Viking Longship Magni
Named after the son of Thor in Norse folklore, Magni is one of the Longship-class vessels to be added to the Viking River Cruises fleet in 2013. In Norse mythology, Magni is supposedly the only God to be stronger than Odin, which is fitting considering this vessel belongs to one of the most highly-respected and prominent river cruise operators. Combining sleek and contemporary interiors with captivating itineraries, and green credentials that help to prove its eco-friendly initiative (including solar panels, an organic herb garden and an energy efficient diesel-electric hybrid engine), the Magni appeals to any would-be cruiser who wishes to sail along the rivers of Holland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Hungary.
PassengersWith space to accommodate up to 190 guests, the Viking Longship-class vessels aren’t the smallest on the rivers, but their creativity and top-notch design and engineering ensures that guests will never feel cramped or overcrowded. The excellent service onboard will also ensure all guests will feel at home and welcome at every step. The Programme Director and the Viking Daily newsletter will help guests to plan their precious holiday time wisely, too. Most travellers with Viking tend to be from the USA and other English-speaking countries, including the UK, Canada and Australia. Most will have a keen interest in history, culture and enrichment, as well as a love for travel.
Dining The main dining room onboard is fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows so that guests can enjoy the beautiful landscapes as they dine. There’s an open seating policy, which means guests can appreciate flexible dining, and the casual dress code allows guests to feel relaxed. However, all tables are laid impeccably, with crisp white linens and polished silverware, exuding an air of sophistication to go with the friendly and laidback vibes. Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet format, with a selection of healthy and tasty dishes on offer from the self-serve station. Hot dishes, including made-to-order eggs at breakfast and entrees at lunch, are also available. Dinner is waiter-served and delivered as a five-course a la carte menu, which includes a variety of options, from traditional choices to authentic local specialities. As part of the itinerary chosen, guests will also have the option to enjoy a themed dinner onboard, such as a Hungarian meal when moored in Budapest. Soft drinks, local wines and beers are complimentary and free-flowing with lunch and dinner, but guests have the option to upgrade this package to including premium spirits and fine wines if they wish. Hot drinks are free of charge and available 24/7 from the self-serve station onboard. If you fancy dining somewhere different, the al-fresco Aquavit Terrace can be found at the front of the Observation Lounge and offers casual, lighter fare – some served straight from the grill.
Entertainment Onboard entertainment is relaxed and low-key, particularly as most guests will wish to have early nights due to the full daytime itineraries. The Observation Lounge features a full-service bar, and a resident pianist provides soothing background music. Local performers are also invited onboard occasionally to showcase region-specific entertainment, including folkloric performances and Austrian classical music revues. Social highlights on every itinerary include the Captain’s cocktail reception and welcome dinner, and the gourmet farewell dinner. These events are perfect for socialising with like-minded passengers.
Activities Guests can enjoy complimentary use of the onboard Wi-Fi, and there is also a well-stocked library and boutique to browse. The Culture Curriculum that matches every itinerary ensures that all passengers can enjoy enriching activities both on and off the vessel, with a programme of expert-led lectures on subjects such as Holland’s 17th-century tulip craze, Belgium’s current political landscape and the current affairs of Germany, Holland and the EU - plus classes and workshops that can include cheese and jenever tasting, Sjoelen (Dutch shuffleboard) lessons and learning how to make wooden shoes are also available. Every itinerary includes a selection of guided tours which are led by local experts and include the use of individual audio headsets. Other optional shore excursions which can take guests to beautiful parts of the region visited are offered too, from battlefield tours in the Netherlands to a full-day journey along the ‘Romantic Road’ between Wurzburg and Rothenberg in Germany.
Accommodation Every Longship-class vessel features 95 staterooms, which all benefit from outside views. These are divided into eight categories, according to size and window feature, from 150 sq. ft. Standard Staterooms which include half-height picture windows, to 445 sq. ft. Explorer Suites which boast a French balcony in the bedroom and a wraparound veranda off the living area. All categories, apart from the standard staterooms, include either a French balcony or a private veranda. Amenities across the eight categories remain largely the same, with beautifully-appointed interiors and facilities regardless of what accommodation grade is chosen. These include hotel-style beds with optional twin configuration, private bathroom with shower and premium toiletries, ample storage, in-room safe, telephone, hairdryer, climate control, refrigerator, flatscreen TV with infotainment and entertainment package, complimentary bottled water and bathrobes/slippers on request.
Spa/Wellbeing The Sun Deck onboard features plenty of comfortable sunloungers and a canopied seating area, should guests wish to appreciate the stunning 360-degree views while relaxing at the same time. It is also home to a large walking track, and a putting green that is perfect for avid golfing fans.
Itineraries The Magni offers two itineraries for 15/16 – the 10 day Tulips and Windmills tour between Amsterdam and Antwerp, and the popular 15 day Grand European voyage. The Tulips and Windmills itinerary includes eight guided tours, from the windmills of Kinderdijk and the beautiful cities of Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges in Belgium, to the innovative architecture of Rotterdam and the cosmopolitan vibes of Amsterdam (including a trip to the largest floral park in the world). The Grand European itinerary that sails all the way to Budapest, Hungary includes a whole host of exciting and interesting activities and excursions, from making your own Rudesheimer coffee and sampling smoke-flavoured beer in Bamberg, to enjoying glassblowing demonstrations in Miltenberg. All in the same package as sailing through Austria’s UNESCO-recognised Wachau Valley and breathtaking Middle Rhine. Pre- and post- extensions are available in both itineraries, with stays in Amsterdam and The Hague (Tulips and Windmills) and Amsterdam and Prague (Grand European) easily arranged.