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When it comes to giving back, Vantage strives to honor the quiet heroes among us whose lives have been dramatically affected by tragedy, loss and war. Their stories of perseverance and resilience are personal journeys, to be sure. But they are also sources of inspiration for all of us. 

The Vantage Heroes program gives back to these everyday people by instilling some inspiration in them. We have introduced them to the great waterways of Europe by arranging for them to travel for free on a Vantage European river cruise, opening their eyes once again to the beauty of the world and the open arms of their fellow global citizens.

Past recipient have included Iraq-Afghanistan war veterans, Gold Star military family members who have lost a loved one, victims and first responders of the Boston Marathon bombings, and the families of fallen firefighters from the Yarnell Hill Fire and the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001. "We are so honored to support the heroes who inspire us," says Lewis, "and we are delighted to provide them with a break from their everyday cares and the chance to discover something new and wonderful about the world." 

Help us say "Thank You" the life's everyday heroes. If you know someone who has risen above in times of challenge, you can nominate them for a special Vantage Heroes journey.

Fallen Police Officers Honored in Annual Heroes Cruise to Europe

Vantage Deluxe World Travel is pleased to honor seven families of fallen police officers who have been injured or killed in the line of duty with a complimentary, all-inclusive eight-day European cruise through Germany.

Former Israeli Soldiers Receive Free Healing Cruise

Vantage Deluxe World Travel is proud to honor the Israeli Brothers for Life organization by providing 20 former Israeli troops with a complimentary, all-inclusive Rhine Jazz Discovery cruise.


Heroes Brunch

In 2018, the Vantage Heroes program sent 11 servicewomen on a free departure of France Culinary Delights: Paris to Normandy. They became so close on the journey that they reunited outside of Boston just months later.

Las Vegas shooting survivors embark on a healing cruise

On November 5, 2018, nearly 40 survivors of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting tragedy traveled from California, Nevada and Utah for a free, all-inclusive cruise tour.


2018 Heroes Cruise: Paris to Normandy

This year, the Vantage Heroes program honored the sacrifices and struggle of 11 servicewomen with a free trip to France aboard a Memorial Day departure of France Culinary Delights: Paris to Normandy.


Vantage Heroes

We salute all of our heroes and are grateful we can share the healing of travel through Vantage Heroes cruises.


Remembering D-Day

Why I took my family on a long-overdue pilgrimage to the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy, France...


United 93

Vantage was honored to sponsor a trip to Paris for the families of the United Flight 93 terror attack victims to show solidarity for other victims and survivors of terror.


Saluting our Veterans

Honoring our nation’s heroes is always a priority for Vantage Travel, which is why we are proud to welcome our military veterans on complimentary river cruises—including some very memorable departures to France and the Normandy D-Day beaches.


Firefighter families

Family members of the firemen who perished in the Yarnell Hill blaze—an Arizona brush fire in which 19 heroes perished—were treated to an all-expenses-paid cruise of a lifetime on the Danube River.


Boston Marathon survivors stay strong

The marathon bombings of 2013 hit close to home for Boston-based Vantage, which is why we wanted to honor survivors of the tragedy in the true spirit of Boston Strong. We’ve sent more than 100 survivors, first responders and guests on an all-inclusive Cruise Tour to France.


The marathon bombings of 2013 hit close to home for Boston-based Vantage, which is why we wanted to honor survivors of the tragedy in the true spirit of Boston Strong. We’ve sent more than 100 survivors, first responders and guests on Based on our belief in the power of travel to transform and restorative, Vantage created the Vantage Heroes program, free European river cruises aboard our own deluxe fleet to honor and reward the everyday heroes among us. Here’s how to nominate someone special.

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