130 Viking River Viking Lofn Cruise Reviews

This was our third Viking European river cruise, and our first on a longship. From the time we arrived in Amsterdam to the day we departed the cruise, our trip was flawless. The staff was very courteous and responsive to our needs, the ... Read More
This was our third Viking European river cruise, and our first on a longship. From the time we arrived in Amsterdam to the day we departed the cruise, our trip was flawless. The staff was very courteous and responsive to our needs, the meals were interesting and delicious, and the excursions lead by seasoned locals were fun and informative. We added the two day pre-sailing option at the Raddison Blu which was a great opportunity to get acclimated to the time change and enjoy the city. The added Sunday morning progressive food and wine noshing excursion thru the streets of Amsterdam was my favorite. Program Director, Rene, was one of the highlights of the cruise with his energy to see every day ran smoothly. His outstanding personality and wit kept us laughing. Viking gives my wife and I the opportunity to broaden our experience and knowledge of the world, and to make new friends along the way. We and two other couples have been keeping in touch and becoming more familier with each others families. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Friends had planned to go on this river cruise. They invited us to join them. Why Not? We did and found they also invited another couple with whom they were friends. The six of us got to know each other and found we enjoyed being ... Read More
Friends had planned to go on this river cruise. They invited us to join them. Why Not? We did and found they also invited another couple with whom they were friends. The six of us got to know each other and found we enjoyed being together. This cruise, the shore excursions and port locations allowed us to learn about different areas and about each of our interests. All of us enjoyed every community we visited. Each of us, during dinner discussion following the 'home visits' were ecstatic about the experience. Fortunately, each of us visited a different home thus, we had many stories to share. Every one positive and enriching. A side benefit is that we learned about our fellow passengers who shared our home visit. That created a link for us to expand our relationships with fellow passengers. Made for a 'neighborhood' feeling on-board.* The staff were well trained, warm, helpful, eager to please and sincere. Many of them learned passenger's names as well as beverage and food preferences. This was impressive. Food choices, quantity and quality were 'off the chart'. The ship, rooms and public areas were immaculate. The crew responsible for exterior ship maintenance, handling, docking and lock passage were skillful, swift, safety oriented and efficient. Prior to my 'Viking experience" I expected an above average experience. My expectations were destroyed immediately and continuously. This company, staff, equipment, training, execution and sincerity were impeccable. Congratulations to all! We six 'guests', not passengers, will select VIKING above all other choices for our next adventure. * I encourage Viking management to expand this 'home visit' program/experience. Further, I suggest a simple briefing about the Viking organization, especially, in their country. What I urge is not an indoctrination program simply an understanding of what the company hopes to provide through these visits. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
we choose this cruise for the chance to see tulips and windmills. We saw lots and lots of tulips and windmills. The service was excellent, just ask and it was done. The food service was a bit slow at times, but it was the beginning of ... Read More
we choose this cruise for the chance to see tulips and windmills. We saw lots and lots of tulips and windmills. The service was excellent, just ask and it was done. The food service was a bit slow at times, but it was the beginning of the season and everyone was just getting used to their jobs.The chef came out during the meals and talked with the passengers to get feedback and suggestions on how to improve the meals. We really appreciated the extra effort that he made for his passengers. The excursions were fun and the optional excursions were reasonably priced. It was easy to make new friends and we formed some wonderful friendships. The cruise director kept everyone well informed at the end of every day, and kept things moving smoothly all through the day. The tour of the captain's bridge was excellent and we really enjoyed the chance to see how the ship was operated. The laundry service was excellent, with laundry returned in a short amount of time. We used our shipboard credits for this. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first trip to Europe. We let Viking handle everything. Left Dulles on 4/13, landed in Amsterdam, were met by Viking guide, right to clean, modern van to our hotel, the Radissan Blue for 2 nights to recover from our jet lag ... Read More
