Magnificent Moselle & Rhine River EduCruise 2022

CREDIT UNION LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT FORUM

September 18 – 27th, 2022
Avalon Waterways River Cruises – 'Imagery II'
Amsterdam to Luxembourg

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 CEO’s and Volunteers.

Start this magnificent river cruise conference in Holland’s popular, modern capital of Amsterdam. See the treasures of this 700-year-old city from a unique perspective—on a canal cruise along the elegant grachten. Then, begin your scenic cruise along the Rhine River and come to Cologne, Germany—a 2,000-year-old city known for its Gothic architecture. You’ll sail through the dramatic views of the Rhine Gorge—the most beautiful stretch of the Rhine River where ancient castles stand on cliffs 400 feet above the water. In the charming wine town of Rüdesheim, enjoy a stroll through its famous cobblestone Drosselgasse lined with shops, restaurants, and lively taverns. Along the Moselle River, you’ll stop at the picturesque town of Cochem where the Riesling grape is cultivated. Visit Reichsburg Castle, nestled among vineyards and offering breathtaking views of the town and river valley below. In Bernkastel, enjoy a guided walk and taste some of the region’s best-loved wines. Go on an excursion to historical Luxembourg City, offering unique and dramatic views as it is set on two levels—high above on straddling hills and dropping into two river valleys.

Ride the high-speed train to Paris for two nights included hotel stay, the last stop on this fabulous European river cruise conference. Guided sight-seeing shows you the famous sights of the romantic "City of Light"—Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, and the Louvre Museum with its elegant glass pyramid contrasting its ancient architecture.

Credit Union Topics We Will Navigate

  • Foundations of the Modern Credit Union Volunteer
  • From Bylaws to Travel Policies:  Creating Governance Documents that Work 
  • High Level Questions Boards Can Use to Increase Effectiveness
  • Conduct Risk and Ethics for Credit Union Volunteers
  • Learning from Other’s Mistakes:  When Bad Things Happen to Good Credit Unions
  • Open Forum: Let’s Discuss Those Key Issues That Keep You Up at Night
  • And Much More …

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 Union
  • 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

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

DISCUSSION LEADERS

SPEAKER FOR THE COURSE

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson is President & Founder of Credit Union EduCruises, a credit union conference/cruise and training organization. Tony is a popular discussion leader in the Credit Union industry and is known for his content packed, fast-paced, creative and fun presentation style! He has led numerous educational sessions to credit union audiences across America, and over 15 countries.

Tony has over 40 years of Credit Union industry expertise. Before founding Credit Union EduCruises, Tony held leadership positions with the CUNA Mutual Group, the Tennessee Credit Union League, EPL Software & Data Processing, and two southeast credit unions.

 

ABOUT THE SHIP

The Avalon 'Imagery 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.

SCHEDULE

Because river conditions are always subject to change, exact meeting days and times can also change on a daily basis. Meeting Times will be announced each evening by your CU EduCruise Host.

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

DAILY CRUISE ITINERARY            

Welcome to Holland. Your Suite Ship® is Ready for Boarding. Flights into Amsterdam must arrive by 3:30 pm. Guests must be on board ship by 5 pm. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN AMSTERDAM
Canals of Colorful Amsterdam Visit the Adventure Center for today’s activities with your Adventure Host. Explore the iconic waterways of Amsterdam on a Guided Canal Cruise past stately homes of the city’s “Golden Age." This afternoon choose among the Guided Optional Excursions available. AFTERNOON/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COLOGNE
Take a Guided City Walk of Cologne—with its soaring twin-steepled gothic cathedral, OR: Join a Guided Walking Tour of Cologne’s important Jewish heritage sites. Spend free time over a glass of Kölsch pale lager—locally brewed for over 100 years!  Enjoy live entertainment onboard your ship this evening. OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO RÜDESHEIM
This morning relax on the Sky Deck while sailing through the magnificent Rhine Gorge. Take a Guided Tour of the incredible Mechanical Music Museum for a one-of-a-kind instrumental experience; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat, OR;  Take an open-air cable car ride to the Niederwald Monument. Ride or walk back down through the vineyards; based on your departure enjoy a local special treat. Enjoy a leisurely cruise to Engers this evening while having dinner on board.  VERNIGHT DOCKING IN ENGERS
The Charm of the Moselle Valley Relax on the Sky Deck of your ship while sailing through the Moselle Valley, famous for the beautiful growing villages and their vineyards. Join a Guided Walk of Cochem through its half-timbered houses and winding streets. Visit the hilltop Reichsburg Castle with a bird’s-eye-view of the Moselle Valley. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO BERNKASTEL   
Ask about today’s energizing or relaxing Adventure Host activities. Take a Guided Walking Tour of the charming wine village of Bernkastel—with its medieval marketplace and 17th-century gabled timber-framed houses, OR: Join your Avalon Adventure Host for a hike to nearby castle ruins. Enjoy free time this afternoon, perhaps take a bike ride through the village to sample Apfelkuchen or other wonderful German desserts. Join a Wine Tasting to experience the tradition of legendary German wine making. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment on board your ship. EVENING/OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO REMICH
This morning, you might take a Guided Optional Excursion to Roman Trier-the oldest city in Germany. After your tour, enjoy some free time in Trier. Join a Guided Tour of Luxembourg City—with its dramatic views, ancient ruins, and modern architecture along the deep gorge terrain. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN REMICH
Today, travel by motorcoach to Luxembourg City or Metz to board a high-speed train to Paris. Known as one of the world’s most romantic and lively cities, Paris is a delight for all your senses. Join a guided city tour that shows the iconic sites of Paris, such as the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Opéra Garnier, and the famous Champs-Élysées HOTEL: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar)
Today in your free time, stroll down the Champs-Elysées with its lavish cafés, or perhaps visit the world-famous Louvre, or Montmartre with its gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica and bevy of artists on Place du Tertre. All of this awaits your discovery! HOTEL: Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador (or similar) MEAL: Breakfast
Your conference cruise ends with breakfast this morning.

