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Welcome Aboard CroisiEurope

Welcome Aboard CroisiEurope

Nicola Iannone
EVP Sales of USA / Canada
CroisiEurope

In this day and age in the travel industry, river cruising has proven to be a profitable niche for advisors with no sign of slowing down in the near future. Travelers have discovered this leisurely form of travel, giving guest an intimate look into charming cities as they cruise along stunning waterways from the comfort of their floating hotel. Imagine docking right in the center of Europe’s most magnificent cities in France, Spain, Italy, Germany and Belgium, and diving into the culture the moment you step on to shore.

CroisiEurope offers travelers the best value in river cruising today. With trips ranging from three to 14 days in length, guests can spend their entire trip on a cruise or add a shorter itinerary to complement their on shore adventures.

CroisiEurope set sail in 1976 when Gerard Schmitter introduced lunch and dinner cruises in Strasbourg, France. He dreamed of making river cruising affordable and accessible to all kinds of travelers, rather than limited to the elite. In 2016 CroisiEurope will mark its 40th anniversary with a 40 day cruise for 40 Years of Success. We will set sail to discover 40 years of history voyaging through the waterways of our most popular destinations.

As a family-owned and operated business, CroisiEurope in every aspect of their business, from ship construction, interior design, fleet maintenance, itinerary development and staff training in order to ensure the highest quality experience for each and every passenger. To meet the high expectations of today’s modern traveler, CroisiEurope makes it a priority to provide comfortable and stylish cabins, innovative ships, knowledgeable and friendly staff, fine French cuisine as a nod to the company’s French heritage, entertaining itineraries and an overall experience like no other.

From the moment our guests arrive, our focus is to make sure they can relax and unwind, leaving the rest to us. Each cruise begins with a welcome reception where travelers have the opportunity to meet the crew and the captain of the ship. Once setting sail, relax on the sundeck while taking in the beautiful panoramic landscape views along the river, mingle with other guests in the lounge, or on select ships, they can sit back with a good book in the library. In addition to offering free Wi-Fi onboard, CroisiEurope has equipped each ship with a Samsung tablet loaded with information about the destinations that are on the itinerary for guests to use.

Incentives to Sell

Travel professionals are an integral part of our success and want that strong relationship to continue for many years to come. Our travel agent loyalty program, the Mon Ami Gold club, is made of up two levels of membership, the Mon Ami Gold and Mon Ami Platinum. Upon completing your free registration, Gold members automatically qualify for 15% commission on all future sales, regardless of sales history. For agents who close five CroisiEurope cruise sales over the course of one year will be upgraded to Platinum member status, receiving 17% commission on all future sales.

In our latest promotion, “Sell & Spell”, travel agents receive one letter in “CroisiEurope” for each cruise they sell. Once you have spelled out “CroisiEurope,” you can redeem a complimentary cruise for two. To participate in this promotion, agents can download a booking from at http://www.croisieuroperivercruises.com/travel-agent.

International Experience, French Flair

Travelers truly embark on an international experience onboard our ships. CroisiEurope’s multi-lingual team of 1,350 people strive to make each guests’ stay with us as relaxed and enjoyable as possible. The staff and crew onboard speak French, English and a mix of other languages, so wherever you are in Europe there will always be someone able to assist you. One stand out feature when cruising with CroisiEurope is the diverse, international mix of guests you will find on board. Contrary to other cruises you may have taken, you will find that our guests come from all over the world, such as France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia just to name a few. This diversity creates an immersive and enriching experience, even as we sail en route to our next destination. Even meals onboard are a cultural culinary experience. Head Chef Alain Bohn, a member of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France), creates menus that celebrate CroisiEurope’s French routes while also finding inspiration from the region the itinerary is exploring. Whenever possible, he sources local ingredients to designs menus that reflect the unique flavors of the location you are visiting.

