Normandy Cruise – 2009

Flights to Cincinnati and Home to Memphis

November 7 – 15, 2009

Part I:  Memphis to Paris, Viking Ship Seine

Part 5: Conflans and Tour of Market

Part 2: D-Day Beaches on Normandy

Part 6: Paris and Visit to Napoleon’s Tomb

Part 3: Scenic Coastal Town of Honfleur

Part 7: Flights to Cincinnati and Memphis

Part 4: Rouen and Les Andelys

Link to Travelogue about 2001 France Cruise

 -  Updated Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010


About 35 trip photos mainly taken by Betty Nolan are posted at in an album entitled “2009 – France” under member name of Lewis “Buzz” Nolan’s email address. Email for instructions on how to access. Note: captions were being added to photos in late 2009.


November 15, 2009, Sunday – Paris to Memphis


Passengers deboarding and heading to the Paris Airport on a chartered bus were served a complimentary breakfast of light sandwiches, sweets and coffee in the boat’s lounge at 5:15 a.m. We got to the airport through fairly heavy traffic on time and found the Delta flight to Cincinnati to be not quite full but our tourist-class seats to be cramped. We took off for the 9-hour flight at 9:15 a.m. and got into Cincinnati a little early due to tail winds.


We had time before the connection to Memphis on another Delta flight to eat an early supper again at Moe’s – where we had a tasty meal on the way out. But this time we were surprised at the charge of $9 for a large glass of ice flavored with a bit of tequila and margarita mix. However, the find - chunks of grilled chicken on a salad - was OK. I wrote a letter of complaint to the restaurant’s home office but never did hear anything back.


The taxi ride from the Memphis Airport to our home cost $27 including tip. We got home at 6:30 p.m. after nearly 20 hours of traveling. Once we got the luggage inside, I emailed a few friends and family members about our “home safe” status. We had a very good trip and would like to revisit France again.


The only unsatisfactory thing to report was the handling of my email to Viking about a subsequent marketing brochure I received.


I wrote that, “Kindly remove me from your email and other lists. I responded with measured enthusiasm about today's email from you over a supposed "sensational" sale for spring. But my regular travel agent checked it out and reported my preferred dates in May were already sold out - an outrageous happening given that I just got your email. Worse, I found the "bargain prices" were in reality misleading and the total cost would be about $9,000 - hardly a bargain. FYI, we did enjoy your Seine trip in November. I think your marketing copy writers are now pushing the envelope way beyond credibility, the reason I want off your list. Sincerely, Lewis Nolan.”


The response I received was an unsigned email that said, “Thank you for your recent request. We have processed your request. Please allow six to eight weeks for all direct mailings to cease. Best regards, Viking River Cruises.


For what it’s worth, I forwarded that terse note to my Gulliver’s Travel agent (whom we’ve found to be a terrific professional and always forthright with us) and was told the email exchange between me and Viking got a good laugh in the office.


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