Avalon Waterways scores Best Stateroom award – again

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December 13, 2017 – Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for the Globus family of brands in Canada, is delighted to announce that for the third consecutive year its river cruise brand, Avalon Waterways, has been awarded the coveted Best River Cruise Cabin award with Cruise Critic, the influential website. In announcing the Editors’ Picks award, Cruise Critic remarked “River cruise cabins come in many iterations. But we’re hard-pressed to find one better than Avalon’s signature Panoramic Suite.”

“This is a huge honour for us, and clearly shows that these Suites are an enormous hit with our passengers,” says Bishop of the cruise line’s innovative, 200 square feet staterooms. Each Panorama Suite features an entire window wall which opens over two meters to bring in the sights and sounds of Europe. “The other truly innovative aspect of the Suites, which make up the vast majority of our staterooms, is that the beds face the windows, and guests love lying back and watching medieval towns and ancient vineyards glide by.”

 

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Media Contact: Martha Chapman for the Globus family of brands (416) 614 2845

ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYS
Since we launched our very first ship in 2004, Avalon Waterways has invited you – our traveller – to be our muse. Thanks to you, we let imagination and a relentless desire to create a smart use of space, be our guide. The result? An incomparable river cruise experience, including one-of-a-kind Panorama Suites℠ – with innovative Open-Air BalconiesSM and beds facing the views – on the industry’s only Suite Ships®: Unequaled vessels that feature two full decks of 200- and 300-square-foot suites which have for three consecutive years been named the Best River Cruise Stateroom by the famed website www.CruiseCritic.com
On the spectacular ships of Avalon, “included” is one of our favourite words. Spacious outside staterooms with plenty of room to relax – included.

Special touches like regional wines and beer at every onboard dinner – included. Complimentary Wi-Fi – included. The most shore excursions, led by Certified Local Guides – included. VIP entrance into mustsee sites – included. Unique Local FavoritesSM designed to bring your destination to life – included. In addition to everything that is included, we also give you the freedom of Avalon Choice® – a different approach to river cruising that invites travellers to personalize their trip.

Whether looking for a romantic mini-break, an in-depth 24-day exploration or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you can choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia, or South America– your way!

U By Uniworld’s Ship – The B sets sail on Maiden Voyage

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NEW YORK, October 9, 2017 –U by Uniworld, the new exciting river cruise brand offering immersive, fun and adventurous travel for 21-45-year-olds, debuted its first ship Oct. 7, 2017 in Paris, France. The B set sail on its maiden voyage along the Seine River with top influencers with a combined reach of nearly 10 million, lifestyle media, travel agents and contest winners onboard to get an exclusive “Sneak Peek” of the first-ever river cruise brand for millennials.

“We’re thrilled to make history with the launch of U by Uniworld and introduce a whole new generation to river cruising,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “It’s very exciting to see this vision come to life and to have such influential, well-traveled young people onboard to experience it for the first time.”

The inaugural events included a drum circle creating a spiritual energy onboard, sabering champagne on the top deck and a renaming ceremony where guests released biodegradable lanterns to symbolize letting go of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship and starting new with The B. The renaming ceremony was led by the ship’s ‘Guardian Angel’ Petra Nemcova, supermodel and noted philanthropist. “It’s truly an honor to be named ‘Guardian Angel’ of The B ship,” said Petra. “For me, travel has always been a bridge – not only to the world’s most marvelous places, like Paris, but to the people that bring these destinations and attractions to life, and U by Uniworld will give young travelers the opportunity to be among like-minded people.” Following the ceremony, guests danced the night away with local pop-electro alternative rock band SHINE.

During the remainder of this preview journey, guests will experience all that U has to offer onboard from yoga and camping on the top deck, a silent disco party to mixology, impressionist paint and wine classes. Offshore, guests will experience some of U’s unique, immersive excursions such as a panoramic breakfast on a Gastronome bus, treasure hunt at the Louvre, secret tour of Versailles, a Paris City Roofs tour and more.

The B ship was renamed following extensive renovations and design changes of Uniworld’s River Baroness ship. U unveils with a new sexy, stylish look and feel, inviting up to 120 fun-loving travelers per voyage, spread across its four Suites, 26 Balcony Bedrooms, 29 Studio Bedrooms and two Studios Bedrooms with triple occupancy – all with waterfront views and equipped with built-in Bluetooth speakers. The B is the only ship on the river to reveal a unique all-matte black exterior. The ship boasts two rooftop venues, a spa, mixologists, international DJ’s, communal tables for dining, and farm-to-table cuisine with dishes ranging from Bea Tollman’s Spaghetti Pomodoro, U by Quinoa Burgers, Miso Marinated Wild Salmon to Peanut Butter Bacon Chocolate Bars.

