A small river vessel of only 112 passengers and sister to
the Viking Schumann, the Viking Fontane has been designed to fit the shallow
Elbe River, with an 80cm draft and pump jets that minimise impact with the
riverbed at low levels. While significantly smaller than the other ships, the
Fontane has just as much character as the other ships in the Viking Fleet.
Unlike the Longships, these ships only have two areas on
board that travellers can go to for their dining. The primary area is the
Restaurant. The casual elegance of the Restaurant is a defining point of Viking’s
river cruises, providing outstanding views of the scenery with its panoramic
windows and specially prepared regional specialties on fine china.
You can also head to the Observation Lounge, a place of relaxation where passengers gather on the classy evenings for fine wine and
conversation while enjoying the passing scenery.
The Viking ships are designed more for the culturally
invested and traditional travellers. As such, there are a number of
demonstrations, cooking classes and dance performances on board.
talks and lectures regarding the history of places you visit, from the Dutch
Masters or French impressionists to the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Included in these talks are tastes of the local wines and cuisines as well as
lessons in key words and phrases of different languages. All of which are
enhanced by the exemplary excursions on land.
In the times where you are just looking to sit back and
relax, there is a Library and internet room for the literary travellers to
While there is no fitness suite/gym and the ship also loses the
Walking Track normally found on the longships, there is plenty of time on land
during excursions or even a stroll to exercise and partake in a number of