July 13 - July 21st, 2020

Avalon Waterways River Cruises – ‘Poetry II’

Marseille, France to St. Jean De Losne, France


Planning for the future can be a frightening and risky process. Participants in this credit union cruise/conference will be given a better understanding of what changes are coming, and how to strategically plan for future success. This educational cruise/conference will FOCUS on challenges and opportunities that will impact CEO’s and Volunteers.  

This educational program will guide Credit Union LEADERS through the Strategic Thinking and Preparation Process by covering the key components that may impact your planning process.

Begin your adventure, before your cruise, with an overnight in captivating Marseille and relax along the remarkably blue water of the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy superior hotel accommodations with complimentary breakfast, guided sightseeing with an expert Local Guide, and courtesy hotel-to-ship transfer.

Board your incredible River Ship, Poetry II, in Port-Saint-Louis for fantastic views on the Rhône and Saône Rivers with guided sightseeing in famous French treasures and hidden gems too! Sail to Arles—famous for inspiring the paintings of Van Gogh and its 1st-century Roman Amphitheatre, which hosts plays and concerts to this day. On a guided tour of historical Avignon, see the 14th-century Palace of the Popes—the largest gothic fortress in the world and, later on, join an excursion to the wine region of Châteauneuf du Pape. The city of Tournon is beautifully nestled among vineyards and you’ll go on a guided walk of this medieval treasure with plenty of Roman ruins and a fascinating 16th-century castle. Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône Rivers and is a showcase of medieval and Renaissance architecture. Visit the popular Place des Terreaux and stand in front of the famous fountain you’ve seen on postcards. Take a guided tour to Beaujolais and the following day to Chardonnay, where you will have the opportunity to taste local wines.

If you select the optional PRE or POST-Cruise Tour Package, you’ll experience some of the most beautiful regions of Europe. The sites, sounds, and tastes of this incredible area will ensure lifelong memories. FOX World Travel can help you book your Pre Or Post Cruise tour package.   


This Credit Union EduCruise is packed with powerful topics and information, focused around these key strategic areas of concentration:

*First Examine Thyself: Questions the Board & CEO Need to Ask

*Conduct Risk and Ethics for Volunteers and the CEO

*Focus on Effective CEO/Board Relationships

*Foundations of the Modern Credit Union Volunteer

*Open Forum – Discuss Key Issues, Concerns and Trends Impacting your Growth Strategy

*And much more …

All Sessions are very interactive. Questions, discussion, and exchange of ideas are highly encouraged. Plenty of networking opportunities throughout this educational journey

Benefits To You & Your Credit Union:

• Receive Free Consultation with our on-board industry leader

• Participate in several networking opportunities

• Review new leadership concepts that can make a difference

• Discover how an effective Board/CEO Team equals future success

• Learn from others about their Credit Unions

• Discover how your credit union can thrive in times of change

• Create a strategic game-plan for future survival

• Find solutions to problems your CU is facing today

• Share with other CU volunteers and management staff

Speaker for the Course


Attorney, author, consultant and nationally recognized trainer, David A. Reed is a partner in the law firm of Reed and Jolly, PLLC. Through Reed and Jolly, Mr. Reed provides guidance to credit unions concerning a variety of matters including the establishment and revision of policies and procedures, organizational compliance, collections, security, contractual agreements, regulatory matters and corporate governance. In addition to his legal expertise, Mr. Reed is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Chairman of a Supervisory Committee. His engaging speaking style has garnered him status as a regular lecturer nationwide on topics such as regulatory compliance, governance, examination planning, consumer lending, bankruptcy and collections. He offers facilitation services and a full range of on-site training programs that can be delivered to the Board, executive team, managers or frontline staff.


Nationally recognized speaker, writer and communications professional, Diane Reed, currently serves as President of CUDoctor, a full-service credit union consultancy, assisting credit unions nationwide with human resource, marketing, community relations, compliance, sales, training, board relations and governance, and executive support. Prior to joining CUDoctor, Diane served for more than a decade as Vice President of Administration for a mid-sized credit union. Diane’s expertise in “Service-Oriented Culture Change” has been cited in such publications as “Credit Union Times”, “Credit Union Management” and a host of other industry magazines. She has co-authored cross-discipline (Human Resources and Security) articles such as “Bad Guys Don’t Always Wear Black” published in “Credit Union Magazine.” In 2016, she teamed up with CUNA to create and deliver the industry’s first Credit Union HR Compliance Certification School, a program which has proven not only popular but a new “necessary” for all credit union HR professionals.

