Viking Longship Lofn
Sharing its name with the Norse goddess who was selfless, gracious and kind, the Viking Longship Lofn cruises effortlessly along the Rhine as part of two exciting European itineraries. Having been added to the Longship-class of vessels in 2015, the Lofn is one of the youngest in the fleet, but shares identical features with its older sisters, that are synonymous with this award-winning class of river cruise vessels. Boasting eco-friendly credentials including solar panels, an organic herb garden and hybrid diesel-electric engines, the Viking Longship Lofn provides greener, cleaner, quieter and more efficient cruises through some of Europe’s most picturesque regions. From the moment guests step into the bright and airy atrium, they can be sure that their experience onboard the Lofn is going to be a special one. With excellent hospitality, an amazing Culture Curriculum, Scandinavian-influenced contemporary and stylish décor, and stunning views from every direction, there’s not a moment onboard (or off) that doesn’t offer relaxation, comfort and luxury.
Passengers Viking river cruises tend to attract a senior audience, with many guests having a love for travel, history and culture. The contemporary style of the Longship-class can also appeal to a slightly younger demographic on occasion, too. The majority of guests onboard will be English-speaking, hailing from the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia on the most part. Staff and crew onboard provide an impeccable service throughout the voyage, with a dedicated Programme Director on-hand throughout to ensure every guest can plan their time onboard wisely. The Viking Daily newsletter is delivered to every stateroom, every evening, to ensure guests can see what is happening the following day. The Lofn can carry a maximum of 190 guests.
Dining Dining onboard is a casual affair, with open seating and no formal dress code, which ensures that passengers can relax and appreciate a laidback full board service. Guests can sample an extensive buffet spread for both breakfast and lunch, with a choice of pastries, cereals, fruit, cold meats and made-to-order eggs for breakfast and soups, salads, entrees and puddings for lunch. Dinner is a sit-down a la carte menu with waiter service, consisting of five courses which include a choice of regional specialities and popular favourites. Alternatively, the al-fresco Aquavit Terrace at the front of the Observation Lounge serves up an early riser breakfast, as well as lighter fare for lunch and dinner. Complimentary drinks, including wines, beers and soft drinks, are served with lunch and dinner, with the option to upgrade the drinks package to include finer wines and premium spirits available at an additional cost. Beverages including tea and coffee are free of charge, and available 24/7 from the self-serve station onboard.
Entertainment The Captains Welcome and Farewell dinners are highly anticipated social events that many of the guests onboard look forward to. In addition, there is an Observation Lounge which is perfect for relaxing with an after-dinner drink or two, while listening to the sounds of the in-house pianist. Occasionally, local performers are invited onboard when the Lofn is moored in port, to showcase some regional entertainment, including classical music recitals that are bound to impress.
Activities Browse the well-stocked library, shop in the boutique or spend some time surfing the net and catching up with friends and family back home via the complimentary Wi-Fi onboard. As part of the Culture Curriculum, guests can look forward to unique experiences onboard and off, including expert-led lectures on topics such as current affairs and the origins of Rhine River cruising, the opportunity to make their own Alsatian Flammkuchen, the chance to see a live glassblowing demonstration and savoury Dutch cheese tasting. Shore excursions range from guided walking tours – with the use of individual audio headsets – to sightseeing opportunities in some of Europe’s unforgettable destinations such as Kinderdijk – home of the windmills, and some of Belgium’s most charming cities including Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Discover Anne Frank’s house and the Dutch Paleis Het Loo, stroll Basel’s medieval streets and soak up some of Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan vibes. There’s plenty of time to explore independently if you wish, too.
Accommodation Travellers can choose from eight different categories of stateroom, which are split according to size – ranging from 135sq. ft. to 445 sq. ft. – and what outside feature they possess. The majority of staterooms boast either a French balcony or private veranda, and suites feature both. The verandas in the two Explorer Suites onboard offer 270-degree views of the river, thanks to the incredible wraparound design. Standard staterooms on the Main Deck have half-height picture windows. Amenities across the eight categories remain the same, and include comfortable hotel-style beds that can be configured as two twins if necessary, a private bathroom with shower facilities and premium bath products, climate control, flatscreen TV with infotainment system and English-speaking channels, in-room safe, fridge with complimentary bottled water, hairdryer, telephone and bathrobes/slippers on request. Suites boast larger living areas, bigger verandas and a French balcony off the bedroom.
Challenge a friend to a game of golf on the putting green, or enjoy a brisk walk around the walking track. If you’d prefer to relax and admire the phenomenal views, the Sun Deck is also home to a number of reclining sunloungers and a shaded seating area.
Itineraries The Longship Lofn currently offers two itineraries – the ten-day Tulips & Windmills tour of Holland and Belgium, and the ten-day Switzerland to the North Sea voyage, that begins in Basel and ends in Amsterdam. Each itinerary includes eight special guided tours which will provide guests with magical experiences, such as a tour of breath-taking Kinderdijk, sightseeing tours of Bruges, Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Cologne and Heidelberg, and unique opportunities including seeing how beer is made in Germany and admiring riverside castles and picturesque landscapes that look like they’ve come straight out of a fairytale.