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Encore introduces exclusive Vista ‘godmother sailing’

For travellers looking for a particularly special voyage along Europe’s picturesque Danube River, Encore Cruises is offering an exclusive 12-day cruise aboard the Avalon Vista escorted by the ship’s godmother, Canadian cruise industry veteran Vanessa Lee. Sailing from Sept. 26 to Oct. 8, the cruise takes travellers to some of Central Europe’s most beautiful capital cities – Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague – along with stops at some of the many small towns that dot the landscape along the way, including Krems, Melk, Grein and Linz. And, those booking by Feb. 15 can take advantage of a $300 p.p. early booking bonus. The cruise starts from $4,499 p.p. plus tax (based on Category E) and includes roundtrip air from Toronto on Air Canada, transfers, a two-night pre-cruise stay in Budapest (includes accommodation at a five-star hotel, breakfast and a city tour), a seven-night cruise along the Danube, a welcome cocktail party onboard, shore excursions and gratuities during the cruise, a two-night post-cruise stay in Prague (includes accommodation at a five-star hotel, breakfast and a city tour). “We are delighted to offer Canadians this exclusive cruise and escorted by none other than Vanessa Lee, the ship’s godmother and an undisputed cruise expert,”said Amr Younes, vice-president of Encore Cruises. “A river cruise with Avalon is already a more intimate, in-depth experience, and a fabulous way to see some of Europe’s most fascinating capitals, but add Vanessa into that mix, with her unparalleled expertise in the world of cruising and extensive knowledge, and you’ve got something very special and unique. It’s sure to be an experience one won’t soon forget.”(

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