About the Ship

 The ‘Avalon Poetry II’ is a true haven on the river – two full decks of Panorama SuitesSM with Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows that transform the living space into a unique Open-Air BalconySM. With 200 square feet, Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, giving you the rare opportunity to wake each morning to enchanting scenery and fresh breezes. Onboard amenities and services include complimentary computer use in public areas and free Wi-Fi access, a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art equipment, a hair salon, elevator, and a spacious Sky Deck with shade system, whirlpool, deck games, and the delightful Sky Bistro for al-fresco lunches of light grill fare.


Begin with a sophisticated and stylish setting. Toss in a cheerful atmosphere. Add our sumptuous cuisine, wonderful regional wines and attentive service; then sprinkle in gorgeous views. The result — an outstanding dining experience. Our expert chefs create culinary masterpieces that highlight regional cultures and traditions. For those less adventurous, amazing American dishes are always available each day!

Early Risers enjoy breakfast in the Main lounge while a full buffet breakfast with made-to-order specialties, accompanied by freshly-baked breads and pastries is served from 7am daily. At lunch, you’ll find an enticing buffet laden with fresh salads, pasta dishes, hot entrees, and desserts, as well as meals to order from the menu; a light lunch option is also available in the Lounge. Throughout the day, swing by the Lounge for tea and coffees or complimentary espresso, as well as pastries and cookies. Dinner is a multi-course affair, accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer.

Every lunch and dinner on board includes free-flowing regional wines as well as complimentary beer and soft drinks. In Europe, complimentary sparkling wine is also served with breakfast. Every evening, there will be a special Networking Event. There is a full service bar that offers a wide variety of spirits most of the day and well into the night.

Enjoy a wide array of music and song from local entertainers brought aboard the ship several evenings. Dance away the night while enjoying your favorite tune played by our onboard musician. 

The complimentary Small Group Shore Excursions will take you to the heart of our destination, visiting its most famous landmarks as well as its hidden gems. You’ll find an intensive and immersive introduction to the culture and heritage of the region you are visiting. With Avalon Waterways, there is no waiting in line to visit famous landmarks, no getting lost as your bus drops you off within walking distance from your tour, and no language barrier as all Avalon Waterways guides and crew members speak English.


Day 1: MONDAY, JULY 13, 2020MARSEILLE, FRANCEWelcome to Marseille!

Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city.
Hotel: InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (or similar)

Join your expert Local Guide for an included sightseeing before joining a motorcoach transfer to board the Poetry II.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: WEDNESDAY, JULY 15, 2020
ARLESInspiring Sights and Avant-Garde Lights

Enjoy a Guided Walking Tour of Arles—the captivating city of the Provence region. You’ll visit the Roman Amphitheater in this visually stunning city, OR: Attend a Painting Workshop to learn the style and techniques of Vincent van Gogh. You’ll create your own painting in the style of the classic master who took inspiration from the Provence light and landscape in Arles. Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to the Carrières de Lumières (Cathedral of Images) to immerse yourself in a truly unique experience of art, sound, and light in the old quarries of Val d’Enfer. Take advantage of any free time remaining with a stop in Le Café Van Gogh for a glass of wine, to relax and watch the world go by, before sailing to Avignon.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The City of Popes in Picturesque Provence

Enjoy leisurely cruising this morning. In the afternoon, you might choose to participate in an optional excursion, such as to a Chardonnay wine cellar, before your ship arrives in Mâcon. In the late afternoon, enjoy an ONBOARD CHEESE TASTING.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
World History in a Charming French Country Village

Enjoy a leisurely morning sail to Viviers. Explore the pale-stone buildings of Viviers on a late afternoon Guided Walking Tour of this charming village. You’ll see its Romanesque cathedral and Old Town with a mix of historical Christian, Roman, and medieval influences.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020TOURNON / VIENNETOURNON - A Rendezvous with Castle Views and Vineyards

Take a morning Guided Walking Tour to explore Tournon—one of France’s oldest medieval cities. See its 16th-century castle, and Roman ruins between the Rhône River and the granite slopes of the Hermitage.
In the late morning cruise to Vienne
VIENNE - Roman and Middle Age History

Join a Guided Walking Tour of Vienne and discover this charming little town surrounded by steep hills. Enjoy live entertainment while sailing to Lyon.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020LYONAdventures in Food and Wine in the Gastronomy Capital of France

Join a Guided Sightseeing Tour to survey Lyon from Fourvière Hill with its numerous churches. You’ll also explore the Old Town with its maze of medieval alleyways, and the lively cafés, monuments, and famed fountain of Place des Terreaux. Spend free time riding a bike through Lyon’s town squares, over bridges, and along the banks where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Wine and Cheese on the Stunning Saône

Consider a Guided Optional Excursion to a Chardonnay wine cellar, or to the Castle of Cormatin. Alternatively enjoy a leisurely cruising morning along the majestic Saône River on your way to St. Jean de Losne. Later, enjoy a delicious Cheese Tasting on board your ship. Enjoy live entertainment on board this evening.

