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News & Notes

May 2019

Take Your River Cruise to the Next Level with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways, the river cruise line known for offering an array of active shore excursions on every sailing, is upping its on-board and on-shore fitness programs with the introduction of a dedicated Activity Manager on each of its seven European Star-Ships.

Beginning in April, when the river cruise season kicks off, the Activity Managers will oversee all EmeraldACTIVE shore excursions—which include guided cycle tours, urban and rural hikes, and canoeing trips—as well as daily on-board classes. New this year, guests can continue to meet their fitness goals on board with a selection of activities such as yoga and Pilates sessions, aqua aerobics in the heated indoor pools, and one-mile walks on the open-air track, all coordinated by the Activity Manager.

“In addition to coordinating the group fitness programs, the Activity Managers will also be available to assist guests with planning individual cycling tours or athletic walks in port,” said Lisa Norton, Vice President of Brand Management for Emerald Waterways US. “River cruisers of all ages are increasingly interested in active, health-conscious travel, and we’re committed to offering programming that delivers a wide variety of options.”

Emerald Waterways’ river cruises offer contemporary, deluxe ships, outstanding service and an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights, and transfers are also included.

Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways' eight branded Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia; the Adriatic Princess and Adriatic Pearl yachts in Croatia; and the MS Hamees on the Nile.

An experience of a lifetime awaits you when you set sail with Emerald Waterways to the world’s most beautiful rivers. Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next unforgettable getaway!

*Terms and Conditions: Restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

American Cruise Lines Names 3rd Modern Riverboat American Jazz

American Cruise Lines announces American Jazz as the name of the 3rd new ship in their revolutionary Modern Riverboat Series. American Jazz will be slightly larger than both the 1st and 2nd ships in the series, and it will feature the same advanced opening bow and retractable gangway seen on American Song and American Harmony. American Jazz is already well under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD and is on schedule to begin cruising the Mississippi in 2020. American Cruise Lines has 5 modern riverboats planned for the series and currently operates the newest and largest fleet of American-built cruise ships in the country.

In 2019, while work is underway on American Jazz, sister ship American Song is already sailing itineraries out West on the Columbia & Snake Rivers and American Harmony begins cruising the Mississippi River in August.

About American Cruise Lines: In 2018, American Cruise Lines celebrated its most award-winning year ever, winning 13 travel awards, including Condé Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award, for Top Small Cruise Lines; and Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada. American operates the largest and newest fleet of coastal cruise ships, Victorian-style paddlewheelers, and the only modern riverboats in the U.S. All ships are between 100-200 passengers and are built, crewed and registered in the U.S.A. With over 35 itineraries to 25 states, including many theme and holiday cruises, American cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.

American Cruise Lines’ international affiliate company, Pearl Seas Cruises, operates cruises on the Great Lakes, the Canadian Maritimes, to Cuba from the U.S., as well as Central & South America, and the Panama Canal.

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant to learn more about setting sail onboard American Cruise Lines!

Exciting New Ship and Itineraries for Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises recently announced that it will launch the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer in spring 2020. The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will accommodate 167 guests on itineraries on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers and Dutch waterways.

The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will be a state-of-the-art, all-suite ship featuring a unique yet exquisite blend of rich, sustainable hardwoods, gleaming brass, polished copper, sparkling glass, intricate wrought iron, and beautiful lighting. Amenities will include a panoramic observation lounge, main restaurant, fitness center, spa, wellness area, boutique, and sun deck. A more intimate second restaurant at the stern of the ship – The Bistro – offers an open kitchen with a chef ready to take special orders, as well as panorama windows that allow for al fresco dining.

The Geoffrey Chaucer’s 88 suites will be a minimum of 183 square feet. It will accommodate 167 guests and 44 crew. Diamond and Ruby Deck suites will bring the French balcony inside with stunning views from floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows. Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Diamond Deck will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that open onto a small private balcony.

Riviera River Cruises also recently announced that it will offer two new itineraries on the Seine and Danube Rivers in 2020. The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise will take guests from the iconic French capital to a D-Day beach and Monet’s garden, while The Vienna, Bohemia & the Treasures of the Danube River Cruise will take them from the seat of the Habsburg Empire to the Roman city of Regensburg and the medieval Cesky Krumlov castle.

Riviera’s award-winning cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places. Riviera offers 15 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers, and its fleet is the youngest sailing in Europe, with 13 ships and none older than six years.

When you book select sailings with Riviera River Cruises by May 31, 2019, you can enjoy one or more of the following Expedia® Extras:*

Expedia® Extras*

  • Free Beverage Package
  • Up to $500 Credit to Spend in Europe

Advisors and their clients will each receive a $500 Visa Gift Card per cabin booked on:*

  • Cruise the Heart of Europe River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures
  • Budapest to the Black Sea River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures

Advisors and their clients will each receive a $250 Visa Gift Card per cabin booked on:*

  • The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise, all July and August 2019 departures
  • The Blue Danube River Cruise, all July and August 2019 departures
  • Rhine Cruise to Switzerland River Cruise, all July, August and October 2019 departures
  • Burgundy, The River Rhone & Provence River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures

Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees, or to artificially inflate or discount prices. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests.

To find out more about the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer or itineraries on the Seine and Danube Rivers in 2020, please contact your Vacation Consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions. Additional details for Advisor and clients offer: Incentive is valid for new 2019 bookings made by May 31, 2019. Client’s deposit must be received by May 31, 2019. Visa Gift Cards will be mailed two weeks before cruise departure. Not eligible on group bookings. Other terms and conditions may apply.