This was our first trip to Europe. We let Viking handle everything. Left Dulles on 4/13, landed in Amsterdam, were met by Viking guide, right to clean, modern van to our hotel, the Radissan Blue for 2 nights to recover from our jet lag which was a good idea! We explored the town ad relaxed. On embarkation day, we were met by Viking vans, had our luggage loaded and whisked to our ship, the Viking Loft, luggage taken to our cabin and we were set. Hot moist towels and snacks to take the edge off. First class all the way! First day we toured Amsterdam with a canal cruise. This was a Tulips and Windmills cruise and the flowers and weather did not disappoint us. Had some rain but mostly at night and no tours were a washout. The ship was spotless and gleaming. I am a Coast Guard vet and I look at the details, safety, crew, ship condition, etc. This Viking ship is a class act! Dining was exceptional, nothing left to chance. Occasionally, the service was a little slow, but the wine and beer was included, so no problem there. Let me say this: ALL CREW MEMBERS were supportive and cheerful. EVERYONE! One lady had a little too much to drink and they helped her to her cabin without any problem. One thing- This is not a "Mega Ship" with all the bars, casino, etc. There is a lounge with a piano bar and you can dance or just relax. Shore excursions were included and there were some optional ones at a modest price. Slow walkers were taken care of. Ports were varied and interesting. DO NOT MISS KULKENHOFF GARDENS! Flowers everywhere, no charge. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first river cruise and it surpassed all of our expectations. We had never been to Amsterdam and also wanted to see Belgium as well. Everything was so well organized from start to finish and the crew and staff were extremely ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and it surpassed all of our expectations. We had never been to Amsterdam and also wanted to see Belgium as well. Everything was so well organized from start to finish and the crew and staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The ship, the Viking Lofn, was beautiful and our French balcony cabin was a delight to stay in with great amenities. The food was excellent with plenty of culinary options including a dinner menu that changed nightly while still having several excellent standard options that were offered both in the dining room and on the ships terrace. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen tour and chance to meet the cooks who were happy to pose for a picture with me. The service was exceptional and the daily itineraries and shore excursions were fun, informative and educational. What more could you ask for. We would highly recommend a Viking River Cruise to our friends and family. We will become return passengers. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Terrific staff!! They always went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and that all our needs were met. We loved the ship - just 3 decks felt very cozy. I don't ever want to travel on a huge cruise ship. You really get ... Read More
Terrific staff!! They always went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and that all our needs were met. We loved the ship - just 3 decks felt very cozy. I don't ever want to travel on a huge cruise ship. You really get the opportunity to meet and get to know the other passengers. Smoothest embarkation we've ever experienced. Disembarkation was easy, too. The museums in Amtserdam are a don't miss. It is a good idea to make your reservations way in advance, on line. We went to the VanGogh - amazing. Weren't able to get tickets to the Anne Frank House. We didn't try early enough. Enjoyed the included tours in each port. We even visited a local home in Hoorn for desert and coffee/tea. What a treat to see a home built in the 1600's up close and personal. Enjoyed chatting with The homeowner, a local person. The cabin was smallish, but very comfortable. The heated floors in the bathroom were wonderful. We enjoyed the cruise so much that we booked another one to Germany in December, can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
A relative invited me to go on this cruise, Tulips and Windmills. Since ours was the first cruise of the season, I was able to check in as soon as I arrived late in the morning. The cruise director himself carried my luggage to the ... Read More
A relative invited me to go on this cruise, Tulips and Windmills. Since ours was the first cruise of the season, I was able to check in as soon as I arrived late in the morning. The cruise director himself carried my luggage to the cabin! It was quick and easy to register. I am a vegetarian and was pleased with the selections. The outstanding maitre d'hotel checked with me each morning to be sure the daily options were suitable, and they always were. There were pastries for the early risers at the coffee station, and cookies in the afternoon. Food was delicious, especially the breads. The Lofn was one of the newer ships in the fleet and was quite impressive. There were plenty of activities in the evening in the lounge and all were fun. The best part of the cruise, of course, was the staff. They truly are Viking River Cruise's best ambassadors. Without exception, the crew members were attentive, polite and eager to please, always with smiles on their faces. They would not let us lift a finger. Viking River Cruises are lucky to have such wonderful employees. The shore cruises were very interesting and the guides were quite knowledgeable. It was quite a "show" to watch the captain and other members of the navigation team maneuver the ship so carefully through the many, narrow locks. The home visit in Hoorn was the high point for me. Our hostess was very pleasant and seemed to enjoy the visit as much as we did. I would definitely go on another cruise, with the hope that I might see some the crew again. Fantastic experience overall. