River Navigator Cruise Review by FuelScience
- Sail Date: July 2015
- Destination: Europe River
This is the last year for the River Navigator, but the ship has been well maintained, and we had no complaints about the condition of the ship. We liked the smaller size (134 passengers max).
The meals were on a par with Viking’s food. Taste, temperature, and presentation were all good, and service was generally good. It was somewhat frustrating that Vantage allowed large groups (6-14 people) to reserve the best tables for the ENTIRE cruise. Reserving the tables for a few nights would have been OK, or moving the groups around so that everyone had a chance to eat in the prime spots would have been a better way to handle this.
On some of the tours, Vantage tried to offer little extras. Amsterdam included a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, and we boarded boats for our canal tour there and the tour ended close to the Navigator’s docking site. At the Reichsburg in Cochem we were greeted by the “lord of the manor” and given a glass of wine. On the other hand, when we booked a year ahead of time our optional tour of Luxembourg was supposed to include either a box lunch or Euros for lunch, but when we sailed, the policy had changed and we had to buy our own lunch (in addition to the $69 we spent for the optional tour). Also, it seemed like none of the tours ever ran on time. This may have been the fault of us passengers.
We chose this cruise for the itinerary (Rhine and Moselle) and loved the route, but we were disappointed in how Vantage arranged it. We docked at the tiny town of Schweich for the optional tour to Luxembourg. Schweich is only 15 km (9 miles) from Trier. Instead of staying there and having a very brief bus ride to Trier for our tour there, the Navigator left Schweich and cruised downriver to Zell—70 km from Trier. The next day we toured Bernkastel and stayed another night in Zell and then had an hour and a half bus ride back to Trier for our tour there. Why not spend the night in Schweich and do our Trier tour from there with a 30 minute bus ride? It was almost as if Vantage didn’t have a map.
Also, after reentering the Rhine at Koblenz, the Navigator stopped at Boppard—a town with very little to do or see—and spent most of the day there. If they’d stopped about 2 miles earlier at Braubach, we could have done a tour of the beautiful Marksburg castle.
So we had a good time on the cruise. It compared well with our previous Viking tours, but we felt that the Vantage cruise could have been better planned and executed.
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The in-room entertainment system worked well, although we did not watch any movies. Some of our friends mentioned the system hanging up in the middle of movies. There was a 110V U.S. outlet in the bathroom and another in the room. Each evening fresh water bottles were placed in the room.
The only negative about this room was that it was just outside the door to the dining room on the back of the ship. People were always lined up in front of the door before dinner and sometimes for lunch.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Canal TourVantage handled tour well with guided tour of Rijksmuseum. We met the canal boats outside the museum and ended at our cruise ship.View All 263 Canal Tour Reviews
RijksmuseumVantage handled tour well with guided tour of Rijksmuseum. We met the canal boats outside the museum and ended at our cruise ship.View All 64 Rijksmuseum Reviews
Walking TourDecent walking tour of old city ending at the cathedral square.View All 127 Walking Tour Reviews