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ms River Venture 2015
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Ship Statistics:

  • Entered Service: 2013
  • Length: 360 ft.
  • Passenger Capacity: 134
  • Crew: 41
  • Draft:: 5 ft.


Vantage's Deluxe state-of-the-art, French river cruise ship — ms River Venture

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  • Launched in 2013, it is the successor to the popular ms River Navigator
  • Owner's Suite is 330 square feet with all the amenities of a Deluxe suite including a mini-bar. Beds can be convert to a queen-sized!
  • 78% of staterooms have French balconies
  • Single Staterooms


The ms River Venture: Catering Exclusively to Vantage Travelers

  • River ship designed with the American traveler in mind
  • Intimate cruising with no more than 134 passengers on board
  • Single seating dining with a tempting menu of American and European favorites, plus complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks with dinner every night on board ship
  • Elevator between Odyssey, Explorer, and Navigator decks, with a hydraulic chair lift to open-air Solaris Deck
  • Non-smoking throughout interior (designated smoking area on open-air Solaris Deck)
  • Best passenger-to-staff ratio you'll find in luxury travel!


New State-of-the-Art Interactive Features On Board!

  • True Video on Demand…watch what you want, when you want, from our vast library of movies. See our Movie list
  • Access to many US television channels such as MSNBC, CNN, Discovery, Weather and many more.
  • View your journey, daily destination highlights, important events, flight information and many other key information from the comfort of your cabin.
  • Follow your ship's journey through real time GPS tracking.
  • Ship wide, wireless internet access… stay connected to loved ones through Facebook, email.
  • Easily book your next Memorable Journey with full access to VantageTravel.com
  • FREE Wi-fi* throughout the ship


The Green Fleet: Environmentally Friendly Ships
Vantage’s new ships are designed to the latest eco-friendly standards. That helps ensure a better cruise experience for you and a better future for your children and grandchildren.

  • Energy-efficient Tier 2 engines run quieter, produce less exhaust, and save fuel.
  • State-of-the-art water- and energy-saving are employed throughout, including “smart cabin” systems and bright, efficient LED lighting.
  • Quieter, more efficient hull designs save fuel and produce less wake.
  • Waste treatment and recycling systems comply fully with strict European Union standards. For example, 90% of water used on the ship is cleaned to drinking water quality before being returned to the river.


Services & Amenities

  • Early-riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Entertainment onboard featuring local performers coming aboard in select ports, plus jukebox filled with nostalgic music hits
  • Captain's Club with floor-to-ceiling windows for incomparable views. When the weather is right we retract the glass roof and slide open the back wall for a full alfresco experience.
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Massage Studio on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck



Your Deluxe Suite or Stateroom: 
Join us and unpack just once in your private stateroom. All staterooms face outside and feature a glorious view. Deluxe staterooms and suites on the Navigator deck have French balconies, which offer the best of all worlds: grand, panoramic views and the ability to open your room to fresh river breezes — without reducing valuable interior space, the way a traditional balcony does.


Treat Yourself ... to a Suite: 
Make the most of your journey by upgrading to a 250-square-foot Suite at a surprisingly reasonable price.. Or be the one lucky traveler per departure who reserves the top-of-the-line Owner's Suite, available on each Vantage ship.


Single Cabins: 
If you're traveling solo, you'll also have the choice of reserving a single cabin so you don't have to pay based on double room rates. (Availability is limited, so reserve promptly if interested.)


Five-Star Dining for the American Palate
You can look forward to gourmet cuisine that reflects genuine local fare adapted for the American palate. The chefs aboard our river ships have been trained in the European style, attending the best culinary schools and serving apprenticeships under master chefs.


The Compass Rose Dining Room: 
In our elegant Compass Rose dining room, enjoy one-seating dining, with no seating plan, so you can dine with whomever you choose. In this refined yet relaxed atmosphere, you'll find crisp white table linens, fine crystal, Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and silverware, fresh flowers, and attentive service.

Here, our chefs offer a daily menu of choices, including savory vegetarian and heart-healthy, lighter dishes, plus a salad bar at every lunch. We also offer generous breakfast and lunch buffets, and an afternoon snack. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are available around the clock.


