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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Avalon Waterways invites cruisers to indulge in their passions with "special interest" cruises for 2014

From wine and wellness to culinary and culture, next year, Avalon is increasing its “special interest” cruises by 30 per cent to meet the increased demand for passion travel.

In 2014, the award-winning river cruise company will be adding beer tasting, golf, wellness and World War I history cruises to its already diverse lineup.

“Many of our cruisers have enjoyed beer tastings on our Austria and Germany cruises,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways.  “Now, we’re inviting like-minded travellers to come together for a cruise focused on discovering regional beers.” 

On this cruise (October 13, 2014 departure of Austrian Highlights & Bavaria), travellers will have the chance to enjoy onboard beer tastings, visit historic breweries and learn about European beer-brewing techniques via onboard lectures. 

 In 2014, Avalon travellers are also invited to get teed-up for an incredible Golf cruise.  On this special departure (July 7, 2014 departure of Austrian Highlights & Bavaria), golf-lovers will enjoy golf outings as a local enthusiast arranges tee times on courses throughout the vacation (non-golfers will have the opportunity to experience included excursions).

In addition, next year Avalon is appealing to health-focused travellers with a new wellness cruise (July 7, 2014 departure of The Blue Danube Discovery).  On this “special interest” getaway, travellers will start their mornings with onboard exercise programs featuring stretching and yoga.  Throughout the cruise, they will attend lectures on healthy lifestyles and will enjoy healthy (and delicious) dining options.
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Avalon Unveils Special Interest Cruises for 2014 – 2-2-2

It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI and in 2014 Avalon will give travellers two opportunities to learn more about the “Great War” which claimed the lives of more than 9 million (July 14, 2014 departure of Grand France and July 22 departure of Paris to Normandy’s Landing Beaches).   On these itineraries, travellers will visit some of Europe’s most famous war sites and learn little-known facts with onboard lectures.

In addition to its new passion cruises, Avalon will continue to offer travellers the following, popular “special interest” itineraries next year:
-          Art & Impressionist Cruises
-          Wine Cruises
-          Culinary Cruises
-          European History & Politics Cruise
-          Jewish Heritage Cruise
-          Music Cruises (Jazz or Classical)
-          Festive Time Cruises
-          President’s Cruise

“The growing demand for these special interest cruises -  and how quickly they sell - reflect  the needs of today’s cruisers who want to travel with others who share their passion for Europe and for learning ,” says Stéphanie Bishop of Avalon Waterways’ Canadian office.  ``These enriching experiences are offered at no additional cost which adds to the terrific value and to their lifelong memories!”
DEAL ALERT:  Book a select 2014 Avalon Waterways’ European cruise by June 25 this year and save $500 per person.  All other Europe departures save $250 per person.  To guarantee your transatlantic airfare in advance for the 2014 season, Avalon offers competitive pricing with major scheduled air carriers.

For more information, visit AvalonWaterways.ca.  Agents should visit AgentLingo.ca for booking details and promotions.

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Award-winning Avalon Waterways offers travellers the youngest, most innovative fleet of ships in Europe, China, Southeast Asia, Egypt, the Galápagos, the Amazon and the United States.  Our travellers have inspired us to utilize more than 85 years of travel expertise to design the best river cruise experience possible.  We’ve taken everything special about river cruising and made it even better—down to the last detail.  Our views are panoramic and spaces large and inviting; comfort is king and dining both personal and flexible.  And, thanks to our partnership with Globus, our itineraries are legendary.  By design, Avalon cruisers are privy to all-inclusive access to a destination, including guided sightseeing in every port, VIP entry into key destinations and unparalleled cultural immersion and storytelling thanks to highly skilled Cruise and Tour Directors.  In addition to countless trade accolades, Avalon Waterways has garnered some of the industry's most prestigious honours: Among them, the river cruise company was voted the Best River Cruise Line in 2010 by Cruise Critic editors, among the top 5 river cruise lines in Travel + Leisure’s 2011 World’s Best Awards and Condė Nast Traveler’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards; the river cruise line was also chosen as the “Best Value in River Cruising” by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel.  Avalon Waterways is part of the Globus family of brands. 


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