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Enjoy this vessel on these Vantage trips:

Ship Statistics:

  • Entered Service: 2013
  • Passenger Capacity: 176
  • Crew: 46
  • Length: 442 ft.
  • Width: 38 ft.
  • Draft: 5 ft.
Vantage's Deluxe state-of-the-art, river cruise ship — ms River Splendor
  • Sister ship of the ms River Discovery II
  • Owner's Suite is 330 square feet with all the amenities of a Deluxe suite including a mini-bar. Beds can be converted to queen size!
  • 78% of staterooms have French balconies
  • Bigger staterooms
  • Single Staterooms
  • Wi-fi* throughout the ship


The ms River Splendor: Catered Exclusively to Vantage Travelers

  • Ships designed with the American traveler in mind
  • Intimate cruising with no more than 176 passengers on board
  • Single seating dining with a tempting menu of American and European favorites, plus wine with all dinners, including the Captain's Welcome & Farewell Dinners
  • Elevator between Odyssey, Explorer, and Navigator decks, with a hydraulic chair lift to open-air Solaris Deck
  • Non-smoking throughout interior (designated smoking area on open-air Solaris Deck)
  • Best passenger-to-staff ratio you'll find anywhere! Better than 4-to-1!


New State-of-the-Art Interactive Features On Board!

  • True Video on Demand…watch what you want, when you want, from our vast library of movies. See our Movie list
  • Access to many US television channels such as MSNBC, CNN, Discovery, Weather and many more.
  • View your journey, daily destination highlights, important events, flight information and many other key information from the comfort of your cabin.
  • Follow your ship's journey through real time GPS tracking.
  • Ship wide, wireless internet access… stay connected to loved ones through Facebook, email.
  • Easily book your next Memorable Journey with full access to VantageTravel.com


The Green Fleet: Environmentally Friendly Ships
Vantage’s new ships are designed to the latest eco-friendly standards. That helps ensure a better cruise experience for you and a better future for your children and grandchildren.

  • Energy-efficient Tier 2 engines run quieter, produce less exhaust, and save fuel.
  • State-of-the-art water- and energy-saving are employed throughout, including “smart cabin” systems and bright, efficient LED lighting.
  • Quieter, more efficient hull designs save fuel and produce less wake.
  • Waste treatment and recycling systems comply fully with strict European Union standards. For example, 90% of water used on the ship is cleaned to drinking water quality before being returned to the river.


Services & Amenities

  • FREE Wi-fi* throughout the ship
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Entertainment onboard featuring local performers coming aboard in select ports, plus jukebox filled with nostalgic music hits
  • Captain's Club with floor-to-ceiling windows for incomparable views. When the weather is right we retract the glass roof and slide open the back wall for a full alfresco experience.
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Massage Studio on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck



Your Deluxe Suite or Stateroom: 
Join us and unpack just once in your private stateroom. All staterooms face outside and feature a glorious view. Deluxe staterooms and suites on the Navigator deck have French balconies, which offer the best of all worlds: grand, panoramic views and the ability to open your room to fresh river breezes — without reducing valuable interior space, the way a traditional balcony does.


Treat Yourself ... to a Suite: 
Make the most of your journey by upgrading to a 250-square-foot Suite at a surprisingly reasonable price.. Or be the one lucky traveler per departure who reserves the top-of-the-line Owner's Suite, available on each Vantage ship.


Single Cabins: 
If you're traveling solo, you'll also have the choice of reserving a single cabin so you don't have to pay based on double room rates. (Availability is limited, so reserve promptly if interested.)


Five-Star Dining for the American Palate
You can look forward to gourmet cuisine that reflects genuine local fare adapted for the American palate. The chefs aboard our river ships have been trained in the European style, attending the best culinary schools and serving apprenticeships under master chefs.


The Compass Rose Dining Room: 
In our elegant Compass Rose dining room, enjoy one-seating dining, with no seating plan, so you can dine with whomever you choose. In this refined yet relaxed atmosphere, you'll find crisp white table linens, fine crystal, Villeroy & Boch dinnerware and silverware, fresh flowers, and attentive service.

Here, our chefs offer a daily menu of choices, including savory vegetarian and heart-healthy, lighter dishes, plus a salad bar at every lunch. We also offer generous breakfast and lunch buffets, and an afternoon snack. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate are available around the clock.


Healthy Choices at Every Meal:
 
With so many of your meals included, you’ll have ample opportunity to sample the best of regional cuisine – on board our ships, in our hotels, in local restaurants, even in family homes. But along with the international fare you’ll also find many American favorites and choices for the health-conscious.

