Photo: A rendering of the new m/s Ocean Explorer, Vantage’s first small-ship ocean-going vessel debuting in 2021, with tours available for sale now
Boston, MA – August 13, 2019 – Vantage Deluxe World Travel, the region’s premier deluxe travel provider celebrating more than 35 years as a family-owned company, is pleased to announce that Travel + Leisure magazine has named it one of the top ten Best River Cruise Lines in its 24th annual World’s Best Awards. For more information about Vantage Deluxe Travel or to make reservations, please call 888-514-1845 or visit https://www.vantagetravel.com/
Vantage’s owned fleet of five- and six-star European river cruise vessels are specifically designed for American travelers to experience the best of the Old World’s waterways, with supplement-free solo cabins outfitted especially for single travelers—unique to the deluxe cruise industry. Convenient triple-occupancy accommodations are also offered in suites, all adding up to thousands of dollars in savings for the best experience at the best value.
Vantage’s fleet continues to expand; in 2020, Vantage Deluxe World Travel will debut the m/s Nebu, the newest and most luxurious ship on the Nile with five incredible itineraries and four cabin categories, and with a maximum capacity of just 76 passengers, allows guests a truly intimate and special travel experience. Vantage will also debut its first small-ship ocean-going vessel, the m/s Ocean Explorer, in 2021, with tours available for sale now. Information is available at www.vantage.cruises.
“We are so proud to once again be honored by Travel + Leisure for doing something that we truly love,” said Henry Lewis, CEO and founder of Vantage Deluxe World Travel. “We strive to create memorable experiences for each of our valued guests by providing unparalleled concierge-level service, dining, amenities and exclusive tours, all while traveling to some of the most breathtaking locations in the world.”
In addition to myriad accommodation options, Vantage offers convenient complimentary extras including free deluxe bicycle use onboard European river cruises and Concierge service to help reserve on-the-ground activities like concert tickets and onboard events like birthdays and anniversaries. Cruise Directors and local guides enhance the experience, with insider knowledge of each city and village so no matter a traveler’s special interest, whether art, history, or wine, they can guide their discoveries each day. Onboard experiences at night include entertainment like musical acts and culinary demonstrations, and with just 134-176 passengers on each sailing, each is an immersive and fun memory.
Each year, Travel + Leisure asks its readers to rate properties across the world in categories ranging from cities and hotels, to airlines, cruise ships and destination spas in this popular annual ranking. Vantage Deluxe World Travel outranked other river cruise lines across the globe. Of the 10 selected river cruise operators, Vantage ranked eighth with a score of 91.98.
Vantage onboard amenities include:
· Solaris deck with a walking and jogging track, including mini golf, large-scale chess, and morning yoga/stretching
· Complimentary Wi-Fi onboard river ships
· Fitness rooms with a treadmill, stationary bike, and free weights
· Reading room with a selection of books and magazines
· Housekeeping service twice daily with evening turndown
· Beauty salon or spa
· Luxurious hotel-style linens and L'Occitane de Provence amenities
· Single-seating dining with a tempting menu of American and European favorites (vegetarian, gluten-free and heart-healthy dishes available)
· Regional wines and beers included with onboard dinners
· Early-riser breakfast available daily
· Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks available every afternoon
· Breakfast and lunch buffets available daily
Each cabin features an outside-facing room, extensive in-room movie list and many US TV channels. Suites include butler service, floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies, bathrooms with double sinks and bathtubs with Jacuzzis, a separate sitting area, hotel-style beds, complimentary mini-bar, laundry service and multiple flat-screen televisions.
(Gerry Barker is a freelance travel writer who has covered the cruise industry for 10 years, formerly with The Palm Beach Post. He and his wife Pam maintain a Cruise Blog on NorthPalmBeachLife.com)