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Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vantage Deluxe World Travel
(www.vantagetravel.com) will officially launch the new river cruising vessel,
ms River Splendor on
March 14th at a grand inaugural event in
Antwerp. Miss Belgium Noemie Happart will serve as the godmother of the
ms River Splendor in a traditional naming ceremony in which the godmother breaks a "christening fluid" or bottle of champagne over the vessel, officially declaring it named, blessed and ready to sail.
"Vantage has been building vessels in central
Europe for 30 years and our friends in
The Netherlands and
Belgium have always been gracious and hospitable," says Vantage COO
Kevin Wallace. "Our Waterways of
Belgium trip continues to be one of the most popular in our portfolio and we could not be more excited to welcome Miss Belgium Noemie Happart as our godmother on
March 14th to help us celebrate our fleet expansion."
Noemie Happart became Miss Belgium earlier this year. She is from Grace-Hollogne in the province of
Liege. She will go on to represent
Belgium at the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants later this year.
The celebratory christening along the port of
Belgium will include live music, toasts and speeches from Vantage management followed by a three-course dinner aboard the new
ms River Splendor for over 200 guests. The following day, the
ms River Splendor will depart on a four-day inaugural voyage along the Rhine River to
The new vessel is part of a
$120 million fleet investment program, which will double Vantage's river cruising fleet by 2014. The new ship offers intimate cruising for no more than 176 passengers, single staterooms and single seating dining options as well as bigger staterooms with French balconies and wi-fi throughout the ship. This launch follows the successful inaugural season of the
ms River Discovery II, which launched in
March 2012. In addition to enhanced amenities, passengers can choose from new itineraries along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers, a new Grand River voyage in
France, and revamped itineraries in
Designed with the American traveler in mind, the 442 ft.
ms River Splendor will offer luxury amenities and the best crew-to-passenger ratios in the industry, says Wallace. "Our extensive selection of river cruise itineraries is really changing the way travelers experience all corners of
About Vantage Deluxe World Travel- Celebrating its 30
th Anniversary in 2013, Vantage Deluxe World Travel is a world-renowned tour operator known for delivering the best popular programs, and the company owns a fleet of luxurious river cruise ships that sail the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Saone and Rhone rivers in addition to exclusively chartering a number of others. Vantage's Memorable Journeys include upscale escorted tours to a variety of destinations in North and
Europe, the Mediterranean,
Asia, and the South Pacific. Vantage Travel programs offer the industry's most comprehensive sightseeing journeys making guests feel like locals instead of tourists and turning a vacation into the trip of a lifetime. Vantage provides quality travel experiences and services that exceed the expectations of customers. For more information on current travel programs, please visit
SOURCE Vantage Deluxe World Travel