Posts Tagged ‘cruisetour’

France Cruises Introduces ‘Signature CruiseTour’ All-Inclusive Packages

September 11, 2013
France Cruses barge-hotel, Caprice, sails up the canal in Burgundy © 2013 Karen Rubin/

France Cruses barge-hotel, Caprice, sails up a canal in Burgundy © 2013 Karen Rubin/

France Cruises, is introducing “Signature CruiseTour Packages”, offering riverboat or barge travelers a more complete, all-inclusive vacation plan in any destination they choose throughout France.

“Signature CruiseTour Packages” will provide France Cruises travelers an extensive variety of concierge-like amenities including: land tours, airport/train transfers, traditional hotel, meal and destination reservations and more.

“We are now able to coordinate every detail to offer the ultimate convenience for our clients,” France Cruises President Jean-Francois Dabrowski said. “With France Cruises ‘Signature CruiseTour Packages,’ travelers can now experience their ideal French vacation both on the water and on land.”

In addition to creating custom packages, tailored specifically to the vacation desires of each individual client, “Signature CruiseTour Packages” by France Cruises will also offer reduced, ready-made tour packages that are discounted, and available for a limited time. “12 Days in Paris & Bordeaux CruiseTour” is currently offered as part of this launch.

To learn more about France Cruises, and the new “Signature CruiseTour Packages” visit or call 866-498-3920.

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Enjoy Three Signature Alaska Tours in One Day

August 4, 2010

The Alaska Galore Tour includes a chance to see a salmon run in Tongass National Forest. Here a boy snatches salmon as they leap © 2010 Karen Rubin/

Three family-owned Alaskan tour companies have partnered this Summer to offer three of the best Southeastern Alaska attractions in one economical, action-packed day. The all-day excursion combines whale watching, a bear search, and glacier viewing by plane. Louis Juergens, owner and tour operator of Alaska Galore Tours ( calls it, “The perfect Trifecta of Alaska attractions.”

The Alaska Galore Tour (co-owners Juergens and Jamie Letterman) begins with a two and a half-hour Whale Watch onboard their state-of-the-art, 18-passenger custom built eco-tour landing vessel, complete with heated cabin and bathrooms. Humpback Whales, Stellar Sea Lions, Dall’s Porpoise, Harbor Seals, Killer Whales, and Bald Eagles have been spotted while cruising from Juneau to the Tlingit village of Hoonah, located on Chichagof Island. Naturalists and bear guides from TECKK Outfitters (, owner Keith Skaflestad) take the group along a boardwalk trail that leads from a tropical beach area to a salmon-bearing stream in the Tongass National Forest, where they will help locate bears and Sitka deer. The tour returns back to Juneau via a 30-minute scenic flight over the Juneau Icefield, courtesy of Air Excursions (owner Mike Loverink). The last portion of the tour offers aerial views of the Inside Passage, as well as Herbert Glacier, Eagle Glacier, and Mendanhall Glacier.

The novel tour is set at a price that is gentle to the pocketbook, while offering a small group atmosphere. The Whales, Bears & Glaciers Adventure costs $399 per adult and $329 per child, ages 4-12 — substantially less than if you booked each portion of the tour separately. Another advantage to this package is that the maximum number of participants on each tour day is only 36 (including adults and children), split into two groups of 18 passengers per boat. Currently, only Princess cruise ships exclusively offer the “Whales, Bears & Glaciers Adventure” package while in their Juneau port of call. However, private parties may book separately, with a minimum of 12 people.

Alaska at this time of the year on land and water can be sunny or rainy, warm or cold. The Tour operators recommend dressing in layers, and remind guests to bring both sunglasses and raingear.

The tour is available for purchase on all Princess ships ( stopping in Juneau through Sept. 23, except the Royal Princess. For private bookings, contact Alaska Galore Tours directly, at 877-794-2537 or e-mail them at:

— by Laurie Millman and Martin Rubin

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Halloween in Venice!

October 30, 2009
Halloween in Venice

Venetian "witches" dash into stores to demand treats on Halloween.

Venice, famous for its Carnival,  is a natural for for an American-style Halloween!  For more about our visit to Venice, Italy, as part of Royal Caribbean’s cruisetour, go to: