TORONTO — Avalon Waterways has announced a new lineup of celebrity authors and musicians as part of its 2021-2022 Storyteller Series of cruises.
The new series is being offered on Europe’s most popular waterways – the Rhine, Danube and Seine – on Avalon’s highest-rated itineraries, sailing aboard its award-winning Suite Ships featuring the industry’s only Panorama Suites and Open-Air Balconies. On each sailing there are no more than 160 travellers; guests will be able to interact with hosts during special gatherings such as book signings, concerts and intimate Q&A sessions.
Confirmed storytellers for 2021 and 2022 sailings include:
- Diana Gabaldon, international bestselling author of the Outlander novels
- Candace Bushnell, international bestselling author of the Sex in the City anthology
- Cheryl Strayed, international bestselling author of Wild
- Gillian Flynn, international bestselling author of Gone Girl
- Christopher Moore, international bestselling comic fantasy novelist
- Edwin McCain, Billboard-topping singer-songwriter
“Our new, exclusive Storyteller Series invites travellers to enhance the storytelling tapestry of their lives by embarking on incredible, ‘once upon a river’ vacations,” said Pam Hoffee, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Through this special series of sailings, Avalon guests get to spend a week in Europe with their favourite storytellers. They’re invited to meet legends in legendary landscapes.”
Highlights of the new Storyteller Series include the following:
- THROUGH THE STONES: Disappear on a Magical Sailing with Diana Gabaldon: This week-long Romantic Rhine cruise departs Oct. 30, 2021 (rescheduled from June 2020) and allows guests to sail with the famed ‘Outlander’ author.
- SEX & THE CITY OF LIGHTS: Sail the Storied Seine River with Candace Bushnell: ‘Sex and The City’ fans will sail the Seine River from Paris to Le Havre while on the new ‘Active & Discovery on the Seine’ itinerary, departing July 19, 2022.
- WILD & WHIMSEY ON THE WATER: Suite Sailing Down the Legendary Danube with Cheryl Strayed: Sailing from Budapest to Deggendorf with lyrical legend Strayed, this ‘Active & Discovery on the Danube’ itinerary departs July 22, 2022.
- GONE GIRL!: Come Sail Away with Gillian Flynn: Known for her runaway hits that include ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Dark Places,’ Flynn will sail with guests along the Danube from Budapest to Prague while on the ‘Active Discovery on the Danube’ itinerary, departing Sept. 14, 2022.
- STORYBOOK SCENERY, SATIRE & SARCASM: Sail Away & Make Memories with Christopher Moore: Moore, the novelist who imagined ‘Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff,’ will sail with guests from Basel to Amsterdam while on the ‘Romantic Rhine’ or ‘Rhine & Rhône Revealed’ itineraries, departing Sept. 20, 2022.
- I’LL BE…ROMANCING THE RHINE: Sweet Tunes on a Suite Sailing with Edwin McCain: McCain will bring his chart-topping love songs to one of the most historic waterways in Europe while on the ‘Active & Discovery on the Rhine’ itinerary, departing May 3, 2022.