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I wanted to try a river cruise for many years. We found a great first cruise with Viking (Lofn). It was so nice to have an intimate environment with less passengers than an ocean cruise. The ship was only three decks - a perfect size. The ... Read More
I wanted to try a river cruise for many years. We found a great first cruise with Viking (Lofn). It was so nice to have an intimate environment with less passengers than an ocean cruise. The ship was only three decks - a perfect size. The inside cabin was small but comfortable. I wish I could have brought the bed home with me. The dining room staff were always making sure that the food was prepared exactly the way we wanted. When I was too tired to go to the dining room they brought a wonderful meal to our cabin. The embarkation and disembarkation was the smoothest I've ever experienced. Terrific personal service by all the crew. We enjoyed all the included excursions, they gave a great overview of each port. I enjoyed the entertainment on this cruise much more than the entertainment on my last ocean cruise. We can't wait to take our next Viking river cruise in December - we're hooked! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
we made the choice to try the river cruise after much research due ti the fact they can port close to destination, the included excursions ( which is a major plus as well as wonderful experience) ...It was everything we heard and read of ... Read More
we made the choice to try the river cruise after much research due ti the fact they can port close to destination, the included excursions ( which is a major plus as well as wonderful experience) ...It was everything we heard and read of plus more embarkation as well as disembarkatio was very organized The ship was beautiful and easy to maneuver around as opposed to the large and crowded ships The veranda cabin was very roomy Service was excellent ...Never encountered one staff member that was not friendly nor willing to assist The included shore excursions were very good and many to choose from.. amazing the dining service and food was also wonderful.. I would suggest that maybe they include an after hour cafe where you could possibly grab a small sandwich or snack for some of the later night hungries All said and done it was a wonderful cruise with an excellent staff and a very nice ship Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
Simply stated, this cruise was fabulous. We lived 3 years and Europe and are experienced European travelers, and this may have been one of the best trips ever! We began with misgivings. An email several days before stated that we ... Read More
Simply stated, this cruise was fabulous. We lived 3 years and Europe and are experienced European travelers, and this may have been one of the best trips ever! We began with misgivings. An email several days before stated that we might have to change ships mid-cruise due to low water on the Danube, and that the cruise might begin in Komarom, HU, with a bus into Budapest for a tour. Both turned out to be true, and both were handled exceptionally smoothly by the staff, and were no discomfort or inconvenience to the guests. We began the cruise on the Vidar, from Komarom to Passau, and finished with the Lofn, from Nuremberg to Amsterdam. We took our first Viking cruise last year; "Portraits of Southern France," and obviously liked it enough to book the "Grand European," from which we just returned. We can hardly think of anything, we didn't like a great deal, and really, possibly a couple of things were merely acceptable, and not exceptional. The ship is superbly designed. The staff was gracious, friendly, professional and efficient. The food was wonderful, unique, and beautifully served. The places we visited, and there were many, were interesting and with time to see them quite well. The local guides were incredible; many were academic art historians, professors, etc., and had exceptional knowledge of the places and what was interesting to see and do. Perhaps best of all were the cultural activities, on board and off. Wonderful concerts. Professionally delivered lectures by professors and the cruise staff. A delightful presentation by the ship's engineer. Wine and food presentations. Mieke B., our program director, presented a number of very polished lectures, and was superbly organized, efficient, and above all, made the cruise a great deal of fun! On the last day we asked her, as an Amsterdam resident, for a restaurant recommendation, van Baerle, which was warm, lovely food and drink, and casually elegant. My wife says, and I agree, that we would go on a trip with her as PD again, anywhere, anytime! I would recommend this cruise to anyone, without any hesitation whatever. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our 14 night cruise on two Viking Longships, the Vidar and the Lofn, was really nice. Despite the very low river levels that required us to first board a ship, the Vidar, that we hadn't booked and doing that 40 miles or more from ... Read More
