by Don McCann
We went to a presentation yesterday on a brand new ship and new offering from Scenic Cruises. Currently, Scenic offers river cruises in Europe and some exotic locations, but this new ship will be an ocean-going vessel. However, this is not ‘just another cruise ship’; on the contrary, this will be somewhat unique in several ways.
Scenic Eclipse is a luxury yacht-inspired cruise ship accommodating 228 guests and it will launch in August, 2018. So your first thought might be “2018!?” Why talk about it now? Well, there are several reasons. To begin with, the ship will sail primarily very intriguing, trip-of-a-lifetime type of itineraries, such as around Iceland, Antarctica, or some smaller European ports. Such trips usually take some advance planning, not to mention that with only 228 passengers, the ship will most likely fill much farther in advance than larger ships. Also, it’s not cheap. It’s a true luxury experience, with pricing to match, and this often evokes careful consideration before a commitment is made. That being said, while price is one thing, “value” is another and Eclipse will definitely be a good value with the experience AND the inclusions. Just as with Scenic Cruises’ river ships, the Eclipse fares will include all gratuities, all beverages, specialty dining options, and shore excursions. The only exception will be the excursions available from the two onboard six passenger helicopters, or the seven passenger submarine. These unique options will make the overall experience just THAT much more impressive.
We feel confident that the Scenic Cruises management team can truly ‘deliver’ a wonderful and exciting cruise experience with Scenic Eclipse. Take a look at some of the photos & video links below and contact us for more details!
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by Don McCann
We are very excited about our upcoming Open House Sale on Saturday, February 1. Why be excited? Well, it is always a treat for us to bring together our clients with some of our favorite cruise line representatives. Nothing beats personal contact and most people really enjoy being able to meet and chat with some one from these lines. They can tell you what is new, what itineraries have changed, or have been added, AND what specials we have to offer! We’ve worked with these people for a very long time and we are fortunate to have them in our office to meet with our clients (both long-time and new clients).
If you are in the Dallas Ft.Worth area, we hope you will join us, along with Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Viking Cruises on Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 11am to 2pm in our office at 14464 Midway Road, Dallas 75244.
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Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Viking River
by Don McCann
We often host client presentations, which our business calls “Cruise Nights”. Last week, we had a cruise night called “Christmas in June” featuring Viking River Cruises and their Christmas Market cruises in Europe. This event was great fun to plan and easy to decide how to decorate. However, the most enthusiastic of our planners was my daughter, Rachel, who just moved back from Germany, after having lived there for 3 1/2 years. While there, she LOVED the various Christmas Markets and she had TONS of ideas for our event. Not only did she bring in some of her market purchases, but she baked authentic heart-shaped gingerbread cookies with ‘Merry Christmas’ in German, French, and Hungarian, as well as some cookies with the Viking River logo, AND she agreed to be one of our guest speakers!
Vikings great 3minute video was an effective visual introduction to the Christmas Markets, then Rachel added her personal experiences about the Markets, with some wonderful “show ‘n tell” items. Next up, our local Viking River Representative, Carolyn Szekeres, did a great presentation on the cruises themselves and the fantastic new river ships the line is adding. All in all, it was perhaps our most fun, and certainly our most festive, cruise night yet!
If you were not able to join us, take a look at some of the photos (click on each to enlarge):
Brats & cheese with pretzel bread
Christmas in June lights at Cruise Escapes
Carolyn Szekeres of Viking Cruises
Cruise Escapes staff at one of our Market ‘stalls’ with Viking cookies!
Have any Christmas Market stories, or photos you’d care to share? – We’d love your reply!