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a video tour of our viking delling stateroom!

Viking Delling bell

After months of trying to curate the hundreds of photos we took, I am finally going to write about our cruise.

As you know, a Viking River Cruise was on our bucket list for a very long time. So, we were beyond thrilled when Viking invited us on their Portraits of Southern France cruise in April.

I know Viking tops many of your bucket lists, too, so I’m excited to whet your appetite and encourage you to book your cruise. You will love it.

In honor of Bastille Day on Tuesday, I’m planning to devote next week to our wonderful cruise. (Ha ha! Notice how I procrastinated long enough to make this seem intentional!)

I’m going to start off today, though, with this little video Michael and I made to show you our beautiful stateroom on the Viking Delling.

The Delling is an awesome Longship which features 95 staterooms. We had a veranda stateroom on the Upper Deck, which we loved but, honestly, I can’t imagine there’s a bad room. Unlike on ocean cruise ships, every room faces outside.

I’m going to try to tell you everything you need to know but if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Meanwhile, without further ado, let me welcome you to the place we were happy to call home for one way-too-short week.


P.S. If you like the video, let me know and I’ll do more. If you don’t, well, remember what your mother always said 🙂


  1. A cruise is one of the things I would love to do someday and yes, Vikings is in my bucket list. I like the video!

  2. I love that everyone could have a great view of the scenery because every room faced outward. I would like to go on a cruise, but I have a real bad case of motion sickness.

  3. I’ve been on cruises but never a viking cruise. After seeing your video, I would love to go on one. Your room looks amazing and I love that you have a little outdoor deck which I’ve never had on a cruise. Not connected to my bedroom that is. Thanks for sharing (I love your food stash).

  4. It looks so pretty! I would love to go on a cruise like this. Love the video, but I’d have shot it horizontal ;0)

  5. Rebecca Bryant says:

    My mom has wanted to go on a cruise like forever. I want to send her on one for her birthday next year. This is definitely topping my list right now.

  6. We loved our Christmas market cruise last December. And, in fact, we’re taking one to Portugal in May.

  7. That’s is where I’ve heard of Viking Cruise–Downton Abbey! It does look like an amazing cruise.

  8. I love the video! The ship sounds fabulous and I can’t wait to hear what you did all week. You have me thinking about a cruise for our next vacation..

  9. Excellent video. Please keep sending as this may be a close as most of us get to a river cruise!

  10. Love the video. I love that you take extra goodies.

  11. Fabulous! We’re planning our Viking Cruise for 2017. If you feel like procrastinating some more, you can post about it again in a year and a half to get me in the mood!

  12. I’ve always wanted to go on a Viking riverboat cruise. We are cruising this summer and this just gets me more excited than ever!!

  13. The video was great. Yes you should do more. You are so adorable in showing the stash drawer! You showed things people wouldn’t even think or know were special, like the US outlet port and the ice access.

  14. I’m very happy that you got to sail on this beautiful ship and see the south of France. That sounds like a dream. Thanks for sharing your experience. Lovely!

  15. Wow you are all set! What a nice ship, sounds comfortable! BTW I liked the video!

  16. what a cool place to visit and so educational indeed traveling educates and opens your mind to the world

  17. Veranda? Heated bathroom floor? Lavendar sachez? Chocolate AND fromage? I am not sure I would ever leave! Love your video!

  18. We have a MARVELOUS time on our Viking Cruise last year. France, Normandy and side line to the Costwalls, Oxford and Highclere. Our ship was an older one but still every so wonderful. Lovely tour! Thanks for sharing. And pass those chocolate croissants!

  19. I love your video Lois! Hi Michael!! I have been playing with the idea of a Viking River Cruise for some time, so it is nice to know you had a good time. I am scheduled to go to France next year for a painting class, but am feeling luke warm about it lately. This may be a better idea and I could share it with my Mom perhaps.How accessible for someone who has walking issues? How were the tours on that point? Was it a tremendous amount of walking??
    Thank you for sharing a bit of your vacation with us!!!

  20. We like the video! Of course. Looks so pretty. I like videos like these and exploring different places!

  21. What a wonderful experience! I have never been on a cruise before, but after seeing your video I’m thinking that I’ll have to add this to my bucket list! Once the kids are grown and flown and hubby have holiday time to ourselves again…

  22. I want to go on a cruise one day. I can’t believe I’ve never been on one (my husband did before we met.)

  23. That room is so nice! I love your secret stash of treats! They really do give you everything you could possibly need.

