LEGENDARY DANUBE RIVER CRUISE 2019
CREDIT UNION ELECTED LEADERS SUMMIT
September 15 - September 24th, 2019
Avalon Waterways River Cruises – ‘Avalon Envision”
Prague, Czech to Budapest, Hungary
Explore the Latest Leadership Development Issues
Board this Credit Union EduCruise to attend one of the most timely educational programs you have ever experienced! Board this CU EduCruise to develop your leadership strengths, examine new growth models, and prepare for those seen and unseen forces that may impact your credit union’s future survival and thrival.
Travel from Prague to vibrant Budapest on this Danube river cruise vacation which takes you to four countries. View the scenic beauty along the way as you cruise past quaint towns that can be experienced right from your stateroom or from atop the Sky Deck of your ship. Enjoy two nights in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Stand in front of Old Town’s medieval Astronomical Clock, which amazes as an intricate art piece and visualization of time unlike anything else in the world.
Then travel to Nuremberg, Germany, to board your river cruise ship and visit this thousand-year-old city with a Local Guide. You’ll meet and cruise along the Danube with visits to; Regensburg, the only German city not bombed during WWII; Passau, known for its narrow, winding streets; and Melk, you will visit Austria’s majestic Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries, which sits high on a bluff. Then take in the breathtaking views before continuing through the picturesque Wachau Valley to the romantic Vienna, the “City of Music.” Your European river conference/cruise ends in the fascinating city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
This CU EduCruise is packed with powerful topics and information, focused around these key strategic areas of concentration:
*What’s Ahead for Credit Unions —challenges and opportunities impacting credit unions
*Does It Compute – technology trends impacting credit unions
*The Leadership Challenge - finding & keeping the next generation of Volunteers and CEO’s
*What Credit Union Members and Potential Members Really Want—consumer trends and changing preferences
*Why Some Credit Unions Succeed, While Others Fail ... planning your success strategies
*Growth in a Digital Age – the costs and rewards of technology
*Strategic Issues for Credit Union Leaders – a discussion of problems, concerns and opportunities for your credit union
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:
*Free consultation with our on-board industry leaders
*Discover new growth and profitability strategies
*Learn about new strategic leadership concepts
*Discuss the impact of legislative and regulatory changes
*Share with other CU volunteers and senior management
Speaker for the Course
Tony Robinson is President & Founder of Credit Union EduCruises, a credit union conference/cruise and training organization.
Tony has presented credit union educational sessions in numerous states across America, and also in 19 countries around the world. His sessions include such topics as Credit Union Leadership, Board/CEO Communication, Creating World Class Member Service, Understanding Why Some Credit Unions Fail, Credit Union Board/Management Succession Planning, and much more. Tony is known for his fast-paced, creative and fun presentation style!
Before founding Credit Union EduCruises, Tony had leadership positions with the CUNA Mutual Group, Tennessee Credit Union League, EPL Software & Data Processing, and two large credit unions. He was also the Founder of Masterful Events, Inc., a credit union training and consulting company.
Tony has a BS Degree in Business from the University of South Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Southeast CUNA Management School and the CUNA Graduate Management School.
About the Ship
The Avalon Envision is the newest addition to the 2019 Avalon Suite Ship fleet. With the youngest fleet of ships on Europe’s waterways, Avalon continues our outstanding commitment to comfortable luxury and excellence with the Envision. Passengers can choose from two full decks of award-winning Panorama Suites, featuring wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling Panoramic Windows that transform your living space into a unique Open-Air Balcony. The 200-square-foot Panorama Suites are more than 30% larger than the industry standard, with Avalon’s incomparable window-facing “Beds with a View”. Onboard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, an Adventure Center for bikes and active gear, and an Avalon Adventure Host to assist with active excursions and activities. Enjoy exceptional onboard cuisine, including Avalon Fresh menu options, premium coffee and spirits, and versatile FlexDining venues, including the casual Panorama Bistro, al fresco Sky Grill, or elegant glass-walled Dining Room. Library books, cards, and board games are favorites in the Club Lounge, and our Observation Lounge affords the perfect vantage point to watch the world go by. The expansive Sky Deck beckons with a whirlpool, premium lounge chairs, shade system, and deck games-against a backdrop of Europe’s most spectacular scenery.
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.
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 Main Lounge. In the afternoon, stop by the Main Lounge for tea or complimentary espresso, as well as sandwiches, 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. There is a full service bar that offers a wide variety of spirits most of the day and well into the night. Relax, while enjoying a nice beverage and good conversation, in the beautiful lounge.