Our 14 night cruise on two Viking Longships, the Vidar and the Lofn, was really nice. Despite the very low river levels that required us to first board a ship, the Vidar, that we hadn't booked and doing that 40 miles or more from Budapest and then having to be bussed half way through the cruise to pick up our originally scheduled ship, the Lofn, we still had a great time. Viking handled the required ship transfer without a hitch. We did have to repack and then unpack again (not fun) and one didn't see a whole lot in the bus rides but the ships were identical and both spanking brand new. Both crews were great and our Tour Guide and her assistant changed ships with us so that there was some sense of continuity. In addition Viking gave us a free paid tour (a value of ~$138). The food was very good and the wine pouring was frequent and generous at lunch and dinner. While the entertainment was not spectacular I don't think many people take these cruises for elaborate nightly entertainment. The piano music before and after dinner was very pleasant and after spending many days ashore touring I would fall asleep during any longer shows. Another thing that surprised me was that there were many free tours so that we only invested in a few extra cost trips. All in all, a great trip and I would readily cruise again with Viking. Indeed being a frequent ocean cruiser (17 and counting) I'm looking forward to taking one of Viking's ocean cruises (perhaps to the Baltic) within the next couple years. If they do them half as well as they do river cruising I think it could be special. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My mother in law chose this cruise, to take the whole family. We were concerned at first because of her age (mid 80s), but the crew took excellent care of us and especially of her. There were many ways the crew assisted her or made ... Read More
My mother in law chose this cruise, to take the whole family. We were concerned at first because of her age (mid 80s), but the crew took excellent care of us and especially of her. There were many ways the crew assisted her or made accommodation so that she could participate in outings. I personally enjoyed the many choices available at each stop, and also the choice to simply sit on deck and enjoy scenery. The crew were exemplary. I have done nothing but sing your praises since arriving home, and I hope to do it again very soon. The trick is to pace yourself at the same time that you push yourself: choose what interests you! On the same day, I had a "Mozart" experience in Vienna that was a peak life experience and my brother-in-law had a peak life experience watching the Lipizzaner stallions. Our family was amused that we were both excited and thrilled with our "bucket list" days which were so completely different from each other. In another town, our peak of the day was to have a coffee and pastry at a sidewalk cafe and simply people watch. Each day brings different possibilities, so pay attention and follow your feeling of the moment. Bring a couple of pairs of good walking shoes, and enjoy the many different ports of call, each with some treasure waiting for you to partake. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Our cruise progressed from Amsterdam to Budapest with stops in Cologne, Nuremberg and Vienna. The entire trip was excellent. The time aboard ship was comfortable with relaxed elegance. We booked late and had the small stateroom which ... Read More
Our cruise progressed from Amsterdam to Budapest with stops in Cologne, Nuremberg and Vienna. The entire trip was excellent. The time aboard ship was comfortable with relaxed elegance. We booked late and had the small stateroom which quite adequate in size and appointments with plenty of room for storage. Not much viewing from the water level window, but it encouraged us to explore the wonder common spaces such as the lounge and dining area. Ahh! The dining room! First and foremost is the staff!! Accommodating and friendly, there seemed nothing they could not do. If you had special dietary needs they accommodated with ease. Want chocolate ice cream (not on the menu)? Ask and it appeared. Just excellent. The special evenings with local entertainment and food were also fun ... especially sharing schnapps! The land tours and guides were great and very knowledgeable . We extended in Prague and were treated to an amazing day with a lovely women whom provided us with a tour of Tereazin and the work camps. Somber but excellent experience. there is no question that we will sail again. the hardest choice is which cruise...perhaps Russia! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our second trip with Viking River Cruises. They were as great the second time as the first. The ships and crew are wonderful. Everyone speaks English and they are very friendly. We especially appreciate the daily shore ... Read More