View our Sample Dinner Menu

Dine Alfresco in Our Captain’s Club 
For a change of pace, you'll also be able to dine in the new Captain's Club seating area, where you can enjoy healthy spa cuisine and other lighter choices, buffet-style. The Captain's Club boasts floor-to-ceiling windows for incomparable views. When the weather is right we retract the glass roof and slide open the back wall for a full alfresco experience. While seating is open during the day, demand is high at dinnertime and reservations are required. Send a request to your concierge prior to your cruise to confirm the evening you prefer, or wait and reserve once you are on board. (Available on the ms River Discovery II, ms River Explorer II, ms River Splendor, ms River Venture, and ms River Voyager.)


Join us in the Cabaret Lounge: 
Our new themed Cabaret Lounge is the place to go to relax, enjoy a drink, meet with friends, dance, and enjoy the Broadway-themed décor accents and entertainment.


Full Wine & Beer Selection, plus Cocktails in the Lounge: 
We also stock a full wine and beer selection, so you can pair dishes with beer or wine from the region for a complete, authentic dining experience. The Cabaret Lounge offers a full cocktail selection during the afternoon and evening.


Health & Wellness: 
One of the benefits of river cruising is that you go ashore just about every day, making it easy to go ashore for a morning run or an evening stroll. The Vantage ships now carry complimentary bicycles that you can sign out in port. Aboard ship, take advantage of the Solaris Deck walking/running track, as well as the fitness room, with treadmill, stationary bike, step machine, and free weights.

Please note, smoking is not permitted indoors; there is a designated smoking area outside.

On what side of the ship should I book my cabin?
It does not matter, as there is no "better" side of the ship. On some days, port-side cabins will be docked facing the shore; on other days it will be the starboard-side cabins.


*Complimentary Wi-Fi service is available aboard the ships in our Deluxe European river fleet. However, because the availability of wireless Internet access is based on local cell phone coverage (vs cable connections), unavoidable wireless service blackouts may occur.  

ms River Splendor Video Choices

From the comfort of your cabin, you can select from your ship’s library of current movie hits, old favorites, foreign movies, travelogues, and great performances. Here’s a sample:

  • Remember
  • 3 Days To Kill
  • A Bridge Too Far
  • Hello, My Name Is Doris
  • Jane Got A Gun
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Anne Frank
  • Approaching Midnight
  • Battle Of The Bulge
  • Begin Again
  • Big Eyes
  • Vacation
  • Tomorrowland
  • Black Sea
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Breathe In
  • Burt Wolf: Great Rivers, The Netherlands
  • Burt Wolf: Great Rivers, The Rhine
  • Sully
  • Destination Extreme- The Alps
  • Dracula Untold
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Enchanted April
  • Knight Of Cups
  • Month Of Sundays
  • Gone With The Wind
  • Hector And The Search For Happiness
  • The Intern
  • Hyde Park On Hudson
  • Inside Out
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Judgement At Nuremberg
  • Julie And Julia
  • Miracles From Heaven
  • Spotlight
  • Kill The Messenger
  • Last Love
  • The Man From Uncle
  • Me Before You
  • Life Itself
  • Lincoln
  • Indignation
  • Goosebumps
  • The Big Short
  • A Brilliant Young Mind
  • Somm (Great Wine Film)
  • Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • My Fair Lady
  • My Old Lady
  • My Week With Marilyn
  • The Finest Hours
  • Mythical Roads: The Danube, A River Journey
  • National Lampoons European Vacation
  • Burnt
  • Now You See Me
  • A Walk In The Woods
  • The Girl On The Train
  • Redwood Highway
  • Run All Night
  • Saving Mr Banks
  • Schindler's List
  • Singin' In The Rain
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Denial
  • Spinning Plates
  • Dear Elanor
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Bridget At Remagen
  • The Debt
  • The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby
  • The Ghost Writer
  • The Good German
  • The Good Lie
  • 45 Years
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Judge
  • The King's Speech
  • The Light Between Oceans
  • The Monuments Men
  • The November Man
  • The Pianist
  • The Railway Man
  • The Reader
  • The Rewrite
  • The Theory Of Everything
  • The Two Faces Of Janaury
  • The Hollars
  • Ricki And The Flash
  • Who Gets The Dog
  • Visions Of Austria
  • Visions Of Germany - Along The Rhine
  • Visions Of Germany - Bavaria
  • War Horse
  • While We're Young
  • Woman In Gold
  • Inferno
  • USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage
  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
  • Deepwater Horizon

