Experts to serve you, ship to shore
During your Antarctic cruise adventure, you'll be well taken care of. Your Adventure Leader will provide briefings about upcoming ports, coordinate social and cultural activities on board ship, and generally make sure that your experience is the best it can be. If your program includes a land stay (or if you have chosen an optional extension), enjoy the services of a City Host at your hotel, who can help plan your exploration.
ADVENTURE LEADERS MAKE YOUR TRIP "SMOOTH SAILING"
"Traveling for me is like breathing." So says Vantage Adventure Leader Enrique Virto, who was born in Cusco, Peru, and has led travelers to 30 different countries on five continents. Enrique studied Peruvian history in Cusco, Philosophy and Psychology in Paris, and ultimately received a degree with licensure in tourism. As an avid outdoorsman, Enrique says his favorite places are those where he can introduce travelers to natural wonders and variable terrain, among them Machu Picchu, the Galapagos, and Lake Titicaca. When asked what his travelers should take back with them, Enrique answers "the tastes of typical food, the sounds of local music, the spirit of our celebrations, the colors of our textiles, the moments of interaction with local people. These are the souvenirs that last forever."
Daughter of a North American father and South American mother, Valerie grew up bicultural as well as bilingual. She studied English Literature at Wellesley College and Journalism at university in Argentina, but considers that her best education was received traveling through Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas as she was growing up. She began her travel career working for airlines, but says her goal now is to “convey the boundless beauty, diversity and complexity of the countries in South America.” Her favorite place to lead guests is the Chilean fjords and Patagonia. In her free time, Valerie practices yoga and likes to write and travel, saying “any place I have not yet seen is worth a visit.”
NEW! CONCIERGE SERVICE GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND
If you have a special request or personal interest you’d like to pursue during your journey, your Vantage Concierge is here to help. Even better, this new and complimentary service is available to all travelers — no matter what cabin category or flight class you’ve reserved (making us the best among other deluxe travel companies!).
Whether you want to plan an anniversary party, track down a bit of your family’s heritage in China, secure restaurant reservations in Paris, or organize an intimate pub crawl for your multigenerational group of family and friends in Ireland, our Concierge service can make your travel dreams come true.
Plus, Concierge service is available before or during your journey. Simply log in to MyPortfolio, submit a pre-trip request to Concierge@vantagetravel.com, or call 1-888-982-6824 and you'll have your answer from our Concierge within two business days. Travelers on our European river ships can also stop by the Concierge Desk (located in your ship’s lobby) to make a request during your journey; for land adventures and small ship cruises, your Adventure Leader or Cruise Director doubles as your onboard Concierge.
REGIONAL EXPERTS ENRICH YOUR DISCOVERIES
No one knows a destination better than an insider, so in addition to your Adventure Leader, you’ll enjoy the services of experienced, English-speaking regional experts in select locations during your included tours. Their deep command of regional history will certainly enrich your viewing of important attractions. But our “insiders” go a step beyond, sharing insights on behind-the-scenes aspects of local culture that ordinary tours usually overlook. How do families in this area get by? What are some of the local legends? What do the decorations on a particular house mean? Your regional expert is eager to bring it all alive for you.