Rick Archer's Note:
has been one of the top producers for Viking River
Cruises. In each of her three trips, Marla has
booked between 20 and 30 guests. This is an
almost unheard of number of passengers.
how the Christmas Season is pretty slow, Viking
offered Marla a free cruise as a reward for her hard
work. So Marla and I took a pleasant trip to
Bordeaux, the legendary wine region in the south of France about a week before
say, two weeks before our scheduled trip, Paris
suffered a terrible terrorist attack. Fear was
rampant throughout the world. However, we
didn't let that stop us. Not only did we go
through with our trip to Bordeaux, a relatively safe
area, we also spent two very wonderful days in Paris
after our stay in southern France.
controversial note, quite a few travelers have
expressed to Marla their reluctance to return to
Europe in the near future. I can certainly
understand why people would have their
reservations... especially after the Brussels
airport and subway bombings. These areas were
deliberately targeted to give tourists a second
thought about visiting Europe.
really a shame what fear does to people. In
short order, Marla received trip cancellations from
over a dozen people. Because I readily admit
the risk factor seems higher, it is certainly not my
place to question their decisions.
can say is that both Marla and I do not believe the
danger is that high. We have taken two trips
since the Paris attacks and not once have we ever
felt in danger.
really is a shame how badly the terrorism has
disrupted the much-needed tourism in Europe.
Viking is currently struggling to fill its ships due
to the fear factor. Hopefully there will be no
more further incidents and people's optimism will