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2 Vantage Avignon Cruise Reviews

We had a last minute deal which included airfare and was a great value, cost wise. We had 2 days inAvignon,a pleasent town to walk around. As this was the last cruise of the season, some cafes, and galleries were closed,including the ... Read More
We had a last minute deal which included airfare and was a great value, cost wise. We had 2 days inAvignon,a pleasent town to walk around. As this was the last cruise of the season, some cafes, and galleries were closed,including the galleries on Rue Tentulier. St Pierre's chapel was delightful to visit, as was the included excursion to midieval Vienne and the extra cost excursion to the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct. Pros- The ship has a pleasant and efficient Romanian/Buigarian staff, very good food service and cruise director/tour guide, and cabins are good size. We were upgraded to 417 which is the highest deck and had more closets and storage space and a mini fridge compared to other non suite cabins. Cons- The cabin walls are extremely thin, such that if a neighbor sneezed it was as if they were next to you and tv sound was noticeable. The latter disappeared typically by 10pm when most retired.The walls need to be improved. The river is not that scenic and that interesting to sail, frequently viewing nuclear plants, industrial sites, and trees slightly masking the parallel highways. By comparison the Douro River Vantage cruise we took in August was very scenic - hillside wineries and a few castle ruins. The Avignon stay could have been improved by a nearby visit to Nimes or Aix en Provence. The extra cost Perouges excurision was not worth $79. A tiny hamlet inhabited by about 80 people -sort of a Disney midieval open air museum. The midieve lbuildings are interesting but not as charming to view as those in our included Vienne excursion. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Booked this cruise because it was deeply discounted, found it to be the bargain of the century. It started out very rocky because of high water and a French air traffic controller strike, but Vantage scrambled and put us up in a lovely ... Read More
Booked this cruise because it was deeply discounted, found it to be the bargain of the century. It started out very rocky because of high water and a French air traffic controller strike, but Vantage scrambled and put us up in a lovely hotel for the first night, and we boarded the ship after the regularly planned excursion on day 2. The River Discovery II is a beautiful ship with an excellent crew. As with other river ships, the rooms are a bit small but this had plenty of storage area and a nice bathroom. Service was outstanding in all parts of the ship, particularly the dining room. (I'd like to know just how much wine I drank - they never let you empty your glass without refilling it.) The cabin staff, too, was remarkable: our room was meticulously maintained throughout the cruise. The food was consistently excellent, as was the entertainment. Like other river cruises, the entertainment was minimal and local, but the entertainers were very talented. Shore excursions were very educational and not too physically challenging; on occasion there would be multiple options to allow the more fit passengers to see more but with greater effort. There were two optional (extra-cost) excursions offered, but one was cancelled due to the heavy rain that preceded our cruise. The other, a visit to a medieval village, was well worth the price. My only disappointment in this cruise was in the frequency of low bridges. Unlike the Danube, Rhine and Douro, the option to sit on the sundeck and watch the world go by was very limited. There is a lower open deck, but it is small and often rather crowded. The scenery on the Rhone and Saone is less majestic, though, so more emphasis is placed on activities. One unexpected aspect of this cruise was the number of repeat passengers, many of whom consider my 30 cruises to be just a start. The majority of the very experienced traveler felt that Vantage, and this cruise in particular, offers exceptional value. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
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