Vantage Charters: Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions? We’ve got answers. Here are some of the questions we hear most often from our Charter & Incentive guests.

Our Charter & Incentive expert, Tim Phaneuf, is eager to answer your questions and get you started on your memorable charter or incentive river cruise. To contact Tim, call 800-994-6321 x6175 or email
➢ Why should I choose Vantage for Charters & Incentive Travel over other travel companies?

Vantage Deluxe World Travel leads the field with 5-star group travel tours at unbeatable values. We invite your group to cruise our own acclaimed fleet of deluxe river ships, among the best in Europe. Vantage takes care of all your day-to-day details, from guided sightseeing and exclusive events to baggage handling. There’s even an onboard Concierge to handle your special requests. In fact, nearly every expense and service of your group vacation is included in one upfront price.
Vantage's chartered river cruises offer you the comfort and the “unpack-once” convenience of a traditional cruise, but in a friendlier, warmer, and lower-key atmosphere. The smaller size of these vessels also means we can plan itineraries to locales off-limits to larger vessels: into hidden harbors, down rivers like the Danube and the Moselle, and to tiny river towns full of history and charm.

➢ What destinations do you offer charter and incentive groups?

Our privately owned, luxurious vessels navigate the continent’s greatest waterways — the Rhône, Saône, Seine, Rhine, Danube, Main, and Moselle rivers. As they cruise, they reveal the heart of The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania — and feature the most extensive included sightseeing along the way.
Complementing the Vantage-owned fleet are two exclusively chartered Deluxe river vessels: the 4-star MS Douro Spirit, cruising Portugal’s Douro River, and the 4-star MS Frederic Chopin, cruising the Elbe River through Germany and the Czech Republic.

➢ Why is a river cruise a better choice than a land-based resort?

You won’t have to worry about unexpected expenses when you choose a Vantage Deluxe river cruise for your charter or incentive trip. Not only do we offer the best value in Deluxe travel — guaranteed! — but all onboard meals and amenities, gratuities, generous sightseeing, and more are included in your fare, allowing you to better control your budget than you could at a land-based resort.
Our Deluxe fleet also offers welcoming public spaces that make it easy for your group to gather to share ideas, discoveries, and reflections. Shared dining, sightseeing, and Cultural Connections also foster camaraderie among your team, creating bonds that last long after you return home.

➢ What’s included in the charter cost?

Every value-packed Vantage European river cruise offers a comprehensive package of included features, such as:

  • Accommodations aboard a Deluxe, state-of-the-art ship designed exclusively for the American traveler
  • Generous included sightseeing and Cultural Connections
  • Complimentary QuietVox headsets with all included sightseeing on the base tour and optional extensions
  • All meals throughout the cruise, including the Captain's Dinner; some cruises also feature select meals ashore
  • Wine, beer & soft drinks included with dinner every evening on board, and at the Captain’s Party
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service on board ship to assist with all personal requests
  • The services of a European Vantage Cruise Director, plus shipboard commentary, experienced local guides, and private motorcoach for excursions
  • All transfers & baggage handling overseas, beginning with your first night aboard ship
  • Vantage 5% Travel Reward, received upon your return, to use toward your next Vantage Memorable Journey®
  • The Vantage Travel Lifestyle features, such as a pub crawl and complimentary use of bicycles in port
➢ What’s the difference between a charter and an incentive?

A charter means you reserve the entire ship exclusively for your group. An incentive means you charter the ship or a portion of the ship as an incentive reward for company or organization. At Vantage Deluxe World Travel, we accommodate groups of all sizes with a level of service and care that is unmatched!

➢ Do you provide meeting facilities and services, and is there an additional charge?

Yes, we provide complimentary meeting facilities, including A/V equipment. Internet, fax, and telephone services are also available on board. A nominal fee is assessed to cover the cost of setting up and servicing your meeting.

➢ Can we host private cocktail parties or other gatherings, and is there an additional charge?

Yes, we can accommodate private gatherings aboard ship, at costs that vary depending on the size of your group and the refreshments you desire.

➢ How big are your ships?

Our ships were designed specifically to cruise the waterways of Europe, with shallow drafts that allow us to draw directly into port, so that you and your group can simply stroll into the heart of Europe’s most fascinating and historic town and villages. Aboard ship, you’ll sail in the company of no more than 78-176 travelers, depending on the itinerary you choose. Visit our website for more information about our Deluxe European river cruise fleet.

➢ Can we change itineraries or onboard menus or programs?

We are happy to work with you to customize your voyage if you charter the entire ship.

➢ Who handles the airline reservations?

Enjoy the ultimate in flexibility while planning your trip with Vantage! You can make your own arrangements, or, for the best value, choose from three flight options: included airfare, the luxury of Business Class upgrades, or the freedom of our popular FlightChoice program, which allows you to arrive earlier or stay later at your destination. Each one is an unmatched value in the air — plus, if you purchase your airfare from Vantage, your airport transfers in your destination, government taxes and fees, and fuel surcharges are included! So relax and enjoy your flight. The choice is yours!

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