TDC Sets Sail With Scenic Group

Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) gave a group of owners and travel professionals from its network the opportunity to discover Scenic Group’s luxury fleet, as part of an exclusive familiarization trip.

The TDC team went from river to ocean as they sailed on the “Gems of the Danube” itinerary, and were first the exclusive Canadian agency to experience Scenic Eclipse II.

The group was welcomed aboard the Scenic Amber, where Juna Ueda, GM Sales for Scenic Group Canada, hosted the team.

The seven-night luxury river cruise embarked from Nuremberg and travelled along the majestic Danube River, stopping at captivating destinations such as Regensberg, Passau, Linz, Melk and Durnstein.

Additionally, the participants and their companions enjoyed a visit to Salzburg or Cesky Krumlov, biking along the river and enjoyed a private concert by the Vienna Imperial Orchestra at Palais Liechtenstein. The ambiance of Budapest, heightened by the UEFA football finals, added an extra layer of excitement to their voyage.

After the cruise, the group flew to Malaga, Spain, for a unique additional Scenic experience. The Scenic Eclipse stopped in Malaga for a night, and the TDC network group was able to visit this ice-strengthened expedition mega-yacht, which can accommodate 228 guests and 176 crew.

The day became even more memorable when the TDC group attended the ship’s naming ceremony, where Scenic Group Chairman and founder Glen Moroney, accompanied by Dr Kathy Sullivan, Scenic Eclipse II’s Godmother and esteemed NASA astronaut, geologist and oceanographer, christened the ship.

Juna Ueda observed: “The christening of Scenic Eclipse II by her Godmother was made even more special as we were able to share the moment with our valued travel partner, Transat Distribution Canada.”

Sandra Wesson, Director of Product and Industry Relations for TDC, described the group’s experience as exceptional.

Said Wesson: “This was truly an exceptional experience for our team. Experiencing both Scenic’s river and ocean products in one trip provided them with the invaluable knowledge to effectively promote these luxury ships. The passion and pride exuded by the Scenic team are contagious and everyone realized they were creating extraordinary memories. Each participant now has a solid plan to sell Scenic and eagerly looks forward to sharing their experiences with their clients.”

Brenda Dutton, owner of Huntsville Travel and member of the TDC network, said that: “the Scenic Fam was a trip of a lifetime, cruising the Danube on the beautiful Scenic Amber was incredible, and the highlight of my journey was the Scenic Eclipse II ship tour and christening. The all-inclusive aspect, combined with excellent food and friendly crew make it an easy sell to my clients.  I’m excited to plan a Douro group and possibly explore the Danube. I now realize that the Scenic Mekong itinerary will be an excellent option for clients seeking the same Scenic quality and experience.”

Ueda pointed out that: “Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours is committed to raising the cruise industry to new heights with our ultra-luxury Discovery Yachts, Scenic Eclipse and Eclipse II.  We look forward to taking guests to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations, working in partnership together with our expert travel advisors.”

This familiarization trip is one of 11 trips offered by TDC to its members in 2023.