Healthy Choices at Every Meal:
 
With so many of your meals included, you’ll have ample opportunity to sample the best of regional cuisine – on board our ships, in our hotels, in local restaurants, even in family homes. But along with the international fare you’ll also find many American favorites and choices for the health-conscious.

View our Sample Dinner Menu

Dine Alfresco in Our Captain’s Club 
For a change of pace, you'll also be able to dine in the new Captain's Club seating area, where you can enjoy healthy spa cuisine and other lighter choices, buffet-style. The Captain's Club boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for incomparable views. When the weather is right we retract the glass roof and slide open the back wall for a full alfresco experience. While seating is open during the day, demand is high at dinnertime and reservations are required. Send a request to your concierge prior to your cruise to confirm the evening you prefer, or wait and reserve once you are on board. (Available on the ms River Discovery II, ms River Explorer II, ms River Splendor, ms River Venture, and ms River Voyager.)


Full Wine & Beer Selection, plus Cocktails in the Lounge: 
We also stock a full wine and beer selection, so you can pair dishes with beer or wine from the region for a complete, authentic dining experience. The Can Can Lounge offers a full cocktail selection during the afternoon and evening.


Join us in the Can-Can Lounge: 
Our new themed Can-Can Lounge evokes the golden age of turn-of-the-century France. Join us here to relax, share a drink with friends, dance, and enjoy the belle époque-themed décor accents and entertainment.


Health & Wellness: 
One of the benefits of river cruising is that you go ashore just about every day, making it easy to go ashore for a morning run or an evening stroll. The Vantage ships now carry complimentary bicycles that you can sign out in port. Aboard ship, take advantage of the Solaris Deck walking/running track, as well as the fitness room, with treadmill, stationary bike, step machine, and free weights.

Please note, smoking is not permitted indoors; there is a designated smoking area outside.

On what side of the ship should I book my cabin?
It does not matter, as there is no "better" side of the ship. On some days, port-side cabins will be docked facing the shore; on other days it will be the starboard-side cabins.


*Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available aboard the ships in our Deluxe European river fleet. However, because the availability of wireless Internet access is based on local cell phone coverage (vs cable connections), unavoidable wireless service blackouts may occur.  

ms River Venture Video Choices

From the comfort of your cabin, you can select from your ship’s library of current movie hits, old favorites, foreign movies, travelogues, and great performances. Here’s a sample:


  • A Little Bit of Heaven
  • A Walk Among The Tombstones
  • About Time
  • All Is Lost
  • Amelie
  • American Graffiti
  • American Hustle
  • An American in Paris
  • Anna Karenina
  • Approaching Midnight
  • Argo
  • Begin Again
  • Bel Ami
  • Bless Me Ultima
  • Burt Wolf: Great Rivers, Provence
  • Cabaret
  • Captain Phillips
  • Casablanca
  • Charade
  • Chocolat
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Diana Krall Live In Paris
  • Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • From Paris with Love
  • Gigi
  • Girl on a Bicycle
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • Haute Cuisine (subtitled)
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • Hemingway and Gellhorn
  • Hope Springs
  • Hyde Park on the Hudson
  • In Secret
  • It Happened One Night
  • J. Edgar
  • Jane Eyre
  • Julie and Julia
  • Just like a Woman
  • Kylie Minogue: Aphrodite Les Follies
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Lés Miserables
  • Life Itself
  • Life of a King
  • Lincoln
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Lust For Life
  • Mamma Mia
  • Moneyball
  • Moulin Rouge (1952)
  • Million Dollar Arm
  • Mr. Smith goes to Washington
  • My Afternoon with Marguerite
  • My Old Lady
  • My Week with Marilyn
  • Now You See Me
  • On My Way
  • Parkland
  • Robbie Williams: Take the Crown
  • Rush
  • Rocky
  • Safe House (Rated R)
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Skyfall
  • Surviving Picasso
  • The Artist
  • The Artist and the Model
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Citizen
  • The Debt
  • The Family
  • The Fifth Estate
  • The Ghost Writer
  • The Giver
  • The Good Lie
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Help
  • The Ides of March
  • The Judge
  • The King's Speech
  • The Lone Ranger
  • The November Man
  • The Reader
  • The Social Network
  • The Truth about Charlie
  • The Who – Royal Albert Hall
  • The Wild Bunch
  • This is Where I Leave You
  • Twice Born
  • Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Unfinished Song
  • War Horse
  • West Side Story
  • When the Game Stands Tall
  • White House Down
  • Words and Pictures

