RHÔNE & SAÔNE RIVER CRUISE
FEATURING SHOW OF HANDS, SETH LAKEMAN,
GEOFF LAKEMAN & ROB MURCH

18 - 25 JULY 2024


Last 2 cabins!

Join us in 2024 on this unforgettable music filled , seven-night Rhône river cruise with some of the most phenomenal acts in folk music - Show Of Hands and Seth Lakeman plus Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch.

Show of Hands have unequivocally become one of the leading forces in British folk. Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are respectively recognised as one of the UK’s best singer songwriters and one of its finest multi-instrumentalists. They recently announced their retirement from touring and this cruise will be the last chance to see Show of Hands play together before their retirement. 

Widely regarded as the UK’s foremost folk singer-songwriter, Seth Lakeman takes the established folk orthodoxy and turns it on its head. The spirit of the rock band meets the timeless and heartfelt subject matter of the folk tale in a blur of fiddle, acoustic guitar and foot-stomping rhythms, with Seth’s unmistakable vocals riding the wave.  

Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch have impressed audiences at Costa Ibiza - Billed as The “Titan of Twang” and the “Concertina Crooner”- Geoff Lakeman (patriarch of a folk dynasty as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in- law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts) teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina while Rob Murch brings the wow factor to the banjo, with his unique, punchy, fingerstyle playing.  

But of course there is the Rhône river cruise itself on the five-star Amadeus Provence! 

Experience picturesque villages, world famous wine regions such as the Côte d'Or, unforgettable stretches of land in the regions of Provence and Burgundy, and impressive views of historic cities and monuments. 

Food, wine, art, architecture, scenery and history - it all comes together in glorious harmony in the South of France. 

Travelling in comfort and style the Roman emperors would have envied, you'll find yourself falling under the timeless spell of southern France on a journey that is nothing less than "magnifique"! 

With a maximum of only 140 guests on board, you really don't want to miss out on this very special experience.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Courtesy transfer provided for flights arriving on 18 July and departing on 25 July from Lyon airport. 
  • 7 night cruise onboard MS Amadeus Provence

  • Luxury accommodation in an outside river-view stateroom of your choice: Spacious Mozart Suites with a walk-out balcony, stateroom cabins on Mozart and Strauss Decks with drop-down Panorama Retractable Windows offering a wide-open view

  •  Individual climate control and in-room safe

  • Choice of bed configuration in all categories (double or twin bedding)

  • Bottled water in cabin

  • Gourmet dining featuring breakfast, multi-course lunches and dinners with menu choices (including vegetarian options*), afternoon tea and late-night snack *

  • Free-flowing hand-selected wines from the best wine regions, draft beer, soda as well as coffee and tea with every lunch and dinner

  • Coffee and tea available 24 hours a day in the Amadeus Club

  • Welcome Cocktail Reception, Welcome Dinner and Captain’s Farewell Dinner

  • Services of your onboard Harmony Voyages Tour Manager and an experienced English-speaking Cruise Director

  • Onboard entertainment 

  • In-stateroom infotainment center

  • On board fitness centre

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout including cabins

  • Complimentary use of onboard bicycles

  • Complimentary state-of-the-art audio headsets for use on optional excursions

  • All local taxes & port charges

 

*All dietary requirements can be catered for, however please do let us know in advance of your cruise

 

ITINERARY

THURSDAY 18 JULY - LYON

Welcome to your cruise holiday! Your Rhône river cruise begins in Lyon with afternoon embarkation. After settling into your cabin, join us in the bar for a ‘welcome cocktail and introduction from your Cruise Director & Harmony Voyages Tour Manager. After a specially prepared welcome dinner take the chance to relax in the lounge and meet your fellow sailors. We depart Lyon at 10pm.


FRIDAY 19 JULY- MACON

Stay Macon 6:00 to 18:00

In the morning your ship will arrive in Mâcon, located in southern Burgundy.

This historic region has a history stretching back over 2000 years and produces some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world. Take our optional excursion to city, and perhaps visit the wine museum, dedicated to the history and production of Burgundy wines. Near the city of Macon is the Cluny Abbey, dedicated to St Peter. This afternoon offers the opportunity to visit the ‘spiritual heart of medieval Europe’. Founded in 910 by Guillaume d’Aquitaine, the abbey is comprised of three abbey churches. At its height, it was home to over 10,000 monks. We depart 18:00.

