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Old October 24th, 2013, 02:18 AM
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Hi we are on this ship for 27 days , the ship looks great Vantage did a great job designing it every details was thought of . Today we are in Belgrade -Serbia we have a city tour and some time on our own ..It is going to be in the high 70es great for me shorts .. if you have a questions ask ...
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Old October 26th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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We are un Hungry today high 70s had face to face passport at 7am .. Food and service have been great...
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Old October 26th, 2013, 11:26 AM
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We are un Hungry today high 70s had face to face passport at 7am .. Food and service have been great...

Where in Hungary and what tours are they providing?
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Old October 26th, 2013, 01:15 PM
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Glad to hear of the nice weather and hope it will hold out. We are AMA Budapest to vilshofen in 2 weeks.
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Hi there,
Glad to see you are safely on your ship and seem to like it. Read on the key thread about getting the head set transmitters. Are these head sets working well?
And thanks for posting while you are cruising. I haven't been able to manage that on any of our cruises........

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Old October 26th, 2013, 11:15 PM
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Hope you are having a great cruise! How is life aboard the Splendor? We will be cruising next July. Would love to hear ship details!
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Old October 27th, 2013, 01:59 AM
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We are in Kalocsa Hungray today weather is Raining and in the high 50s The transmitters work great the front desk charges them every night . Vantage has local entertainment on the ship in the evenings which is very good Tours are included with Vantage every day, Today we are going on a city tour to Puszta visiting Kalocsa ,Paprika Museum ,Folk art House and than to a horse show . The tours are very well planned from start to finish, with plenty of shopping time .
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
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Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days

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Old October 27th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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... Today we are going on a city tour to Puszta visiting Kalocsa ,Paprika Museum ,Folk art House and than to a horse show ...
Is horse show an included or an optional tour? If optional how much is it?
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Old October 28th, 2013, 02:21 AM
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The show was included ,Almost all tours are included in the price of the cruise . Last night was the captains farewell dinner which was very nice , about 140 people are leaving on Tues. who only did the The first leg Romania to Budapest 12 days , ( not us we are on for 27 days } The captain sailed us up and down the river last night showing us how beautiful Budapest is at night. Today it is in the high 60s
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days
Holland: 9 voyages; 138 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days

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Old October 30th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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I board the River Splendor on November 12th in Cologne upon your arrival. Any suggestions for which of the tours to pick (during those stops where I have a choice) will be appreciated. Also, please let me know if you do any of the optional tours during the Budapest to Cologne portion of your trip.

Have you had any meals in the alternate dining area? If yes, what do you think?

I booked my own plane fare but Vantage is meeting me in Frankfort and transporting me to the boat in Cologne. I arrive in Frankfort at 7:40 am so I assume I will have the day on my own in Cologne.

I have not yet booked my transportation to the airport in Budapest. I hope to meet one or two people on board to split a cab.
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Old October 31st, 2013, 02:47 AM
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I board the River Splendor on November 12th in Cologne upon your arrival. Any suggestions for which of the tours to pick (during those stops where I have a choice) will be appreciated. Also, please let me know if you do any of the optional tours during the Budapest to Cologne portion of your trip.

Have you had any meals in the alternate dining area? If yes, what do you think?

I booked my own plane fare but Vantage is meeting me in Frankfort and transporting me to the boat in Cologne. I arrive in Frankfort at 7:40 am so I assume I will have the day on my own in Cologne.

I have not yet booked my transportation to the airport in Budapest. I hope to meet one or two people on board to split a cab.
Hi The extra dining room holds 40 people and is a Buffet of a few things plus salad The tours are all great ,It is up to your particular choice.. I try to save you a cookie or two ..
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days
Holland: 9 voyages; 138 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
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Old November 2nd, 2013, 09:34 PM
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Enjoy your cruise. We were on the River Splendor in August and loved every minute of our cruise.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 12:55 AM
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The shower on the Splendor is great it is large and plenty of hot water ..
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days
Holland: 9 voyages; 138 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 11:02 AM
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The shower on the Splendor is great it is large and plenty of hot water ..
Do they supply personal wash/facecloths? Will be packing a few for our stay in Paris hotel but wasn't sure if they were supplied on all riverboats.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 11:53 AM
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Yes they do ...
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days
Holland: 9 voyages; 138 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 08:51 PM
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I board the River Splendor on November 12th in Cologne upon your arrival. Any suggestions for which of the tours to pick (during those stops where I have a choice) will be appreciated. Also, please let me know if you do any of the optional tours during the Budapest to Cologne portion of your trip.

Have you had any meals in the alternate dining area? If yes, what do you think?

I booked my own plane fare but Vantage is meeting me in Frankfort and transporting me to the boat in Cologne. I arrive in Frankfort at 7:40 am so I assume I will have the day on my own in Cologne.

I have not yet booked my transportation to the airport in Budapest. I hope to meet one or two people on board to split a cab.
To iuscottdd - couldn't find a way to message you directly so sorry to impede on this post. We will be on the 11/12/13 Majestic Rivers cruise also and also booked our own airfare. We will be taking a cab to the Budapest airport from the ship and will share it with you if there is room. Not sure how big Budapest cabs are and if they will hold 3-4 ppl plus suitcases and carry-ons. Let's talk onboard!
BJ and Bob from NH

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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:46 AM
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How much did you guys safe booking your own air???
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Carnival: 27 voyages; 187 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages; 24 days
Holland: 9 voyages; 138 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages; 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages; 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages; 35 days
Vantage: River 2 voyage 36 days
GRAND TOTAL: 64 voyages -590 days

NOT YET SAILED
Holland Maasdam 6/14 -14 days
Holland Eurodam 8/14 -18 days
Princess Coral 10/14-11 days
Holland Prinsendam 11/14 -28 days
Holland Ryndam 1/15 -14 days
Holland Maasdam 3/15 -14 days
Holland Amsterdam 5/15 - 16 days

Holland Veendam 6/15 - 14 days
Vantage River Cruise 8/15 - 21 days
Holland Prinsendam 10/15 - 28 days
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Hi - we saved about $940. booking our own air, plus we're flying to Cologne so we don't have to get from Frankfort to Cologne, which also saved a bit.
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Old November 4th, 2013, 09:26 AM
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To iuscottdd - couldn't find a way to message you directly so sorry to impede on this post. We will be on the 11/12/13 Majestic Rivers cruise also and also booked our own airfare. We will be taking a cab to the Budapest airport from the ship and will share it with you if there is room. Not sure how big Budapest cabs are and if they will hold 3-4 ppl plus suitcases and carry-ons. Let's talk onboard!
BJ and Bob from NH
To iuscottdd - PS - Forgot to mention - we're in Cabin 219, so knock on our door some evening, if we don't run into you some other time on the cruise. What's your name and cabin?
BJ and Bob from NH
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Nice to meet you BJ and Bob. I'm right across the hall in cabin 218. I'm traveling alone.

It was a bit of an impulse buy for me. I was sitting at my desk with my son who was visiting from Colorado Springs when I received a postcard from Vantage in my mail listing a promotion that the company was waiving the single supplement for a regular cabin. The cost of the regular cabin was less than the smaller single cabin. So I called and booked.

Feel free to knock on my door too.

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