1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always ... Read More
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always addressed and answered professionally and with much enthusiasm. Once our trip began, we immediately knew that the welcoming and caring staff on the Lofn was committed to anticipating our every need, and they did so with genuine warmth and infectious smiles. Our rooms were beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. The entertainment in the lounge was most enjoyable, and the Cruise Director's daily messages about upcoming events, activities, and destinations were always informative and helpful. The meals were outstanding- with every attention to detail, quality, appearance, options, and amazing taste! The tours offered and available at each destination were well-planned and beautifully executed. In summary, from beginning to conclusion, our Viking experience was absolutely first-class, and we would encourage anyone considering a river cruise to go Viking! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many ... Read More
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many interesting stops and local guides both well informed and personable. The onboard lectures were very well done by local talent. The food was excellent with a good variety of choices. The staff met with one member of our party with gluten and lactose issues and prepared personal meals to accommodate her needs. The one area I think needs improving is the system of rafting with other river boats at docking. The boats are mere inches apart and if you have a veranda it is unusable. This happened to us for the better part of two days. Everyone in our party of seven thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We will be planning another for next summer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
I chose this cruise to revisit some of the countries I had visited years ago. Within an hour of stepping onto the ship, I realized that I had been living under a rock. Why hadn't I known about this cruise line before? I realized, ... Read More
I chose this cruise to revisit some of the countries I had visited years ago. Within an hour of stepping onto the ship, I realized that I had been living under a rock. Why hadn't I known about this cruise line before? I realized, also, that I will never take an ocean cruise again! The intimacy, the service, the environment, etc. was just superb! The entertainment, for the most part, was fun and of interest, especially the local performers. The shore excursions were well-chosen, and the fact that we could opt out, even mid-excursion, was appreciated. The fact that we were able to dine alone or to meet new friends at each meal enhanced the experience. I look forward to more travel with Viking. In fact, I am already signed up for the Budapest to Nuremberg trip this October! Who would guess that I would be traveling twice to Europe in one year?! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
Needed to return to this part of the world in order to reminisce and just enjoy! Why not try a new adventure? Where have I been? Within an hour of stepping onto the Lofn, I knew that I would NEVER take an ocean cruise again. The ... Read More
Needed to return to this part of the world in order to reminisce and just enjoy! Why not try a new adventure? Where have I been? Within an hour of stepping onto the Lofn, I knew that I would NEVER take an ocean cruise again. The intimacy of the entire experience is definitely a plus. Who cared if we had the cheapest room in the hold? We only slept there...and besides, the room was lovely. We were at water's level...kind of interesting, actually. We could definitely hear the water slosh, but it had that kind of 'muffling out the noise' serenity. About 140 passengers (I think) and 50 staff...I guess that speaks for itself, in regard to service = excellent. It was an experience to be on top during the first passing through the locks. The evening lights and daytime views are only now memories, but they were enjoyed on a daily basis! We received service at the top while viewing! Who would guess the weather would be well--after all, we had heard that the previous week's group experienced rain for the entire trip! It was in the 70s for us all week! There couldn't have been a more beautiful week for us to visit the cities in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Nederland. Heck...the highlight of the shopping venture in Koln was a proposal of marriage from a German known to me for only 4 hours. Nuts? I can't make this up...Needless to say, it was just an afternoon to remember. 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
1 Helpful Vote
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: 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Was fortunate to be on the maiden voyage of the Lofn on April 6, 2015 out of Amsterdam. From the moment of arrival to the day of departure the on board cruise experience was exceptional. The Lofn crew and staff could not have been more ... Read More
Was fortunate to be on the maiden voyage of the Lofn on April 6, 2015 out of Amsterdam. From the moment of arrival to the day of departure the on board cruise experience was exceptional. The Lofn crew and staff could not have been more pleasant and accommodating. My cabin exceeded my level of expectation relative to comfort, style, and convenience. The dining experiences were noteworthy particularly in view of the fact the dining room staff did not have the advantage of working together for a period of time prior to this particular cruise experience. The quality and selection of foods were equally exceptional. In addition to the scheduled meals, Viking provided an assortment of snacks throughout the day which added to the pleasure of the cruise. Most of the shore excursions were extremely interesting and well planned and highly organized. Disembarkation day was a sad day because I felt as though I was leaving friends and the comfort of truly exceptional accommodations. Due to the positive experiences created by Viking and the Lofn staff, I've already booked an additional Viking travel experience to China in March of 2016. Viking will always be my preferred method of group travel in the future. My thanks go to all Viking employees who contributed to a very pleasurable travel time. Read Less
Viking Lofn Ratings
Category Editor Member

Find a Viking Lofn Cruise

Easily compare prices from multiple sites with one click
Compare and book excursions for your next cruise