SEINE RIVER HISTORIC EDUCRUISE 2019

CREDIT UNION LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FORUM

June 11 - June 18th, 2019

Avalon Waterways River Cruises – ‘Tapestry II’

PARIS, WHITE CLIFFS OF NORMANDY, LES ANDELYS, VERNON, CAUDEBEC, ROUEN, CONFLANS

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EXPLORING LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES THAT WILL IMPACT YOUR CREDIT UNION’S SUCCESS

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 all attendees, and their Credit Unions.  

This educational program will guide Credit Union LEADERS through the Strategic Thinking Process by covering the key components of a plan for immediate back home application.

This amazing river cruise combines romantic Paris, beautiful scenery along the Seine River, and the picturesque and historic region of Normandy. Embark on your EduCruise adventure in Paris and sail to Vernon, where you’ll choose between two exciting guided visits—Claude Monet’s stunning gardens at Giverny or the remarkable Bizy Castle, known as “Normandy’s Versailles.” You may choose to go on an excursion to the historic Normandy Landing Beaches, including Omaha Beach, and witness the D-Day 75th Commemoration Ceremony at Juno Beach. In Rouen, best known as the home of Joan of Arc, you’ll go on a guided walk through the medieval quarter and visit the gothic Rouen Cathedral.  Or visit the battlefields of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel. From Conflans, join an excursion to the quaint town of Auvers-Sur-Oise—an inspiration for famous artists, including Vincent van Gogh. This inspiring French river cruise on the Seine invites you to walk in the footsteps of master artists, medieval architects, and magnificent heroes in remembrance of the history of World War II.

If you select the optional PRE or POST-Cruise Tour Package, you’ll experience one of the most beautiful, romantic cities in Europe – Paris, France. The sites, sounds, and tastes of this incredible city will ensure lifelong memories.   

 

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

• Understanding the Future for Credit Unions

• Identifying Your Credit Unions Competitive Advantages

• Prioritizing Key Growth Strategies

• Building Stronger Board/CEO Relationships

• Recruiting the Next Generation of CU Volunteers

• How Technology Will Shape Your Credit Union’s Future

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/Management Team equals future success

• Learn from others about their Credit Union's leadership success strategies

• 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

JOHN VARDALLAS is founder of The AmericanBoomer, an international Credit Union business consulting organization. He conducts and facilitates leadership, management development, marketing and strategic planning seminar training for credit union staff and volunteer leaders.
John is one of the most requested speakers in the credit union industry and has spoken before thousands of credit union volunteers and management teams during his 20-year career. John has facilitated countless credit union strategic planning sessions across America, and has presented at credit union conferences and programs around the world.
An international trend watcher, John also helps leaders synthesize credit union industry trends into strategic organizational directions. He is the author of ‘Leadership Thoughts for Prospering in the 21st Century’.

About the Ship

The ‘Avalon Tapestry 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.

Schedule

   
DAYPORT/CITYABOUT EACH PORT
Day 1: Tues., June 11EMBARKATION – PARIS, FRANCEBienvenue en France! Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Paris must arrive by 2:30 pm.
Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm.

Your day is free to explore the world’s most romantic city before starting your
cruise on the Seine. Get acquainted with the City of Lights today with some shopping, strolling, or with a croissant and café au lait to watch the world go by amid the Parisian cityscape.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO VERNON
Day 2: Wed., June 12VERNON; Monet’s Muses, Castle Courtyards, and Crêpes du Jour
This morning after breakfast you have a choice of a Guided Tour of Giverny, home and inspiration of the master impressionist painter Claude Monet. Walk the grounds and see Monet’s charming residence, and the flower and water gardens captured in his masterpieces, OR: Join a Guided Visit to Bizy Castle—called “Normandy’s Versailles” for its magnificent courtyard, water garden, and stables.

While sailing, enjoy a traditional French luncheon of authentic French crêpes, followed by an onboard history lecture. This afternoon, enjoy a beautiful cruise to the picturesque town of Les Andelys.
Day 3: Thurs., June 13LES ANDELYS; Serenity on the Seine’s Most Beautiful RiverbendsTake a Guided Walking Tour of Les Andelys—one of France’s most picturesque spots on the Seine, OR: Join a Guided Hike up to the castle ruins of Château Gaillard—historic home of King Richard the Lionheart.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CAUDEBEC
Day 4: Fri., June 14CAUDEBEC; Churches, Cherry Orchards, and White Cliffs of Normandy
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Run in Normandy’s town of Caudebec. Or take a Guided Trip along the Normandy Abbeys Route—where more than 100 medieval Benedictine and Augustine abbeys and churches were built along the Seine, OR: Explore Boucles de la Seine Normande with a Guided Hike of Normandy’s vast regional nature park in a region rich in apple, plum, pear, and cherry orchards.

This afternoon, you may choose a Guided Optional Excursion to the old seaside town of Honfleur. Later enjoy an
onboard lecture about WWII hosted by your history expert.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN CAUDEBEC
Day 5: Sat., June 15CAUDEBEC. NORMANDY EXCURSIONS ~ Heroic Bravery on Normandy Beaches and French Farming Traditions Join a Guided Tour of Normandy’s WWII landing beaches, visit significant U.S. sites, including Omaha Beach, the Pointe du Hoc monument, and the American Cemetery, OR: Take a full-day Guided Tour of the British and Canadian commemorative sites, including the British cemetery, Pegasus Memorial, the seaside town of Arromanches, the Juno Beach Center, and the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, OR: Join “A Taste of Normandy” Guided Tour for an in-depth look at this rich agricultural region. See the famous Bayeux Tapestry, visit the beautiful village of Auge and taste Calvados at a local distillery.

