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WLCVacations Debuts Artisan Food Trails Cruise in Ireland Aboard Luxury River Barge Shannon Princess

March 16, 2012

To mark St. Patrick’s Day, WLCVacations debuts the Artisan Food Trails cruise in Ireland aboard luxury river barge, Shannon Princess. Available from April through October, the 7-day program showcases artisan experiences along the fabled River Shannon, as well as the gastronomic delights of the region with onboard cooking demonstrations.

“This extraordinary cruise will offer guests to the chance to immerse themselves in the rich flavors of the country, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery along the tranquil waters of the River Shannon,” says Ana Valente, president of WLCVacations.

The 10-passenger Shannon Princess will journey roundtrip from Dublin through rolling green hills and exotic wildlife, passing by crumbling ivy-covered ruins, ancient Celtic monasteries and sleepy market villages. The program will feature shore visits to local cheese makers, smoke houses, artisan bakers, farmers markets and more. Among the new experiences scheduled include

Sampling fresh oysters from Galway Bay’s oyster beds

Strolling through Portumna Castle’s Kitchen Garden where Shannon Princess’s Chef stocks up her galley

Indulging in award-winning Wilde Team’s chocolate in Tuamgraney

Touring a family-run organic goat farm in Athlone Town specializing in cow’s milk cheeses

Onboard, passengers will be treated to a unique taste of Ireland with Master Chef Olivia’s signature meals. All carefully-crafted meals are prepared with natural ingredients chosen from local producers and country markets along the Shannon. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to concoct the dishes themselves by participating in the chef’s private seasonal foraging and cooking lessons. Prices for the cruise start at $3,888 per person.

For more information on the Artisan Food Trails cruise aboard Shannon Princess, visit www.WLCVacations.com.

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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Rep Gabby Giffords joins Husband Astronaut Mark Kelly onboard Crystal Serenity July 25 Sailing

March 14, 2012

The inspiring couple of American astronaut Mark Kelly and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be aboard Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity sailing from Lisbon (above) to Rome on July 25. Kelly is scheduled to speak to guests about the power of the human spirit, with wife “Gabby” joining for a special appearance and photo opportunity at presentation’s end © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The inspiring couple of American astronaut Mark Kelly and former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords are boarding a ship of another kind this summer: Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity, for a luxury Mediterranean voyage sailing from Lisbon to Rome on July 25. Kelly is scheduled to speak to guests about the power of the human spirit, with wife “Gabby” joining for a special appearance and photo opportunity at presentation’s end.

The couple quickly gained fame in January 2011, when Arizona Representative Giffords was the victim of an assassination attempt—just months before Kelly’s scheduled command of the final Space Shuttle Endeavour flight. Following more than a year of her intensive rehabilitation for a gunshot wound to the head, and his 17-day trip into earth’s orbit, the heroic husband-wife team have now retired from their government positions while Giffords continues to recuperate.

“We are honored that, after such a challenging year, Mark and Gabby have chosen to travel on Crystal Serenity. We look forward to Mark sharing their incredible story of love, trials, and triumphs, live and in person with Crystal guests,” says Vice President of Entertainment Bret Bullock. “It’s tough to compete with a trip to the stars, but we hope a trip in Six-Star style will come pretty close. We can at least guarantee it will be more luxurious, and give them the ease and comfort they need to maximize rest and recovery.”

The “Romancing the Riviera” itinerary starts with an overnight in Lisbon before sailing to Gibralter, Barcelona, Palamós (maiden call), Cannes, Monte Carlo (overnight), Florence/Livorno, Porto Venere, and Rome/Civitavecchia. Until April 30, “Book Now” fares for the 12-day, all-inclusive cruise start at $5,410, with attractive air add-ons available from over 90 North American gateways. Crystal’s Family Memories program offers additional perks and savings for groups of six or more.

Crystal’s passion for taking care of guests in an inviting environment of extraordinary space, quality and choices has earned the company more “World’s Best” awards than any other cruise line, resort, or hotel in history.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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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/news-photos-features.com

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 www.FranceCruises.com.

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: www.FranceCountryTours.com.

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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WLCVacations Sails into Spring with Incredible Savings on of the most Magnificent Destinations in the World

January 26, 2012

With spring around the corner, WLCVacations is introducing alluring Spring Savings for travelers interested in discovering some of the most beautiful destinations in the world during 2012. For a limited time, couples can save up to $1000 off select cruises, providing exceptional value to consumers.

“Whether one is looking for an adrenaline-fueled adventures like trekking through the Amazon, or seeks to unwind under the sun, we have a vacation that suites every interest,” said Ana Valente, president of WLCVacations.

