#MikeAtSea Preview: Through Europe With Viking River

#MikeTheViking is back and ready to sail the rivers of Europe!

A Little Background

Viking River is the world’s largest river cruise line, sailing on numerous rivers throughout Europe, Asia, Russia, and even Egypt. While I have sailed with Viking Ocean in the past aboard Viking Star, I’ve yet to experience what many consider the world’s premier river cruise line. For two weeks, I’ll be with Viking aboard the Viking Lif, one of many longships Viking has plying the rivers of Europe, visiting 4 countries and partaking in unique cultural and historical experiences in each port. As a history and travel buff, I really appreciate the emphasis Viking puts on experiencing different cultures, learning the history of each port, and partaking in local traditions. I’m truly excited to experience this sailing and to share the Viking River experience with you.

Where I’ll Go

On April 28, coincidentally my 20th birthday, Viking Lif will set sail from central Amsterdam on Viking’s Grand European Tour, heading south on the Rhine, Main, and Danube throughout the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and finally Hungary. Along the way, I’ll visit a number of prominent cities including Cologne, Nuremburg, Regensburg (Munich), Vienna, and Budapest. Among these major cities are a number of smaller European cities, each with their own charm and history waiting to be discovered.

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What I’m Looking Forward To & What To Look Out For

Nuremburg: If there is one time in history that fascinates me the most, it’s World War II. While in Nuremburg, I’ll have the chance to explore the city that saw the rise of the Third Reich and ultimately the punishment of some of WWII’s most notorious war criminals. Look out for a special article on Nuremburg and photos across Cruise Currents’ social networks.

Regensburg (Munich): I’ve never been to Munich, unless you count my spending a night outside Munich Airport following a missed flight, so I’m really excited to return and experience the real Munich. Munich should provide a unique perspective of a modern city during a cruise of “old” Europe.

Mozart & Strauss Concert: Viking Lif will be overnighting in Vienna for one night, providing a unique opportunity to experience the city at night, but also to experience a truly “Vienna” experience – a Mozart and Strauss concert by The Vienna Residence Orchestra. Music aficionados – stay tuned.

The Ship Itself: As this is my first sailing with Viking River, I’ve never experienced one of their famous longships. These unique vessels accommodate around 190 guests in a cozy and warm onboard atmosphere, featuring a family style dining room, and cozy corners and deck space to enjoy a book and watch the European landscape float by. Fans of smaller ship sailing – I look forward to sharing more with you.

Staying Social

As always, I’ll be sharing plenty of photos from Europe and Viking Lif. You can follow along on Instagram at both @CruiseCurrents and @MikeWFaust, as well as on Twitter with the same handles: @CruiseCurrents and @MikeWFaust. For even more photos and in depth articles, make sure to like the Cruise Currents Facebook page and bookmarking the Cruise Currents homepage.

Questions, Suggestions, Etc.

If you have any questions about Viking River, Viking Lif, or our ports of call, send me an email at mike@cruisecurrents.com.

#MikeAt Sea Viking Lif sets sail from Amsterdam on April 28, stay tuned!

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Mike Faust

Mike Faust is an avid world traveler, often found traversing city streets in Asia and Europe rather than his home city of Boca Raton. Mike has touched down in 39 countries, set sail on 35 cruises, and flown over 400,000 lifetime miles.