Air Canada Vacations (ACV) hosted a breakfast seminar in Vancouver yesterday (Jan. 9) to showcase its 2019 Europe Collection. Presenters included area sales managers Martha Redaon and Susie Grewal, and guest speakers from Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises.
“ACV is so much more than just sun packages,” said Grewal. “We have a great program to Europe, and we are adding more destinations and packages for your clients.”
Redaon added: “Our first Europe brochure came out three years ago, and every year we’ve made improvements and additions based on your comments and feedback.”
Packages in ACV’s 273-page brochure are categorized into Guided Tour, Independent Escape, Europe à La Carte, Cruise and Island Hopping. They are further identified with icons such as More Moments with pre-booked excursions, Local Gems highlighting culture and cuisine, Family Fun with activities for all ages, and Out and About optional tours.
New destinations & packages
New destinations and packages include:
• Greece: Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Lefkada, Fly & Drive in Crete
• Italy: Florence, Fly & Drive in Tuscany and Umbria
• Spain: Madrid
• Portugal: Portugal Gourmand in partnership with the Ferreira Group, a family of chefs specializing in authentic Portuguese cuisine.
• Great Britain: Tours featuring British Music Cities, and package to London & Amsterdam
• France: Gourmet Paris focusing on wine and Champagne regions.
• Switzerland: Geneva and Italian Lakes
ACV’s Europe promise and current offers
• Exchangeable deposit (in credit) is available up to 45 days prior to departure towards another trip.
• Flights from 64 Canadian gateways to connect to Europe.
• Save $1,000, $500 or $300 per couple for bookings made outside of 180 days, 120 days and 90 days prior to departure, respectively.
• Book ten passengers and receive a $500 flight credit voucher towards the trip.
• Save up to $2,300 per couple on Insight Vacations, and up to $2,000 per couple on Trafalgar Tours if booked by January 31st.
• Clients earn Aeroplan Miles on every flight-inclusive package.
Agents can book ACV packages at aircanadavacations.com.
Royal Caribbean has Europe covered
“Most people think we only sail to the Caribbean,” said Shane Buksh, strategic account manager for Royal Caribbean International (RCI). “But our last name is ‘International,’ which means we sail globally, including Europe.”
In 2019, RCI will have seven ships in Europe, homeporting in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Rome, Venice, and Southampton. Destinations include the Baltic, British Isles, the Med, the Adriatic, and Greek Isles.
For bookings made in January, RCI is offering 60 percent off the second guest, 30 percent off third and fourth guests, and up to $150 in instant savings.
Stay longer, experience more with Azamara Club Cruises
“Azamara Club Cruises is boutique hotels at sea. We’re small and we hug the coastlines of the world”, said Eva Horne, strategic business development manager. Azamara’s ships carry a maximum of 712 guests. The ships’ size and shallow draft allow them to sail up rivers and dock in the heart of Europe’s major cities.
Eighty per cent of time is spent in port, and 47 per cent includes late stays (8 p.m. or later) or overnights. In Europe, there are country-intensive cruises to Scotland, Norway, Greece, France, Italy and Croatia, as well as special sailings during the Monaco Grand Prix, the British Open, and Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Azamara fares include standard wine, beer and spirits, all non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, self-service laundry, and special events. For bookings made by February 28th, Azamara is offering 50 percent off second guest, plus free WiFi.