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

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:

  • 6:00 – 11:00 AM: Café Breakfast. Coffee, juice and pastries are available at the coffee station in front of the Lounge.
  • 6:30 – 9:30 AM: Continental Breakfast. A selection of beverages and breakfast items are available on the Aquavit Terrace.
  • 7:00 – 9:30 AM: Breakfast. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and a choice of dishes cooked to order in The Restaurant.
  • 9:15 AM – 1:00 PM: Shore Excursion – Passau. Join us for a guided walking tour of Passau followed by an organ concert in St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
  • 1:00 PM: Lunch. Join us for lunch in The Restaurant.
  • 1:00 PM: Café Lunch. If you prefer, enjoy a lighter buffet-style lunch on the Aquavit Terrace.
  • 2:30 – 5:15 PM: Free Shuttle. Shuttle service into the city center of Passau and back. Please find the schedule of times at the Reception Desk.
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM: Cocktail Hour. Enjoy one of our cocktails and live music in the Lounge.
  • 5:30 PM: Presentation – Bavaria: Germany’s Special State. Join our guest lecturer in the lounge for a talk about the unique state of Bavaria.
  • 6:45 PM: Daily Briefing. Join Program Director Henrieta in the Lounge to find out about tomorrow’s excursions and events.
  • 7:00 PM: Dinner. We invite you to join us for dinner in The Restaurant.
  • 7:00 PM: Bar Menu. Enjoy a casual meal on the Aquavit Terrace.
  • 9:00 PM: Onboard Entertainment, “Melodies from the Danube to the Adriatic Sea.” Includes selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s La Traviata, performed by opera singers from Munich and Nuremberg. Also, sing along to favorites from The Sound of Music!
  • Followed by: Dancing. Join fellow guests in the Lounge for live music by our musician Robert.

Known as “The City of Three Rivers” because of its location at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz, Passau is suitably photogenic. The city can trace its origins back to the 2nd Century BC, and today has a population of just over 50,000 – 11,000 of whom are university students attending the University of Passau.

Most buildings in Passau have a "waterline" mark, showing the height of past floods. Photo ©  2015 Aaron Saunders

Most buildings in Passau have a “waterline” mark, showing the height of past floods. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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

 

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