A small river vessel of only 112 passengers and sister to
the Viking Fontane, the Viking Schumann 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 Schumann
has just as much character as the other ships in the Viking Fleet.
The Viking Schumann features only two areas 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.
The ship loses the Aquavit Terrace but still retains the Bar
in the Observation Lounge. The Observation Lounge is an incredibly relaxing
place for passengers to gather on the classy evenings for fine wine and
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. Viking offers
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
partake in. 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