INSIDE SCOOP SPECIAL BULLETIN | MARCH 2018
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A Look Back at 2017. A Wake-up Call for 2018.
The 2018 river cruise market is booming. In order to truly understand why, we had to take a quick look back at what the cruise lines did to stimulate 2017 bookings. To those of us selling river cruises, 2017 will be remembered as the year of the "perfect storm" — a combination of market events that caused the super-fast “disappearing deals” of 2017. Everyone was caught a bit off-guard by the strong demand in 2017 after two really miserable years (2015/16). No one knew what to expect, so cruise lines kicked off the 2017 sales season with very aggressive offers designed to stimulate early bookings — and, boy, did they.Crystal's Mozart. To get the full story on this "perfect storm, and find out what the "deals" trend is for 2018, this is a MUST read article!

(PS... don't forget to check out the private sales we have on Avalon Waterways and Emerald Waterways, too. See sale ads below and click!)
An Exciting Look Forward to 2018.

A Tale of Two Wanderers on a Drive and a
River Cruise in Burgundy and Provence.
The hilltop village of Luberon in the Provence Region of France.My wife (EJ) and I headed to Europe in April 2017, to explore and enjoy a few days on a driving trip across the Provence region and then take a 7-night Burgundy & Provence river cruise aboard Emerald Waterways beautiful new ship, the Liber†é.

During vacation planning, we realized that with all of our travel experience, we had never dined in a Michelin-starred restaurant! That type of fine dining can be expensive, but with the strong dollar, we decided to splurge and take the plunge while in France. Our vacation goals were exciting: stay at our favorite type of lodging: chateaux and country-manor inns (known as Bastides in France); to eat at at least 4 Michelin-starred restaurants; and take a food and wine-focussed Emerald river cruise on the Rhone and Saone, cruising north from Arles to Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France.

Emerald Waterways new ship, the Liberte.Throughout our extraordinary adventure, we indulged all of our senses with impeccable lodgings, extremely decadent meals, incredible wines, picnic lunches, and making friends along the way from Nice to Arles where we boarded the Liberté. During our 7-night cruise we experienced fun excursions discovering the towns and villages of Burgundy and Provence and seeing all the sights; made lots of new friends aboard ship, and savored more delicious gourmet cuisine and fine regional wines then we had ever dreamt of. And, best of all, it was ALL included in our cruise price! OMG! Our adventure was a success to say the least! Please take a few minutes to read and view tons of images from our drive and cruise vacation!
Itinerary Spotlight on Burgundy and Provence.

New trends. New ideas. New shore excursions
and activities. More of everything!
Uniworld's India and the sacred Ganges River itinerary.Today's river cruise buyers want more and more variety in their onboard and shore side experiences. River cruise lines are trying to get everyone engaged no matter what aspect of travel they most enjoy. As a result of these lifestyle demands (in addition to all of the wonderful “normal” touring offered in each and every port that take in the “major” attractions), guests are also able to enjoy many different venues... shopping with the ship’s chef at the local markets; on and off ship cooking classes; an off-ship gourmet dinner in a wine cave with perfectly paired wines with each course; programs where you might dine with local residents in their home; wellness programs, and more. The incredible variety of new, included shore excursions continues to expand each year, and 2018 will be the most diverse ever!

Porto, Portugal at sunset.What's HOT in 2018? The Douro remains the HOTTEST destination! Russia is on the rise and becoming more and more popular. Prague is very HOT as either a pre- or post-cruise extension, and many river lines are adding Prague as an option on a variety of new cruise itineraries. Holiday Markets and Christmastime cruises are now a "must-do" holiday adventure, and bookings for the 2018 season is already exceptional.

Porto, Portugal at sunset.What's NEW in 2018? A LOT! We don't have space here to talk about all of them; you must read our "What's New for 2018" article to see all the new itineraries, get all the details, and and see all the savings in store for you.

What kind of savings? Here are a couple of examples for you: On Avalon Waterways — Get up to FREE AIRFARE PLUS free hotel packages and a shipboard credit on select Europe river cruises; on Emerald Waterways — get FREE or LOW airfare... or SAVE UP TO 30% on select Europe river cruises.... it's your choice! Click on the coupons below to see Premier's exclusive Avalon and Emerald private sale offers.

(*Restrictions apply, not combinable with any other offer or promotion except, cruise line past guests’ savings. Please review complete terms and conditions on respective sale pages.)
What's hot and new in 2018.

A River Cruise can Help Slow the Aging Process.
During 2017 (and the years before), many of our customers reported back to us that they feel rejuvenated, have a new outlook on life, and don't feel like they're getting as old as fast as they were before taking their first river cruise. It's really kind of a phenomena when you think about it!

Check out the article, and find out what a river cruise can do for your outlook on life!
How to slow down the aging process.

Bucharest, Romania. The “Paris of the East.”
Less known, but truly exciting.
Bucharest's dramatic neo-classical Atheneum.Like Paris, Bucharest enjoys a vibrant street scene with strolling musicians and roving gypsy bands, and remarkably beautiful tree-lined boulevards such as Victoriei and Dacia (the former leading to the Romanian version of the Arc d’Triomphe) along with majestic parks and “green spaces.” There’s even a lovely Old Town area. Bucharest also has an eclectic style of architecture with Byzantine churches perched right next to palatial Beaux-arts town houses and, of course, those minimalist stone block buildings erected during the old Communist rule. The best of the best can be found during a leisurely stroll along Boulevards Mircea, Eliade, and Soseaus Kisileff where you can still find and explore (For free!) a few beautiful 19th-century mansions.

Which river cruise line should you choose for this exciting visit to Bucharest? Your favorite! All of the popular, award-winning river cruise lines sail the Lower Danube and include a visit to Bucharest in their itineraries. Select from AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Emerald, Scenic, Uniworld, and Viking. They all provide fun-filled and enthralling river cruises to Eastern Europe from April through October. Viking does offer a slightly different twist that's really nice: their cruise is 8 nights, not just 7 as they include one additional night in Budapest. For more information on Bucharest and the various itineraries available, click on the "Spotlight on Bucharest" button below.
Port Spotlight On Bucharest, Romania

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