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Our cruise was outstanding. This was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises. Vantage did a fantastic job of holding our hand from start to finish. It was without a doubt the best we have ever been on. The history and culture woven into the trip was obviously thought out by the agents at Vantage. From the greeting by our program director at the Amsterdam airport to our departure at Budapest everything was just great. We so enjoyed the accommodations aboard the RIVER NAVIGATOR. The food in the dining room was scrumptious everything from the personally prepared omelet in the morning to the delicious entrees and deserts at the evening meal. The individual service provided by the wait staff in the dining area was just great. The tours in the various Ports of Call were far and above what we expected. The tour guides provided a wealth of knowledge about each attraction we visited. We so enjoyed the various tours arranged by Vantage. They were just great. There were too many favorites to list them all. But among the most impressive was the Cathedral in Cologne, the Castles in Austria and of course the classical concert in Vienna. We would and have recommended Vantage to friends and acquaintances who want to take a luxurious cruise Europe.

An outstanding 1st time river cruise! Loved it!

River Navigator Cruise Review by ChristineBensley

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Our cruise was outstanding. This was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises. Vantage did a fantastic job of holding our hand from start to finish. It was without a doubt the best we have ever been on. The history and culture woven into the trip was obviously thought out by the agents at Vantage. From the greeting by our program director at the Amsterdam airport to our departure at Budapest everything was just great. We so enjoyed the accommodations aboard the RIVER NAVIGATOR. The food in the dining room was scrumptious everything from the personally prepared omelet in the morning to the delicious entrees and deserts at the evening meal. The individual service provided by the wait staff in the dining area was just great.
The tours in the various Ports of Call were far and above what we expected. The tour guides provided a wealth of knowledge about each attraction we visited. We so enjoyed the various tours arranged by Vantage. They were just great. There were too many favorites to list them all. But among the most impressive was the Cathedral in Cologne, the Castles in Austria and of course the classical concert in Vienna. We would and have recommended Vantage to friends and acquaintances who want to take a luxurious cruise Europe.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 407
We were upgraded to the Navigator Deck, although I don't think there was a great deal of difference between the top two decks. At 150 sf our rooms were spacious enough not to feel cramped. I especially appreciated the large shower since I am 6'1". We cannot praise Vantage enough. The crew was top notch and the service impeccable.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Cologne Cathedral
    My husband and I loved the Cathedral. When you walk from the river dock, this massive cathedral is right there, it almost takes your breath away. Impressive in both size and splendor with its huge twin spires, Cologne Cathedral is an excellent example of the German gothic style.
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  • Cologne Old Town
    We loved the shops and old buildings, all in a few close blocks.
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  • Walking Tour
    In Cologne to stand beside the great cathedral was inspiring. The Ludwig Museum displays the extent of Ancient Roman civilization in this area. The walking tour took in the Old Town, it was delightful.
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