A pioneer in sustainable tourism, U offers organic BeeKind amenities in all rooms, uses WhatsApp and email for internal communication with guests doing away with the traditional paper daily itineraries on cruise ships, displays menus on screens in the bar and restaurant, has a Press Reader app for guests to receive news onboard and is creating an app, which will connect travelers before, during and after their trips together and debut in March 2018 ahead of the first bookable sailings.

Sailings on The B and U’s second ship, The A, begin in April 2018 with prices starting at $200 per person, per day. Four eight-day itineraries – The Seine Experience, Rolling on the Rhine, Germany’s Finest and The Danube Flow – will sail along the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays available in major cities including Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. U by Uniworld will also offer two five-day holiday itineraries – Dashing Through The Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise – during the holiday season.

AmaWaterways announces 2018 Wine Cruises hosted by award-winning North American wine experts

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AMAWATERWAYS ANNOUNCES 2018 WINE CRUISES HOSTED BY AWARD-WINNING NORTH AMERICAN WINE EXPERTS

Calabasas, CA – (Oct. 3, 2017) – Continuing its long-standing tradition of robust, engaging curated epicurean experiences, AmaWaterways announced its 2018 Wine Cruise line-up with 50-plus itineraries hosted by North American winemakers, winery owners and expert oenologists. Designed to provide an immersive wine experience, AmaWaterways’ Wine Cruises blend the best of both New and Old World viticulture by offering guests unparalleled access to some of North America’s top winemakers, and the opportunity to experience the iconic wine regions along Europe’s stunning waterways.

“Wine has always been a passion of mine, so to see our guests enjoy these educational and immersive experiences with such esteemed Wine Hosts is really rewarding,” commented Rudi Schreiner, president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “Since introducing the concept of wine cruises more than seven years ago, we continue to see an increased interest from our guests, and plan to expand even further our partnerships with the North American wineries and wine experts hosting these incredible adventures.”

The variety of North American wine regions represented by the Wine Hosts, as well as the expertise and guidance shared during the trips, have contributed to making these Wine Cruises so popular. The 2018 line-up showcases enterprising husband and wife co-owners, families who share the passion and pride of wine making, as well as at least nine remarkable women who are making their mark in the wine business. AmaWaterways 2018 Wine Hosts include:

Martin and Megan Clubb, co-owners of L’Ecole N° 41 in Walla Walla Valley, WA, are third-generation winery owners who bring over 30 years of experience in the industry and have won numerous awards including being named Wine & Spirits magazine’s “Winery of the Year” for 14 consecutive years.
Anthony Bell, winemaker and owner at Bell Wine Cellars, is known for making the famed Georges de Latour, and has been deeply involved in many aspects that contribute to modern winemaking in Napa Valley, including drawing the map defining the Carneros appellation.
Paul and Merrill Bonarrigo, founders of Messina Hof Winery in Bryan, TX, re-introduced the concept of winemaking in Texas. The Bonarrigos planted their first vineyard in 1977 and soon became pioneers of the Texas wine industry having established Messina Hof as the fourth winery in the state.
Sally and Fred Schweiger designed and developed the Schweiger Estate with the help of family, and welcomed their first official harvest in 1984. Today the Schweigers are proud to be the longest property owners in the esteemed Spring Mountain AVA in the legendary Napa Valley with ownership spanning four generations of living and working on the family estate.

 

Amelia Ceja, president of Ceja Vineyards in Napa, CA, became the first Mexican-American woman ever to be elected president of a winery, and in 2005 was recognized by the California legislature as “Woman of the Year” for breaking the glass ceiling in a very competitive business. She received the coveted 2013 Academy of Marketing Science Distinguished Marketer Award for turning wine consumers into wine aficionados with her subtle blend of viticulture, down-home cuisine and a Web-based marketing campaign.
Additional 2018 Wine Cruises include Wine Hosts from Le Vigne Winery in Paso Robles, California; Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaphack, New York; Kriselle Cellars in White City, Oregon; Alpha Omega Winery in St. Helena, California; and King Family Vineyards in Crozet, Virginia, among many others. For a full list of AmaWaterways Wine Cruises and profiles on the respected Wine Hosts, visit www.AmaWaterways.com/explore/wine-hosts/2018.

