A successor to River Navigator, the 134-passenger River Venture will launch in March 2013. River Venture will cruise to Holland and Belgium; sail the Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers; and offer holiday market itineraries.
Here's what you'll find on a River Venture cruise:
River Venture will have standard cabins that are 165 square feet and solo cabins that are 125 square feet, all offering satellite TV, bottled water and river views. Cabins on Navigator and Explorer Decks will have French balconies that provide an open-air feel if not true outdoor space. All cabins are equipped with entertainment-on-demand systems and real-time GPS tracking of the ship’s journey, as well as a U.S.-style electrical outlet. Deluxe Suites measure 250 square feet and come with upgraded amenities, a mini-bar and French balcony. Twin beds can be converted to a double. One Owner’s Suite measures 330 square feet and the beds can be converted to a queen.
Meals onboard will be one sitting with open seating. In addition to the main dining room, a 40-person alternative restaurant will serve up casual fare. An elevator serves the Explorer and Navigator decks, with a hydraulic chair lift to the open-air Solaris Deck. Passengers can access free Wi-Fi from anywhere onboard.
Sightseeing tours will be included in the cruise fare. Program directors with local expertise accompany each Vantage cruise. The Cultural Connections program promises in-depth experiences in each country visited through lectures, special meals, home visits, receptions, performances and participation in local activities. Passengers are given free headphones for each excursion to insure that the guide can be heard clearly.
The ship emphasizes "green" cruising with LED lighting to save energy, special hull shape to minimize resistance -- fewer vibrations and less noise, too -- and low-emissions propulsion.