Posted July 18th, 2014, 09:18 PM
Hello everyone. After reading through the conversations on this site, I've decided to try out a river cruise on either Vantage or GCT. I'm thinking of taking the Amsterdam tulip river cruise in late March/early April 2015.
After some research, I now understand why the two are mentioned as 'siblings' - it looks like each cruise line is owned individually by brothers.
I have a couple of questions:
1) The prices look similar, so which line would you choose and why?
2) I can use cxxxxxfxxx dot net to see what a fair price is for the major cruise lines, but nothing exists for these 2 cruise lines. Not including last minute booking, does the price vary much (much is a $400-500 difference in pricing)?
3) I've read that on rivers, when 'parked' your room is very snug to the other boats that are docked so it doesn't make a lot of sense to pay the extra money for a balcony. So what type of room would you suggest?
Thanks so very much in advance!
I booked my first trip with Vantage and just returned from my 6th! I don't think you can go wrong with either company, and they are owned by brothers who originally owned one company together. Reasons I like Vantage: most of the shore excursions are included and quite frankly when I booked my first trip with Vantage I liked it so much I see no reason to change. One thing I would suggest and it makes no difference which company you use: if you're going to Holland to see the tulips, IMHO you are going a little too early. I did this trip in late April to early May. The tulips were in full bloom and it was amazing. When you land/take off from Schipol, be sure to look out the window you can see the tulip fields in all their colors and it's amazing.
Greek Islands and Turkey, Louis Perla, October, 2006
Castles on Rhine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2008
Egypt and Jordan, Vantage, Jan/Feb. 2009
Holland and Belgium, Vantage, April/May 2010
Alaska, HAL Statendam, June, 2011
Costa Rica, Star Flyer,Vantage, Feb. 2011
Russia and Ukraine, Vantage, Aug/Sept. 2012
Panama Canal, Celebrity Infinity, April/May 2013
Columbia & Snake Rivers, ACL , June, 2013
Gateway to the Black Sea, Vantage, June/July 2014
Trans Canada Rail Odyssey ,Vantage, June 2015
Switzerland Rhine & Mozelle, Vantage, August 2015
Southern Caribbean, Celebrity Eclipse, March 2016
Canada-New England, Celebrity Summit, Oct 2016
Caribbean, RCI Grandeur of the Seas, Jan, 2017
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Scandinavia-Russia, Celebrity Eclipse, Aug, 2017
Norway Fjords, Celebrity Eclipse, Aug, 2017
South America & Antarctica, Infinity, Feb. 2018
British Isles, Celebrity, August, 2018
Transatlantic Barcelona to FLL, HAL, October 2018