 

In addition to the educational, onboard lectures and wine tastings hosted by these award-winning winemakers from North America, AmaWaterways offers a diverse selection of shore excursions that immerse guests in the local terroir and culinary culture of the region they are visiting. Visits to private cellars, strolls through stunning vineyards and authentic encounters with world-class vintners and artisans are featured on AmaWaterways’ shore excursions and enable guests to make real connections with the rich culture and history of France’s Bordeaux, Burgundy and Alsace regions; Germany’s Moselle and Rhine valleys; Austria’s Wachau and Portugal’s Douro River area.

 

As an added incentive, guests who book an AmaWaterways Wine Cruise by November 30, 2017 will receive an exclusive Early Booking Reward of up to $1,500 off per stateroom available on select dates, excluding Portugal.

U By Uniworld makes waves with first-ever river cruise brand for Younger Travelers

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NEW YORK, NY – April 5, 2017 –U by Uniworld—a groundbreaking brand from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection—is now available for bookings, allowing travel enthusiasts aged 21 to 45 to experience nine enticing European itineraries beginning in spring 2018.  The first-ever cruise brand of its kind, U by Uniworld transforms the travel industry paradigm with a fresh approach to experiential travel, introducing a whole new audience to cruising, on some of the most interesting rivers of Europe. U by Uniworld offers fun, immersive, authentic and adventurous itineraries and a seamless way to experience Europe from city to city.

“Uniworld has always strived to lead innovation in the river cruise industry and we saw a great opportunity with U by Uniworld to reach an entirely new audience,” said Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld. “River cruising is the best and most comfortable way to experience all that Europe has to offer, in an affordable way, and we’re incredibly proud to create a brand that will broaden the interest in this type of experiential travel.”

“The U by Uniworld brand is built on a foundation of Uniworld’s river cruising expertise and the leadership in youthful travel of its sister brands Contiki and Busabout,” said Brett Tollman, Chief Executive of The Travel Corporation (TTC). “The official sales launch of U by Uniworld reflects the unwavering determination and drive of The Travel Corporation to continue to innovate in and contribute to the travel & tourism industry. We look forward to seeing this exciting new TTC brand becoming established, successful and growing in the coming years under Ellen’s dynamic leadership.”

Four eight-day itineraries—Rolling On The Rhine, Germany’s Finest, The Danube Flow and The Seine Experience—sail the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine Rivers, with overnight stops and longer stays in major cities like Paris, Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest. Three Super Cruise options combine two or more U itineraries into one 15 or 22-day bucket list journey. U by Uniworld also offers two five-day holiday itineraries–Dashing Through The Danube and A Merry Little Christmas Cruise–for those who want to experience the magic of Christmastime in Europe and a special New Year’s Eve celebration. Available only on The A, these festive itineraries include a trek through a Bavarian Forest to Passau’s Christmas Market; a Viennese “Taste of Christmas” excursion; and an exclusive, classic Christmas concert in Klosterneuburg Abbey.

With a maximum capacity of 120 adventurous travelers, the first two U by Uniworld ships – The A and The B – will be all black outside and feature a sleek, cool interior design with open communal spaces and rooftop lounges, where guests can enjoy scenic river views while sipping on craft cocktails and mingling with like-minded travelers when they start cruising in April 2018. The A and The B will serve as a fully-equipped waterfront contemporary hotel, taxi, bar, restaurant, café, nightclub and yoga studio, all in one. U by Uniworld ships provide the perfect balance between local authenticity and the comfort of home, offering travelers the hassle-free ability to tour multiple cities and countries while only unpacking once.

U by Uniworld’s lineup of onboard programming includes Wine & Paint Classes, where passengers can sip on a glass of local wine while painting the scenery before them; Mixology Classes taught by the master bartenders onboard; and Chef’s Table Cooking Classes, a tasty way to experience the culinary riches of each destination.

Onshore experiences are designed for those with a passion for exploration and a taste for authenticity, allowing ample time for passengers to meet locals, discover restaurants and bars in each city and enjoy both independent discovery and guided excursions. Each day on U by Uniworld, guests are given the flexible options to explore in one of three ways—included excursions and activities, optional “U Time” outings, or a self-guided tour of the cities. Curated programming is tailored to individual travel personalities, such as foodies, culture buffs, adventure seekers, explorers, solo travelers, romantics, and night owls, with itineraries to satisfy every individuals’ passions.