In Europe, WLCVacations’ Spring Savings promotion applies to a variety of itineraries including the 7-day Vineyards of the Rhine & Mosel, cruising from the Netherlands to Luxembourg, with stops throughout Europe such as Cologne in Germany and the colorful Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam. Guests who book a cabin for the April 1 sailing date by January 31, 2012 will receive $1000 off per stateroom, plus $100 shipboard credit. All-inclusive rates begin at $1,799 per person after discount.

As another option, passengers can venture to the exotic Galapagos Islands on a luxury cruise aboard the MV Eclipse, which journeys round trip from Baltra Island. Until February 29, passengers will receive $500 off per person on all January, February and October 2012 cruises. Prices for this 7-day cruise start from $4,650 per person with the promotion included, based on double occupancy.

Moreover, Africa’s Egypt takes center stage on the Splendors of Egypt & the Nile. Travelers will sail roundtrip from Cairo, staring at $2,049 with a $300 per person discount. Meanwhile, guests can discover the best of Asia on three itineraries including Highlights of China and the Yangtze for up to $300 off per couple. Beijing and Hong Kong are among the exciting destinations planned from March through November aboard the Victoria Anna and Victoria Jenna. Rates for this 11-day program start at $2,599 per person.

For more information on WLCVacations’ Spring Savings cruises, visit www.WLCVacations.com.

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

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Blooming Tulips and Once-a-Decade Floriade Horticultural Show Highlight WLCVacations’ Tulip Time Cruises in Spring

December 29, 2011

In keeping with Holland’s “tulip fever,” WLCVacations is offering exciting Tulip Time cruises spotlighting the region’s famous springtime bulbs and alluring history and culture. From April through May, guests will enjoy a slew of events dedicated to the flowering season, including the privileged opportunity to visit the Floriade Horticultural Expo in Venlo, a spectacle held once every ten years that pays homage to all things botany.

“There’s no better way to welcome spring than on a cruise through the Dutch countryside where thousands upon thousands of tulips adorn the fields,” said Ana Valente, president of WLCVacations. “Our tulip cruises allow travelers the chance to immerse themselves in the rich Dutch culture and explore the country’s pristine natural beauty.”

The Tulip Time Cruise carries guests past storybook windmills and bulb fields bursting with springtime hues along the Dutch and Belgian canals. Sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam aboard a fleet of luxury ships – AmaLyra, AmaCerto, AmaVerde, AmaDolce and AmaDante – the 9-day program features a visit to the Floriade World Horticultural Exposition where 100 exhibitors from all over the world convene once every ten years to showcase their stunning collection of flowers and gardens, while enjoying daily cultural presentations of music, dance, art and food. Moreover, the spectacular exhibition of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths at the famed Keukenhof Gardens in the quaint town of Lisse will leave visitors captivated from the start. Cruise only price starts from $2,199 per person.

The River Queen and River Duchess will travel from Amsterdam to Antwerp for the 10-day Tulips & Windmills itinerary. In addition to visiting Holland’s signature flower attractions, the program highlights the region’s windmills, such as the 18th-century windmills of Kinderdijk, and historical treasures. History and art aficionados will delight in the chance to pay a visit to world-famous museums, including the popular Van Gogh Museum; the Rijksmuseum which houses the greatest collection of Dutch and Flemish masterpieces; and the Liberation Museum, offering firsthand accounts of World War II. Fares begin at $2,499.

Alternatively, passengers can also discover the region’s tulip-themed events aboard a luxurious hotel barge cruise. Savoir Faire and Absoluut2 will navigate through the canals and locks of Holland for seven days and six nights, both sailing roundtrip from Amsterdam. Daily sightseeing excursions for the 8-passenger Absouluut2 include visits to historic Gouda, with its renowned cheese and stained glass windows as well as the city of Delft, synonymous with blue and white porcelain. Meanwhile, Savoir Faire’s “Holland Tulip” cruise explores the quintessentially Dutch village of Zaan Schaans, home to century-old windmills, a clog workshop and cheese farm. All-inclusive pricing for these 7-day cruises start at $4,500 per person, based on double occupancy.

For more information on the holiday cruises, visit www.WLCVacations.com

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France Cruises Expands Its 2012 Offerings with New Vessel and First-Ever Winter Canal Program in France and Belgium

December 15, 2011

France Cruises is introducing the industry’s first hotel barge cruise during the winter season along the inland waterways of France and Belgium aboard the luxurious Esperance, and its newest ship, the 8-passenger MS Elisabeth. Each expedition combines the opportunity to enjoy France with gourmet dining, fine wines and sightseeing excursions to ancient villages, castles, cafes, and markets. © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

France Cruises is introducing the industry’s first hotel barge cruise during the winter season along the inland waterways of France and Belgium aboard the luxurious Esperance, and its newest ship, the 8-passenger MS Elisabeth. Sailing from December through March, the vessels will tour the renowned regions of Provence and Flanders, respectively.

