After a horrid experience on the Discovery II we were frankly more of a mind to simply go home than to continue onto the next ship on our trip, The River Venture. Vantage showed good judgment in chartering buses for travel between ships after recent events in France and the trip went smoothly.
Simply put our experience on the Venture was comparable to prior Vantage experiences and helped ease the frustration of the first half of the trip. Our first thought was that the ship was spotless, the first briefing both interesting and extremely detailed with all necessary information.
The hotel manager, Restaurant manager and a server all greeted us happily from earlier travel on the River Splendor. Both the food and service were solid with the Restaurant Manager running an efficient and engaging staff and pitching in himself where necessary. Our server team was superb and engaged us in friendly conversation throughout the trip.
Imagine our surprise to find a cabin that had both the promised tv system and unlimited hot water.
Cruise director Anna Maria proved a master at executing in face of surprises like a labor stoppage. She was solid and served as a solid role model for a new colleague. The hotel staff was friendly and efficient even to the point of collecting boarding passes at the gangplank a novel and effective new service.
The onboard entertainment was fun even though I was a draftee during the dance show. It was among the best we have encountered on a cruise.
In short after a horrid experience on the first half of our trip, this ship and its crew have convinced us to give Vantage another shot. I would urge you to watch this staff and learn from them but keep them intact as a team. They did you proud.
Clean, comfortable and well maintained. Had unlimited hot water after our cold water only first half of the trip.