Experience the Next Wave of Travel with Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has just unveiled the easiest way to vacation with Princess MedallionClass. Unlock a world of possibilities onboard Princess, with easier everything – boarding, streaming content, delivered drinks, and finding your friends onboard. This experience elevates your vacation by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and guest services. This guest-centric approach to cruising, maximizes the level of guest personalization across every aspect of their cruise vacation – delivering an impeccable service so you can have the most relaxing vacation you’ve ever had.

It all begins with your OceanMedallion™ device:

This quarter-sized device, free for all guests, enables Princess MedallionClass™ experiences. Carry it with you everywhere, and enjoy all the experiences it unlocks – even your stateroom door!

Go from curbside to poolside in a breeze:

Get OceanReady® at home and receive an OceanMedallion in the mail prior to your departure. You’ll be surprised at how fast embarkation is and how soon you’re sitting by the pool and enjoying your vacation!

Find your friends, family and way around the ship:

You get turned around on your way to dinner, so you use your phone’s OceanCompass™ app for point-to-point directions. Later, you easily locate your kids and text with your husband for free.

Drinks and more delivered to you, wherever you are:

The book you’re reading is too good to put down, but you’re thirsty. You order your favorite drink and snack through the OceanNow™ app and look up to see a crew member headed your way with your order.

Get ready for the best vacation you have ever gone on, with an open world of possibilities onboard. This is the vacation you deserve, and one that you won’t need a vacation from! To get more information about Princess’ MedallionClass, contact your Vacation Consultant today to find out how you can ensure access to this experience.

Get Incredible Savings on Your Next Last-Minute Getaway with Sunwing!

Looking for an impromptu getaway? You can book your all-inclusive vacation for less with Sunwing’s last minute vacation packages to top-rated resorts across the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America. This is the perfect time to plan a spur-of-the-moment romantic escape or a spontaneous family vacation. Explore some of the most popular vacation destinations and experience ultimate luxury at some of the best beachside properties.

Book select vacation packages with Sunwing and enjoy this Expedia® Extra:*

Expedia® Extras*

  • Savings of up to 40%

Vacation Better for less at a wide range of top-rated resorts, like Riu Vallarta in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. This top-rated resort offers amenities and activities for everyone in the family, with the supervised RiuLand Kids Club for children aged four to 12 years and accommodation options that sleep families of five or more. Plus, when you book your last-minute vacation to Riu Vallarta with Sunwing you can enjoy exclusive RIU-topia perks like unlimited reservation-free dining, spa credits, complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room liquor dispensers.

Visit one of Cancun’s hottest new resorts for less when you book your getaway to Royalton Suites Cancun Resort and Spa with last minute savings of up to 40%.* Nestled on the pristine white-sand shores of Cancun, this top-rated luxury resort is located just steps from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Hotel Zone where you can explore the high-end shops and Vegas-style entertainment. There’s plenty to experience at the resort as well, from gourmet dining experiences at ocean and lagoon view restaurants to the adults only Level 18 Rooftop Cabana Lounge, the first of its kind for Royalton Luxury Resorts.

Vacation Like a Star™ at an amazing price when you book a last-minute vacation to Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica. This new luxury resort rolled out the red carpet in late 2018 and offers all the elements for a star-studded getaway, from authentic Hollywood memorabilia around the resort to VIP-worthy service including personalized music playlists with Your Soundtrack™ and 24-hour room service. When you book your spontaneous getaway to the first all-inclusive resort in the Americas for the iconic Planet Hollywood brand, you can enjoy unbeatable savings of up to 40%.*

You don’t want to wait any longer to planning your next last-minute vacation. Contact your Vacation Consultant today, and let us help you plan your next getaway!

*Restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

Warm Welcomes, Unique Itineraries, Local Lore

CIE Tours is the premier operator for Irish and Britain vacations, backed by 87 years of experience and an impeccable reputation. Their tours and people exemplify the best of Irish hospitality: warmth, approachability, natural storytelling, and immersion in local culture. Now, they’ve extended that same Irish DNA to brand-new destinations around the world, beginning with Iceland and Italy.

From all-inclusive guided vacations to customized private driver experiences and self-drive adventures, their tours are curated to appeal to all —honeymooners, bucket-listers, solo travelers, families and those seeking to connect with their heritage. They balance famous icons with local haunts and immersive cultural experiences. And throughout, their expert guides provide the backstories and deep intel that simply can’t be gleaned from a book. 

More than 50,000 travelers each year choose CIE Tours, and collectively give them a 95% customer satisfaction rating. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Since 1932, CIE Tours has been creating distinctive and memorable travel experiences in Ireland and beyond.
  2. Breadth and depth. We have more than 50 guided vacations to choose from—from weekenders to epic journeys. You can also customize a private driver experience or self-drive adventure leveraging their expertise.
  3. They’ll immerse you in local culture—you won’t just see their destination, you’ll live it.
  4. Deep local knowledge. Their local guides and drivers are at the heart of any CIE Tours vacation. Sharing their personal knowledge of each destination, they make the trip singularly memorable and enlightening for guests. 
  5. All-inclusive. Every aspect of a CIE Tours itinerary is included – no hidden costs and no upselling on tour.

Experiences to Wow Your Friends

CIE Tours goes beyond the tried and true—with new ways of experiencing some of the classics. Here’s just a sampling:

  • Outer Hebrides: Scotland’s Gaelic West goes beyond the popular Isle of Skye to explore seven Scottish islands in 11 days.
  • Irish Foodie Tour is an epicure’s dream that includes everything from a Dublin cooking class to seaweed foraging and a whiskey and chocolate pairing.
  • Patrick’s Day in Dublin: The Wearing of the Green puts you in the center of it all with exclusive parade access for the experience of a lifetime.

Please contact your Vacation Consultant for CIE Tours’ latest promotions. There are still great deals for 2019 travel and 2020 tours will be available for sale from June!

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Nancy Bagworth
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