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 Excursions will take you to the heart of your 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, 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 guides and crew members speak English.
|DAY||PORT/CITY||ABOUT EACH PORT|
|Day 1: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019||ARRIVE IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ||Welcome to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. This fascinating city straddles the Vltava River with domes, cupolas, spires and pinnacles highlighting its skyline. The remainder of the day is free to start exploring. Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar)
|Day 2: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019||PRAGUE||Prague is a 1,200 year-old city preserved in time, and, unlike other Central European capitals, it was not bombed during the twentieth-century wars. A local guide shows you the city’s best-known treasures, such as the Old Town’s Astronomical Clock, which was built in 1410 and was once the envy of all of Europe, the Hradcany castle grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Charles Bridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. Browse the city’s shops for hand-cut crystal or art books. Mix with the locals in Wenceslaus Square, an important meeting point and historical site of anti-communist protests or watch performers on the Charles Bridge.
In the evening, you might like to attend an Optional Folklore Dinner Show, sampling traditional Czech cuisine in an authentic Prague setting. Hotel accommodations at the Hilton Prague Hotel (or similar).
|Day 3: Tues., Sept. 17, 2019||PRAGUE–NUREMBERG, GERMANY (EMBARKATION) ||The morning is free to explore Prague on your own to enjoy the stunning architectural beauty of the city. You might choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to reveal the secrets of Prague as your expert local guide takes you to Charles Bridge and Malá Strana—two of Prague’s most romantic and picturesque spots. This afternoon, board your Suite Ship® in Nuremberg and enjoy a dinner on board. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN NUREMBERG.
|Day 4: Wed., Sept. 18, 2018||ROTH EXCURSION TO NUREMBERG||Today choose a Guided Tour of Nuremberg’s medieval architecture, gilded fountain, gothic cathedral, and Kaiserburg Castle, OR: Take a Guided Tour of the historic Nuremberg Rally Grounds—used by the Third Reich.
Enjoy an Onboard Lecture about the Main-Danube Canal—linking these two rivers to make a vital connection enabling navigation between the North and Black Seas. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REGENSBURG
|Day 5: Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019||REGENSBURG||Join a Guided City Walk of Old Town to see the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) and Porta Pretoria—built in 179 AD as the entrance to Castra Regina fortress. Or you may choose to join a Guided Optional Excursion to visit the Benedictine Monastery in Weltenburg. This afternoon is open for exploring Regensburg on foot or by bike through its charming streets. Later, indulge in a Beer Tasting on board. This evening, enjoy live entertainment after dinner as you cruise toward Passau. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO PASSAU|
|Day 6: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019||PASSAU||This morning, dock in Passau. Uniquely located where the Inn, Ilz, and Danube Rivers converge, Passau is a maze of narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful patrician houses. St. Stephen’s Cathedral, a masterpiece of Italian baroque architecture, houses one of the world’s largest church organs with 17,774 pipes. Take in the highlights on the included guided walk. Alternatively join a full day Guided Optional Excursion to Salzburg—the city of Mozart—or a full day Guided Optional Excursion to the picturesque Bohemian town of Český Krumlov.
Sail to Linz this afternoon, or join your ship after your selected full-day excursion. Enjoy a free afternoon to linger in Linz. Take a bicycle from the ship and cycle along the Danube, or follow one of Linz’s many nature trails for a bird’s-eye view of the city and river below. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO MELK
|Day 7: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019||MELK–VIENNA||This morning, enjoy an included guided visit of Melk’s magnificent eleventh-century Benedictine Abbey, one of Europe’s largest monasteries. The abbey houses an ornate library with over 80,000 printed books and 2,000 manuscripts. You’ll be captivated by the splendor of the church with its frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues and 210-foot-high cupola. The view from the terrace of the abbey over the Danube and surrounding countryside is breathtaking!
During lunchtime, cruise through the picturesque Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Pass the magnificent baroque Stiftskirche with its blue façade, the landmark of Dürnstein, before arriving in Vienna this evening. Known as the “City of Music,” it inspired the creative genius of Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss. This evening, you may choose to attend an Optional Excursion to a Royal Waltz Concert for an unforgettable evening of music in an elegant hall. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN VIENNA
|Day 8: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019||VIENNA||Once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire, Austria’s magical capital on the blue Danube is a showcase of gilded architecture. This is home to the lavish Hofburg Imperial Palace complex with its Vienna Boy’s Choir and dazzling Lipizzaner stallions, the neo-renaissance Vienna Opera House and awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Cathedral. See these highlights and countless other city sights during your included city tour with your Local Guide. Join a Guided Optional Excursion to Schönbrunn Palace—a Habsburg Empire summer home for 300 years.
