Archive for February, 2012

France Cruises Debuts Free Pre, Post-Land Tours in 8 Most Popular Cities When Booking Cruise

February 5, 2012

France Cruises specializes in canal and river cruises in France. France Cruises' fleet of over 40 luxury riverboats and hotel barges in France, like the Caprice here cruising on a canal in Burgundy © 2012 Karen Rubin/

France Cruises is offering complimentary pre- and post-cruise Land Tours in the most popular French cities when customers purchase a cruise and two-night stay in a hotel of their choice. Available for any departure day, the full-day tours showcase the region’s most extraordinary highlights passengers would generally miss out on during their cruise.

“Our carefully-crafted itineraries offer travelers a blend of authentic and diverse experiences ashore, and all of them present guests with an opportunity for enrichment and adventure,” said Jean-Francois Dabrowski, president of France Cruises.

Guests can take advantage of France Cruises’ Hotel & Tour offer and choose from 29 exciting excursions in eight admired cities, such as walking through 11th-century medieval castles in Carcassonne, taking a wine-making lesson in Bordeaux and climbing up – and dining at – the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Further enhancing the France Cruises experience, the land tours may extend beyond the travelers cruising area. Guests can opt to journey along the scenic Canal du Midi in Southern France on a hotel barge cruise, and conclude their adventure in sunny Nice in the French Riviera.

Additionally, guests have the option to choose their hotel, or select from the cruise company’s sample list of recommendations, which ranges from traditional boutique hotels to deluxe chateaux and historic country inns. Moreover, the special offer can be combined with most of France Cruises promotions and exclusive offers. Promotion is valid for new bookings only, and is subject to availability. A two-night minimum stay in the hotel is required for full-day excursions; however, a one-night stay may allow for a half-day excursion if available.

Visit France Cruises’ Hotel & Tour promotion for more details.

France Cruises, Inc. specializes in canal and river cruises in France. France Cruises’ fleet of over 40 luxury hotel barges and riverboats float along the narrow canals of France, providing an intimately unique way to discover the splendid and historic countryside. Along with superb opportunities for relaxation, the carefree elegance of each expedition combines the opportunity to enjoy France in a whole new way with gourmet dining, fine wines and unique sightseeing excursions to ancient villages, castles, cafes, markets and so much more. For more information visit

France Cruises offers a concierge service, which assists in acquiring car rentals, train tickets, hotel stays and more together with its new land tours and hotel packages division:

See also:

Barging through Burgundy: A visit to Chagny Market and slideshow

Barging through Burgundy, Day 2: Chateau de Rully and slideshow

Barging through Burgundy, Day 3: Hotel-Dieu, Beaune and slideshow

Barging Through Burgundy, Day 4: Clos de Vougeot, ‘mother church’ of wine and slideshow

Barging through Burgundy, Day 5-6: Walking tour of Dijon’s Old City and slideshow

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Meet Public Broadcasting Personalities on Crown Cruise Vacations’ PTV at Sea Barcelona-to-Lisbon Cruise aboard Regent Seven Seas Mariner

February 2, 2012

Crown Cruise Vacations and Artful Travelers, producers of PTV at Sea, offer inquisitive and knowledgeable minds great opportunities to meet and interact with top PBS personalities on an August 2012 PTV at Sea Regent Seven Seas Barcelona-to-Lisbon cruise.

Some of the foremost PBS personalities and their featured guests will feature panel discussions and presentations in the areas of politics, culture and the arts, personal finance, health and wellness and more. Cruisers will be invited to private dinners and cocktail receptions that allow for one-on-one conversations with the guest hosts during the unforgettable voyage.

The 10-night Mediterranean voyage on the Seven Seas Mariner departs Barcelona on Aug. 13, 2012, and arrives in Lisbon on Aug. 23, 2012, with stops in Spain at Cartagena, Malaga (Granada), Seville (Cadiz) and LasPalmas; stops also include Casablanca and Portugal ports of Funchal, Madeira, Cascais and Lisbon, plus relaxing and rejuvenating days at sea.

The all-inclusive six-star Regent Seven Seas Mariner is a luxury vessel, designed for guests numbering in the hundreds rather than the thousands. The ambiance on board is personal, individual and accommodating. Regent Seven Seas Cruises provides discerning guests with the most inclusive luxury cruise experience by offering an incomparable array of complimentary features and services.

Crown Cruise Vacations and Artful Travelers offer this exciting and educational PTV at Sea adventure, allowing passengers exclusive access to world-renowned and extremely enthralling people.

Guest on this sailing are:

Robert Siegel (Senior Host of All Things Considered, NPR’s award-winning evening newsmagazine, broadcast daily. With 40 years of experience in radio news, Siegel hosts the country’s most-listened-to news radio program and reports on stories and happenings all over the globe. )

Charlie Cook (Publisher The Cook Political Report and political analyst for National Journal Group and NBC News, among other writings and publications. The New York Times has labeled him “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and The Wall Street Journal called him “the Picasso of election analysis.”)

David Fanning (Executive Producer of FRONTLINE, America’s longest-running investigative documentary series on television. Frontline tackles national and global issues at the forefront of the news, such as healthcare reform, the economic crisis, the U.S. deficit, international relations, sex slavery and biographies.)§

Michael Childers (Acclaimed photographer of over 200 magazine covers, including GQ, Esquire, Life, and both English and Italian Vogue and the only American invited to photograph productions at the National Theatre in London; his work is in the national Portrait Gallery in London, the Las Vegas Art Museum, and the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.)

PTV at Sea enriches, inspires and entertains with informative programming, presented by some of public broadcasting’s most acclaimed personalities. Travelers can pose questions of specific interest at in-depth question-and-answer sessions and then mix and mingle with the esteemed guests at private dinners and cocktail receptions and during memorable shore excursions. Artful Travelers is a unique travel organization that combines culture and current events to present celebrations in art, education, and travel, intended for those who value extraordinary life experiences.

Fares start at $7,799 per person, double occupancy (plus government taxes and fees of $170), and include:

• Free roundtrip airfare with free upgrade to Business Class air in penthouse suites and higher
• Free unlimited shore excursions
• Free luxury hotel package
• Free beverages, including fine wines and premium spirits
• Free prepaid gratuities
• Free ground transfers
• Free in-suite mini-bar, replenished daily
• Free 24-hour room service, and much more.
• Free travel insurance on all reservations booked directly with Crown Cruise Vacations.

Reservations can be made directly with Crown Cruise Vacations by calling toll-free 1-855-788-7880 or email

Crown Cruise Vacations was recently named North America’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent 2011 by the World Travel Awards. Crown Cruise Vacations is the preferred provider of PTV at Sea cruises, which enrich, inspire and entertain with informative programming presented by some of public broadcasting’s

Crown Cruise Vacations, 103 Main St, Suite 300, Princeton, NJ 08540, 877-283-1114 (toll-free USA / Canada), 609-945-9801,

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