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Viking Lofn Cruise Review
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Very Nice Cruise, Yet Rushed...

Viking Lofn Cruise Review by Mike R 2018

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Superior

My wife and I had a very nice cruise on the Viking Lofn in June, 2019. The staff were excellent, although we had to grin at the cruise director's obvious over-hype on occasion.

We had one management level staff member in the dining area seem to "put down" a guest at our table when she ordered a steak rather than the suggested entre- that didn't set well with any of us who heard his statement about "Americans." (He did apologize to her the next day at dinner.) Honestly, the food was good, but not great in our opinion. We've had better. As an example, the scnitzel we had at a nice restaurant in Rudesheim au Rhine was much better than the one we had on the Lofn; twice as large, very tender, with fries and a nice salad- all for less than $12 US.

The tours were very nice, but felt rushed. Occasionally we had time to spend on our own, but nof often. My Black Forest hike lasted all of 30 minutes, yet the bus ride there was 2 hours round-trip.

Our tour of Marksburg castle was limited by the many other tours on-site. We rarely had more than a few minutes in a room or location, We did get a few minutes at the end of our tour to buy a Coke and sit on a bench. We don't blame Viking for this at all; there were hundreds of tourists on-site while we were there.

The Bruhl tour was fine, but understand that one cannot take any photos of the beautiful interiors of the castle or hunting lodge. One must buy postcards of the interiors.

I could add more to this review, but won't. We had a very nice time. Will we do it again? No, we won't. Are we glad we did it, yes. Viking did a very good job. The staff onboard, with one exception, was superb. The Rhine Getaway should have been a 10-day trip in our opinion, Thank you to Viking, the staff of the Lofn, Viking's staff in Amsterdam (where we took a wonderful 2-day pre-cruise stay at the Pulitzer Amsterdam) and all the tour guides. We would rate this cruise a solid four of five.


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Cabin Review

Veranda Superior
Cabin A 305

The cabin was nice, clean, and well-taken-care-of by our attendant. We have no complaints except the room between the end of the bed and the desk area was so narrow that two people could not pass each other at all. The bathroom seemed small, but the balcony was nice and large enough for two to sit comfortably and enjoy the views on the Rhine.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

City Tour

Cologne's walking tour was very nice- great tour guide. The Bruhl tour and evening beer tours were nice, but not worth doing again.

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Cologne Cathedral

Impressive, but the hundreds of other tourists in the cathedral, and our limited time there, didn't impress us.

View All 184 Cologne Cathedral Reviews
Cologne

Nice, but having to buy postcards of the grand interiors home isn't so nice. Our tour guide could've been better.

Amsterdam

Viking staff members were great and very accomodating. We had relatives fly from London to meet us, so we didn't take any excursions.

Heidelberg Castle

Hundreds of fellow tourists on-site. We felt rushed from room or area to the next. Tour guide was very good, as were the bus drivers :-).

View All 180 Heidelberg Castle Reviews
Le Petite France

Our 7-hour walking tour was probably the best on the cruise. Our guide was excellent. Sampling food and wine from the region was fun and nice.

View All 79 Le Petite France Reviews
Notre Dame Cathedral

Astronomical Clock and the cathedral's interior were grand.

View All 95 Notre Dame Cathedral Reviews

Many of our best memories of the cruise are of the several wonderful fellow-passsengers we had the pleasure to meet. They helped make the cruise fun and nice. Were staying in touch via e-mail.


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