This afternoon, enjoy free time to take a tram to visit Austria’s Prater amusement park or one of the many museums nearby. You may also decide to borrow a bike from the ship to explore the streets and squares of Vienna, or ride along the banks of the Danube at your leisure. Later, relax on board with live entertainment as you sail to Budapest.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BUDAPEST
|Day 9: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019||BUDAPEST, HUNGARY||Spanning the banks of the Danube, Budapest is one of Eastern Europe’s liveliest cities. Whether you’re seeing the sights, shopping for handcrafted embroidery or Herend porcelain or basking in the coffee house culture over a rich cream cake in the renowned Gerbeaud Café, Budapest’s unique energy is positively palatable.
On your guided sightseeing tour, see the massive hilltop castle complex with its remarkable Fishermen’s Bastion and eleventh-century Matthias Church, the coronation spot of several Hungarian monarchs. Be sure to take note of the city’s eight bridges—many of which are famous sights in and of themselves—which connect ancient Buda on the right bank with Pest on the left. You may even want to walk across Chain Bridge, a symbol of Budapest, built in 1849. Perhaps visit St. Stephen’s Basilica, shop at the Great Market Hall and purchase paprika at one of its 180 vendor stalls, wander around the Royal Palace grounds or stroll along Váci Utca, the city’s main shopping street. OVERNIGHT IN BUDAPEST
|Day 10: Tues., Sept. 24, 2019||BUDAPEST (DISEMBARKATION)||We bid farewell to Budapest today. After breakfast this morning you will transfer to the Budapest airport for your return to the United States.|
| (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.|
Category A & Category P (200 square feet each):
- Comfort Collection BedsSM
- Egyptian super-combed cotton linens
- Soft & firm pillows
- Choice of bed configuration
- L’Occitane bath products
- Well-stocked minibar
- In-room safe
- Elegant, contemporary design
- Marble countertops in bathroom
- USB Ports
- 6-person sitting area
- Writing desk and chair
- Luxurious mattress toppers
- Nightly turn-down service
- Spacious 3-door closets with shelves for ample storage
- Flatscreen satellite TV with English-speaking channels & over 100 free movie options
- Complimentary bottled water
- Individual climate control
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Window with Open-Air BalconySM
- Full shower with glass door
|CRUISE ONLY PRICING:|
|Cabin Catagory E:|
|$4,422.00 per person||double occupancy|
|Cabin Catagory D:|
|$4,621.00 per person||double occupancy|
|Cabin Catagory A:|
|$5,621.00 per person||double occupancy|
|Cabin Catagory P:|
|$5,721.00 per person||double occupancy|
Deposit: $400.00 per person at time of booking
Final payment date: June 10, 2019
Conference fee: $1,600 per conference attendee
Date of Booking to June 10, 2019: $400.00 per person in cabin
June 11 to July 15, 2019: 50% of trip cost
July 16 to August 14, 2019: 75% of trip cost
August 15, 2019 to departure: No refund
Transfers to the ship if arriving day of cruise – Additional Charge through Avalon – $36.00 one way / $72.00 Round trip
***The cabin deposit of $400 (non-refundable) per person, and the Conference Registration Fee of $1,600, are immediately payable upon first booking this cruise/conference. Cabin Availability and Cruise Rates are subject to change by the cruise line.
(OPTIONAL) Trip Insurance – you must pay the premium with a check.
What Your Rate Includes:
Above rates include 2 nights hotel lodging in Prague, your stateroom, complimentary daily escorted land tours, all meals onboard ship, shipboard gratuities, fascinating local entertainment, local wine & beer with dinner, conference materials, top industry speaker, free consultation time with our on-board industry leader, port charges, government fees and taxes. Rates are based on double occupancy, except when noted. Cabins are subject to availability. Rates do not include airfare or transfers. Will quote prices and include in total fee, upon request.
To attend conference and/or to take advantage of these low group rates, all cabin reservations must be booked through “FOX World Travel”, our NEW travel affiliate.
Not Included: Airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, meals, unless noted; medical services; any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection is not included. Ask your travel consultant about our reasonable options.