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.

RATES

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

 Package Pricing: Based on Double Occupancy

  • Category E Cabin: $4,940.00 per person, double occupancy (Small Windows)
  • Category D Cabin: $5,139.00 per person, double occupancy (Small Windows)
  • Category B Cabin: $6,189.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category A Cabin: $6,239.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category P Cabin: $6,339.00 per person, double occupancy   (French Balcony)

Package Pricing: Based on Single Occupancy

  • Category E Cabin: $7,424.00 per person, single occupancy (Small Windows)
  • Category D Cabin: $7,732.00 per person, single occupancy (Small Windows)
  • Category B Cabin: $9,360.00 per person, single occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category A Cabin: $9,437.00 per person, single occupancy   (French Balcony)
  • Category P Cabin: $9,592.00 per person, single occupancy   (French Balcony)

Triple accommodations are not available. 

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 June 10, 2022
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 June 10, 2022 Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
June 11 – July 19, 2022 50% package price cancellation fee
July 20, 2022 – August 18, 2022 75% package price cancellation fee
August 19, 2022 to 0 days prior to travel No refunds

CU EduCruises Conference Fee:  

  • $1,800.00 registration fee for the seminar attendee if paid by credit card 
  • $1,700.00 registration fee for the seminar attendee if paid by check
  • $100.00 Discount on EduCruises’ Conference Fee if cabin booked by January 1, 2022  
  • Arrival Airport/Ship transfer in Amsterdam & Paris - $55.00  
  • Arrival flights in Amsterdam for transfers need to arrive between 6am and 3:30 pm day of cruise.
  • Flights into Amsterdam and return from Paris
  • Avalon Discounts may apply.  Check at time of reservation:  Current Avalon Early Booking Cabin Discount available is $1,000.00 per person and subject to change.  Current discount good if booked by January 3, 2021.
  • Single Supplement Waiver cabins are NOT eligible for additional Avalon Early Booking Discounts.

WHAT YOUR RATE INCLUDES:

Package Inclusions:

  • Deluxe seven-night Avalon river cruise in a river view stateroom on the  Avalon Imagery II  from Amsterdam to Remich, Luxembourg
  • Two-night hotel stay in Paris, France with breakfast daily 
  • High Speed train from Luxembourg City to Paris
  • Escorted Sightseeing Highlights to include:

Amsterdam:  Canal Cruise
Cologne:  Cologne highlights walking tour or Jewish Heritage walking tour
Rhine Gore:   Scenic cruise through the Rhine Gorge
Rudesheim:  Choice of a visit to Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, or a cable car ride to Niederwald Monument or Bike Tour
Cochem:  Sail through the Moselle Valley, Reichsburg Castle visit, or visit  to an incredible wine cellar
Bernkastel:  Choice of guided walk in Bernkastel, or hike to the Castle Ruins
Remich:  Excursion to Luxembourg City, a wine walk, or a biking tour
Paris:  City tour, Visit to Ateliers de Lumieres

  • Complimentary pre-paid gratuities to your shipboard staff, local guides, and coach drivers
  • All meals onboard the ship with Chef-inspired regional recipes  
  • Complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast; wine, beer, or soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included daily onboard your ship
  • Luxuriously appointed 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

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. Only those travel arrangements that are booked through “FOX WORLD TRAVEL” will be covered by the optional insurance premium.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact our FOX World Travel Team at:

For questions, or to book your cabin, contact Fox World Travel: EduCruises@foxworldtravel.com
TOLL FREE: 1-888-367-2571