Our Ship-Swapping Adventure In Nuremberg

Today, guests aboard Viking River Cruises' Viking Vidar toured the fabulous city of Nuremberg - before swapping ships to Viking Lofn in the afternoon due to low water. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Today, guests aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar toured the fabulous city of Nuremberg – before swapping ships to Viking Lofn in the afternoon due to low water. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Monday, July 20, 2015

This morning, we sadly said goodbye to Viking River Cruises’ Viking Vidar on the outskirts of Nuremberg, Germany. Because of low water levels, we have to perform what’s called a “ship-swap” today, changing from Viking Vidar in Nuremberg to Viking Lofn in order to continue our 15-day Grand European Tour to Budapest.

Viking Vidar and Viking Lofn are both Viking Longships. Nearly identical in style and appearance, only the most eagle-eyed observer will be able to tell the difference between these two vessels. We’ll all occupy our same staterooms onboard Viking Lofn that we had aboard Viking Vidar, and our Program Director Henrietta and Concierge Sandra will both make the change with us in order to ensure continuity.

Viking VIdar's Hotel Manager Thomas looks over the sea of luggage that the crew brought off Viking Vidar in order to transfer us to Viking Lofn in Passau to get around a stretch of low water on the Danube. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Viking VIdar’s Hotel Manager Thomas looks over the sea of luggage that the crew brought off Viking Vidar in order to transfer us to Viking Lofn in Passau to get around a stretch of low water on the Danube. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The most obvious difference between the two ships: Viking Vidar is docked in Nuremberg. Viking Lofn is 200 kilometres away, in the city of Passau.

In order to make the switch as effortless as possible, guests were asked to place their luggage outside of their staterooms at 7:00 a.m. this morning. The luggage was then offloaded by hand by Viking Vidar’s amazing crewmembers, where it was placed onto a truck and sent out ahead of us to Passau.

This morning, we continued with our scheduled tour program with a morning in Nuremberg! Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

This morning, we continued with our scheduled tour program with a morning in Nuremberg! Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

While we had to settle our accounts by this morning so that the crew can “close out” this voyage, our touring program would continue with only minor modifications – though I think everyone would agree that saying goodbye to the fantastic crew of the Viking Vidar was hard to do.

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Our Live Voyage Report from onboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Lofn’s Grand European Tour continues tomorrow from Passau and Regensburg! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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