  24. Are you ever home?

  25. Catherine S says:

    Great video and the room looks so nice. I have always wanted to go on a river cruise.

  26. That is the biggest room on a cruise line I’ve ever seen! Wow. I’ll take a piece of chevre, get me some wine (!!) and I’ll sit and watch the world go by. Oh, it must be sunny in your room cause you’re wearing your shades.

    Thanks for the tour!

  27. I love taking cruises and now I want to add this one to my bucket list…looks amazing! Can’t wait to hear more about your trip

  28. Loved the video! love seeing other explore.

  29. I have never been on a cruise and have nothing to compare this to, but it sure seems awesome to me. I love your posts on cruises and more. Keep ’em coming!

  30. What a nice room. This looks like a fun cruise.

  31. This is so neat! I would love for you to continue to make these videos!

  32. Really, are you ever home? I love the video and I love cruises!

  33. I love river cruises. They are such a great way to see Europe. It’s so easy to get on and off and you get to see places the big ships don’t go to. What a fun trip you must have had.

  34. Oh wow this sounds amazing and looks lovely – I’ve always been worried about feeling ill on cruses but I would LOVE to do it one day. x

  35. This is such a great way to feel connected to history. I love that it involves a cruise.

  36. Viking Cruise is one of the most luxurious Cruises in the world! This is definitely a bucket list thing to do and it was well showcased in the Video

  37. I have seen this cruise advertised on t.v. tonight. I cannot believe how affordable it is

  38. That looks so awesome. It looks like you had a great time!

  39. Wow what a great room. I want to cruise so badly! This video makes me jealous!!

  40. Oh I want to do a video tour on our next vacation. How cool was that. Thank you for sharing.

  41. I have heard really nice things about these cruises. It looks like your experiences are in complete alignment with everything that I have heard about them.

  42. Wow that surely looks wonderful! Love that vid – do more please! It’s wetting my whistle for wanting to go that’s for sure!

  43. I hope we can take our kids on a cruise one day. I went when I was a kid too.

  44. I have never been on a cruise but this looks like a lot of fun – the video was a nice added touch.

  45. Oh how I wish I could take a cruise. Like now…right now! Anything to escape this heat!

  46. I can’t wait to hear more about it! I have only been on one cruise and that was to Alaska. Loved the video.

  47. Denise Hollander says:

    I enjoyed your video and would like to see more. I have only been on a cruise to Alaska and absolutely loved it. ! My sister took the cruise to the south of France last year and said it was the best cruise ever!! The people, the food the sights were all wonderful and amazing!! So I am putting that on my bucket list..

  48. My husband’s uncle has gone on and on about taking a river cruise. I have been on a regular cruise, but not a river cruise. It looks very beautiful. I might just try one someday.

  49. Loved the video – I have never been on a cruise so the tour was wonderful. Something I learned on my first video shoot for blogging – Hold the phone horizontally – then you will get a full screen and none of the black on the side.

  50. Elizabeth O. says:

    The room is so nice and the view is amazing. I’ve never been in a cruise, but this is one of the things I would love to do when I retire. Vikings will be in the list.

  51. Looks like you had a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing the video. 🙂

  52. What a fun little trip. Wish I had something locally.

  53. Videos are so fun! How lucky to get to go on one. I don’t get on many boats but this looks fun!

  54. I definitely need a cruise about now. It sounds like it was amazing.

  55. We have wanted to go on a Viking river cruise forever. It looks like an amazing trip and sounds like you had a great time!

  56. Very cool! I love cruises so much–the last one I took was with NCL, but I’d check these guys out for sure! Thanks for sharing your video tour 🙂

  57. Oh I’m jealous. I always wanted to go on a Viking tour, especially since I’ve seen the commercials on PBS. Very cool!

  58. Merci, Lois! That was adorable!!

  59. Wow, what an amazing opportunity! I can’t wait to read more about your Viking cruise adventures next week!

  60. You did a great job on your video. I’ve never heard about a Viking tour, but you made it sound appealing.

  61. As you know, I very truly enjoy living vicariously through you. Watching that video was 5 minutes very well spent. I look forward to more of them!

    • Lois Alter Mark says:

      Thanks, Roz! We need a midlife women’s retreat on one of these cruises!