The 6-passenger Esperance will journey through the south of France between Avignon and Montpellier. Travelers can look forward to passing colorful autumn landscapes and rich wildlife of horses and bulls aboard their all-inclusive floating hotel on the Rhone River. The cruise features enriching shore excursions to historical and cultural sites, such as the Pope’s Palace in Avignon, the largest gothic palace in Europe, and the Roman city of Arles, home of legendary artist Vincent Van Gogh. Programs for four- and six-night cruises are available. Prices for this itinerary start at $4,335 per person, based on double occupancy.

Aboard the MS Elisabeth, guests will float past rolling hills and medieval towns on the canals of Belgium between Namur and Bruges. Highlights of the 6-night cruise include a guided tour of the impeccably-preserved, 13th-century town of Bruges, dubbed the “Venice of the North”; a visit to a local snail farm in Namur; and an exploration into Brussels’ popular attractions, including the city’s famous landmark, the Atomium. The vessel also offers a Christmas and New Year’s Eve cruise, which features exciting visits to local festivities spotlighting the holiday season. Rates for the cruise begin at $3,360 per person, double occupancy.

“We’re offering our clients a one-of-a-kind canal experience in the standard off-season not available anywhere else,” said Jean-Francois Dabrowski, president of France Cruises. “With fewer crowds, colorful scenery and pleasantly cool weather, there’s no better time than winter to visit Europe’s countryside.”

The MS Elisabeth

MS Elisabeth, the latest addition to France Cruises’ collection of hotel barges, will navigate the heart of France and Upper Loire region, as well as the northern part of Belgium. The vessel boasts four comfortable cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a large sun deck and terrace, and a spacious salon and dining room area surrounded by 12 impressively wide windows providing for the most beautiful views of the idyllic countryside. Cruisers will enjoy a gastronomic menu of regional dishes like Fish Waterzoii and cheese fragranced with ginger and coriander, and even be afforded the opportunity to accompany chef and host, Martine, to the local produce markets to choose the specialties for the evening. In addition, MS Elisabeth offers an array of special theme cruises that tailor to the interest of passengers, including golf, wine appreciation and culinary cruises – the latter giving guests the chance to learn the art of French and Belgian cuisine with Martine.

To learn more about the winter cruises in France and Belgium, and the new MS Elisabeth visit www.francecruises.com.

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 intimate 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 with gourmet dining, fine wines and sightseeing excursions to ancient villages, castles, cafes, markets. For more information visit www.FranceCruises.com. Additionally, 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: www.FranceCountryTours.com.

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France Cruises Unveils 2012 Cruise Season with Free Hotel Nights in Paris for booking by Nov 30

November 2, 2011

The Caprice, one of France Cruises' luxury hotel barges, floats up a canal in Burgundy © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

France Cruises has just announced the release of its 2012 cruise schedule, giving travelers more access than ever before to experience cruise vacations along the most scenic canals and waterways of France. With the launch of the new season, France Cruises is offering an early booking special that enables travelers to receive up to two complimentary hotel nights in Paris, or save up to $500 on eligible 2012 departures.

Valid until November 30, 2011, travelers who book and pay in full have the choice to save $500 per cabin, or enjoy a two-night stay at a boutique hotel in Paris. Guests have the option to select from five charming hotels, including the 3-star Observatoire Luxembourg and the popular New Atlantic Hotel. Those who book and place a deposit can save $250 or receive a one-night stay. Furthermore, this France Cruises exclusive deal may be combined with any other special discounts offered by cruise operators.

“We wanted to enhance the traditional early booking savings by giving our clients the gift of Paris,” said Jean-Francois Dabrowski, president of France Cruises. “These authentic hotels have been handpicked by us to give our clients the complete and optimal travel experience.”

From ultra-luxury cruises, such as a Southern France odyssey aboard the 6-passenger “yacht barge” Esperance priced at $7,750 per person, to more budget-friendly cruises like the one offered in the wine country of Burgundy with the 21-passenger Caprice, priced at just under $3,000 per person for the week long sailing, the 2012 France Cruises’ portfolio of over 54 cruise itineraries are suited to fit every age, taste and budget.

To learn more about the Free Hotel Package in Paris offer, and preview the newly-improved website, which features sample menus, video and photo gallery and day-by-day itineraries, visit www.francecruises.com.