This was our second trip with Viking River Cruises. They were as great the second time as the first. The ships and crew are wonderful. Everyone speaks English and they are very friendly. We especially appreciate the daily shore excursions and the local guides. Each guest has a set of headphones with which to hear the guide. You do not have to follow in a tight little bunch to hear the information. The excursions included in the basic cost of the trip are very good and give a good overview of the city/town being visited. The ground transportation is outstanding - brand new big busses. It is so nice to take a river cruise, you see many sights along the way and your hotel, breakfast/lunch/dinner table travels with you. Every meal is outstanding, including complimentary beer or wine. This ships are all similar and every cabin is setup for a king bed or two twins. The ships are well laid out and getting to dinner is an easy set of stairs. They do have elevators if necessary. This cruise was the Grand European. We departed the most beautiful city in Europe - Budapest and disembarked in Amsterdam. In between we visited beautiful cities in Austria, Slovakia and Germany. We saw vineyards, cathedrals and castles. It is a marvelous trip and Viking River Cruises makes it all wonderful to see, learn and enjoy. We are already planning and arranging our next trip with Viking River Cruises to Russia. We highly recommend Viking to anyone. I noticed that other reviews mentioned low water problems and having to change ships mid-trip. We also experienced this problem and Viking solved it effortlessly. We were not the least bit inconvenienced by this problem - in fact they gave us a complimentary shore excursion. ONLY Viking, with their many ships traveling both ways - north and south, could pull off this solution to the low water problem so effortlessly for the guests. (I know the crew put in a great deal of effort- thank you.) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our 50th anniversary cruise turned out to be twice what we bargained for! Due to low water, we began our marvelous adventure on the immpecable Lofn, instead of the Vidar as planned. We immediately fell in love with our Program Director ... Read More
Our 50th anniversary cruise turned out to be twice what we bargained for! Due to low water, we began our marvelous adventure on the immpecable Lofn, instead of the Vidar as planned. We immediately fell in love with our Program Director Henrietta, and hope Viking knows what a treasure they have in her, and Thomas our charming Concierge. All was smooth sailing, breathtaking scenery and aweinspiring excursions, even when we had to change ships to the equally inviting Vidar, again due to a low water area past Nuremberg. Thankfully Henrietta and Thomas joined us on the Vidar. This unavoidable incident helped us to appreciate how pleasant, efficient and professional both ship's staff and crew were throughout what could have been a disruptive experience. We thank them for that. Would we recommend Viking's Grand European River Cruise? Wholeheartedly. Oh! And, we also recommend 50 years of marriage! Our highest regards to the entire Viking Family! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We spent several days in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, prior to boarding our river cruise in Budapest, Hungary and then spent the next 15 days with the Viking Lofn crew and guests. What a spectacular time we had. The boat was new, ... Read More
We spent several days in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, prior to boarding our river cruise in Budapest, Hungary and then spent the next 15 days with the Viking Lofn crew and guests. What a spectacular time we had. The boat was new, comfortable, easy to navigate and a great home away from home. We've visited southern Europe several times in the past, and this cruise introduced us to The Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. We will definitely return and feel very grounded now with the geography. We were so impressed with how many people spoke fluent English and were self conscious about our lack of foreign language skill. The river cities we visited were all wonderful, the shore guides were all excellent and our crew was spectacular. This is our second Viking cruise (the first was in China) and we are already booked for our next cruise in 2017. Can't wait to go. We enjoyed the people we traveled with and enjoyed our dining experience. The food was very good overall, with lots of variety and unusual menu selections to try. There were always basic items on the menu, but we never tried them as we enjoyed the European cuisine on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We booked our Viking River Cruise well over a year before we left on this cruise. We were very much looking forward to this adventure and to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. This cruise did not disappoint. I must admit it was a ... Read More