      • Agreed! We certainly do. Although I have to say that part of the good vibe coming from that video are the occasional glimpses in the mirror of your hubby holding the camera. Seems like a particularly fabulous environment for a couple to enjoy.

  62. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    This is a fantastic video. I have always wanted to go on a cruise. I will have to start looking into booking one.

  63. Love the video….we are definitely considering a Viking cruise. Can’t wait to see more!Lucky you!

  64. Yay, can’t wait to see the posts next week, I have been anxiously waiting! Vive la France!

  65. It looks like so much fun! I’d love to do that someday!

  66. I’ve always wanted to try one of the Viking cruises – this just put me over the top to make it so!

  67. Is there any room for you on that bed? We just got some literature in the mail on a Viking cruise. I can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

  68. I have always wanted to go on a cruise! This looks so amazing!

  69. Rebecca Swenor says:

    This looks like an amazing cruise ship indeed and I totally loved the video. It has always been one of my dreams to go on a cruise and this would be the perfect one. Thanks so much for sharing.

  70. eliz frank says:

    What a wonderful experience for you Lois! It was delightful to watch. I can’t even remember the last time I was on a cruise… I fly everywhere. 🙂 Wonderful post.

  71. debbie z says:

    Loved the video! And the ICE machine!! I had some trouble hearing you when you weren’t facing Michael directly… not sure if it was the recording or my computer! In any case, keep’m coming! What a treat!!

  72. I’ve never been on a river cruise before, but that’s such a lovely cabin! Definitely not like the tiny little room we had on the regular cruise ship we went on many years ago. How lucky you were to experience Europe that way!

  73. The video makes me want to try a cruise. Perfect for a summer treat!

  74. A video that again makes me so envious and makes me want to go cruising lol.. lovely!

  75. I want to go on a cruise. Looks like a beautiful room.

  76. A Penny Filled Pantry says:

    I’ve only been on one cruise but it was fabulous, and you’re right, it is the shortest week ever!!! I can’t wait to go back on another one!

  77. I see the ad for Viking Cruise on PBS and was always fascinated by it. I want to go on it one day.

  78. You are such a cutie-pie in this video! I’m with you, I could live in that stateroom permanently! I love the little stash drawer with goodies. Not everyone would admit to that, hahaha. Great job, guys!

  79. That is a great size room as well as having the balcony to enjoy the views. Very tempting Viking River Cruises. More videos for sure, we need to do that also

  80. Lois, what a fabulous tour. Love the video and so informational.

  81. Debbie Denny says:

    Wow love that. This is awesome.

  82. My parents are thinking of doing this! They were telling me how great it looks! Such fun

  83. the room looks so spacious! We just went on our first cruise together, and we’re so ready to book our next one. 🙂

  84. Fariha N. says:

    I love your video, it made me wish I was there, lol. I haven’t been on a cruise in a long time! I would really enjoy this and my family would also.

  85. We have been on several Viking cruises and loved them all. Haven’t been aboard The Delling, but it looks just as nice as the others. It’s a great way to travel.

  86. Your Viking Delling Longship stateroom looks very comfortable. I especially like that American plug and stash of cookies! But I had trouble hearing you, and I think the video would have been better short horizontal.

  87. Looks like you were blessed with great weather, too! The Viking Longships are SO comfortable!

  88. I’ve heard wonderful things about Viking cruises, and you just confirmed everything! I’m thinking about taking one with my dad next year and now I think I MUST take one!

  89. Glad to see other grownups trying out video (I wish I were better at it). It’s always really helpful, especially when trying to show accommodations, or action in a place that photos just can’t capture. (One hint, and please don’t take it as criticism, although I usually do when my husband tells me the same thing – try shooting videos horizontally – it makes them even better!)

  90. Great job on the video! I have been thinking about a Viking Cruise for awhile, your posts make me want to do it sooner rather than later.

  91. So many cruise reviews today. Makes me rethink my fear of boats! Seriously.

  92. This looks very familiar as we have been on two Viking cruises. And a third coming up in May. I love the way the staterooms are cleverly designed for storage. You have some things we haven’t had yet, like ice.

  93. We love cruising Lois although we are yet to take a River Cruise. My friend wants to celebrate her 50th taking a French River cruise so this is great information. Thanks!

  94. I love your video! You showed us exactly what we’d be getting. Yes, a Viking Cruise is on the list! Can’t wait for the rest of the series. Frankly, after our Alaskan cruise with 5 billion people on one ship, I would welcome a 95 room ship!

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