MS Schwentine Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Schwentine
|Year built||1999 / Age : 19|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||620 gt|
|Passengers||142 - 150|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||Viking Sky|
Review of MS Schwentine
MS Schwentine (former Viking Sky) was built in 1999. The ship is one of 8 deluxe river ships in the Viking Cruises fleet which entered service between 1999-2001, as well as the oldest one on Danube river. With its all-inclusive program including both airfare and shore trips, a river cruise on ms Schwentine not only offers a comprehensive historical and cultural experience but is also exceptionally good value. Most cruise ship's crew members come from central and eastern Europe. The official onboard language is English, and all crew speak it fluently as do tour guides who escort shore excursions.
The ship has 71 deluxe cabins, divided into A, B and C categories. A cabins are located on the upper deck, B - on the middle, and C - on the main deck. All ms Schwentine cabins are outside and measure 150 ft2 (14m2). A and B cabins feature excellent river views through picture windows that span the width of the cabin. C cabins offer half-height picture windows. Stateroom amenities include hotel-style beds along with satellite TV and telephone, bathroom with shower and hair dryer, in-room safe and individually controlled air conditioning.
The 150-seat restaurant on ms Schwentine is located on the middle deck and hosts a buffet-style breakfast, single open seating lunch and dinner. A light lunch buffet is served daily in ship's lounge. The open seating policy of Viking encourages travelers to get to know each other by sitting at diverse tables throughout their cruise. Meals are cooked by Western European chefs and provide a mix of local specialties and international dishes. Occasionally, there are also theme dinners.
The Sky Lounge & Bar on ms Schwentine is an indoor observation lounge featuring 180-degree scenery river views. Its best features are an own bar and dance floor. The furniture includes comfortable sofas and chairs with small three-seats tables. Entertainment options consist of watching movies (on a drop-down screen), professionally presented lectures and themed dance nights, as well as culinary tastings of local wines, cheeses, delicacies, liquors, etc.
Passengers onboard ms Schwentine (ex- Viking Sky) are predominately retired couples age 65+. You may also find a few 40 and 50-something couples, but have in mind this is not a cruise attracting honeymooners, young couples, or families. The primarily "early to bed", low-key crowd seeks to combine relaxation with cultural experience.
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