Two Excellent Viking Days in Passau

Hello, Passau! Our ship-swap left two possible days of exploration in the “City of Three Rivers.” Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Tuesday, July 21 – Wednesday, July 22, 2015
It’s our first full morning onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn , which we switched to yesterday in order to continue our 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest. Low water on the Danube caused us to “swap ships” with Viking Vidar – an option open to us thanks to Viking’s staggering number of Viking Longships.

Good Morning! One of my favorite things about Viking River Cruises is their breakfast service - it's tremendous. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Good Morning! One of my favorite things about Viking River Cruises is their breakfast service – it’s tremendous. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Try the homemade fruit-topped yogurt; it's spectacular. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Try the homemade fruit-topped yogurt; it’s spectacular. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Still, the impact of the lack of water on the Danube has had a knock-on effect for a number of cruise lines. Viking’s changes (listed here for upcoming departures) are primarily ship-swaps, though two Elbe River departures have been cancelled. Other lines have found it necessary to cancel cruises outright or force them to end prematurely if other company vessels aren’t available.
Given that, I think the 187 of us here onboard Viking Lofn should be very pleased indeed that our adventures are continuing with minimal disruptions. Aside from being docked in Passau, Germany for two straight days (with the option to tour Regensburg, Germany tomorrow), or itinerary continues unaltered. Here’s what’s happening aboard the Viking Lofn today:

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