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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Spotlight: CroisiEurope- Rhine 4-7 Nights Cruise on the River Rhine


The Rhine, a historic river, and the first to witness the construction of the current European Union. It rises in the Alps, in the Grisons in Switzerland, and meets in the North Sea in Holland (the Netherlands), where it welcomes the waters of the Meuse before fragmenting into several branches. The river, which forms the border between Switzerland and Austria; between Switzerland and Germany; and between France and Germany- where, for 180 km of its length, it is Alsatian. It also divides the Vosges and the Black Forest between Basel and Mainz. Its course then turns towards Luxembourg and the Netherlands where it becomes broad and powerful- overall, the Rhine in Europe covers much of the western area, making it an idea cruising river to see Europe.

Guests will board the CroisiEuope, a French family-owned business that is one of the longest established river cruise companies in France. Carefully maintained and partially renovated each year, the CroisiEurope fleet is largely made up of recently built vessels, less than five years old, all with Veritas certification. The leading European river tour operator, CroisiEurope Company owes its international reputation to its seriousness, its dynamism, its sense of innovation and its recognized value for money and long standing. On board, guests will find all the amenities and comfort, which guarantee the quality and seriousness of the CroisiEurope fleet.

The Rhine is truly one of the greatest ways to see Europe, it is the busiest river in Europe and doubtless the most modern. The waters of the Rhine are so clear that salmon, which had disappeared for a time, have returned to the river. The river itself created a wonderful juxtaposition of new and old. Guests will have the option of staying on board and enjoying the river from the decks of our vessel, or for the more adventurous, we set up land tours that will allow guests to really get a feel for what the region is and how the history has shaped the area. We highly recommend this tour for everyone from seasoned travellers, to the novice. It is truly one that should not be missed!

If you would like to read more about this particular cruise, visit the WLCVacations website here: http://www.wlcvacations.com/shipdeck_CroisiEurope%20~%20Rhine_695-429.html#cont, or call U.S. toll-free 877-579-7447.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Spotlight: Galileo- Jewels of the Cyclades



This winter, sail the turquoise waters on this 7-night round trip voyage from Athens, Greece. Guests will discover the unique treasures that the Aegean Sea and surrounding Islands have to offer, one of the best parts for our guests are the numerous shore excursions that are guaranteed to intrigue and inspire. The Jewels of the Cyclades showcases the magnificent Aegean Islands, known for their whitewashed villages and ports. The bright blue skies and ocean against the stark white buildings created pictures you’re friends and family back home will drool over for years. One of the highlights of this cruise is the excursion to Santorini and Delos, the nightlife in Mykonos, and experiencing one of the oldest cultures on our planet. 

Not only will guests get to go ashore and explore all that the cities of the islands have to offer, we also take them to wonderful swim sports where the snorkeling is amazing! We visit well-known places such as Santorini and Mykonos as well as off the beaten path islands such as Paros and Folegandros. A must for those who want to explore all the famed Greek islands have to offer. The 51-meter M/S Galileo is a classic steel hull motor sailer. Equipped with spacious and well-appointed interiors, it was launched in 1992, rebuilt in 2004 and renovated in 2007. Guests can expect nothing less and an exquisite journey when they board the Galileo.

The Galileo is unique in that it blends conventional cruising and private yachting. The gallant motor sailer will glide across turquoise waters, beneath pristine white sails, a unique combination of classical construction and modern innovation. Travelers will undertake an exciting voyage of discover as they wader the Agean Islands. Each day is a new port of call, bringing with it new experiences and sights to see. We love the blend of private coves, ancient history, beautiful culture, and amazing food. This cruise really is the experience of a lifetime.

If you would like to read more about this particular cruise, visit the WLCVacations website here: http://www.wlcvacations.com/shipdeck_Galileo_269-173.html, or call U.S. toll-free 877-579-7447. 
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Victoria Anna- Three Gorges Highlights



This next year, we recommend taking a journey through Asia. Our Victoria Ann is a three to four night cruise offers some of China’s most beautiful scenery. Chongqing, a picturesque mountain city that clings to steep cliffs located at the confluence or the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, serves as either a port of destination or of departure. As with all WLCVacations cruises, Victoria Cruises is setting new standards for Yangtze River cruising inaugurated in 2006. The Victoria Anna is the Yangtze’s largest and most luxurious ship.

