VANCOUVER — Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has released its new river cruise itineraries for 2021 as well as incentives for guests who book before Aug. 31, 2020.
The 2021 Hidden Wonders of Europe’s Rivers collection includes two new French culinary cruises as well as several new excursions.
The new Book with Confidence program, offered on bookings made before the end of August, provides guests with additional flexibility and peace of mind when planning their 2021 river cruise, reducing deposit amounts to $250 per guest and including a free Deposit Protection Plan (valued at $125) with every booking.
Those who book by Aug. 31, 2020 will receive a few extra incentives, including:
- Most European and Russian cruises and cruise/tours include free economy flights or savings of $1,000 per guest
- The most popular sailings offer economy flights at $295 or $495 per guest or savings of $700 or $500 (respectively) per guest.
- Guests booking a 15-day or longer sailing receive a $200 gift card; guests on sailings of eight to 14 days receive a $100 gift card
Scenic is also offering competitive upgrades to business class air and 50% off Single Supplements on select European river sailings.
“We’re seeing our loyalty members and new customers look to the future with high engagement levels on our digital marketing and upward trends in bookings,” offered Lisa McCaskill, VP Sales & Marketing, Scenic Group Canada. “Our Book with Confidence program offers flexibility and peace of mind combined with certainty, reassuring those ready to plan their Europe river cruise next year.”
New for Scenic guests in 2021 are visits to World War I sites in Belgium’s Ypres and Passchendaele and two culinary itineraries highlighting French gastronomic delights with the ‘Tastes of Southern France on the Rhône’ and the ‘Flavours of Bordeaux’ itinerary cruising the Garonne.
The new culinary cruises include an onboard dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Didier Goiffon and a cooking class at three-star Michelin chef Georges Blanc’s restaurant. Guests can learn the family secrets of regional recipes with Scenic’s new ‘Ancestry of the Kitchen’ program, which includes a series of authentic cooking classes held in the homes of locals.
Scenic is working closely with IG River Cruise, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), local and international Government Health agencies, to ensure developed protocols meet and exceed the latest regulatory requirements.
McCaskill adds, “The cruising industry is used to adapting to change and here at Scenic we are agile enough to continue to ensure any new guidelines introduced are met, and our guest experience stays at the heart of everything we do, as we all navigate this unprecedented time.”