Foodies will salivate over local market shopping with the ship’s chef in Rouen while culture buffs will delight in a guided bike tour of top World War II sites in Nuremberg. Adventurers can rock climb at 6,500 ft. or white water raft, explorers can kayak through UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and solo travelers will love creating a custom drink to their tastes after meeting a Master Distiller at the world’s largest hands-on cocktail exhibit in Amsterdam. Couples can reconnect with romance on a horse-drawn carriage ride in Vienna, and night owls can sample the abandoned buildings of Budapest which have been transformed into the city’s trendiest bars and clubs.

When nighttime falls, “U Hosts” are on hand to bring guests the local hotspots and hidden gems in each city. Experiences range from visiting a U Host’s favorite nightclub in Amsterdam to wandering along the banks of the Seine on a midnight stroll in Paris, where travelers will experience Paris at one of the most magical times of the evening before venturing off for a night out. There will be DJ’s onboard both ships as well as other nighttime entertainment for fun.

The A and The B offer three room categories—Studio, Balcony and Suites—all with river views. Suites featuring French balconies and a living room area are perfect for honeymooners and those celebrating a special occasion. Balcony rooms are ideal for pairs, and groups of friends traveling together can enjoy Studio rooms that can accommodate up to three passengers. Solo travelers can take advantage of single rooms or special room share rates.

Eight-day itineraries on The A start at $1,699 per person and include sailings along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. Pricing for The B, which sails exclusively on the Seine River and throughout France, starts at $1,999 per person. Starting rates are based on double occupancy and are inclusive of gratuities; port charges are not included.

 

 

River Cruises: Extraordinary Experiences, Unexpected Discoveries

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With most ocean going cruise ships, you dock in an area which is far from any town or attractions (and often in a not-so-nice-area at all). The joy of Avalon is that they dock in the heart of things. Imagine getting off in Cologne and strolling to the famous Cathedral. Or stepping ashore in the charming town of Vollendam in Holland and within two minutes be seated at a charming waterfront café. It’s easily done.

 

 

And speaking of going ashore, with Avalon your shore excursions are included – a huge difference from the big ships where it’s easy to drop hundreds of dollars on shore excursions. And this year Avalon has also introduced more variety into their excursions. You can do the “traditional” route, which is usually a walking tour with a knowledgeable and interesting local guide (Avalon provides handy listening devices so you never miss a detail). Or you can choose “essential” where you get the main highlights, combined with free time on your own to shop or explore. Slow things down a bit by choosing a “leisurely” pace. And if you want a workout with your walk, Avalon supplies Nordic walking poles, free of charge!

 

 

The onboard experience also varies significantly to being on a big ship. Take Avalon Waterways’ sleek new European vessels – they have an average capacity of just 143 passengers, a far cry from the literally thousands who may board an ocean-going cruise ship. So it’s a more intimate experience. By the time your holiday is over, you get to know many of your fellow passengers and the friendly international crew.

 

 

Many travellers are also curious about accommodation on the European river cruises. Every single ship in Europe has to be the same width, as they all have to fit into the locks. So how spacious can you make a stateroom? Surprisingly so. Avalon has the newest ships on the rivers of Europe and this year feature five Panorama class vessels, which offer 200 square feet staterooms (30% larger than industry standard) featuring glorious 11 foot wide windows which open a full 7 feet so you can really experience the sights and sounds of Europe. Like having an open air balcony – without sacrificing the space!

 

 

Dining onboard is also an experience as you’ll enjoy the freshest ingredients from the country you are floating through. Breakfasts and lunches are generous and stylish buffets, while at dinner you have the choice of a four course dinner or a casual light bistro meal, both served with complimentary wine or beer. Every cruise features a dinner prepared by a local chef who comes on board to work his or her magic.

 

 

Nightlife? While you won’t find casinos, magicians or dancing girls, you will enjoy port talks that delve into the history and culture of your ports of call, and live music from a local group who’ll come on board to share a bit of their culture with you. Plus, you’ll enjoy food and beverage tastings with local hosts.

 

 

Let us give you more insight into Avalon and their amazing European experiences. With over 28 itineraries from 5 to 24 days, including theme cruises (music, wine, Christmas markets, history and more) you can explore Europe the way it was meant to be – up close!