We made a quick decision to book Vantage's Best of Burgundy, Beaujolais, and Provence based on the itinerary, timing, and excellent deal Vantage offered. Because this trip will not be offered by Vantage next season, I've decided to focus my review on the ship itself as well as the crew and our overall experience with Vantage Deluxe World Travel.
We had limited contact with Vantage after booking because we only had a few weeks before sailing. My one phone call to them to get a few questions answered was handled very well by the representative on the line. Our included air was set up well, with good connection times without any overly long layovers.
The River Discovery II is a 4 year old ship that is kept very clean and compares favorably with higher-end (and higher priced) ships of other lines. Staterooms are well conceived, with good showers, ample storage, and a table and chairs set up to enjoy the passing view in our French balcony room. Wifi and a tv with many channels and daily itinerary information added to our enjoyment.
The food was excellent. The menu often offered well-executed French specialities such as coq au vin, chateaubriand, and the like. Wine was included at dinner. The lunches also provided menu options as well as a well- stocked buffet. Breakfast was a buffet with an omelet station.
The staff was uniformly pleasant, hard-working and efficient. They seemed to enjoy their jobs as well as their interaction with passengers.
Both embarkation and debarkation were handled efficiently. We got into our room and had our luggage delivered within minutes. At the end of the cruise, passengers were transferred to the airport at staggered times, based on flight schedules. This resulted in a very easy airport transfer.
Based on this experience, we will not hesitate to book another trip with Vantage in the future, and will recommend them to our family and friends.
The cabin was very well set up. It is aft on the middle deck, and so makes a more lengthy walk to get to the dining room and lounge, although as with any river cruise ship one isn't too far from anything.