We booked our Viking River Cruise well over a year before we left on this cruise. We were very much looking forward to this adventure and to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. This cruise did not disappoint. I must admit it was a little rocky start when we arrived into Amsterdam and there were some mishaps beginning with the ship which was actually in Rotterdam and we were bused there, because of the inability for this "longship" to dock in Amsterdam due to a boating regatta in Amsterdam. A couple other issues while waiting at the hotel made us wonder. HOWEVER, once we arrived on our ship The Lofn, settled into our beautiful cabin, after having the entire crew welcome us on board, it all became very wonderful. The crew, the guides at each port, the views out the large ship windows, the service, our Program Director, our cabin person, wait staff, desk staff were all more than helpful throughout our journey on both the Lofn and the Vidar which was a ship change due to low water levels on the Danube. The crew made that pretty seamless too, as no one was looking forward to packing up and moving. But, the crew made it so easy and even all the new crew on the Vidar were doing all they could to make us comfortable. The sights, the countries, the guides who were so knowledgeable made our adventure just fabulous. Thank you Viking for a 50th Wedding Anniversary that will always be remembered. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
We have had spectacular Viking cruises. Five of them. The first on the Volga, Moscow to St. Petersburg, was, we thought, the trip of a lifetime. I'd like to go again. The China trip, Shanghai to Beijing, was a long way to go to see a ... Read More
We have had spectacular Viking cruises. Five of them. The first on the Volga, Moscow to St. Petersburg, was, we thought, the trip of a lifetime. I'd like to go again. The China trip, Shanghai to Beijing, was a long way to go to see a new world but so worth it. And Vietnam and Cambodia, ditto, sights and sites of a lifetime. We chose the Grand European for our 30th anniversary and wanted a more leisurely experience with wonders of Europe in view. We got just what we wanted. We love the small ships of Viking compared to other companies. The meals on the Lofn and Vidar were most satisfactory. The staff at all points saw to our comfort. We knew we were in for the trip of our dreams when during the first lunch the hotel manager of the Lofn sought us out and told us the ship was upgrading us to the suite as a thank you for our loyalty to Viking. All we could say was WOW and DANKE, DANKE! The accommodations were wonderful and roomy with a wrap-around view. The land tours and guides were great. It was the right combination of special sights and free time. The organization for switching ships because of the water level and the final leaving were as good as they could be. Our sixth Viking trip is booked! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Sailed on the Viking Lofn out of Budapest on July 13, 2015. Wonderful new ship, friendly crew, knowledgeable tour guides and great techy earphones to hear guides. No need to miss anything if you aren't directly behind the guide. ... Read More
Sailed on the Viking Lofn out of Budapest on July 13, 2015. Wonderful new ship, friendly crew, knowledgeable tour guides and great techy earphones to hear guides. No need to miss anything if you aren't directly behind the guide. Viking personnel where waiting at the airport to pick us up and we went directly to the ship for a lovely bunch. We mostly ate in the dinning room and met new fellow travelers every day. Two concerns I have: this is not a cruise for newlyweds - and I felt bad for the couple on our ship - unless you like traveling with your parents/grandparent/great-grandparents. This is also not the cruise for folks needing walkers - yes, there were 3 or 4! They did their best to get in/out of some of the bus trips, but forget trying to push a walker on cobblestones! These dear people waited too long for this trip or choose the wrong venue. Loved the local entertainment on featured nights - glass blower, folk dancing/singing, classical music with comedy, a well as guest singing participation and dancing (are we really still doing YMCA?!). Had to disembark half way through do to low water and change to our sister ship the Vidar to complete the cruise to Amsterdam. No problem, didn't miss anything, handled well, 3 hour bus trip wasn't a burden. Great trip and we highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Our cruise was a trip of a lifetime. We had just one little blip. Our luggage did not arrive in time, but that was due to severe storms in Atlanta. We did take the next flight and arrived in Amsterdam just a few hours later than ... Read More
