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Viking Lofn

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Itinerary
14 Night Cruise to Europe
Departure date
Wednesday, 21-08-04
Route
Budapest, Budapest, Vienna, Vienna, Emmersdorf, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Wertheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk, Amsterdam
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About
Passengers: 190   |   Crew: 50
Passengers to crew: 3.8:1
Launched: 2015   

Decks

  • Deck 1
  • Deck 2
  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
Deck 1 layout
Cabins
  Deluxe Stateroom (F)  
  Deluxe Stateroom (E)  
 

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 135 - 205 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 0
Accessible rooms: 0
Maximum passengers: 2
Number of cabins: 61

Activities & entertainment

Activities (8)
  • Nightly Recaps
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • Enrichment Lectures
  • Internet
  • Library
  • Nightly Live Music
  • Port Talks
  • Wine Tasting
Entertainment (2)
  • Local Onboard Performers
  • Observation lounge
Dining (3)
  • Bar - Panoramic Bar*
  • Restaurant - International
  • Aquavit Terrace - Casual
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FredPurdue wrote a review Oct. 2019
Seattle, Washington2,184 contributions591 helpful votes
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One of the highlights of a Rhine River cruise is the central Rhine "cruising the river" rather than stopping at a port. It is that half-day when you sail past castles, vineyards and small villages. A staff member will name the castles as you past, but good luck on remembering them all. Photographers: be on deck so that you can move from port to starboard as the new castles (photos) come up on you. My DSLR with a zoom lens worked well; gave me a lot of flexibility and freedom to move. You will not have much time to compose and shoot, so I relied pretty much on Program mode knowing that I might use software when home. Tip: shoot the mile markers near the castles you photograph, jot down the castle name on paper, then correlate the times shown for the files with your notes and maybe you'll be able to identify the castle.
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World Rider wrote a review Oct. 2019
Bigfork, Montana20 contributions2 helpful votes
This was our first river cruise. We were both very skeptical considering what several of friends were saying about how old the passengers were. We were both pleasantly surprised when we boarded that we were much more middle of the road, we are 59 and 61 as a point of reference. We did the Amsterdam to Basel Rhine cruise. The excursions we did were not the included excursion, but the minimal cost of each was well worth the price. All the guides were exceptional. Our only comment about the tours was they should be ranked by level of difficulty activity wise. There were often people on the tours who had a very difficult time walking and slowed down the entire group. If there could be a politically correct way to break off those individuals it sure would help the others on the tour. Oftentimes there were multiple groups for a single excursion which would make it easier. The ship did seem understaffed, but after reading a little further where Viking lands in the staff to passenger ratio, it is understandable. Our cabin was beautiful and well worth the extra cost for a suite. Two rooms on a ship makes it very enjoyable. All in all, we did love our river cruise with Viking, would we choose them again, probably not, but we will definitely take another river cruise. You definitely get a lot of bang for the buck.
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F13fan wrote a review Sep. 2019
West Long Branch, New Jersey86 contributions26 helpful votes
WOW.This was our first cruise of any type. We started our cruise with a 2-day extension in Amsterdam at the Movenpick Hotel. A short tram ride just outside of the hotel or a 12 minute walk gets you to the Central Train station, where you can connect to trams to go throughout the city.Over the two days we went on the included walking tour,took a canal boat cruise, saw the Anne Frank House,the Rijksmuseum, and the Rembrandt house. Overnight on the Lofn to the Kinderdijk windmills.Next day is the Koln walking tour. Next day Braubach and a short bus ride to Marksburg Castle, then sailing down the Rhine and some spectacular scenery and numerous castles, docking in Rudesheim. Next day Heidelberg then on to Speyer. Next day dock in Kehl then bus to Strasbourg. Next day dock in Breisach bus to Colmar in the morning and the Black forest in the afternoon.Next day dock in Basel and the end of the cruise.Everyone one the Lofn crew was outstanding. But then 2-day extension in Lucerne. Our hotel was the Radisson Blu. Over the 2 days, a walking tour of the city, a tour to Stanserhorn and a tour to Pilatus. Just an awesome vacation.
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RobinsRatings wrote a review Aug. 2019
Atlanta, Ga228 contributions79 helpful votes