Ship: Poetry II
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy breakfast before your transfer to the Lyon Airport for your flight departure home.
(NOTE) - Daily Itinerary is subject to change. In the event of water level problems or any problems of a technical nature, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or to alter the program. Included visits and special features are subject to change. If a change is necessary, a substitute will be offered.

Room Choices:

Avalon Waterways has mastered the art of blending luxury with comfort, and now – blurring the line between outside and in. Not only are our Panorama SuitesSM on our Suite Ships® 30% larger than the industry standard staterooms, our wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other, creating river cruising’s only Open-Air BalconySM and an open invitation to discover and dream. And speaking of dreaming in our Panorama SuitesSM we’ve turned our beds to face the window, giving you a bed with a view for the sweetest visions ever. Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve never seen Europe like this.

Imagine a TV screen measuring 11 ft. wide and 7 ft. tall. That’s what we deliver…only better! Every Avalon Waterways’ stateroom on two full decks of our Suite Ships features wall-to-wall windows, giving you panoramic, floor-to-ceiling views of Europe’s awe-inspiring landscapes.

These wall-to-wall windows – in every Panorama Suite – open 7-feet wide and invite the outside to come in. And unlike traditional balconies, you can enjoy them year-round – at any time of the day, in any weather condition.

Peering through the looking glass to determine how we can continue to improve our cruisers on-board experiences, we have invested in the finest bathroom appointments available and such luxury touch-points such as L’Occitane toiletries, quality robes and slippers in each room, fleet-wide. We’ve also designed contemporary staterooms with the most available storage space, and plenty of “comfort touches” like complimentary bottled water and fully stocked mini-bars.


FOX World Travel is our designated travel associate for all EduCruises. To attend any of our CU EduCruises, you MUST book your cabin through Fox World Travel! They can be reached at: EduCruises@foxworldtravel.com or 1-888-367-2571


Cruise Package Pricing: Based on Double Occupancy

  • Category B Cabin: $5,687.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category A Cabin:         $5,737.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category P Cabin:          $5,837.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)


Single pricing is available upon request. Triple accommodations are not available. 


Avalon Waterways Early Booking Discount:  

Deposit by January 31, 2020 and receive $800.00 cabin discount per person 

 *Not Included: Airline flights, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.


Single Supplement: Call for pricing 

Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person

Final Payment: No later than April 8, 2020

Requirements: A valid US passport is necessary with a minimum validity of 6 months from date of return


Cancellation Penalties:

From date of deposit to April 8, 2020 Initial deposit of $400.00 pp 

April 9 – May 13, 2020 50% package price cancellation fee May 14 – June 12, 2020 75% package price cancellation fee  

June 13, 2020 to 0 days prior to travel No refund

* Transfers to the ship, if arriving day of cruise, are an additional cost – $35.00 each way per person (2019 pricing) – subject to change for 2020


CU EduCruises Conference Fee:  

* $1,700.00 registration fee for each seminar attendee (not each person)  – Book by December 31, 2019 and receive a $200 conference registration fee discount!



If your Credit Union books 4 or more cabins aboard the same EduCruise, each of your conference attendees, who book aboard said EduCruise, will receive a $200 Conference Registration Fee Discount. 

What Your Rate Includes:

Package Inclusions:

    • One-night hotel accommodation in Marseille, at the InterContinental Marseille Hotel Dieu (or similar) including breakfast at the hotel
    • Transfers from the hotel to our river ship


  • Deluxe 7-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the beautiful Avalon Poetry II


  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides and coach drivers
  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes to include:
  • Daily four-course à la carte dinner in the main dining room
  • Daily full buffet breakfast with made-to-order egg station, hot and cold menu items
  • Daily lunch buffet with pasta or carving stations
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily on board your ship
  • Shore excursions, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts 
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms with hotel beds, hair dryer, safe and flat-screen TV with satellite for complimentary movie and entertainment options 
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board tour director
  • Customized informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful packing and planning information

Not Included:  

Airline flights, air-imposed baggage fees, gratuities for airport porters, meals (other than those included in the package); optional excursions that may be offered, and any items of a personal nature. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.

  Rates are based on double occupancy, except when noted. Cabins are subject to availability.

To attend this conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all cabin reservations must be booked through “FOX World Travel”, our designated travel affiliate. Only those travel arrangements that are booked through “FOX WORLD TRAVEL” will be covered by the optional insurance premium.

***The cabin deposit of $400 (non-refundable) per person and the Conference Registration Fee is immediately payable upon first booking this cruise/conference. Cruise Rates subject to change by cruise line. 

Contact Information


For questions, or to book your cabin, contact Fox World Travel:                                                EduCruises@foxworldtravel.com                                                      

TOLL FREE: 1-888-367-2571