Our cruise was a trip of a lifetime. We had just one little blip. Our luggage did not arrive in time, but that was due to severe storms in Atlanta. We did take the next flight and arrived in Amsterdam just a few hours later than orinally planned. That was a Delta issue. Upon arriving in Amsterdam we were met by a Viking representative who bent over backwards to accomodate us. They offered to do our laundry free of charge until our suitcase arrived. They even provided a jacket and umbrella on one of the cooler excursions. The accomodations were first class. Loved the heated bathroom floor. Crew was exceptional and we loved the food. You had a choice of eating in the dining room or on the deck. The message boxes enabled everyone to hear the tour guide without having to crowd around her. The tours were very educational and well done. You were divided into groups at your choosing for difficulty levels. You did not miss out on anything but walked at a leisurely pace. Onboard entertainment included glass blowing demonstration, strudel making and entertainment. Passengers were mostly older, but there were some youg ones traveling with their granparents. Diembarkation was smooth. The crew did everything in their power to make sure we had a great time. Would definitely sail with Viking again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The Lofn is new this year and had made only five short cruises before we were on its first Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest. We anticipated some glitches from a new vessel and crew, and we were very pleasantly surprised that ... Read More
The Lofn is new this year and had made only five short cruises before we were on its first Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest. We anticipated some glitches from a new vessel and crew, and we were very pleasantly surprised that there were none! Our transfer from the Amsterdam airport to the ship was well handled, our cabin was ready and our luggage came to us shortly after we arrived. Our veranda cabin was compact but comfortable, and we spent many pleasant hours on or balcony watching the river scene go by. The crew was well trained and friendly and helpful. Every evening we had a complete report on the next day's activities delivered to our cabin, and the times were respected with minimal waiting. The food was very good, if somewhat fussy. So we had an excellent vacation and cannot fault the Lofn and its crew in any respect. The weak spot in the Viking River Cruise operation is in the shore excursions and the guides used by all the Viking ships. There is minimal preparation for the passengers before arrival, so the guides head for the least common denominator in what they say. Some seemed to be more interested in listening to themselves talk and in perfecting their memorized patter than in being useful to us. Our first urban stop was in Cologne, and we were outraged that our guide never took us inside any building, that her discussion of Cologne Cathedral was worthless, that there was no mention of the nearby Romanesque churches for which Cologne is famous, and that we had lost precious hours to her we could have used much better on our own. Things did not get better as the voyage proceeded. Two suggestions to Viking: first, distribute materials on each excursion to the passengers in advance, so they will know what the guide will be discussing; second, encourage independent shore excursions by providing specific information on how to get around the city being visited. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Having Ocean cruised previously we decided on our first river cruise, having been recommended Viking by a friend and it was not a disappointment. Booking was effortless, the little L'Occitane gift and the small shoulder bag with ... Read More
Having Ocean cruised previously we decided on our first river cruise, having been recommended Viking by a friend and it was not a disappointment. Booking was effortless, the little L'Occitane gift and the small shoulder bag with travel documents, Luggage tags and guide book were a pleasant surprise although the doubling up on some documentation was perhaps a little overboard. The organisation all round is beyond belief from being collected at the airport, tours, on board and delivery back to the airport. Lofn was only on it's 4th cruise but everything ran like clockwork, the crew were very friendly and extremely efficient at their duties. Tours were well organised, they even had a group for people with restricted walking ability, and the communication boxes meant everyone could here the guide from some distance rather than crowding together. The standard of the restaurant was very good with a varied menu, with alternatives available should you not like that days offerings. The lounge had comfortable seating and a good atmosphere. French Balcony Cabins utilise the space well, however there is a lack of seating should you wish to spend time in there. There are however a few negatives as with almost everything. The main one we experienced was with the engine noise and vibration when the ship was manoeuvring locks or spinning 180 degrees into a berth. In this direction of the cruise this happens quite often at night or very early morning, so a good nights sleep was unfortunately disturbed. The lack of written operating instructions for the Air conditioning was a minor inconvenience. Their inclusion would negate the need to find crew for advice. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
This trip was a celebration of our 20th Anniversay - a gift to ourselves. From the moment we stepped on board the Lofn we were impressed with the ship and the service. The staff provided impeccable attention to detail and made it a ... Read More
