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After several successful Vantage cruises we booked a French River Cruise on the Discovery, its first 2016 voyage. That was our mistake. From the start of the cruise much of the ship had, at best, very sporadic hot water. Only after days of washing in nearly frigid water did the ship's crew seek outside help and the problem stumped the experts apparently plaguing the second set of guests as well. Additionally, the highly touted television system with movies on demand and live cameras from various parts of the ship was a total non-performer as well. Our cabin, a top deck, mid-ship cabin, even had peeling wallpaper This excuse for a five star ship stands in stark contrast to the newly christened ship VNtage touted the same week in USA Today. In fairness, the Vantage River Venture, our home for the later part of our trip met the standards we have come to e peat from the company. We will continue to recommend the Vantahe European operation but warn you to be cautious of the Discovery II. Unfortunately we did not check reviews showing similar problems early in the 2015 season.

It took a while but Vantage missed with this ship.

River Discovery II Cruise Review by Tomgosdeck

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After several successful Vantage cruises we booked a French River Cruise on the Discovery, its first 2016 voyage. That was our mistake. From the start of the cruise much of the ship had, at best, very sporadic hot water. Only after days of washing in nearly frigid water did the ship's crew seek outside help and the problem stumped the experts apparently plaguing the second set of guests as well.

Additionally, the highly touted television system with movies on demand and live cameras from various parts of the ship was a total non-performer as well.

Our cabin, a top deck, mid-ship cabin, even had peeling wallpaper

This excuse for a five star ship stands in stark contrast to the newly christened ship VNtage touted the same week in USA Today.

In fairness, the Vantage River Venture, our home for the later part of our trip met the standards we have come to e peat from the company.

We will continue to recommend the Vantahe European operation but warn you to be cautious of the Discovery II.

Unfortunately we did not check reviews showing similar problems early in the 2015 season.
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Cabin 416
Solid other than the tv and wallpaper issues noted above and the failed hot water system.