Today's optional excursions:

Mâcon and the Beaujolais

Château de Pierreclos with wine tasting

Visit to Cluny Abbey

 

SATURDAY 20 JULY - CHALON-SUR-SAON > TOURNUS

Continue to explore the wine region with a stop in the town of Chalon sur Saône. Half-timbered houses overlook the square, and it offers art galleries, speciality shops as well as a museum dedicated to photography. The morning brings the option to take a bus tour through the Burgundy Wine route with a wine tasting stop at Beaune. After lunch on board take time to admire the scenery as the vessel continues along the Saone or join the afternoon excursion to the medieval towns of Brançion and Comartin before rejoining the ship at Tournus. There is time to take a look around Tournus before we depart at 19:30

Today's optional excursions:

Medieval Brancion and Cormatin

Beaune And The Burgundy

 

SUNDAY 21 JULY - LYON

Stay Lyon 07:00 - 12:00

Today we return to Lyon, known for its architectural beauty and gastronomic excellence. Today brings two options for excursions; a guided tour to discover this UNESCO world heritage site with its famous landmarks, or head to the covered food markets of Paul Bocuse and sample local delicacies. We leave Lyon at midday and you can relax this afternoon as we sail through the picturesque countryside.

Today's optional excursions:

Lyon - Gastronomic Capital Of France

Les Halles Du Paul Bocuse With Tasting


MONDAY 22 JULY - AVIGNON

Stay Avignon 09:00 - 19:00

Spend the day exploring the Provençal city of Avignon, home to the Papal Palace, once the seat of Western Christianity in the 14th century. Provence is also home to the Pont du Gard, a three-level aqueduct constructed over 2000 years ago by the Romans and is one of the architectural masterpieces of the ancient world. After lunch, you can join the excursion to the hilltop town of Uzès and visit the Pont du Gard. We depart for Arles at 18:30. 

Today's optional exursions:

Avignon Walking Tour With Papal Palace

Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and Uzès


TUESDAY 23 JULY - ARLES

Stay Arles 12.01 - 18:30

Arles captured the imagination of the brilliant Impressionist painter, Van Gogh. Walking through the town, many of the settings may seem familiar as some of Van Gogh’s best known pieces reflect the beauty of the town. Your optional tour this morning is a two hour city walk taking in many ancient or Roman sights and monuments and a visit to the Roman arena.

Outside Arles is Camargue Nature Park which covers 86,000 hectares and is known for its unique flora and fauna as well as its astonishing range of wildlife including the renowned Camargue bulls and white horses.You can also visit Saintes Maries de la Mer, located on the Mediterranean Sea where the Rhône joins the ocean. Depart Arles at 18:30 to continue cruising the Rhône River

Today's optional excursions:

Arles Walking Tour With Roman Arena Visit

Camargue Nature Reserve

 

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY - CHATEAUNEUF-DU-RHONE/LE POUZIN

This morning your optional excursion offers the opportunity to view the Ardeche Gorge, another natural wonder of the area. Visit the ‘Grand Canyon of Europe’ and re-join the ship in time for lunch. Alternatively try the excursion to Grignan where you can explore the world of truffles with a. Visit and tasting at a local truffle farm. Join the vessel at Le Pousin in time for lunch. We stay in Le Pouzin from 12:30 to 14:00, after which we make our way back up the waterways of Provence. Those who do not want to participate in excursions can stay and relax on board. The evening brings the Captains Farewell Dinner

Today's optional excursions:

Valley Of The Ardeche Gorge

Grignan with truffle farm and tasting


THURSDAY 25 JULY - LYON - FAREWELL

After a generous breakfast it's time to disembark and join your transfer to the airport.

 

EXCURSIONS

Enhance your Rhône river cruise holiday with a choice of carefully curated selection of inspiring excursions and adventures! Our excursions can be booked with us in advance to ensure your place, or on board if you would rather keep your itinerary flexible. Booked excursions include a packed lunch. Excursions are subject to a minimum number of bookings and may be cancelled if there is not enough interest.

