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We chose this ship after very good experiences on Vantage Travel Cruises. The ship was represented as launched in 2012 with Marble bathrooms, minibars, individual thermostats, five star dining and the like. We chose it for its Baltic Destinations. From the start, the ship failed to meet pur experience tations. The cabin was in its original 1992 state, it’s actual launch date, all steel floors and walls in the bath with no marble in sight. No minibar, the individual thermostats did not work, leaving us overheated as a de ision was made to address those who were cold at our expense. The dining room and hotel staff were engaging young people with whom we enjoyed a gtpreat relationship. The daily tours were solid and led by competent guides, The food, billed as five star, was mediocre, heavy on lamb and eggplant. It was generally served both overlooked and I e cold. Leftovers from prior meals came to be featured components of meals and, despite the high cost of the trip, an all too often occurrence on this cruise. This was a unique cruise. The staff, cruise director and destinations great, the food and physical plant seriously lacking. I truly loved destinations including Rige, Talinn, St. Petersburg and Stockholm. Unfortunately, the aging physical plant and mediocre food made the cost of this trip excessive. After eight Vantage trips in just over four years, we are beginning the process of looking elsewhere. Not a bad cruise, just much less than was promised for the price.

An over hyped old ship

Variety Voyager Cruise Review by Tomgosdeck

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We chose this ship after very good experiences on Vantage Travel Cruises. The ship was represented as launched in 2012 with Marble bathrooms, minibars, individual thermostats, five star dining and the like. We chose it for its Baltic Destinations.

From the start, the ship failed to meet pur experience tations. The cabin was in its original 1992 state, it’s actual launch date, all steel floors and walls in the bath with no marble in sight. No minibar, the individual thermostats did not work, leaving us overheated as a de ision was made to address those who were cold at our expense.

The dining room and hotel staff were engaging young people with whom we enjoyed a gtpreat relationship. The daily tours were solid and led by competent guides,

The food, billed as five star, was mediocre, heavy on lamb and eggplant. It was generally served both overlooked and I e cold. Leftovers from prior meals came to be featured components of meals and, despite the high cost of the trip, an all too often occurrence on this cruise.

This was a unique cruise. The staff, cruise director and destinations great, the food and physical plant seriously lacking. I truly loved destinations including Rige, Talinn, St. Petersburg and Stockholm. Unfortunately, the aging physical plant and mediocre food made the cost of this trip excessive.

After eight Vantage trips in just over four years, we are beginning the process of looking elsewhere. Not a bad cruise, just much less than was promised for the price.
VarietyCruisesTeam, Loyalty Program Manager @Variety Cruises has responded
Dear Tomgosdeck, We note that you found much to enjoy during your cruise, and thank you for your review. In regards to the ship’s date of construction, please kindly note that your information is incorrect, as the ship’s keel was laid on 2012 and this is a public record. All Variety Voyager’s Certificates, including Ship’s Registry Certificate are available upon request. Regarding your comments on the Food, we invite passengers to complete questionnaires at the end of each cruise, and overall this year, more than 90% have rated the food and service, to be good or excellent. We apologize if you were unhappy with certain menu options and service provided, and please note that your comments have been passed on to our Operations Team as well as the ship. In regards to the minibar absence, please kindly note that all cabins are equipped with a mini fridge which must have been found in one of your stateroom closets. We hope that you will overcome your present reservations and travel with VANTAGE in one of the programs successfully operated with Variety Cruises in the future. We are confident that your next cruise with VANTAGE - VARIETY Cruises lives up wholly to your expectations. Sincerely, Variety Cruises
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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Cabin 104
As noted, unchanged from 1992 and missing all of the alleged upgrades including marble, operable individual thermostats, minibar and the like. Just an aging cabin. At least we we were better off than our across the hall neighbors who boarded to find dirty undergarments still filling drawers of their cabin.