Please Note: Video selection subject to change.

ms River Venture Your Ship’s Library

Looking for a good read? Stop by the ship’s library on the Navigator Deck and make a selection. Here’s a sample of what’s in the collection:


Fiction
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven, Mitch Albom
  • King and Maxwell, David Baldacci
  • The Apartment, Greg Baxter
  • Command Authority, Tom Clancy
  • Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Sycamore Row, John Grisham
  • Hunting Eve, Iris Johansen
  • Innocence, Dean Koontz
  • The Magician, W. Somerset Maugham
  • The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult
  • Saint Joan, George Bernard Shaw
  • The Fly-Truffler, Gustaf Sobin
  • Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zuzak

Seasonal
  • Christmas in France: French Christmas Traditions Past and Present, N. O’Brien
  • Christmas in France (Christmas Around the World), World Book

Travel Guides
  • Traveler’s History of France, Robert Cole
  • Fodor’s France
  • Fodor’s Paris
  • Behave Yourself: The Essential Guide to International Etiquette, Michael Powell
  • The French, Theodore Zeldin

Nonfiction
  • France Today, John Ardagh
  • My Life in France, Julia Child
  • Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik
  • A Movable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
  • Paris in the Fifties, Stanley Karnow
  • 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northrup

Note: Available titles subject to change.

French Balcony on Upper Deck
ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2

165 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Navigator deck feature French balconies. 
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products
  • Category A staterooms also feature a minibar.


French Balcony on Forward Middle Deck
ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2

165 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Explorer deck feature French balconies. 
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens 
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products


French Balcony on Rear Middle Deck
ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2

165 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Explorer deck feature French balconies. 
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens 
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products
  • Category A staterooms also feature a minibar.


Outside View
ms Splendor Cabins D1-D2

165 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Odyssey Deck feature standard windows.
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products


Single Cabin with Outside View
ms Splendor Cabin SD

125 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Odyssey Deck feature two standard windows
  • All staterooms feature hotel style single bed
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products


Single Cabin with Outside View
ms Splendor Cabin SD

125 square feet, with all the features below:

  • All staterooms on the Odyssey Deck feature two standard windows
  • All staterooms feature hotel style single bed
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products


Large Deluxe Suite
ms Splendor Cabin DS

250 square feet, with all the features below:

  • Floor to ceiling windows with French Balconies
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffeemaker
  • Luxurious bathrobe and slippers
  • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
  • Telephone
  • Pin coded safe
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flatscreen Television on a swivel stand with Video on Demand
  • Hotel style beds — twin beds that convert to Queen sized
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products
  • Sitting area with table
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary minibar, stocked upon boarding
  • Coffee maker in stateroom
  • Remote-control curtains


Large Owner Suite
ms Splendor Cabin OS

330 square feet, with all the features of a Deluxe Suite, plus:

  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with shower and bathtub/jaccuzzi
  • Floor to ceiling windows with French Balconies with remote control curtains
  • Telephone
  • Pin coded safe
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Hotel style beds — twin beds that convert to Queen sized
  • Luxurious hotel-style linens, bathrobes, and slippers
  • L'Occitaine de Provence bath products
  • Complimentary minibar, restocked daily
  • Separate Jacuzzi tub and shower in bath
  • Sitting area with sofa that converts to a bed
  • Individually controlled tilt-up mattresse
  • Coffeemaker
  • Separate desk & vanity
  • Laundry service
  • Yamaha ISX-800 audio system
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Services & Amenities
  • FREE Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Reading room offering a selection of books and magazines. See our reading list
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Nightly entertainment featuring onboard pianist, with local performers coming aboard in select ports
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Beauty Salon on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck