Saturday,  December 3, 2022  1:02 am

Bringing small ship and customized authentic travel experiences to Calgary

Bringing small ship and customized authentic travel experiences to Calgary
Cathy Denroche, Regional Sales and Marketing Director Western Canada, Oceania Cruises Shauna Carter, Business Development Manager, AB BC SK, AmaWaterways Vicky Lubyk, Director of Sales, Western Canada, Paul Gauguin Cruises Elizabeth Story, National Sales Manager, Kensington Tours

Specialists in luxury travel experiences hosted an elegant breakfast training session at a private club venue, The Ranchman's, in Calgary last week for about 60 travel agents and cruise experts.

Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has positioned themselves in a niche market as the upper premium option for the travellers who have outgrown the large cruise ship experiences and looking for something more intimate, authentic and enriching:

  • Destination specialists with spectacular and port intensive itineraries in exotic locations
  • Offering the popular Around the World Cruises with a new 202 Day Around the World cruise in 2020.
  • Intimate and luxurious ships with curated art onboard with modern, contemporary design and decor by Ralph Lauren.
  • Offering the finest cuisine at sea, including a new vegan menu introduced and open dining options
  • All inclusive pricing – international airfare, cruise, transfers and taxes with only $250 air add on from Calgary and Edmonton
Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin offers an intimate and small ship experience with ships that were specifically designed to navigate the South Pacific. No more than 332 guests, the cabins are all oceanview with 70 per cent of them including balconies with spacious areas to relax.

There six different itineraries to choose from with long port stays to enjoy the destinations.Two exclusive retreats are offered including a beach day in Bora Bora, and port day on Motu Mahana, a private paradise island for guests to enjoy. Local Polynesian hosts and entertainers onboard provide authentic and cultural experiences.

The best value in luxury, the all inclusive fares include international air from Los Angeles, meals, dining, room service, beverages, mini bar, onboard gratuities, butler service (in higher categories), water activities and onboard lectures and entertainment.

New partnership with the WildLife Conservation Society to provide educational lectures from special guests and wildlife programs onboard.


With AmaWaterways' philosophy “to underpromise and over deliver”, exceptional service, intimate experiences and extra touchest make the difference in creating lasting memories. The investment in guest experiences is evident with the large variety of tour choices from gentle to active tours, wellness options, and biking and hiking experiences.

Travel agent partners are valued. Cruises are only available to book through travel agent partners and they do not market direct to consumer.

New itineraries added in 2018 include 10 and 11 day Rhine and Moselle itineraries as alternative options from their standard 7 and 14 day cruises.

Daily Sip and Sail Cocktail parties for guests to enjoy drinks before dinner in the lounge. Guests are permitted to enjoy their own liquor onboard without corkage fees.

AmaMagna is set to debut May 2019. The one of a kind, largest passenger river cruise ship is twice the size of a regular river cruise ship, will sail only on The Danube. There are 196 guests but the size and number of common areas has been expanded with more restaurants and bars, as well as an added golf program in 4 countries.

AmaDouro will also debut in 2019 as the second ship in Portugal.

Africa – the 4 night safari cruise has been very popular and almost sold out for 2019. Rwanda has been added as a destination featuring gorilla trekking and golden monkey experiences.

Canadian pricing guaranteed for all sailings so prices are fixed at 1.18 exchange rate.

Kensington Tours

Establishing themselves as the “Architects of Travel”, Kensington Tours arranges custom-made privately guided travel experiences in over 90 countries. White label quotes are provided within 24-48 hours for accommodations in 3, 4 or 5 start properties. Local experts provide award-winning 24/7 in country client support and continuous onsite trip assistance. The customized travel experiences are ideal for families, small groups, honeymooners and active travellers.