Facilities on board include two restaurants (a single-seating main dining room, and an a la carte restaurant on the top deck), two elevator, a three story atrium lobby, two lounges, three bars, a gym, lecture room, library, beauty salon, massage room, and gift shop. The Victoria Anna truly has something for everyone- a cruise for those who want to relax among our luxurious settings, or go off and explore the exotic ports of call. The Victoria Anna also has the most suites of any ship on the Yangtze River, and all cabins have private balconies. The Anna is equipped with internet access and cabins have HBO and CNN broadcasts, you can unwind and remove yourself from the trappings or regular life, or stay completely plugged in- the choice is yours.

When you decide to book your trip with us, our associated will help you book your entire trip, including what travel documents you will need, any can answer any questions you have. This cruise is definitely one for everyone; we welcome travellers who are experienced in Asia, or those who are having their first venture to Asia. With so much to see in China, it is definitely a trip that should be experienced in ones lifetime.


If you would like to read more about this particular cruise, visit the WLCVacations website here: http://www.wlcvacations.com/shipdeck_Victoria%20Anna_92-75.html#cont, or call U.S. toll-free 877-579-7447.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Year’s Eve In Russia? We Think So



New Year’s Eve is always a popular destination, with the celebration of a new year, comes new possibilities, new adventures, and new experiences. One destination that you may have never considered to spend New Year’s in is Russia. We are here to tell you, that for a New Year’s destination, it can be hard to beat. In Russia, the New Year holiday trumps even Christmas in importance, major celebrations take place all over the country in recognition of the day. They love it so much, they also celebrate a second New Year, the Old New Year, which takes place after the regular New Year more universally observed.

Russia’s “New” New Year occurs like everywhere else, on the eve of December 31st and into January 1st. Fireworks and concerts mark this holiday. It is on this day that the Russian Santa, or Ded Moroz, and his companion Sengurochka visit children to pass out gifts. What those in the west call a Christmas Tree is considered a New year’s Tree in Russia. Because the first Russian New Year precedes Christmas in Russia on January 7, this tree is left up in honor of both holidays. This New Year is considered the “New” New Year because it began to be recognized after Russia made the switch from the Julian calendar (still recognized by the Orthodox Church) to the Gregorian calendar followed by the West. 

The Russians also celebrate the old New Year, which falls on January 14th according to the old Orthodox calendar. This “Old New Year” is spend with family and is generally quieter than the New Year celebrated on January 1st. Folk traditions, like the singing of carols and the telling of fortunes, may ne observed during Russia’s Old New Year, and a large meal shared with family will typically be served.

The celebration of the actual New Year that the rest of the world celebrates should be spent in Moscow. There you can head to the Red Square to experience the most popular public New Year celebrations, but you can just as easily avoid the crush of people drinking Russian vodka, a must on the New Year, and champagne to watch the fireworks display from another vantage point in the city. The mood all over the city is joyous and festive, plus the celebrations among the traditional architecture give the city an interesting mixture of old and new together. All in all, if you are looking for an adventure, spend your New Years in Russia, and if you stay long enough, you might even be able to spend two New Years there!


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Spotlight: Galileo- Jewels of the Cyclades


This winter, sail the turquoise waters on this 7-night round trip voyage from Athens, Greece. Guests will discover the unique treasures that the Aegean Sea and surrounding Islands have to offer, one of the best parts for our guests are the numerous shore excursions that are guaranteed to intrigue and inspire. The Jewels of the Cyclades showcases the magnificent Aegean Islands, known for their whitewashed villages and ports. The bright blue skies and ocean against the stark white buildings created pictures you’re friends and family back home will drool over for years. One of the highlights of this cruise is the excursion to Santorini and Delos, the nightlife in Mykonos, and experiencing one of the oldest cultures on our planet. 

Not only will guests get to go ashore and explore all that the cities of the islands have to offer, we also take them to wonderful swim sports where the snorkeling is amazing! We visit well-known places such as Santorini and Mykonos as well as off the beaten path islands such as Paros and Folegandros. A must for those who want to explore all the famed Greek islands have to offer. The 51-meter M/S Galileo is a classic steel hull motor sailer. Equipped with spacious and well-appointed interiors, it was launched in 1992, rebuilt in 2004 and renovated in 2007. Guests can expect nothing less and an exquisite journey when they board the Galileo.

The Galileo is unique in that it blends conventional cruising and private yachting. The gallant motor sailer will glide across turquoise waters, beneath pristine white sails, a unique combination of classical construction and modern innovation. Travelers will undertake an exciting voyage of discover as they wader the Agean Islands. Each day is a new port of call, bringing with it new experiences and sights to see. We love the blend of private coves, ancient history, beautiful culture, and amazing food. This cruise really is the experience of a lifetime.

If you would like to read more about this particular cruise, visit the WLCVacations website here: http://www.wlcvacations.com/shipdeck_Galileo_269-173.html, or call U.S. toll-free 877-579-7447.

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