*excursion timings are subject to change*

EXCURSIONPRICE PER PERSON
Macon And The Beaujolais£77
Château de Pierreclos with wine tasting£61
OR Cluny Abbey£66
Beaune And The Burgundy£76
Medieval Brancion And Cormatin£66
Lyon - Gastronomic Capital Of France£43
OR Les Halles By Paul Bocuse With Tasting£52
Avignon Walking Tour With Papeal Palace£43
Roman Aqueduct Pont Du Gard And Uzes£51
Arles Walking Tour With Arena Visit£30
Camargue Nature Reserve£51
Valley Of The Ardeche Gorge£50
OR Grignan With Truffle Farm And Tasting£74

Package A | for only £ 257 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Mâcon and the Beaujolais

  • Beaune And The Burgundy

  • Avignon Walking Tour With Papal Palace

  • Arles Walking Tour With Roman Arena Visit

  • Grignan with truffle farm and tasting

Package B | for only £ 370 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Mâcon and the Beaujolais

  • Château de Pierreclos with wine tasting

  • Beaune And The Burgundy

  • Lyon - Gastronomic Capital Of France

  • Avignon Walking Tour With Papal Palace

  • Arles Walking Tour With Roman Arena Visit

  • Camargue Nature Reserve

  • Valley Of The Ardeche Gorge

Package C | for only £ 502 per person

Enjoy a package of these pre-selected excursions for a discounted rate when purchased in advance.

  • Mâcon and the Beaujolais

  • Visit to Cluny Abbey

  • Beaune And The Burgundy

  • Medieval Brancion and Cormatin

  • Les Halles Du Paul Bocuse With Tasting

  • Avignon Walking Tour With Papal Palace

  • Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and Uzès

  • Arles Walking Tour With Roman Arena Visit

  • Camargue Nature Reserve

  • Grignan with truffle farm and tasting

ENTERTAINMENT

SHOW OF HANDS

The original duo of singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have become a major force in British folk music, having first got together 30 years ago. Over the years the band has moved on from their folk duo image and evolved into a hard hitting acoustic band, selling out UK and European tours and headlining some of the biggest festivals across the world. Their accolades include being voted Best Live Act at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the only category voted for by the public. They went on to win the Best Duo and Best Original Song in the 2010 Awards. They’ve also been voted the Greatest Devonians in a county poll.

SETH LAKEMAN

Music has always been part of Sean’s life; his parents, Geoff and Joy Lakeman, performed as a folk duo in the 1970’s and beyond, later as a touring band with Seth and his older brothers Sean and Sam. His 2014 album “Word of Mouth” stormed into the charts earlier this year with one track, The Courier, playlisted by Radio 2. He’s also become a leading member of the “Full English” project, together with Martin Simpson, Fay Hield and Nancy Kerr, and picked up another award when it won Best Album and Best Group at the 2014 BBC Folk Music Awards.

GEOFF LAKEMAN AND ROB MURCH

The “Titan of Twang” and the “Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman (patriarch of a folk dynasty as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in- law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts) teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the wow factor to the banjo, with his unique, punchy, fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable that they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs.

ACCOMMODATION

Dive into an unforgettable adventure and enjoy the typically provincial feel aboard the AMADEUS Provence. On this Premium cruise ship, you can expect the most modern fittings that blend masterfully with the architecture of the ship and the typically luxurious design that is the hallmark of the AMADEUS fleet. The generous interior planning and design provides comfortable room for 140 passengers and offers all the luxuries of a floating 5-star hotel on your Rhone river cruise.

The extensive restaurant and the Panorama-Bar offer divine views of the passing riverscapes, and the outdoor, glass-shielded River Terrace allows you to relax in the open regardless of the weather. In addition, the AMADEUS Provence is the first ship of the AMADEUS fleet to include a pool deck with a swimming pool and the Lido Bar, where you can enjoy hours relaxing on board in the sun. 

 
 

AMADEUS Suite (284.2ft²) with walk-out exterior balcony

Comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom, walk-out exterior balcony, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, bathrobe, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Mozart Deck

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£3600

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Cabin A-1 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Mozart Deck

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£3199

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Cabin B-1 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Strauss Deck

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£2899

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Cabin B-4 (188.4ft²) with drop-down panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, drop-down panoramic window, mini-bar, walk-in wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe.
Strauss Deck

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£2699

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Cabin C-1 (172.2ft²) with panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Haydn Deck

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£2299

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Cabin C-4 (172.2ft²) with panoramic window

Spacious bathroom, small panoramic window (cannot be opened), spacious wardrobe, choice of bed configuration (double or twin bed), flat-screen television, individual climate control, en-suite bathroom with shower/WC, hair dryer, direct dial telephone and in-room safe. Cabins with connecting doors are available on request.
Haydn Deck

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£1999

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GETTING THERE

There a few different options to consider when planning your journey to Lyon. You can fly from most major UK airports, rail options available from London to Paris and on to Lyon, you can self-drive, or if you're looking for something a little different, why not enhance your holiday with a Coach to Cruise transfer?

