Our Viking cruise began on a Saturday evening in Bordeaux. We arrived on our tour bus finishing up the pre-cruise tour. A Viking rep came out to the bus, greeted us and walked us inside. We were told not to worry about our luggage. There was a short line to check in, and then we were walked to our stateroom…. Compared to ocean cruising this was all a nice touch.
One of the first on board activities of the cruise was meeting with the cruise director Suzie. She welcomed us and gave us a rundown of things. The head chef came out and told us about dinner…. He, of course, had some recommendations….
Dinner on the river cruise was group dining. The smallest tables I recall seated 6. We were part of a party of 5, but we found a lone cruiser and joined him. There were perhaps 3 options of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Comparing it with our typical Norwegian Ocean cruise, there were fewer options…. but the food was great and free house wines were liberally provided…
After dinner, we had our first “excursion.” We had a night time walking tour of some of the sights close to the ship.
Sunday morning, day 2, we cruised from Bordeaux to Cadillac. We enjoyed breakfast and then a stroll on the top deck for awhile during the cruise. Breakfast had a buffet of nice choices, including made to order eggs. Pancakes and French Toast could be ordered from a waiter… This was a nice touch compared to the bigger buffets on the ocean cruises where pancakes and french toast sit out….. That afternoon we had a walking tour of the sights of Cadillac and then a trip to a vineyard for some wine tasting…. Sorry that I cannot recall the name of the vineyard… I am not a wine connoisseur. I recall that it was a sweet red wine. It was very good, and very expensive…. 🙂
After the wine tasting and the return to the ship we sailed back to Bordeaux.
On Monday morning, in Bordeaux, I got up early and went for an exploratory run:
After breakfast we had a bus and walking tour of Bordeaux. On this we wandered a little farther from the ship.
We were left in the shopping area to explore on our own. Cheryl (my wife) had come down with a cold, and had stayed on the ship however, so my exploring was figuring out cold medicine in a french pharmacie.. I confess, though that I did make a quick side trip into a little chocolate store and bought 3 little yummy somethings…. Back to the ship and we enjoyed lunch and sailing to our next port.
Tuesday, Day 4 found is in Libourne where had another walking tour –
Libourne was an enjoyable little village…. there was a town square with vendors selling their goods. We were free to wander for some time and we found the cute little fountain.
From there they bused us to St. Emelion, were we explored another marvelous old village.