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Avalon to feature French-language escorted European river cruise

TORONTO — In response to request from Quebec agents, Avalon will offer one of its most popular cruises featuring a French-speaking cruise director, and accompanied by Stéphanie Bishop, managing director for Globus family of brands in Canada.

The cruise will be the 8-day Romantic Rhine departing Amsterdam on Oct. 2, 2015. The ship will sail through Holland, Germany and France enroute to Basel, Switzerland, with stops in Cologne, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, and Breisach, the gateway to the Black Forest.

In order to ensure their French-speaking guests feel at home, Avalon will be providing port talks, entertainment and menus in French; plus there will be at least one of the included shore excursions in each port accompanied by a French-speaking local guide.

Quebec-born Bishop, whose first language is French, is looking forward to escorting the cruise and sailing on the sleek Avalon Artistry II.  With just 64 cabins – and a crew of 37 – the ship was launched in 2013.

Prices for this special departure start at Can$3,119 per person (plus airfare) including all meals, shore excursions, port talks and nightly entertainment, plus wine and beer with dinner. On board facilities include optional light fare bistro meals, a comfortable reading lounge, beautician, rooftop Sky Bistro for al fresco lunches, whirlpool and deck game area.

There is free WiFi throughout.

A savings of $500 per person is available on this special departure when booked and deposited prior to Sept. 30, 2014. Book your clients’ air through Globus/Avalon to coincide with ship departure and arrival dates and Avalon will also provide complimentary airport transfers in Europe.

Staterooms include 50 of Avalon’s trademark Panorama suites which feature 11 foot (3.3 metres) wide floor-to-ceiling windows which open a full seven feet.

Globus family of brands’ business development manager for Quebec Guylaine Michaud is hosting a 45-minute webinar about the cruise on Thursday July 10 at 10 a.m. To register to participate in the webinar, click https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/866637330.

For more information, contact Guylaine Michaud at gmichaud@globusfamily.ca or visit agentlingo.ca, the Globus family of brand’s site for travel agents.