COACH TO CRUISE WITH HARMONY VOYAGES

  • Hostess service on board

  • Regular, off-motorway comfort breaks

  • Comfortable 4* hotels

  • Outbound journey - visit to Arras and Dijon

  • Overnight B&B stays: 2 pre-cruise and 1 post cruise

Forget about long queues at the airport, pulling heavy suitcases, frustrating flight delays - why not extend your cruise holiday, sit back and unwind on board our luxury coach and take in some of the most sought-after sights and enjoy many beautiful towns along the route.

Once your suitcase is loaded, no need to remove liquids, electrical items or empty your pockets, board the coach, relax and enjoy your land tour to the ship. Let your driver do the hard work whilst you sit back with a cuppa or a glass of something cold, as you travel through the beautiful French countryside.

TUESDAY 16 July 2024
Depart Manchester Airport *05:15 /Birmingham Airport *07:15 /London Heathrow *10:15 with motorway service pick-ups on request. Arrive Dover for a 14:25 channel crossing to Calais. *Times are approximate.
On arrival in France, continue to overnight hotel in Arras B&B.


WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2024
After a continental breakfast, depart 09:00 and drive to Reims for a visit to Champagne cellar with tasting. Free time near Reims Cathedral for Lunch and/or sightseeing before departure at 14:00. Continue to Dijon arriving c.18:00 and our overnight hotel B&B Evening transfer to the UNESCO historic centre if required.


THURSDAY 18 JULY 2024
After a continental breakfast, depart 09:30 for Lyon, arriving c.13.00.
Free time in the Old Town prior to boarding if required (subject to time allowing).


THURSDAY 25 JULY 2024
Disembark after breakfast as we begin our journey to Namur, with a lunch stop en route.  After lunch we will make our way to Dinant for dinner opportunities c18:00, with our final check-in at the hotel in Namur c20:45.


FRIDAY 26 JULY 2024
Transfer to Dunkerque for return sailing to Dover.
Motorway service area stop en route.
Return arrival at Manchester Airport by 00:35 (Saturday 27 July).


Price per person sharing a twin/double: £549.00
Price per person sole occupancy: £699.00

PRICES

 

Please note: a deposit of £200pp is required to secure your booking.

Prices are per person and do not include flights. Please contact us if you require assistance with your travel arrangements.

Cabin GradeDeckPrice
SuiteMozart Deck£3,600 - SOLD OUT
A1Mozart Deck£3,199 - SOLD OUT
B1Strauss Deck£2,899 - SOLD OUT
B1 Solo OccupancyStrauss Deck£3,649 - SOLD OUT
B4Strauss Deck£2,699 - SOLD OUT
C1Haydn Deck£2,299 - 1 available
C1 Solo OccupancyHaydn Deck£2,999 - SOLD OUT
C4Haydn Deck£1,999 - SOLD OUT
 
 