The only word that comes to mind when trying to describe this experience is INCREDIBLE. We took the Amsterdam to Basel trip and we couldn’t have been more impressed with Viking. We arrived in Amsterdam 2 days early and explored the city by foot and hired a private boat tour through Pure Boats (reviewed). We stayed at the Andaz Amsterdam (reviewed) a beautiful boutique hotel in the middle of the city and facing a canal. The ship (Lofn) was built in 2015 and looked brand new and everything was kept spotlessly clean. The crew could not have been more accommodating, from the bartenders Krista and Kristina, the waiters in the restaurant , the new cook Darja, our cabin steward Nikolay, the Hotel Manager, the great Chef (ask for him a tour of the galley), the Activities Director and the rest of the support staff, they were all wonderful. Now it’s not your typical cruise where it’s a floating buffet and there’s food 24/7. There are scheduled meal times and you can have your meal either in the restaurant or the Aquavit Terrace which has indoor/outdoor seating. There is a small buffet and eggs to order or menu items that you may have for breakfast. Lunch varies and there is also a default menu. The dinner menu has different main courses each evening and a default menu of a fish, steak or chicken option. The food is excellent and anyone should be able to find something that suits them. I do recommend having lunch and possibly a dinner on shore when you can. The food was excellent in the places we ate on shore. Entertainment aboard is lacking and only consists of some games and such held in the lounge and led by the Cruise Director. There is a shuffleboard court on the sun deck, a library and of course movies in your stateroom. They offer a number of included tours and also a selection of optional tours. There are a few stops where in order to get into town you have to go with the included tour but once there you can break away and go exploring on your own, which we did. We did a number of the optional tours which were a great experience. In Kinderdijk we took the optional windmills by bicycle tour. A great easy ride on completely flat trail (except for two bridges) that almost anyone can do. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the tour of the windmill was interesting. In Cologne we also took the bicycle tour and it was an extremely interesting time. Our guide, a professional musician by trade was a bicycle riding encyclopedia of the history of Cologne and the Roman occupation of the city and the surrounding countryside. It is a 7 mile ride and more physically demanding ride that in Kinderdijk so bear that in mind. In Koblenz we took the Marksburg Castle tour which was fascinating. There is some walking up and over rough cobblestone passages and stairs to climb which for some might be demanding but its worth seeing how they lived during that era. We walked into Rudesheim Am Rhein and walked the narrow streets (more like alleys) looking at the various shops and stopped and had dinner at Rudesheimer Schloss, a lovely wine and beer garden type restaurant with excellent food and live music and by coincidence it happened to be the same restaurant that the tour dined at. In Speyer and Rudesheim it was necessary to take the bus for the Heidelburg tour as it’s the only way to get into town but once you arrive at the castle you can break away and walk down the stairs (there’s a lot of them) into town. There are numerous shops and things to see. We had lunch at Strohauer’s Café (reviewed) located on Haupstrasse. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was very good. It has a lovely garden seating area where you can people watch while you eat. In Strasbourg we took the included Highlights tour, it’s informative and takes you through beautiful areas of the city. It’s also the only way to get into town. At the end of the tour you have plenty of time to walk around the city on your own. If you’re able, walk to the top of the cathedral for a marvelous view of the city. There are 322 steps going up a narrow spiral stair case, it’s not for everyone. In Breisach we took the optional E-bike tour into the black forest and it was probably the highlight of the trip. Its 20-24 miles long with some beautiful scenery, a snack stop for some local pastries and a stop for lunch in a quaint restaurant. You ride through farm lands, towns and then up into the forest ending at a working farm where they feed you fresh baked bread with onsite made butter and various flavors of schnapps. Now when I say up into the forest I mean up, as there are some long steep hills that you have to climb. This was the largest group of people on any bike tour. It did include a number of people from the Viking ship going the opposite way and it is very strenuous. If you haven’t ridden an e-bake before it may not be what you think. It is battery operated but it does not propel itself, rather it amplifies your peddling effort and definitely helps move you along. The trip is amazing and I highly recommend it. Next stop was Basel and heading home.
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JoeandSue2019 wrote a review Jul. 2019
Boulder, Colorado27 contributions5 helpful votes
We were on the Basel to Amsterdam Rhine River cruise. Viking does a great job, a well run operation. We could not ask for better food or service, everything was top notch. Our cabin was on the third deck, with a veranda. We wondered whether we should get the veranda and we were happy we did. Wifi was spotty in our cabin and non-existent on the top deck, but great in the lounge area. The cruise director of operations, Emilie, is absolutely terrific. Viking, she is a star! We used Viking for our air, "free" on the special offer, but upgraded seats were very pricey. We stayed 3 extra days in Lucerne and Amsterdam. We would go back to Amsterdam in a heartbeat, Lucerne not so much.
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