How To Take Your Wine Tasting Club To The Next Level

You and your friends have organized a successful wine tasting club. You’ve done everything right for each monthly meeting:

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  • Decided on a formal or informal format
  • Created a theme such as “Wines of Chile,” “The Best of the California Cabernets,” or “Favorite Holiday Wines”
  • Secured appropriate wine tasting supplies and accessories such as glasses, rinse pitchers, dump buckets, drinking water, bland bread or crackers, and a tasting evaluation form for each member
  • Allocated time for enrichment from research shared by members or an outside presenter such as a wine merchant or local winery vintner
  • Focused on food and wine pairing with the meeting theme
  • Mailed a newsletter or sent an enewsletter with the next meeting’s location, agenda, theme, and other details as well as a review of the last meeting’s tastings, upcoming community wine-related events, etc.

    You’ve done well. Membership has grown and your group of like-minded individuals are now the best of friends. Where can you go from here? Plan a tour for your group to a wine region! Start with a short trip, perhaps a three or four-day cruise in Napa Valley. After one or two successful wine holidays, plan more extensive travel to wine regions of France, Germany, South Africa or even Australia and New Zealand.

    Wine appreciation themed river cruises add an exceptional epicurean dimension to European river cruises. A distinguished wine authority leads interesting discussions onboard and expert chefs pair fine regional wines with superb cuisine. You’ll visit wine villages where vintners and growers will walk you through the winemaking process and taste some of their special varieties. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offer themed cruises on select itineraries and dates. AmaWaterways Wine Tasting


    Is your wine club ready to step up to a European river cruise? If you are considering an wine-theme river cruise, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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  • The Best Second Marriage Honeymoon

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    Looking for second marriage honeymoon ideas? If you’ve both traveled a bit, you are probably interested in a more sophisticated, authentic experience than a Caribbean beach resort. For a memorable trip of discovery, we recommend a river cruise. Here’s why:

      Romantic Destinations. Fairytale castles, charming hamlets and villages, and world-class cities can all be included on one river cruise itinerary.
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      Adult Ambiance Onboard activities and shore excursions on most departures are geared to adult passengers.

      Explore Special Interests Photography, art, beer tasting, golf, culinary, Jewish heritage, music, history, wellness, and wine appreciation river cruises let couples deep-dive into activities with onboard presentations and hands-on experiences in port while on specially designated theme cruises.
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    AMA Waterways In Celebration of Wine Theme Cruises

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      No Packing Up, No Driving, No Stress Unpack once on day one, and there are very few other responsibilities except to relax and enjoy each other. Luggage
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      Fine Dining Regional specialties and complimentary wine and beer with dinner.
      Great Views Even from your cabin. Unlike an ocean cruise, there is always something to see. Avalon-Panorama-Suite

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        Great Value and Inclusive Pricing Plan and budget the honeymoon and know upfront your costs. Start your new life together with confidence and peace of mind.

        If you are considering a river cruise honeymoon, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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    River Cruises 2015 Berth Announcements

    2015 brings with it new ships, new destinations, and new opportunities for those hooked on river cruising. Here’s what’s new.

    Avalon Waterways
    March 24, 2015, in France marks the christening of the Avalon Tapestry II She’ll be the first “Suite Ship” to sail the popular Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches itinerary. In April, the Avalon Tranquility II will debut sailing on the Rhine and Rhone Rivers. In Asia, the Avalon Myanmar with just 36 passengers will sail the Irrawaddy River.

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    AmaWaterways
    Spring 2015 brings two new vessels, the AmaSerena and AmaVista to AmaWaterways fleet. Each will offer family and group-friendly connecting staterooms and will feature the line’s signature Twin Balconies, one French-style, the other step-out as well as salon and massage services, fitness rooms, and heated swimming pools with swim-up bars.

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    River Cruising ~ What’s included?

    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:

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    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
    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 Waterways
    Avalon Vista
    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.
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    River Cruise List

    As river cruising continues to make waves in the travel industry, the rising tide of this popular vacation choice is on a roll. There are a multitude of river cruise lines but only a few focus on the North American market with an English-speaking crew and shore excursion guides. The most popular of these sail on rivers throughout Europe and have expanded to other parts of the globe.

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    AMAWATERWAYS
    Sailing in Vietnam and Cambodia, Russia and in Europe with unique offerings in Africa, AmaWaterways has introduced two new vessels this year: the AmaPrima and the
    AmaVida. Two more are slated for 2014: the AmaSonata and AmaReina.

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    AVALON WATERWAYS
    Sailing in Europe, Asia, Egypt, the Galapagos, and the Mississippi River, this Globus Family of Brands member has introduce two new ships, the Avalon Expression and the Avalon Artistry II in 2013. 2014 brings the Avalon Poetry II, the Avalon Illumination and the Avalon Impression to European rivers.

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    UNIWORLD BOUTIQUE RIVER CRUISES
    Uniworld offers itineraries on rivers in Europe, Russia, Egypt, China and Southeast Asia with three new vessels introduced in 2013. 2014 marks all-inclusive packaging of gratuities onboard and onshore, unlimited beverages onboard including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks, specialty coffee, tea and bottled water, all onboard meals, airport transfers, use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks, along with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry.

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    VIKING RIVER CRUISES
    The largest river cruise line marketed in North America, Viking sails in Europe, Russia and the Ukraine, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt. The trademark Viking Longships, which debuted in 2012 with six vessels, eight in 2013, will expand to twelve more to be christened in 2014.

    Time to get onboard? If you are considering a river cruise anywhere in the world, please feel free to send me an email or call me so we can discuss your vacation plans in detail.

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  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection 2011 Review

    Award winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection® has produced a number of videos to acquaint you with their vessels and experience. Take a look now and picture yourself enjoying this authentic way to see Europe.

    Why River Cruising?
    The river: historic and breathtakingly serene and tranquil. Your ship: an elegant floating hotel with all the comforts of home. You: completely at ease because you unpack only once!

    River cruising is an astonishing tale of discovery—complete with carefree comfort and convenience. You will encounter riches you find straight out of history books and fairytales—charming squares, magnificent cathedrals, bustling marketplaces—often just a leisurely walk away from the ship. There is no waiting in long lines to get on or off the ship, and there are always remarkable things to see—scenic vineyards, historic castles, or countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites—from the comfort of your stateroom.

    Luxuriously appointed ships:
    Uniworld, the world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™, features luxuriously appointed boutique cruise ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, included shore excursions, world-class cuisine, and award-winning hospitality.

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    One room, a thousand views:

    Ready to sail on a European River Cruise? Special rates are available now. Contact us today!

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