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The 112-passenger Viking Fontane sails along Europe's Elbe River on 10-day land/cruise trips between Berlin and Prague. The ship, which was built in 1991 and fully refurbished in 2010, offers a restaurant, ...
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25 Viking Fontane Cruise Reviews

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dmarriott
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
An area that we had looked forward to visiting and past reputation of Viking helped us decide to register for this cruise. However, we never sailed and instead were stranded in a remote location on the river. We don't fault Viking ... Read more
Spring Breaks
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Having seen the cruises advertised on TV I rang for a brochure. When it arrived a thought the cruise too expensive for the number of days. I later received a flyer offering £1000 off per person and rang to book the cruise that ... Read more
Vince J
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Low water in the Elbe meant that Viking had not sailed for 3 months. Half of our passengers, when given the opportunity, cancelled their trip, in the expectation that the ship would not sail. We chose to go ahead and we were rewarded ... Read more
lesrobb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second Viking river cruise. Our first Viking cruise last year on the Danube was excellent, so we were excited about this Elbe cruise. Unfortunately the Elbe River was too shallow to do any actual cruising, but the ships ... Read more
Randy51
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
September 2015 was our first Viking River Cruise and we thought the Elba River was a grest choice. The Viking travel folks were grest to work with at every step. This included the fact that the Elba River was too low to cruise. This ... Read more

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morningtony
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
After cruising on 5 rivers with Viking I have to say that the Elbe is not my favorite. Very little river traffic made for uninteresting travel and the scenery for the first three days changed little, just fields and trees with few villages ... Read more
ItalianBohemian
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
This was our second Viking River cruise. Did a pre-trip extension in Berlin which was fab. Right in the heart of the city @ the Hilton, w/i walking distance of great food and prominent sights. Saw the Queen of England, spent a day in ... Read more
mimiof16
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
The cruise on the Elbe was our first river cruise and first experience with Viking. The biggest problem we had was that somehow, even though I had emailed our flight arrangements to two Viking employees at their request and paid the ... Read more
mikerophoto
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
6 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Believe what you read about the Elbe. She is not the Danube, the Rhine or the Volga. We read about low water levels prior to our trip and called Viking in California. They have mastered the art of the vague response with quotes like, ... Read more
psychprof
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Booked an elegant elbe river cruise with viking. 3 days in prague before the 7 day cruise on the viking fontane (excellent). Three says in berlin after the cruise (excellent). 7 days devoted to the river cruise (a big fiasco). There was ... Read more

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psychprof
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Booked an elegant elbe river cruise with viking. 3 days in prague before the 7 day cruise on the viking fontane (excellent). Three says in berlin after the cruise (excellent). 7 days devoted to the river cruise (a big fiasco). There was ... Read more
P-and-G
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Viking Fontane and the Viking Schumann are older ships that cruise the Elbe. We did see a newer larger ship that looked like a more conventional Viking ship. The bad - the eight balcony cabins looked quite spacious and ... Read more
Elizabeth Yeomans
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We were given a lot of information before leaving which was very useful. Excellent hotels in Berlin and in Prague. Staff very helpful at all times. All the shore excursions were taken care of and information about what we were ... Read more
mysunshine 16
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2015
Cruising on the Fontane with Viking was my first experience. I have only great things to say about Viking from my initial conversation and throughout my trip. The staff on board was wonderful and the food was great. I'm glad my first ... Read more
Mrs. Person
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Not rated Sailed October 2014
This was our first Viking cruise. We added a few days at the beginning of our trip in Berlin. We stayed at a Hilton hotel which was arranged for us through Viking. So glad we did that. The hotel was situated very well for our needs. We did ... Read more

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Terrywrites
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The cruise, like all Viking cruises I've taken, was perfect, with helpful staff, informative and fun tours, and great food. However, I was disappointed in the size of the boat. I thought a smaller boat would be OK, but I felt like I saw ... Read more
HENRYROSE
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We had a wonderful experience on our River Cruise. The entire staff on board was accommodating, friendly, helpful and available. The service was excellent. Each meal was delicious and expertly served. Cabin service was excellent as well. ... Read more
Callie Dean
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2014
I give the overall cruise an excellent rating. The river cruise ship was spotless and roomy. The food was above average and the staff was exceptional. The daily excursions were wonderful and the on board cultural enrichment programs were a ... Read more
kylemore
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The "Elegant Elbe" cruise, Prague to Berlin, on the Viking Fontane was our eighth river cruise with Viking. It was without doubt the best so far largely due to the expertise of Program Director, Christian Goßmann who was outstanding. ... Read more
usnavyguy
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
19 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from our 5th & perhaps one of our most enjoyable river cruises with Viking. The Viking Fontane can carry up to 112 passengers in 56 cabins, but we sailed with 106 others. It was a very mixed group of Irish, Scottish, ... Read more

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Achillea
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Fontane is an older smaller ship so be prepared for a room that will remind you of college. Twin beds are common but the room are well appointed and every space is well used. The service is excellent and the organizational skills of ... Read more
Ann O'Hear
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I took the Viking Cruise up the Elbe River, flying from London to Berlin, embarking at Magdeburg and visiting various ports on the way to Prague, from which we flew back to London. This was our first cruise, and we found ... Read more
BeBe8
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2011
We flew into Frankfurt where we were met by a Viking representative. After waiting for another couple to arrive, we were driven to Wurzburg where we boarded the Theodor Fontane. We were early and our cabin was still being cleaned, so we ... Read more
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Silverlake_girl
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I chose this cruise because it was on a small ship (110 passengers) and we liked the idea of a river cruise through Germany. Large cruise ships with days at sea are not something we are interested in doing. Our cruise ... Read more
baritones
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Many friends started talking about their good experiences with river cruising, many with Viking. After looking thru Viking's catalogue, I convinced my husband to go from Prague to Paris (Cities of Light). On a river cruise, you do not have ... Read more

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