireplace might be restored in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024. A second cease delivered a postcard-quality photograph alternative of the Eiffel Tower.

A day elective tour introduced us nearer to Parisian life. A gaggle of a dozen – together with an 89-year-old lady — adopted a Viking information into the Paris Metro for a visit to Montmartre, a 130 metre hill topped by a small village, which additionally offers its title to the encompassing proper financial institution district.

A funicular took us to the highest of Montmartre, the place we toured the spectacular Basilica of the Sacred Coronary heart of Paris, earlier than wandering via the village made well-known by the presence of a number of the biggest artists of the early Twentieth-century, together with Picasso, Renoir, Pissarro, Mondrian and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Sacre Coeur basilica Paris
Inside of the Basilica of the Sacred Coronary heart of Paris.

Letting visitors journey in a bunch on the Paris Metro is a little bit of a daring transfer for Viking. Managing tour teams is all the time a bit like herding cats, and it will be straightforward to mislay a visitor or two on the crowded subway. However one other factor I’m studying via successive river journeys is that loved the expertise.

Fellow visitors are one other spotlight of the river cruise expertise. In our expertise, they’re considerate individuals who love assembly new pals as a lot as seeing new locations. We’ve shared meals with a number of totally different teams already on this cruise, and the dialog has all the time been wide-ranging and stimulating.

Viking Fjorgyn French cuisine.
A ‘Style of France’ dinner on Viking Fjorgyn featured native specialties.

Again onboard after a beautiful Parisian sojourn, it was cocktail hour once more, with a sail-away champagne toast adopted by a nice meal that includes French specialties like a wonderfully executed goat cheese soufflé, chateaubriand and a hazelnut chocolate tart. Magnifique!

After the intense lights and massive metropolis, Day 3 of the cruise promised a really totally different expertise, with two stops at small Medieval villages.

Viking excursion to Montmartre
Viking group travels to Montmartre on the Paris Metro.

A few notes on the Viking expertise. The road with the most important river cruise fleet on this planet has clearly created and honed a crowd-pleasing product. The general public we’ve met onboard are veteran Viking cruisers, many with a number of river journeys below their belt, and an excellent quantity who’ve sailed with the corporate’s ocean fleet as properly.

They’re fiercely loyal, although fairly a couple of have tried different manufacturers previously. As one visitor instructed me: “Viking river cruises are persistently wonderful. While you discover a firm that delivers on its guarantees each time, it simply is sensible to maintain utilizing them.”

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