Families of Fallen Yarnell Hill Firefighters Receive Free Vantage Heroes Cruise
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On December 10, 2014, Vantage was proud to host surviving family members of the elite firefighting team known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots for a free 9-day Danube River Holiday Cruise aboard the deluxe ms River Splendor. This fourth Vantage Heroes Cruise was inspired by the tragic loss of 19 of the 20-member Granite Mountain Hotshot firefighting team, who perished in 2013 combatting the massive Yarnell Hill wildfires near Prescott, Arizona — one of the deadliest blazes in U.S. firefighting history. Our guests were also joined by several family members who had lost a loved one responding to the deadly attack on the World Trade Centers in September, 2011. In keeping with our mission, the Heroes Cruise was created to help those who have gone through great hardships to enjoy a break from their everyday cares, and to bond with others who have undergone similar losses.
Our amazing guests enjoyed free airfare and a deluxe river cruise with daily sightseeing in ports such as Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest and more. All enjoyed plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season both onboard ship and at the region's famous Christmas markets.