We went from Bucharest to Bonn Germany. Wanted to visit the lower river mainly. We have visited most of the ports from Buda - Pest to Bonn. We arrived in Bucharest on June 24 2019.
There was much confusion at the airport about waiting for more connecting flights to arrive, before we were taken to our hotel in Bucharest. This process took over 2 hours with a Vantage rep, who was also confused about how to get our luggage down several flights of steps to a designated area were the bus could park. No assistance or help from anyone. This was very difficult for most of the passengers. No carts or luggage handlers available to assistance after having a 14 hour flight to Romainia. Also one must consider the average of these travelers is 70+
Once at the hotel things improved & were much better organized. Next morning a quick city tour & a bus ride down to Brasov, which was about 2.5 hours.
Transylvania is beautiful & we enjoyed our stay in town during our 4 nights. Touring days were long, as we returned to Brasov each evening. The last day we would tour locally & then meet the boat outside of Burcharest to the northwest about 1.5 hour drive to embark on the next 16 days on the river.
Arriving at the boat was quick & simple. Cabins were ready & finally we could hang-up all of our clothes & not use the suitcase for the next 15 days...
The River Voyager is Vantage's newest boat built in 2016. The cabins are modern & good size with a french balcony. The showers are large & well appointed including a hand held shower head. The theme is jazz throughout the boat. Funny tho... I did not hear any Jazz background music during the entire voyager.
We took most of the optional excursions & all the included ones. Most were very good with local guides. Nuremberg was a very poor tour & extremely short on time. This is not the local guides fault, but a decision made by Vantage. ( Change this ) The Medieval City needs much more time to be explored.
Food is subjective: Thought most of the dinners were very average lacking quality & taste. Few spices used, most items seemed very bland. Breakfast is a buffet & lunch sometimes. Many choices & happy with these offerings. Wine & beer served at dinner. For my taste the wine were of poor quality & did not represent the countries we were traveling thru. Also felt the pours were small & not too often.
Service is slow up in the lounge before dinner. Need more servers & 2 bartenders.
No service on the Sun Deck. They need a mini-bar service especially on full cruise days.
Laundry service is adequate, but expensive.
The cruise director & his assistant were excellent.
Crew is friendly & officers & captain engaged with the passengers.
The on board entertainment was good with classical music & dancers performing their specialties.
Finally... overall cruise was good. Weather cooperated most days. Passengers are well traveled & friendly. Due to some outstanding service by housekeeping, one bartender, the head waiter & assistant, along with the piano player, we tipped extra to these individuals.
Our trip from Bonn to Frankfurt for the airport was almost 2 hours on the bus. We boarded at 5 am for 10:15 departure back to the USA. This made for a very long travel day.