Top Vantage Ships
Vantage specializes in worldwide river cruises, land tours, and small-ship voyages for travelers 50 and over. The company owns and operates its own fleet of European river ships sailing the Seine, Rhone, Saone, Rhine, Main, Danube, and Moselle rivers, and also operates exclusive charters on the Douro. Its small-ship voyages feature chartered vessels (most are exclusive charters) operated by companies such as Pandaw and Variety Cruises. These range from boutique-style luxury yachts to expedition vessels.
Vantage maintains a 4:1 guest-to-staff ratio on its riverboats. Most cruises offer free shipwide Wi-Fi, sightseeing tours, meals, beer and wine with dinner and onboard entertainment included in the price of the cruise. Meals onboard are one sitting with open seating. All ships have panoramic lounges and sun decks, and are nonsmoking throughout the interior, with a designated smoking area at the rear of each vessel on the open-air deck.
Vantage owns four riverboats, each with solo accommodations, French balconies in 78 percent of the cabins and a luxurious 250- to 330-square-foot Owner's Suite with a well-stocked minibar and separate bedroom area. Standard and Deluxe cabins are furnished with twin beds that convert to double size (queen for the Owner's Suite). All cabins provide outside views and are equipped with TV, safe and hair dryer. They also come with entertainment-on-demand systems offering movies as well as access to many U.S. television channels such as MSNBC, CNN, Discovery, The Weather Channel and more. The features include real-time GPS tracking of the ship's journey.
The line's Cultural Connections programs promise in-depth experiences in each country visited through lectures, special meals, home visits, receptions, performances and participation in local activities. Vantage also offers special interest excursions, including wine, history and art. A special feature on excursions is the free use of headphones for each passenger to ensure they can hear the instructions and lectures clearly.
Vantage is marketed to mature travelers, generally well-traveled passengers ages 50 and up. They encourage single travelers with single occupancy cabins and a roommate matching service. With amenities such as U.S. television channels, a U.S.-style electrical outlet in every cabin and English-speaking guides, Vantage is intentionally designed with the American cruiser in mind.