Is your club or organization looking for a presentation that can inform and inspire? The Cruise Center, Inc. offers a program for those interested in learning about the fastest growing segment of vacation travel ~ river cruising. We’ll offer attendees insights on what river cruising is all about, how to select the right river cruise line to meet expectations, and the questions to ask before booking.
With so many options and variables, even those who work in the industry sometimes feel overwhelmed. So, we’ll answer the following:
Who takes a river cruise and who should not take a river cruise. Why is river cruising so popular, the reasons travelers of all ages choose a river cruise vacation. What can you expect onboard and in port. Where do first time river cruisers typically go. When is the best time to take a river cruise and when is the best time to book.
The program will offer helpful insider tips to get the most from the vacation. Typical clubs and organizations that may enjoy the presentation include:
Gourmet and Beer/Wine Tasting clubs
Heritage and Ethnic organizations
Retired Military groups
As well as civic, fraternal, and association organizations.
With river cruises increasing in popularity, The Cruise Center, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan, has inaugurated a division specializing in this vacation genre. On staff are fully trained cruise travel professionals available to provide expert advice on itineraries, ports of call, river cruise lines, ships, accommodations and other important cruise planning details. Completed the specialist training programs from five of the leading river cruise lines include: Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways, Scenic Cruises, Viking River Cruises and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, as well as, the Sell River Cruises specialist certification from Travel Agent Academy.
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Sticker-shock is often the reaction to a European river cruise price quote. That is, until it’s made clear all that is included in the price. But, while most river cruise lines tout their inclusiveness, there are differences that should be considered to determine the best value for you.
Here is a breakdown of inclusions for the most popular river cruise lines:
According to Ama, “Your inclusive vacation provides incredible, value from the champagne breakfast and free-flowing hand-selected European wines with lunch and dinner to a fleet of bicycles, free Internet access, included sightseeing excursions and live cultural entertainment onboard.”
The port charges, gratuities, and bar tab are extra. A variety of shore excursions are included in the price and a selection of excursions are offered at an additional cost.
A-Rosa Cruises bills itself as “Truly All-Inclusive” with complimentary beverages including wine, beer, and spirits all day long, pre-paid onboard gratuities, complimentary shore tours, complimentary use of bicycles, complimentary transfers, prepaid port taxes and fees, and free WiFi. Note that gratuities for the guides and drivers on shore excursions are not included. In 2015, transfers will not be included and there will be a shore excursion allowance included in the cost. Once the allowance is reached, there will be an additional charge.
Avalon’s slogan is “INCLUDED…is the name of the game.” Expect “Special touches, like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner selected by a professional sommelier-included. Each à la carte meal includes a variety of options for each course. Plus, enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and juices with breakfast, soft drinks with lunch. Complimentary Wi-Fi access-included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides-included. VIP entrance into the must-see sites-included. Unique Local Favoritessm designed to bring your destination to life-included. We even provide Nordic walking sticks for active guests looking for an extra spring in their step. Port charges and gratuities are not included in the price. Continue reading River Cruising ~ What’s included?