Please Note: Video selection subject to change.

ms River Splendor Your Ship’s Library

Looking for a good read? Stop by the ship’s library on the Navigator Deck and make a selection. Here’s a sample of what’s in the collection:


Fiction
  • The First Phone Call from Heaven, Mitch Albom
  • King and Maxwell, David Baldacci
  • The Apartment, Greg Baxter
  • Command Authority, Tom Clancy
  • Effi Briest, Theodor Fontane
  • Sycamore Row, John Grisham
  • Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi
  • The Berlin Stories, Christopher Isherwood
  • Hunting Eve, Iris Johansen
  • Innocence, Dean Koontz
  • Tulip Fever, Deborah Moggach
  • The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult
  • The Radetzky March, Joseph Roth
  • Light Between Oceans, M. L. Stedman
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zuzak

Seasonal
  • Christmas in Germany, Kristin T. Keller
  • German Christmas Traditions, Marion Kummerow
  • Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History, Joe Perry

Travel Guides
  • Behave Yourself: The Essential Guide to International Etiquette, Michael Powell
  • Fodor’s Austria
  • Fodor’s Eastern Europe
  • Fodor’s Germany
  • Prague: A Traveler’s Library Companion, Paul Wilson, ed.

Nonfiction
  • Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, Madeline Albright
  • The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom
  • Between the Woods and the Water: On Foot to Constantinople, from the Middle Danube to the Iron Gates, Patrick Leigh Fermor
  • Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey, Isabel Fonseca
  • Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
  • The Improbable Voyage, Tristan Jones
  • Danube: A Sentimental Journey from the Source to the Black Sea, Claudio Magris
  • A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888–1889, Frederic Morton
  • 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northrup
  • The Burgmeister’s Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth-Century German Town, Steven Ozment

Humor
  • The UnDutchables: An Observation of the Netherlands, Its Culture and Its Inhabitants, Colin White
  • Xenophobe’s Guide to the Germans, Stefan Zeidenitz and Ben Barlow

Note: Titles subject to change.