Innovative Ships

With new river and barge ships added every year, CroisiEurope’s fleet is constantly growing and 2016 is no exception. After launching the Loire Valley’s first river boat capable of accommodating overnight itineraries thanks to its paddlewheel design last year, CroisiEurope is adding additional paddle wheel boats to its fleet. The new MS Elbe Princess is an 79 passenger paddlewheel river boat, designed after the MS Loire Princesses, this ship will enable CroisiEurope to be the first river cruise company to cruise through the challenging waterways of the Elbe and Vltava rivers, which will be done entirely by boat on their new cruise From Berlin to Prague. A third paddlewheel is scheduled to be delivered in 2017, but you will have to wait and see what route it will operate.

Also joining the fleet is the Déborah Barge, with 11 contemporary cabins that can accommodate 22 guests, will discover the charm and history of the Upper Loire Valley on a new barge itinerary. Filled with historic sites and breathtaking landscapes this 7-day cruise will visit Briare, Léré, Ménétréol-sous-Sancerre, La Chapelle-Montlinard, Marseilles-Les-Aubigny and Nevers.

We are also looking forward to the addition of the MS Apsara Princesse to our Southeast Asian fleet. This colonial style boat has a capacity of 60 passengers in 30 cabins, which will be cruising on the Mekong from Angkor to Ho Chi Minh City. This itinerary makes stops along the way at Siem Reap, Angkor, Tonle Sap, Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Tralach, Koh Chen, Phnom Penh, Châu Đốc, Sa Đéc, Cái Bè and Mỹ Tho before arriving in Ho-Chi-Minh City.

Another way in which CroisiEurope strives to be ahead of the curve is through our commitment to the environment. We are constantly looking for way to go above and beyond the standard requirements and implement eco-friendly changes whenever possible. The undersides of all our ships are painted with non-polluting components, the interiors are lined with electricity- and water-saving devices and our cleaning supplies are bio-degradable.

Desirable Destinations for 2016

As the largest river cruise company, we pride ourselves in creating itineraries that take our guests to new and unique destination. CroisiEurope has announced nine new itineraries for 2016 offering guests even more options when making their vacation plans. These new itineraries will introduce guest to spectacular destinations with cruises to France, Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Holland, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Portugal and many more.

These new itineraries are in addition to existing classics along the Danube, Seine and Rhine Rivers, plus a variety of themed cruises. Celebrate the holiday season on one of our Christmas or New Years cruises or make it an active getaway with a hiking cruise through France. The latest addition to our themed cruise program is are combination cruise and biking itineraries where guests go on guided small group cycling tours at each stop on the itinerary. Beginning this year, we are able to offer shore excursions on all our river cruise itineraries, making it a truly all-inclusive experience.

Embark on a 6-day journey to experience the culture and traditions of Spain and Portugal. The ship will be making stops in Seville, Cadiz, Libson on our cruise Spain and Portugal: From Seville to Lisbon. Travelers will be given a panoramic tour of Lisbon, which is referred to as Portugal’s “City of Lights”, where they will be able to see the Sao Jorge castle.

Venice, the Lagoon, and the Po Delta is a 6-day cruise surrounding travelers with historical sites and outstanding artwork that call Venice, and the surrounding towns, home. A variety of excursions are offered including visits to Verona, home to Romeo and Juliet; Adria, the charming city which the Adriatic Sea is named after; and can end their trip with a romantic gondola ride in Venice.

Cruising through the exceptional Bordeaux Region you will be blown away by the magnificent landscapes as you enjoy a glass of fine wine with an exquisite meal. We will cruise along the Garonne River sailing through the Cazeau Islands before embarking on an excursion to visit the Medoc, a region that is home to the most famous red wines.

Travelers can also cruise the Mekong River with CFM by CroisiEurope onboard colonial-style ships that cruise between Cambodia and Vietnam, traveling between Siem Reap and Saigon. Guests embark on a variety of excursions such as visits to the city of Saigon, visits to the French-colonial city of Phonom Penh, and visits to the Khmer temples at the sites of Angkor.

Cruising is our business, and we take great pride in providing our guests with comfortable accommodations, unique destinations, innovative ship hardware, high quality food and thoughtful service from the moment you arrive. We look forward to welcoming you and your clients onboard this year!