Later, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship.
EVENING CRUISE TO ROUEN
Day 6: Sun., June 16ROUEN ~ The Cathedral of Notre-Dame and a Heroine for France
Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a Morning Walk.

Later take a Guided Walking Tour of Rouen, city that played an important role during the French Resistance. You will see the medieval quarter with its 16th-century Astronomical Clock, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: Take a full day excursion in the areas of Vimy Ridge and Beaumont-Hamel, where the Canadian Forces fought and won the German Army during WWI.
Spend free time this afternoon to explore Rouen’s city markets, shops, and bike paths. Enjoy onboard entertainment before setting sail this evening.
EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO CONFLANS
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019 - DAY 6: CONFLANS ~ In the Footsteps of Van Gogh, Bonaparte, and Louis XIV
Join a Guided Visit to Auvers-sur-Oise, home and resting place of Vincent van Gogh, OR: Take a Guided tour of the opulent Château de Malmaison—home of Napoléon Bonaparte and his wife Josephine. Perhaps, join a Guided Optional Excursion to the Palace of Versailles—home to a succession of French kings.
EVENING CRUISE TO PARIS
Day 7: Mon., June 17PARIS ~ Cafés, Cathedrals, & Canvases—The City of Lights Truly ShinesTake a Morning Walk with your Avalon Adventure Host to see Paris at first light. Then take a Guided Walking Tour through the Heart of Paris to see the historic Île St. Louis, Île de la Cité, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, OR: Join a Guided City Tour, that shows you the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées, OR: Take a WWII tour of Paris which will include a visit to the museum of Les Invalides, dedicated to the Ordre de la Libération which was created in 1940 by General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French Forces.

Stroll through Paris on your own, or linger over wine in a literary café on the Left Bank.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN PARIS
Day 8: Tues., June 18PARIS (DISEMBARKATION)
(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:

We’ve 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.

Rates

  
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
Category E Cabin$3,842.00 per person, double occupancy(Small Windows)
Category D Cabin$4,041.00 per person, double occupancy(Small Windows)
Category B Cabin$4,991.00 per person, double occupancy(French Balcony)
Category A Cabin$5,041.00 per person, double occupancy(French Balcony)
Category P Cabin$5,141.00 per person, double occupancy(French Balcony)
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (traveling alone)
Category E Cabin$5,766.00 per person, single occupancy(Small Windows)
Category D Cabin$6,075.00 per person, single occupancy(Small Windows)
Category B Cabin$7,547.00 per person, single occupancy(French Balcony)
Category A Cabin$7,625.00 per person, single occupancy(French Balcony)
Category P Cabin$7,780.00 per person, single occupancy(French Balcony)

Discounts:  

– Early Booking Discount:                                                                    

 $250.00 per person, if deposited by this July 23, 2018

– Welcome Back Past Passenger Discount:  Ask us for information

(must have traveled on Globus, Cosmos or Avalon within the last 5 years)

Cruise Deposit:   $400.00 per person at time of booking

Final payment date: March 6, 2019

 

Cancel Penalties:

Date of Booking to March 6, 2019: $400 per person                   

March 7 to April 11, 2019:   50% of trip cost

April 12 to May 10, 2019: 75% of trip cost

May 11, 2019 to departure date:   No refund

 

Airline Tickets: If airline tickets are purchased through Fox World Travel, once purchased, they may be non-refundable.

Requirements: A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.

CU EduCruises Conference Fee:  

$1,600.00 registration fee for each Conference Attendee

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(OPTIONAL) Trip Insurance – you must pay the premium with a check.

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What Your Rate Includes:

Package Inclusions:

  • Deluxe seven-night Avalon WaterWays river cruise in a river view stateroom on the beautiful Avalon Tapestry II
  • River cruise taxes included
  • All meals onboard the ship with chef-inspired regional recipes
  • Complimentary gratuities to shipboard staff, tour guides and motorcoach drivers
  • Credit Union EduCruise Reception
  • Credit Union EduCruise Seminars onboard the ship
  • Daily shore excursions, hosted by English-speaking local experts, with a choice of Leisurely, Classic or Discovery sightseeing pace options
  • Sky Deck game area, whirlpool, shade awnings and premium lounge chairs
  • Luxuriously appointed river view staterooms The Comfort Collection BedsSM and premium L’Occitane bath amenities, hair dryer, in room safe, flat-screen TV with complimentary movies, and complimentary bottled water daily
  • Remarkable service from your English-speaking crew and on-board Cruise Director
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Not Included:  

Airport transfers, medical services; airline imposed baggage fees; airport gratuities to baggage handlers, or any other items of a personal nature. A valid passport is required. Travel insurance protection and Airport Transfers are not included. Ask your FOX World Travel consultant about our reasonable options.

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

To attend the 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 for 2019. Only those travel arrangements that are booked through “FOX WORLD TRAVEL” will be covered by an insurance premium. (Note – This Insurance is Optional at an Additional Cost.)

***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. Credit Cards ARE ACCEPTED for the Cruise, Conference Fee and the Trip Insurance.

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Contact Information

Contact our New 2019 Travel Team:

FOX WORLD TRAVEL

For questions, or to book your cabin, contact:

FOX World Travel Team                   

EduCruises@foxworldtravel.com                                                       

1-888-367-2571