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#1
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
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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#2
Florida
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Joined Nov 2008
We are un Hungry today high 70s had face to face passport at 7am .. Food and service have been great...
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#3
Connecticut
1,202 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Originally posted by we're sailing away....
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?
#5
Spokane, WA
299 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
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........

-Rose
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5-Oct 2015 Silver Whisper-Canada/New England
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6-Jan-2014 Noordam-S. Caribbean
25-Aug-2012 Sapphire Princess-Alaska Northbound
9-Sept-2011 Celebrity Millenium-Wine Coastal (West)
22-July-2011 Celebrity Infinity-Alaska
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9-Aug-2008 Golden Princess-Alaska
30-Nov-2007 Coral Princess-Panama Canal
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25-Nov-2006 Radiance of the Seas-E. Caribbean
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#6
New Jersey
996 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
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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1996 American Hawaii Cruises "Independence"
1999 Paris/London (land only!)
2000 NCL"Dream" Scandanavian Capitals (Vantage)
2001 HAL"Rotterdam" Mediterranean cruise
2002 Vantage River Cruise-Amsterdam-Passau (ext to Prague, Budapest)
2003 HAL"Ryndam" Alaska (Vantage land tour also)
2004 Vantage--Iceland (land only)
2006 (Feb) Orient Lines South America Antarctica (Vantage) "Marco Polo"
2007 (Oct)GCT--Australia, NewZealand, Fiji (land only)
2008 (Oct)Vantage--Africa (land only)
2009 (Jan)RCCL Eastern Caribbean--'Serenade of the Seas'
2009 (May)Vantage River Cruise-Moscow to St. Petersburg
2011 (Jan)RCCL. Western Caribbean--'Radiance of the Seas'
2011 (July)HAL--Bermuda--'Veendam'
2011 (Oct)China & Yangzte River with Vantage
2012 (no BIG trips.. but did enjoy DisneyWorld with grandkids!!
2013 (May)Amazon/Machu Picchu & Galapagos (Vantage)
2013 (Sept)GCT US National Parks-gov't interrupted
2014 (Jan)HAL 'Statendam' Panama Canal
2014 (July)Treasures of France RiverCruise (Vantage)
2015 (Jan)EXOTIC INDIA & THE SACRED GANGES (Vantage)
2015 (May) US National Parks (Vantage)
2016 (Jan) HAL 'Zuiderdam' Partial Panama Canal
May 2016 HAL' Rotterdam' North Cape (Norway)
Sept 2016 Douro Rivercruise w/Madeira pretrip (Vantage)
#7
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
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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Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

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Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#8
372 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Originally posted by we're sailing away....
... 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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#9
Florida
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Joined Nov 2008
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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We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

NOT YET SAILED

Rotterdam Voyage Vikings 8/17 - 38 days
Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#10
31 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
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.
#11
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Originally posted by iuscottdd
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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We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

NOT YET SAILED

Rotterdam Voyage Vikings 8/17 - 38 days
Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#13
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
The shower on the Splendor is great it is large and plenty of hot water ..
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We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

NOT YET SAILED

Rotterdam Voyage Vikings 8/17 - 38 days
Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#14
New Jersey
996 Posts
Joined Dec 2008
Originally posted by we're sailing away....
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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1996 American Hawaii Cruises "Independence"
1999 Paris/London (land only!)
2000 NCL"Dream" Scandanavian Capitals (Vantage)
2001 HAL"Rotterdam" Mediterranean cruise
2002 Vantage River Cruise-Amsterdam-Passau (ext to Prague, Budapest)
2003 HAL"Ryndam" Alaska (Vantage land tour also)
2004 Vantage--Iceland (land only)
2006 (Feb) Orient Lines South America Antarctica (Vantage) "Marco Polo"
2007 (Oct)GCT--Australia, NewZealand, Fiji (land only)
2008 (Oct)Vantage--Africa (land only)
2009 (Jan)RCCL Eastern Caribbean--'Serenade of the Seas'
2009 (May)Vantage River Cruise-Moscow to St. Petersburg
2011 (Jan)RCCL. Western Caribbean--'Radiance of the Seas'
2011 (July)HAL--Bermuda--'Veendam'
2011 (Oct)China & Yangzte River with Vantage
2012 (no BIG trips.. but did enjoy DisneyWorld with grandkids!!
2013 (May)Amazon/Machu Picchu & Galapagos (Vantage)
2013 (Sept)GCT US National Parks-gov't interrupted
2014 (Jan)HAL 'Statendam' Panama Canal
2014 (July)Treasures of France RiverCruise (Vantage)
2015 (Jan)EXOTIC INDIA & THE SACRED GANGES (Vantage)
2015 (May) US National Parks (Vantage)
2016 (Jan) HAL 'Zuiderdam' Partial Panama Canal
May 2016 HAL' Rotterdam' North Cape (Norway)
Sept 2016 Douro Rivercruise w/Madeira pretrip (Vantage)
#15
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
Yes they do ...
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We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

NOT YET SAILED

Rotterdam Voyage Vikings 8/17 - 38 days
Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#16
NH
6 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Originally posted by iuscottdd
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
#17
Florida
19,267 Posts
Joined Nov 2008
How much did you guys safe booking your own air???
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We've been on
Carnival: 27 voyages 184 days
Celebrity: 3 voyages 24 days
Holland: 27 voyages 605 days
Norwegian: 2 voyages 16 days
Princess: 16 voyages 154 days
Royal Carib: 5 voyages 35 days
Vantage:River 2 voyages 39 days
GRAND TOTAL: 82 Cruises 1057 days

NOT YET SAILED

Rotterdam Voyage Vikings 8/17 - 38 days
Maasdam Boston to San Diego 9/17 18 days
Veendam Atlantic Crossing 10/17 - 49 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/18 - 113 days
Rotterdam crossing. 6/18 - 32 days
Prinsendam 8/18 - 124 days
Amsterdam World Cruise 1/19 113 days
#19
NH
6 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Originally posted by Indigobeej
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
#20
31 Posts
Joined Nov 2007
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.

Scott (Florida)