Vantage Deluxe World Travel Christens ms River SplendorVantage Deluxe World Travel – March 18, 2013
Boston, MA (March 14, 2013) — Vantage Deluxe World Travel, a world renowned tour operator celebrating 30 years of success in 2013, christened the ms River Splendor today in Antwerp as the newest addition to its growing European river cruising fleet. Miss Belgium Noémie Happart led the official naming ceremony as the ships godmother alongside Vantage COO Kevin Wallace; Roger Spoor, Captain of the ms River Splendor and Patrick Janssens, CEO of Shipyard DeHoop, the Netherlands-based shipyard responsible for designing and building the new ms River Splendor. The new ship will make its inaugural voyage on March 17th from Amsterdam." Learn More about the Inaugural launch of the ms River Splendor or watch the video Watch a video about the inaugural voyage of one of our newest ships, the ms River Splendor .
Vantage Says Thanks To Veterans With Free River CruiseTravel With Value – November 7, 2012
Vantage Deluxe World Travel is giving thanks to military members this Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving by offering a 14-day European river cruise to select U.S. veterans and families of fallen U.S. Armed Forces. On November 16, 2012, veterans (and a guest) from various U.S. cities will be flown to Budapest to embark on a "Vantage for Veterans" Eastern European river cruise Learn More.
Vantage to launch two more ships in 2013Travel Weekly – October 18, 2012
Vantage Deluxe World Travel is launching two new 176-passenger river cruise ships in Europe in March. The River Splendor and River Venture, which will both depart on dual inaugural voyages from Antwerp to Amsterdam on March 13, are part of a $120 million fleet investment program, which will double Vantage's river cruising fleet by 2014. Vantage said that it is building the new ships in response to a 50% increase in customers over the past five years. Learn More.
ms River Splendor water tested!Vantage Deluxe World Travel – May 29, 2012
The newest member of the Vantage fleet is afloat! The ms River Splendor, a 442-foot vessel conceived and designed with the American traveler in mind, has launched from its slipway at the shipyard. Over the next few months, it will be fitted out with the best in river cruise furnishings and amenities for its official launch on March 17, 2013. Like its sister ship ms River Discovery II, the new ms River Splendor is made for intimate cruising, with no more than 176 passengers on board. And with 45 crewmembers, the ship has the best passenger-to staff ratio anywhere—better than 4-to-1! Learn More about the ms River Splendor
Photo tour: Vantage Deluxe cruise ship River Discovery IIUSA Today – April 18, 2012
One of the newest river cruise ships in Europe, the River Discovery II, is operated by Boston-based Vantage Deluxe World Travel. What's it like to sail on the 176-passenger vessel? Click HERE to see our new comprehensive photo tour of the River Discovery II, which was christened in late March in Amsterdam and is operating on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Read More
Vantage's River Discovery II aims to meet growing demand for solo cabinsTravel Weekly – April 2, 2012
Vantage Deluxe World Travel named the 176-passenger River Discovery II here in mid-March, a river vessel that caters to solo travelers with single cabins, an option absent from most of the newer river cruise ships. Read More
Riverboating in Europe is becoming the new trend on waterways.YNN, Albany – April 2, 2012
River cruises accommodate an intimate number of passengers, usually under 200, and always stay in sight of land, a plus in the safety department. Those are just two reasons why frequent cruiser June Spargo has sailed 62 times with Vantage. "The main reason is you get the opportunity to stop at small towns, villages that you would never see on a bus tour," says Spargo. Read More
Riverboating Helps Aging Boomers Make The Most Of The European TripsNY1.com – March 26, 2012
Sailing as a media guest on the newly named River Discovery II, Vantage's chief operating officer, Bret Gordon, told me Europe is the place to be for their target market, baby boomers aged between 68 and 72."We recognize this type of traveler wants to see the world, but wants to do it in a style that is comfortable, not stressful," says Gordon. Read More
Hub Travel Operator Cruises AheadBoston Herald – March 25, 2012
Vantage Deluxe World Travel's upcoming 30th anniversary may prove a watershed moment. The international tour operator, with corporate headquarters in the Hub, is investing $120 million toward expanding its fleet of ships overseas, including building and launching a 442-foot cruise vessel that made its maiden voyage from Amsterdam on Friday. Read More
Dutch Shipbuilder Builds River CruisersMaritime Journal – March 21, 2012
Dutch shipbuilder Shipyard De Hoop has built a first generation river cruise vessel – the first in four for US tour operator Vantage Deluxe World Travel. The newly built 135m long River Discovery II has since made its way to Amsterdam where it was christened at the end of last week. Read More
Vantage finds success in direct-to-consumer businessTravel Weekly – March 20, 2012
It's not that Vantage Deluxe World Travel doesn't want agent business, but the company is doing well without it, said COO Bret Gordon onboard the company's new river cruise ship, River Discovery II.
The Boston-based company is becoming a significant player in the river cruise market, and it is doing so with a largely direct-to-consumer model. Read More
River cruise operator Vantage christens new shipUSA Today – March 18, 2012
AMSTERDAM (March 18, 2012) -- Boston-based Vantage Deluxe World Travel today christened its first new river cruise ship in five years, the River Discovery II, in a dockside ceremony along Amsterdam's waterfront.
One of the tour operator's most loyal customers, June Spargo, 85, served as godmother of the 176-passenger vessel, presiding over the breaking of a champagne bottle against the ship's hull. Spargo has taken 63 trips with the company. Read More
Vantage river ship has solo travelers in mindTravel Weekly – March 19, 2012
AMSTERDAM — Boston-based Vantage Deluxe World Travel christened the 176-passenger River Discovery II here on Sunday. The vessel caters to solo travelers with single cabins, an option absent from most of the new river cruise ships being built today. Read More
Next stop for TV Diner: HollandNECN - March 10, 2012
(TV Diner) - TV Diner has taken you to Italy twice, Peru, and Bermuda. Now we're going to take you to the rivers of Holland in a special cruise that's a grown part of the travel business. Read More