Viking Lofn Cruise Review by martha mccormick
- Sail Date: October 2016
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
We found this to be a great way for all of us to get together. We could chat and enjoy ourselves, while we left all the arrangements to the professionals.
From the moment we booked the cruise, we received close attention from the company. They were very helpful in giving pre-trip information about how/what to pack, language issues, money matters (currencies and credit card use), value added taxes, and what to expect in terms of any additional on-board charges. As soon as we stepped off the plane in Amsterdam on Oct 3rd, right until we went to the airport in Basal to return home on Oct 13, every aspect of the trip was well-coordinated, right on time and efficient.
All the included shore excursions were excellent! The guides were far more knowledgeable and informative than we ever could have dreamed. They were personable and forthcoming with answers. We could have never gotten such good over-views of the cities, history and traditions had we traveled on our own and tried to get by with travel books. And yet, even with the included shore excursions, we were still allowed time to explore the ports on our own. It was a nice combination of guided tours and free time for personal exploration. The daily newsletters which arrived in our cabin every afternoon were very helpful and informative for planning our free time the next day.
The service was friendly,responsive and efficient. The food was terrific - that is the only way I can describe it! (As a side note, one of our party had suddenly developed an extreme allergy to beef, lamb and pork. She could not pre-arrange for special meals before the ship sailed because she had only learned the cause of her reactions a few days before the date. The restaurant manager and chef went to great pains to consult her every day to make sure there were meals available for her to eat safely. Their attention was very, very impressive!)
As a final note, the Program/Tour Director was the funniest and most entertaining person alive. He was able to make the time spent aboard ship a time we looked forward to every evening. We (the six of us) still quote him - "Ciao, for now."
We truly enjoyed every minute on the cruise and were more than satisfied with the value, service and accommodations.
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Our cabin attendant was very friendly and seemed to be able to read our minds about anything we might need.
Wi-Fi was available most of the time
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
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CologneThis was the tour included with the cruise - once again the guide was both charming and informative.View All 290 Cologne Cruise Port Reviews
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HeidelbergWe took the shore excursion which was the included with the cruise. Once again the tour guide was excellent - an American student, history major, in the University of Heidelberg. Once again, the guide was amusing and VERY knowledgeable.View All 108 Heidelberg Cruise Port Reviews
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