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FAQS

1Are Flights Included?
No, flights are not included to allow you the flexibility to travel from your airport of choice to and from Lyon.  If you would like a quote for a fully inclusive package, including flights from the UK please contact the office and we will be happy to assist.
2Can you travel there by Eurostar?
It is possible to travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord. Change here to Paris Gare de Lyon (approx. 20mins by taxi) TGV to Lyon. This can be booked as a package together with the Cruise, please ask for details. Just give us a call on 01254 476075
3Which airport do I need to fly into/home from?
The ship departs from and returns to Lyon. Easyjet & Jet2 offer regular direct flights from many UK airports. Please contact us if you require assistance with your flight arrangements.
4Are airport transfers included?
For flights arriving on 18 July and departing on 25 July from Lyon airport, a courtesy transfer will be provided. Should you opt to extend your stay at the start or end of your cruise, you will be responsible for your own transfer to/from the airport.
5What time can I board the ship on embarkation day?
Embarkation is from 16:00.  You may be able to drop your luggage on board and return to check-in after 15:00 if you arrive earlier than the official embarkation time.
6What time is disembarkation from?
As the ship has a quick turnaround, you will be required to vacate your cabin after breakfast on the day of departure. If you have a late flight or transfer you may be able to store your luggage on board until later in the day, depending on the ship’s itinerary. The crew on board will be happy to assist, however embarkation/disembarkation day is a day when the crew are busy cleaning, loading supplies and preparing for new passengers.  There will be no food or beverage service once the restaurant has closed after breakfast for disembarking passengers. 
7Is there WiFi onboard?
Yes, WiFi is provided in all public areas of the ship. However, during the trip the signal may be weaker in certain sections of the route.
8Is there an elevator onboard?
All AMADEUS ships have a guest elevator, which operates between the Mozart and Haydn decks. The sun deck is not accessible by elevator.
9What is the dress code onboard?
We want to you feel comfortable on board, the dress code is casual during the day and in the evening smart casual. Think what would I wear for a meal out in a restaurant at home?
10What is the electrical supply voltage onboard?
The voltage in hotels and onboard ship is 230V, European standard. To use any electrical product that is not dual voltage (e.g. from the US, Canada, Australia or the UK), you will need a plug adaptor and some devices will require an electrical converter. Many electronic devices have built-in electrical converters, however please check the manufacturer’s specifications for details. A two-pole adaptor is also available at reception.
11Mooring and docking
Local river authorities allocate docking space around ship arrivals and departures in port. Occasionally port conditions require ships to tie up alongside each other, in which case guests may be required to walk through another ship to access their own ship. This is part of the river cruise experience and is perfectly normal and beyond our control. Guests may experience obstructed views from staterooms when the ship is docked.
12What is the currency onboard?
The currency on board all AMADEUS ships is EURO. However, you may also settle your account in (GBP) Sterling or (USD) American Dollars
13What about gratuities?
Gratuities for the ship’s staff and crew are not included in your cruise price. The suggested amount is USD 12.00 / EUR 11.00 per person per day and you can choose to tip onboard in cash or add a gratuity to your onboard account. Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver. Gratuities for drivers and guides for optional excursions are not included in the excursion price. A suggested amount is 1-2 EUR per person for half day excursion & 2-3 EUR per person for the full day excursion given directly to the guide and driver.
14What to pack
The following items are essential for any destination: sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and maybe an umbrella. It is recommended that you bring duplicates of prescription eye wear, copies of prescriptions for any medications (generic equivalents are usually easier to obtain), copies of credit card information, and copies of your passport information pages. An adaptor / transformer may be necessary (the on-board power supply is 230V AC/50 Hz) if you bring any electronic devices with you.
15Clothing
Comfortable, casual clothing is appropriate both onshore and onboard and we suggest lightweight clothing that can be layered. Shorts are appropriate for most tours, however long pants may be required for inside visits on some excursions. Your cruise manager will advise when and if this is required. You may find a significant amount of walking over uneven terrain during your time ashore. We recommend comfortable walking shoes with good ankle support. Sturdy sandals are another good option. Don’t forget to pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket (preferably hooded) or even a heavier-weight wind-breaker for cooler temperatures. Also, keep in mind that the ship, coaches and other venues visited on our itinerary are air conditioned and may be quite cool. We recommend that you pack a lightweight sweater or long sleeve shirts and carry them with you on excursions.
16What happens if the artist that I booked to see is unable to perform at the festival / holiday?
As you have booked a holiday, then the holiday will still take place. In the event of a festival where there are multiple artists, the full programme will still be performed and any artists unable to travel will be replaced. In the event of a river cruise or other holiday where only one artist is performing, the artist will be replaced with an alternative artist of a similar genre. The cost of the holiday is not refundable.
17Is a river cruise ship suitable for someone with limited mobility?
Harmony Voyages does not discriminate against persons with special needs. All means of transport used during our cruise itineraries comply with European standards. Most of the vessels have lifts that allow for easy access between decks (except for the Sun Deck). However, the route between the ship and the shore may have major obstacles that must be overcome by all passengers without the use of, for example, a wheelchair. Likewise, often embarkation, disembarkation can be via another ship moored alongside where access to the sun deck is necessary. For this reason, any person with special needs must decide themselves whether a river cruise is for them, before making a booking. In addition, for safety reasons, the transportation of wheelchairs may be prohibited by the ship's management.

We look after you every step of the way

We are a small experienced team who look after you from first enquiry, right through to the end of your holiday. The same people who help you with your booking, will be in the resort or on the cruise to look after you. We are extremely proud of the personal service that we provide and when you need to get in touch, there are no call centres, just the same people you've always being dealing with. Need help with flights, care hire or extra nights? ...we are just a phone call away.

 

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