Boston Marathon Victims and First Responders Offered Free 7-day European River Cruise by Vantage Deluxe World Travel

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BOSTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vantage Travel announces that approximately 144 Boston Marathon victims, first responders, and guests will depart Boston on November 18, 2013 for a free 7-day Rhone River Cruise aboard the ms River Discovery II.  Inspired by displays of courage and kindness after the Boston Marathon bombings, Vantage Deluxe World Travel CEO Henry R. Lewis worked in conjunction with the One Fund to give something unique back to these heroes as an expression of gratitude.  Each hero is invited to bring along one guest as a companion.

This exclusive vacation includes round-trip airfare between Boston and Marseille, deluxe stateroom accommodations for six nights, all 21 meals, daily sightseeing, and cultural activities.  The cruise follows the southern Rhone river with port calls at such Provencal highlights as Avignon, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Arles, Viviers, and more.  Guests will visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites (Arles, Avignon, and the Pont du Gard) as well as Vantage Cultural Connections: cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, local interaction and lectures. Guests will also enjoy ©Vantage Travel Lifestyle features such as a pub crawl and onboard entertainment. In addition to cruise and air travel, all taxes and port charges, transfers and baggage handling are complimentary for these special guests.

One of the benefits of river cruising is the intimate size and luxurious style of the ship, better suited for talking about shared experiences. According to Kevin Wallace, COO of Vantage Deluxe World Travel, "As a company we wanted to do something special to show our support and express our pride in Boston's tremendous spirit. It seemed only natural to do what we do best: treat people to the travel experience of a lifetime."  Wallace points out that the intimate size and luxurious amenities of Vantage's river ships make them conducive to relaxation and camaraderie. 

Launched in March 2012, the ms River Discovery II is a deluxe vessel whose sleek design and welcoming public spaces invite conversation, relaxation and luxurious comfort. In addition to fine dining in the Compass Rose or casual fare in the Captain's Club with retractable roof and panoramic windows, the ship offers free wifi, US electrical adapters, in-room infotainment systems, flatscreen TVs, iPod/iPhone docking stations, music and more. 

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013, Vantage Deluxe World Travel is a world-renowned deluxe tour operator known for delivering the best values in deluxe land, river, and small ship travel. The company owns and operates its own fleet of luxurious river cruise ships that sail the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine, Saone and Rhone rivers; and also exclusively charters ships in Europe, Asia, and South America. Vantage's Discoveries brand offers deluxe land and small ship journeys in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia, and the South Pacific. For information visit

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