VANTAGE RHINE RIVER CRUISE, PART13, FALL 2016

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Think of all the fun we’ve had so far and we haven’t even gotten onto the ship yet!  This is the group we went with.  They are all retired from Kraft foods and take a cruise like this every two years.  This year Ned and Kathy (the couple in the middle) were kind enough to invite Debbie and me, even though I was not a Kraft guy.  But, they are great people and Debbie and I love them all.

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This is the ship, the River Splendor, which would be home for the next two weeks.

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These are the specs: 135 meters long, 11.45 meters wide, and holds 176 passengers.

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This was our very adequate and comfortable state room.  Please excuse the mess, but we had just moved in.

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The rest room was very large.  The shower is much larger that the ones on the ocean cruise lines.

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Our messy room from another angle.

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This is the dining room, which served three delicious  meals per day.  The evening meal was served with wine.  The glass was never empty unless you wanted it to be.

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Above the dining room  was the lounge, where you could relax, have a drink, (all the coffee you could drink, or an adult beverage, but you had to pay for that), and watch the beautiful scenery glide by.

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And what’s a lounge without a bar?

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And what’s a cruise without a drink or two?

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There is a juke box at the front of the lounge, but it was seldom played.

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Here is the pilot house.  If you look closely, you can see that it looks as if it will telescope downward – well, it will.  When approaching a low bridge, the crew had to lower the canopies toward the front, and the pilot house would be brought down to clear the bridge.  Engineers have to think of everything.

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Anyone for a game of chess?

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The stairway leads to the lower deck where the staterooms and the dining room are.

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The library didn’t get used a whole lot.  There was just too much else to do. But, a few people did avail themselves of it, though.

For our next adventure, we will sail down the Rhine to the town of Breisach, and take a motor coach to the university town of Freiburg, which is in the foothills of the Black Forest.  See you there!

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