Châteaux, Rivers & Wine – My First River Cruise Experience

Bordeaux. Finally we are in Bordeaux. The bus ride was not terrible, but its still a bus ride! We made a couple of "convenience" stops so that folks could stretch their legs, get a coffee or snack, or whatever. But eventually we pulled into the dock at Bordeaux. River cruise docks are not ocean cruise [...]

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My First River Cruise Experience…Pre-Cruise Extension

So after our amazing dinner last night, way too much wine and a good nights sleep, I was up at 6am to go to the gym (not because I am that good about going to the gym, just trying to mitigate the damage I knew I would do on the cruise!).  However, the gym at [...]

My First River Cruise Experience – Getting There and Paris

Châteaux, Rivers & Wine.  This is the theme of my first ever river cruise.  This came about because my mother really wanted to do this cruise and I was lucky enough to be able to tag along. First the details:  This was on Viking River cruises, starting in Bordeaux cruising to Cadillac, Libourne, Bourg & [...]

Freedom in the Med…Nice Nice

Today we were in Nice, more specifically Villefranche-Sur-Mer.  This port is not big enough for the large cruise ships to dock, so Freedom has to drop anchor offshore and we all have to "tender" to the dock.  The tender boats are the property of the local port and not the cruise line so they are [...]

Freedom in the Med…Marvelous Marseille!

After a yummy dinner at Chops, we were up bright and early (some of us were less bright than others, but we were all at least up!) to meet our tour: Aix on Your Own.  I booked this though Royal Caribbean.  I NEVER book through the cruise ship as I can always find better tours [...]