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River Venture Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for River Venture to France
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2016
Cabin #320
Sailing on the Seine
American Cemetery, Normandy
Omaha Beach

Let me begin by saying I chose this cruise for two reasons. One, it had a great itinerary to Normandy. Second, Vantage offers single fares without paying double the cruise price.

I took advantage of a 3 day pre-cruise extension to St. Malo, France on the English Channel. The old walled city of St. Malo is surrounded by a lively beach resort with many restaurants, hotels, and a casino. We stayed at the Oceania Hotel which was ideally located just a 5 minute walk to the old city. We had a full day tour to Mont St. Michele which everyone should visit.

From St. Malo, we traveled to Paris with a stop in Chartres to visit the cathedral and wander around the city. We arrived in Paris and boarded the River Venture. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had been up-graded to a French balcony cabin. My cabin was beautifully decorated with plenty of drawer space and a closet. The bathroom was small but well laid out. The shower was large with a glass door enclosure. The cabin came with bathrobes, slippers, a reusable water bottle (to take home), a large bottle of Evian water, a desk, and a small table with two chairs in front of the French balcony. I loved it!

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Cabin French Balcony

I loved my cabin! The cabin was well laid out with plenty of drawer space and an ample closet. The bathroom had a nice roomy shower with a glass enclosure, a nice size sink with storage area, and ample room for your knees when sitting down on the toilet. There was a desk with outlets and charging stations and ample light to use the hairdryer and in my case a curling iron. There was a table with two chairs in front of the French balcony as well as an easy chair. The décor of the room was beautiful.

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