Category OS — Liza Minnelli Owner’s Suite ms Splendor Cabin OS
On a ship known for stellar accommodations, the 330-square foot Liza Minnelli Owner's Suite gets top billing. Treat yourself to this haven of glamour and privacy, with its floor-to-ceiling windows; French balcony; full bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower; a complimentary minibar that's restocked every day; an individually controlled tilt up mattress; and a Yamaha ISX-800 audio system to provide a wonderful soundtrack to your cruise of a lifetime.
  • 330 square feet
  • Separate sitting area
  • Bathroom with shower and bathtub/jacuzzi
  • Ample Seating Area
  • Floor to ceiling windows with French Balconies with remote control curtains
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffeemaker
  • Luxurious bathrobe and slippers
  • Telephone
  • Pin coded safe
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Hotel style beds — twin beds that convert to Queen sized
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
  • Complimentary minibar, restocked daily
  • Private airport transfers upon arrival and when departing from your destination
  • Separate Jacuzzi tub and shower in bath
  • Sitting area with sofa that converts to a bed
  • Individually controlled tilt-up mattresses
  • Separate desk & vanity
  • Laundry service
  • Yamaha ISX-800 audio system
  • Private airport transfers upon arrival and when departing from your destination when you purchase Vantage air
Category DS — Large Deluxe Suite ms Splendor Cabin DS
More space equals more tranquility and pleasure when you stay in one of our 12 Deluxe Suites. These 250-square foot accommodations provide 85 more square feet than the next nearest stateroom category — room for a separate sitting area, floor-to-ceiling windows with French balcony, and a spacious full bath with shower and tub. While the extra room makes a big difference, so do all the little details like a plush robe and slippers, minibar, and in-room dining. There are only 12 of these coveted cabins so early reservations are advised.
  • 250 square feet
  • Floor to ceiling windows with French Balconies
  • Mini Bar
  • Coffeemaker
  • Luxurious bathrobe and slippers
  • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
  • Telephone
  • Pin coded safe
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating system
  • Flatscreen Television on a swivel stand with Video on Demand
  • Hotel style beds -- twin beds that convert to Queen sized
  • Luxurious hotel - style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
  • Sitting area with table
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Complimentary minibar, stocked upon boarding
  • Coffee maker in stateroom
  • Remote-control curtains
Category A — French Balcony Upper Deck ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2
Let the outside in with a French balcony stateroom on the upper Navigator Deck, whose living quarters boast the most tranquil location on board. At the same time, you'll have the quickest access to seating in the Cabaret Lounge, where most evening entertainment takes place; as well as the al fresco dining area, the Captain's Club, located just down the hall. These 20 roomy, 165-square foot staterooms are in demand, so secure yours early.
  • 165 square feet
  • All staterooms on the Navigator deck aboard the MS River Splendor feature French balconies.
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
  • Category A staterooms also feature a minibar.
Category B — French Balcony Forward Middle Deck ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2
These 27 165-square foot staterooms offer panoramic views from your French balcony. Then, when you are ready to step ashore for a closer look, your location on the mid-level Explorer Deck is closest to the Reception and gangway for easy on/off access. You're also just steps from the Compass Rose restaurant, with no stairs to climb. An ideal choice for comfort and convenience.
  • 165 square feet
  • All staterooms on the Explorer deck feature French balconies
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
  • Category A staterooms also feature a minibar.
Category C — French Balcony Rear Middle Deck ms Splendor Cabins A1-C2
Choose a cabin in this category for a quiet aft location away from the public areas of the ship. You'll still be on the same level as the main Compass Rose restaurant and Reception area; and still enjoy 165 square feet of space and a desirable French Balcony. These 12 staterooms offer great views at a great value.
  • 165 square feet
  • All staterooms on the Explorer deck feature French balconies
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • iPhone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
  • Category A staterooms also feature a minibar.
Category D — Outside View ms Splendor Cabins D1-D2
At 165 square feet, these 12 lower Odyssey deck outside staterooms are as spacious as those in the next highest category, but in place of a French balcony they have two standard-sized windows. While your outside views may be limited, inside you will still enjoy features and amenities such as a private bath with glass-enclosed shower, flat-screen TV, iPhone/iPod docking station, and more. The lower deck location means less traffic, too. An economical choice for double occupancy guests.
  • 165 square feet
  • All staterooms on the Odyssey Deck feature standard windows.
  • All staterooms feature hotel-style beds that can be converted to a double.
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
Category SD — Single Cabin with Outside View ms Splendor Cabin SD
Avoid the single supplement altogether by choosing one of these six comfortable outside staterooms that we have set aside specifically for our solo guests. You will enjoy 125-square feet of space; two standard-sized windows; a private bath with glass shower; and all the features and amenities of the next highest double-occupancy category, but with a single bed. Your forward location gives you easy access to the fitness area, stairs, and elevator.
  • 125 square feet
  • All staterooms feature a single bed & large double windows
  • All staterooms feature hotel style single bed
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
Category SD2 — Single Cabin with Outside View ms Splendor Cabin SD
These two staterooms represent the most economical choice for solo travelers. You'll have your own stateroom but pay no single supplement, plus enjoy further savings by choosing this affordable lower deck location towards the aft of the ship. You will still enjoy the space (125-square feet), features and comfort of the next highest single occupancy category, just a little further down the hall.
  • 125 square feet
  • All staterooms on the Odyssey Deck feature two standard windows
  • All staterooms feature hotel style single bed
  • All staterooms have private bathrooms with glass-enclosed showers and plugs for men’s razors
  • All staterooms have a desk, vanity and chair, plus a hair dryer.
  • There is a U.S. plug in every stateroom 
  • Excellent storage, including dresser and closets with wooden hangers
  • Telephone
  • In-room combination safety deposit box 
  • All staterooms have individual climate control.
  • Phone/iPod docking stations in every cabin
  • Private bathroom with shower and hairdryer
  • Large flat-screen TVs in every room feature Infotainment system offering European channels, international news channels, and movies
  • Luxurious hotel – style linens L'Occitaine de Provence Amenities
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Services & Amenities
  • FREE Wi-fi throughout the ship
  • Early riser breakfast available daily
  • Free coffee, tea & hot chocolate available 24 hours a day; cookies and snacks every afternoon
  • Fitness room with treadmill, stationary bicycle, free weights, plus walking/jogging track on Solaris deck
  • Souvenirs and sundries available
  • Reading room offering a selection of books and magazines. See our reading list
  • Playing cards and selection of games available
  • Cocktail lounge serving from noon until last guest retires
  • Nightly entertainment featuring onboard pianist, with local performers coming aboard in select ports
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service with evening turndown
  • Beauty Salon on board
  • Elevator between Navigator, Explorer, and Odyssey decks, plus hydraulic chairlift to the open-air Solaris deck