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 intimate way to discover the splendid and historic countryside.  The carefree elegance of each expedition combines the opportunity to enjoy France with gourmet dining, fine wines and unique sightseeing excursions to ancient villages, castles, cafes, markets and so much more. Additionally, 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: www.FranceCountryTours.com, or call  866-498-3920, email: info@francecruises.com

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Princess Cruises Offers PreSeason Sale Oct 17-23 on Select 2012 Europe Cruises

October 14, 2011

Just in time for National Cruise Vacation Week, Princess Cruises is offering a special PreSeason Sale on a selection of 45 popular 2012 European vacations. The weeklong promotion, which runs from Monday, October 17 to Sunday, October 23, includes free balcony upgrades plus as much as $100 in onboard credit per stateroom.

Itineraries included in the sale will take passengers to some of Europe’s most sought-after destinations, including Mediterranean favorites such as Venice and the Greek Isles, as well as some of the splendors of Northern Europe, including St. Petersburg.

In addition to special fares, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to nine days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to nine days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

“For anyone thinking about seeing the wonders of Europe next year, this is the perfect time to book,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “This promotion offers a great selection of European itineraries, featuring many of the dream destinations that are on so many people’s bucket lists.”

Examples of savings on balcony staterooms include:

  • 11-day Scandinavia & Russia – $2,490 (was $2,840)
  • 12-day British Isles – $2,690 (was $3,040)
  • 12-day Grand Mediterranean – $2,740 (was $2,990)
  • 12-day Holy Land – $3,090 (was $3,640)

Sale fares are also available on fully-escorted land and sea cruisetours in Europe, beginning at $4,799 for a 17-night Classic Italy cruisetour.

All cruise prices are per person, and onboard credits are per stateroom. This promotion is not combinable with past-passenger offers.

The PreSeason Sale runs from 12:00 am PST on October 17 to 11:59 pm PST on October 23, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Deposits made during this promotion are non-refundable and non-transferable. The promotion is not combinable with past-passenger offers.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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MSC Offers Balcony Staterooms for Inside Rates on 2011-12 Europe Cruises

August 3, 2011

The MSC Poesia, in New York City © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

MSC Cruisesis offering travelers planning to cruise Europe this winter an opportunity to take advantage of its new “Balcony Bonanza” savings promotion, one of the cruise line’s best of the season, between now and Sept. 30.

Guests receive a balcony stateroom at the inside stateroom rate or a balcony superior at the standard balcony rate. Rates begin at $649 for a balcony stateroom per person plus government fees and taxes (GFTs) on select 8-night cruises and $849 for a balcony superior.

Cruises to Europe featuring special “Balcony Bonanza” rates on 7-, 8-, 9- and 11-night sailings include:

  •  MSC Musica: 8-night, Eastern Mediterranean “World Heritage Tour” roundtrip from Venice or Bari, balcony from $649; balcony superior from $849 plus government fees and taxes (GFTs); Oct. 30 and several dates in Nov.
  • MSC Magnifica: 7-night, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia “The Magnificent Mediterranean” roundtrip from Venice or Bari, balcony from $869; balcony superior $1,149 plus GFTs; Nov. 12 and 19.
  • MSC Splendida: 7-night, Western Mediterranean “The Splendid Mediterranean” roundtrip from Genoa or Barcelona, balcony from $919; balcony superior from $1,199 plus GFT; Oct. 16, 21, 23, 28 and 30, Nov. 4 and 6; and Jan. 7 and 8.  
  •   MSC Fantasia: 7-night, Western Mediterranean “Mediterranean Fantasy” roundtrip from Genoa, Barcelona, or Civitavecchia (Rome), balcony from $969; balcony superior from $1,289 plus GFTs; Oct. 14.

Select 9- and 11-night cruise itineraries include:

  • MSC Magnifica: 9-night and 11-night, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia “The Magnificent Mediterranean” roundtrip from Venice or Bari, 9-night balcony from $869 and balcony superior for $1,199 plus GFTs; 11-night balcony from $1,069 and balcony superior from $1,379 plus GFTs; Nov. 26 and 27, Dec. 7, and Jan. 5 and 6.
  • MSC Splendida: 11-night, Western Mediterranean “The Splendid Mediterranean” roundtrip from Genoa or Barcelona, balcony from $1,019 and balcony superior from $1,349 plus GFTs; Nov. 13 and 24, and Dec. 5.
  • MSC Fantasia: 11-night, Western Mediterranean “Mediterranean Fantasy” roundtrip from Genoa, Barcelona, or Civitavecchia (Rome), balcony from $969 and balcony superior from $1,229 plus GFTs; Nov. 5, 16, 26, 27, 28 and Jan. 7, 8, and 9.

For more information about MSC Cruises, call 877-665-4655, contact a local travel professional, or visit  www.MSCCruisesUSA.com.

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