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  • Viking-River-Cruise-on-Elbe-River -  Sail on a Viking Longship custom-designed to navigate Europe's narrow waterways.
  • Viking-Fontane-Restaurant - Enjoy dining with your partner or new friends during your getaway cruise aboard Viking Fontane.
  • Viking-Fontane-Upper-Deck-Deluxe-Suite - The elegant Deluxe Suites aboard Viking Fontane offer sweeping views of Europe's waterways.
  • Viking-Fontane-Lounge - You won't miss a moment of the scenery while relaxing in Viking Fontane's lounge during your European cruise.
  • Viking-Fontane-Exterior - The intimate Viking Fontane traveling down Europe's shallow Elbe River.
  • Viking-Fontane-Lounge - You won't miss a moment of the scenery while relaxing in Viking Fontane's lounge during your European cruise.

Viking Fontane: Ship overview & photo tour

Editor's note: Viking Fontane is no longer part of the Viking fleet.

Snapshot

Built in 1991 and refurbished in 2010 and 2011, Viking Fontane was designed specifically for the Elbe River. Since entering the river cruise market, Viking River Cruises has received numerous awards for its itineraries, innovative ship designs and onboard programming. 

Some of the features aboard this ship include the Observation Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows, a library complete with travel books and the Sun Deck, which offers 360-degree views and shaded sitting areas.  

Who will like sailing on Viking Fontane  

Viking River Cruises has typically attracted an older demographic; however, that's changing as the clientele has consistently been younger and younger. Viking is an excellent option for cruise lovers with an interest in exploring art, culture and history. 

Where Viking Fontane sails

Viking Fontane sails the following itineraries: 

  • Elegant Elbe is a 10-day cruise along the Elbe river. Discover the natural beauty of former East Germany’s landscape as you visit the palaces and gardens of the Saxon monarchs. Sail between the sandstone cliffs of Germany’s “Saxon Switzerland.” Your journey is bookended by nights in multicultural Berlin and beautiful Prague.

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River cruising: it's about destination immersion

River cruising is about the destination probably more so than the ship. While enjoying the creature comforts of Viking Fontane, make sure to take advantage of opportunities to connect with local culture, history and highlights of the places that you visit. Don't be surprised to see local dishes on the menu or local entertainers sharing music, dancing and stories.

Dining

Viking Fontane has one restaurant with a casual yet elegant atmosphere. When Fontane is not scheduled to leave port until later in the evening, treat yourself to a night on the town and sample cuisine at a nearby restaurant (at your own expense, but a nice way to experience the local culture.)

For breakfast, there is a buffet with a lot of variety, allowing you can choose from a selection of pastries, cereals, breakfast meats, egg dishes, fresh fruit and selected cheeses. At lunch, select from the soup and sandwich bar, or a choice of entrées and dessert. And for dinner, expect a five-course menu with regional specialties.

Entertainment & activities

River cruising is very mellow. There are not any large production shows or comedy clubs. What you will enjoy is some light piano music played by the house musician and local entertainers who are brought onto the ship to sing, dance, or tell stories from the local perspective.

After dinner, you can hang out in the lounge and have an after-dinner drink or you can walk back into town if the ship is not leaving port until later in the evening.

The elegant Deluxe Suites aboard Viking Fontane offer sweeping views of Europe's waterways.
Ralf Zenker / Courtesy of Viking CruisesThe elegant Deluxe Suites aboard Viking Fontane offer sweeping views of Europe's waterways.

Staterooms

Staterooms on the Viking Fontane include:

  • Staterooms are outside with river view 
  • New French Balcony is 200 square feet, has hotel-style beds with optional twin-bed configuration, a refrigerator & a French balcony
  • Standard (A) has a large picture window that opens
  • Standard staterooms have two standard-size twin beds
  • Private bathroom with shower & premium bath products; bathrobe & slippers upon request
  • Flat-panel TV with CNBC, CNN, ESPN, Fox, National Geographic & more
  • Telephone, safe & individual climate control

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Top highlights on this ship

  • What: Lounge
  • Where: Viking Fontane

  • What: Upper Deck Deluxe Suite
  • Where: Viking Fontane

  • What: Viking Fontane
  • Where: Elbe River
  • Sun Deck with shaded sitting area
  • Restaurant with panoramic views
  • Observation lounge & bar with panoramic windows
  • Onboard boutique
  • Free wi-fi

Top dining options on board

Restaurant

  • Style: Varied
  • No additional cost
  • Open: Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Fast facts

112 Passengers [?]
28 Crew
3 Decks
1990 Maiden voyage
3,200 Tonnage [?]
311 Length in feet
36 Width in feet (max beam)
2011 REFURBISHED

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