River Navigator Review

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By Jeannine Williamson
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River Navigator Overview

An unprecedented number of solo cabins will be among the standout features on Vantage Deluxe World Travel's River Navigator, which will boast a brand new look for the 2020 season.

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About Vantage River Navigator

The 360-foot European river vessel, which first entered service in 2002, is being totally reimagined with 43 solo cabins measuring 150-square-foot across all decks -- the most, and largest, single staterooms available on a deluxe riverboat. There will also be 11 interconnecting cabins for families and groups of friends and, adding more flexible accommodation options, suites that can sleep up to three people.

Deluxe Suites, measuring 225 square feet and being renamed after musical stars, come with upgraded amenities, mini-bar and French balcony, and the current Owner's Suite, which is 300 square feet, is being refurbished and retitled the Frank Sinatra Suite.

All cabins will feature luxurious hotel-style bed linens, L'Occitane de Provence toiletries and smart TVs with onboard information, destination highlights, videos on demand and U.S. channels.

A musical theme will run throughout River Navigator, with a new Rat Pack Lounge, featuring a classic cocktail menu, original artwork and jukebox filled with hits from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Dean Martin and other famous names from the pop and jazz world of the 50s and 60s. Onboard musicians will perform live tunes from the American Songbook era.

 The open seating Compass Rose Dining Room serves international fare and regional cuisine adapted for the American palate, along with health-conscious options and vegetarian dishes.

Facilities on the ship include an elevator between the passenger decks, plus a hydraulic chair lift to access the sun deck. There is fitness room plus an outdoor walking track, small shop selling essential and souvenirs and Wi-Fi available throughout the ship.

Sightseeing tours are included in the cruise fare. Program directors with local expertise accompany each River Navigator cruise. The Cultural Connections program promises in-depth experiences in each country visited through lectures, special meals, home visits, receptions, performances and participation in local activities. Passengers are given free headphones for each excursion to ensure they can hear the guide clearly.

 Eco-friendly features include energy efficient engines, water saving technology and "smart cabin" lighting that switches on and off with the room key.

 River Navigator is part of Vantage's mainland European fleet and sails on a variety of itineraries including spring tulip cruises in Holland, dedicated solo sailings and the 23-night "Grand European Sojourn" itinerary through seven countries which is new for 2020.

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Vantage River Navigator Ship Stats

  • Crew: 36
  • Launched: 2002
  • Decks: 4
  • Passengers: 117
  • Registry: Germany
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River Navigator
Sail Date: Apr 2017
because I could find any reviews since 2015. We were on the "MS River Navigator", although this page refers to Vantage River Navigator. I'm assuming and hoping I'm on the right page. River cruise...Read More
River Navigator
Sail Date: Jul 2015
small cruise ship Aegean Odyssey, we hated to see that trip end and, with this trip on Vantage's River Navigator, we were so ready for a land trip in Amsterdam. This was a trip we wanted to cross off of...Read More
River Navigator
Sail Date: Jul 2015
was better on Viking. The River Navigator has done away with the lounge keyboard player and replaced him/her with a juke box. This is the last year for the River Navigator, but the ship has been well...Read More
River Navigator
Sail Date: May 2015
Being a Viking supporter I wasn't sure that Vantage could compare but they surely did. The River Navigator was so comfortable and the beds were like sleeping on marshmallows. French chef, great staff...Read More

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