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5 Vantage Basel Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise to experience the varied ports and wines along the route. We were not disappointed. We saw a lot of different sights and history. We visited the Luxembourg Memorial Cemetery which was truly an moving experience. ... Read More
We chose this cruise to experience the varied ports and wines along the route. We were not disappointed. We saw a lot of different sights and history. We visited the Luxembourg Memorial Cemetery which was truly an moving experience. The Rhine gorge was spectacular. The Mosel River views were beautiful. the crew was very attentive. The captain was welcoming and personable. We had to make a quick change to avoid the low water condition on the Rhine. That meant that we missed one port. Vantage and the Captain made the necessary adjustments in the itinerary. All of the passengers agreed and that made our cruise a little special. But we were able to see another port more fully. The captain even made a special effort to illuminate the towers of the Bridge at Remagen when we passed them at 11:30pm. That is the kind of attentiveness from the Vantage personnel that makes them a cut above others. I would take this cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
Little pricey... Ship and crew were very good, clean boat, represented themselves and the company professionally. Room cleaning needs some improvement but room was very adequate and usable. The shore trips were outstanding and had ... Read More
Little pricey... Ship and crew were very good, clean boat, represented themselves and the company professionally. Room cleaning needs some improvement but room was very adequate and usable. The shore trips were outstanding and had excellent guides, don't think they can improve any on this one. Lots of "dock side" time. Think it just is due to Lock reservations. :Lots of side by side docking with other boats/ships.\, bummer for viewing. Main restaurant service is served everybody at one time so u wait for each course. No big deal, just is. Before/arrival day/s (Basil) was a disaster. Wast of money, joke. On the other hand, Bruges, Belgium is a must do. I have never used this cruise company before and probably will not again. I found it hard to communicate with the sales rep's as each time I called I got a different person and each one said they will fix the problem and then referred you to the web site, ya right. The phone "hold" time is incredible, sometimes an hour or more. Number one objective, Get The Money! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Arrival in Basel was a bit convoluted, something that could have been avoided if Vantage had told us in advance to exit our baggage claim into Switzerland. This caused some delay as some travelers were wandering about seeking transport to ... Read More
Arrival in Basel was a bit convoluted, something that could have been avoided if Vantage had told us in advance to exit our baggage claim into Switzerland. This caused some delay as some travelers were wandering about seeking transport to the ship. It was one of the few weak spots in the trip. We were welcomed to the ship with lunch while cabin preparation was being completed. Food service was excellent and provided by an engaging young staff. Meals were varied and attempted to meet local fare. We did not have a meal I did not like and especially came to love the daily soup options. The ship was the nicest of the ships we have been exposed to in seven Vantage cruises. It is fairly new and it showed. Our cabin was larger than previous ships although clothes storage was a bit of a challenge. Our cabin attendant was excellent and friendly. Laundary service was particulary efficient. One small negative was the absence of a piano player onboard. In his place was a jukebox and some local entertainers, nice but more limited. The daily tours were interesting and I learned a great deal, for me an important standard for a cruise. I now wonder how I have missed the excellent German wines for so long. Both the Moselle River and Luxembourg were new to us and we were move at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and loved the Moselle Valley. Our dock spots were often away from our destinations but that s partly due to the size of some places visited. I can’t this of a tour I did not enjoy. This was a vey good trip, Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was an outstanding cruise. The ship was beautiful and well maintained. Embarkation/disembarkation went very smoothly. The cabin, dining and service were all above expectations. Best of all, the crew was very friendly and ... Read More
This was an outstanding cruise. The ship was beautiful and well maintained. Embarkation/disembarkation went very smoothly. The cabin, dining and service were all above expectations. Best of all, the crew was very friendly and helpful. It felt like we were on a private yacht. We traveled with family (6 adults) - they made every effort to keep us all together for our tours, dining, etc. The itinerary was very good and the tours, which are included, were well organized. We saw all the local attractions at each port, plus had free time to roam around the area. The cruise director was a real professional - everything on time, very efficient when any changes had to be made. This was by far the best cruise experience we have ever had - it was our first river cruise, but we've been on at least a dozen ocean cruises. We started planning our next cruise with Vantage as soon a we got home! Vantage is a great company and we definitely will travel with them again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Our first river cruise and it was fabulous! The ship was beautiful, immaculately clean and well maintained. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Large windows and well equipped spacious bath. The staff outstanding - very ... Read More
Our first river cruise and it was fabulous! The ship was beautiful, immaculately clean and well maintained. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Large windows and well equipped spacious bath. The staff outstanding - very friendly, helpful and were always on call. The food wonderful. There was a lot of variety at each sitting. The breakfast buffet bar was especially nice as the chef would make omelettes, waffles etc to order. Dinner menus had a lot of variety and the dining room staff very accommodating for special orders, etc. There was some type of entertainment scheduled after dinner about every third day. Tours were included in the price (except for one or two). Very nicely organized with comfortable buses. It was like being on a private yacht - no crowds, no noise, everything first class. We traveled with family members (adults) but we met a lot of people on board during the cruise which made it that much more fun. Can't wait to take another river cruise with Vantage! Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
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