This trip was a celebration of our 20th Anniversay - a gift to ourselves. From the moment we stepped on board the Lofn we were impressed with the ship and the service. The staff provided impeccable attention to detail and made it a priority to get to know the passengers. The food surpassed our expectations and we are foodies! We participated in all but one of the included excursions and found each to be entertaining and rewarding as we learned the history of the sights through the eyes of informed guides. Even though we planned to skip one of the excursions in order to spend the day with our French family, the staff checked with us again to make sure our plans hadn't changed at the last minute. Our cabin was perfect and the shower was oversized and quite enjoyable. A clothes drying line in the shower allowed us to rinse things and hang to dry overnight. We also used the cleaning service on board and had our items back in 2 hours. When we mentioned to the room steward that our pillows were too flat, they addressed it immediately and adjusted them. Overall, we couldn't have asked for more and we are already making plans for our next trip in 2017 on the Danube. Look out Budapest, we will be headed your way! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
After enduring an overnight "cruise" from Portland to Nova Scotia some 20 years ago, I have never had the desire to take a cruise. Being stuck at sea with 5,000 strangers does not sound like much fun to me. Enter the Viking ... Read More
After enduring an overnight "cruise" from Portland to Nova Scotia some 20 years ago, I have never had the desire to take a cruise. Being stuck at sea with 5,000 strangers does not sound like much fun to me. Enter the Viking River Cruise: a perfect way to see so much and not have the hassle of checking in and out of hotels. The ship was fantastic and only making its second voyage when we checked in. The engineers did a fantastic job thinking of virtually everything in terms of getting as much out of contrained space as possible. The bed and linens were top shelf, storage ample, bathroom and water pressure was perfect. The only negative worth mentioning is wifi acess and the TV. I think the internet access is a long term problem that goes beyond Viking, while I chalk up the spotty TV service to being a new ship with glitches to work out. The dining room, food, and service was impeccable. Menu selections were varied and I actually appreciated the smaller portions, as one could always get seconds or even sample another entree at any meal. We really enjoyed the passengers and crew we met on this trip. It is the kind of trip that could be fun to enjoy with another couple, but I think if you were to go with a larger group, you may tend to flock together and really miss out on meeting some interesting people. Forget bringing the kids on the trip (there were none and they would go out of their minds of boredom if there had been any); youngest person we met was 31, and at 51, we were certainly in the "youngest quintile" of folks. None of that is a negative, but I think we were told the avg. age was 50 and I'd say that was a bit low. We really enjoyed the excursions and the history lessons we felt we learned throughout the trip. They are very well organized, but there is some variety in the quality of the local tour guides (ranged from excellent to "mehh")- luck of the draw. The other lesson we learned is that when they say they sail from Basel to Amsterdam, don't assume that builds in any time to actually tour either city. We did Lucerne extension (which was excellant), but by the time we were delivered to the ship, it was set to sail in less than 2 hours. With Amsterdam, arrived at 2 am but nowhere near center city...we got up early and took a cab to the city to see as much as we could before returning to the ship for our tranfer for a 1pm flight home. We will definitely be taking another Viking River Cruise. Destination TBD. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I have never in my life been so impressed with a cruise. Viking staff are excellent; extremely competent, friendly, helpful and highly organized. We did our pre-cruise excursion in Lucerne, Switzerland. We were well taken care of and never ... Read More
I have never in my life been so impressed with a cruise. Viking staff are excellent; extremely competent, friendly, helpful and highly organized. We did our pre-cruise excursion in Lucerne, Switzerland. We were well taken care of and never left to feel like we were without support or direction. We boarded the ship in Basel and were immediately surround by helpful and friendly shipboard staff. Our cabin attendant was extremely helpful. Anything we needed, he provided in order to make out cabin homey and inviting. I can not say enough positive things about the food onboard. It was 'over the top'. We were warned at the beginning of the cruise that we would undoubtedly gain 5-6 pounds on the cruise. It can not be helped because the food is so good. All excursions were extremely well organized, the tour guides were spectacular and the tours were well planned. To be quite frank about it, I would have turned around and done another tour the day after we disembarked the ship. I have never experienced such service excellence, professionalism and courtesy as my wife and I did on out Viking cruise. We had absolutely no bad experiences during the entire trip. I credit it all to Viking! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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