Overview of Vantage ms River Voyager
Vantage Deluxe World Travel launched its newest European river vessel, the 176-guest ms River Voyager, in March 2016. Vantage Travel conducts land tours and cruises around the world, and its river cruises are its most popular product.
The ms River Voyager is 442 feet long and has 92 cabins and suites. Eight of the cabins are designed for solo travelers. The river vessel has a jazz music theme, which is apparent throughout the ship, from the hallways to the deluxe suites named for jazz music greats. The river ship's designers incorporated terrific artwork with musical themes, and they even included some jazzy lamps that look like trumpets.
This 6-page profile of the ms River Voyager includes a look at the statistics, dining, cabins, interior common areas, and outdoor decks of the river vessel.
Vantage ms River Voyager Statistics
River vessel statistics for the Vantage ms River Voyager:
- Launch Date: March 2016
- Passengers: 176
- Crew: 45
- Length: 442 ft.
- Width: 38 ft.
- Draft: 4.8 ft.
- Passenger Decks: 4
- Elevator: Between three passenger decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris (sun) deck
- High-tech interactive video screens in cabins and suites
- Quiet, environmentally-friendly ship
- Non-smoking throughout interior (designated smoking area on open-air sun deck)
- Wi-Fi: Complimentary and throughout the river ship
Check out the next four pages for specifics on the accommodations, dining, and common areas on the ms River Voyager.
Dining on the Vantage ms River Voyager
Dining in the Vantage River Voyager Bourbon Street Bistro
Like most river ships, the Vantage River Voyager has one main dining room with panoramic windows on each side. On this musically-themed ship, it's called the Bourbon Street Bistro.
Three meals a day are served in the Bistro. Breakfast and lunch are primarily buffets, although menus are also available. The buffets are extensive, with delicious salads, soups, and hot and cold dishes. There's an omelet station at breakfast, and a pasta station at lunch.
Dinner is served from a menu at the Bourbon Street Bistro. Seating is open. The appetizers, main courses, and desserts are varied and very tasty. The dinner menu often includes regional specialties and vegetarian options, but "comfort foods" like grilled salmon, chicken, or steak are always available. I was only on the ms River Voyager for a few nights, but loved their rack of lamb.
Wine is complimentary for dinner on the River Voyager.
Dining in the Vantage River Voyager Cotton Club Lounge
The ms River Voyager galley also serves lunch and dinner in the Cotton Club Lounge. The light buffet lunch includes a salad and a choice of a couple of main courses. The ship has a grill, so there's always a grill special like ribs or hamburgers available. (These can also be ordered in the Bourbon Street Bistro.) Dinner at the Cotton Club in more intimate than in the Bistro, but there's still a selection of appetizers and main courses.
The Cotton Club Lounge also has a daily "late riser's" breakfast, coffee machine, and complimentary ice cream buffet.
More on Dining on the Vantage River Voyager
One feature that many guests on the ship especially appreciate is the use of an allergen code on all the menus and name tags on the buffets. Vantage has a list of 14 common allergens on its menus, each assigned a numerical code. If a dish has a number next to it, all the guest has to do is compare it to the allergen list. For example, "peanuts and products" is number 2. Those allergic to peanuts only have to avoid anything with a number 2 after it, rather than always ask about every dish. Wish more restaurants/cruise ships used this method.
Guests don't have to wait until meal time for a snack or a drink. There's a professional espresso machine in the Blue Note Lounge, along with tea, hot chocolate, and afternoon snacks. This observation lounge also has an early riser's breakfast.
The ship has a delicious tea served on some afternoons. It was beautifully presented and delicious. Plus, guests could sip their tea, munch on snacks, and marvel at the amazing river scenery.
Cabins and Suites on the Vantage ms River Voyager
The Vantage River Voyager has five different types of cabins and suites in eight different categories. For identical cabins, the location and deck on the ship determines the category. Many of the accommodations have French balconies. All cabins and suites have large flat-screen televisions with an excellent Information/entertainment system that includes European channels, international news channels, and a wide selection of complimentary movies.
The five different types of accommodations are:
The Owner's Suite is a generous 330 square feet and is located mid-ship on the Navigator Deck. This large suite has a separate sitting area and spacious bathroom with two sinks, a Jacuzzi tub, and separate shower with multiple jets.
The suite has all the creature comforts one might expect from a suite of this name--coffee maker, luxurious bath robes, minibar, sitting room sofa that converts to a bed, and mattresses that tilt and curtains that open or close with the push of a button.
The eight Deluxe Suites on the Vantage River Voyager measure 250 square feet each and are located on the Navigator Deck.
Like the Owner's Suite, the Deluxe Suites have floor to ceiling windows with French balconies, desk area, remote controlled adjustable beds and curtains, and huge bathrooms. Each of these suites is named for a famous jazz singer/musician. I loved having a biography of Glenn Miller in my suite, and heard from others onboard that their named-suites included the applicable biography.
Cabin Categories A, B, and C
These three cabin categories are the largest group on the Vantage ms River Voyager. Measuring 166 square feet, these cabins are located on the Navigator and Explorer Decks and have French balconies. The bathrooms are not as large (only one sink and no bathtub) as the suites, but the shower is huge compared to some on other cruise ship cabins I've seen.
Cabin Category D
The 19 cabins on the Odyssey Deck are the same size and layout as Categories A, B, and C. The primary difference is that since the category D cabins are on the lowest passenger deck, they only have a window rather than a French balcony. These cabins are a good choice for couples or companions looking for a budget-priced room. Although I love having access to the outdoor air, many travelers don't spend much time in their cabins and would rather travel more often by staying in the lowest cabin category.
Solo Cabins - Category SD
Many mature travelers prefer to travel by themselves and don't want to share a room. The eight solo cabins on the ms River Voyager are perfect for these cruisers. Located on the Odyssey Deck, they have a window rather than a French balcony, but with 127 square feet of space, are large enough for one person. The solo cabin bathroom is smaller also, but it has a nice-sized shower (with a glass door) and adequate vanity space for a single.
Indoor Common Areas on the Vantage ms River Voyager
The musically-themed Vantage ms River Voyager is beautiful inside and out, but it also has a welcoming, comfortable ambiance that is perfect for river cruising.
The river vessel has a forward observation lounge, the Blue Note Lounge, which is the hub of the indoor activity. This large lounge is used for daily briefings, cocktail parties, educational presentations, and evening entertainment. It has a dance floor and bar, and there's a small library area tucked into one corner. However, it's also an informal gathering space when the ship is cruising since guests have a 270-degree view of both sides of the river. With only 176 guests, it's easy to meet and mingle in this lounge.
Aft on the same deck is the Cotton Club Lounge, which is smaller and more intimate. This green and white room reminds me of a greenhouse, and the roof is retractable, making the space available in all sorts of weather.
The ms River Voyager also has a small fitness center and a spa room with several different types of massage.
Outdoor Common Areas on the Vantage ms River Voyager
One of my favorite areas on any river vessel is the expansive sun deck on the top of the ship. The ms River Voyager is no different, and guests love sitting outside whenever possible. The Solaris deck (sun deck) has both covered and uncovered seating.
In addition to the sun deck, the River Voyager has outdoor seating forward of the Blue Note Lounge and aft of the Cotton Club Lounge. Both these areas are smaller and more intimate than other common areas on the ship.
Vantage Deluxe World Travel has launched a great addition to its river fleet, and mature, English-speaking travelers (couples and singles) will appreciate the welcoming ambiance and comfortable furnishings on the ms River Voyager.
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