Thursday, September 22, 2011

Signature Collection

The CruiseOne/Cruises Inc family is proud to announce a new ensemble of vacation experiences targeted to the traveler who is looking for something more intriguing and special than the normal cruise. Launching first is the Signature Collection Western European Ensemble for 2012. These packages blend products like Azamara Club Cruises and Avalon Waterways river cruises with Monograms land packages, packaging them with private exclusive excursions, private tour guides/hosts, and special parties.

Love to garden or simply appreciate the best in horticultural expertise? Coming up next May 14 is an Azamara Journey cruise from Amsterdam to London that begins with two nights in Amsterdam to include a private excursion to the Chelsea Flower Show. You'll have a chance to explore the 2012 World Horticultural Expo, Floriade, taking place in a stunning park in Venlo, the Netherlands, which is known as the world's most famous flower show. In addition, you’ll have a private excursion to the Flower Auction and Keukenhof Gardens. The non-horticulturist won’t be left behind, either, with stops in the world diamond capital of Antwerp, Belgium, and in the charming Dutch port town of Vlissingen where the Schelde River, here more than two miles wide, flows into the North Sea. Need more? Check out the cruise itinerary itself by clicking here.

Ben and I are already leading a group through Provence next May on the AMA Waterways Amadagio, but if the August timeframe works better for you, check out the Provence to Paris Signature package August 17. You will begin with two nights in Monte Carlo and then cruise seven nights from Cote d’Azure-Port St. Luis to Chalon-sur-Saone, France. En route you’ll enjoy an exclusive tour and Beaujolais wine-tasting event, as well as an exclusive tour of Cormatin Palace, built by the Marquises of Huxelles in the early 17th century. Upon disembarkation, your motorcoach will transport you to the City of Light for two nights in magical Paris.

My favorite of all, however, is the 11-night French & Italian Riviera cruise on the Azamara Journey, beginning in Monte Carlo and calling on the ports of Portofino; Porto Venere (Cinque Terre); Florence/Pisa; Sorrento/Amalfi (overnight!); Taormina, Sicily; Capri (overnight, with a private full-day tour of Capri and the Blue Grotto); and Rome. The package includes two nights pre in Monte Carlo and one night post in Rome with guided sightseeing.

Let us know if we can provide additional information on these or any of the packages listed.

Speaking of “Signature” collections, Ben and I are pleased to announce that we were recently selected as members of the elite Circle of Excellence out of over 1300 agents in our company, an honor bestowed only to those at the highest sales level. We thank you for continuing business!

My next blogs will come to you from Italy and then from our Holy Land cruise on the Norwegian Jade. Ben and I are escorting groups on each event and looking forward to visiting both new and familiar places in Italy and seeing Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, and Alanya (Turkey) for the first time.

Ciao until then!

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