Cruises International boss scoops award, European Waterways, introduces two new “Wine Appreciation” voyages and if you book an Experiences of Discovery with Crystal Cruises before May 31 you’ll get $500 off the cruise fare.

George Argyropoulos, CEO of Cruises international with his Exceptional Commitment award
George Argyropoulos, CEO of Cruises international with his Exceptional Commitment award

George Argyropoulos, CEO of Cruises International has scooped the award for Exceptional Commitment at a ceremony celebrating the Annual Asata Diners Club conference in Somerset West.

Said Argyropoulos: ‘I am honoured and humbled to receive this important award, a result of the commitment the Cruises International team has made to the travel industry. We will continue to offer the finest products and the best support to our trade partners. I want every consultant to profit by interacting with Cruises International and our team members.

‘This award coincides with our 24th year in business and our new nautically themed building is already a landmark on the Joburg landscape.”

  • European Waterways, has introduced two new “Wine Appreciation” cruises for charter parties on two of its deluxe barges – the elegant Renaissance in the Upper Loire, and the newly-launched Finesse in Southern Burgundy (main image).

Featuring tours of Renaissance chateaux such as Fontainebleau and traversing Eiffel’s aqueduct over the River Loire at Briare, the itinerary on the Renaissance will include visits to some top producers of Sancerre, Chablis and Pouilly Fume wines for private tastings.

The Renaissance will visit top producers of Sancerre, Chablis and Pouilly Fume wines for private tastings.
The Renaissance will visit top producers of Sancerre, Chablis and Pouilly Fume wines for private tastings.

The Finesse itinerary along the River Saone and Canal du Centre will pass through the heart of Southern Burgundy, past famous wine-growing villages such as Santenay. There will be private tastings at renowned domaines in Nuits St Georges, Puligny-Montrachet and Mercurey, and tours of Autun and Beaune.

Every European Waterways six-night barge cruise includes all gourmet meals, regional wines, an open bar, local transfers, bicycles, a sundeck, and spa pool.

European Waterways has been involved in all aspects of the hotel barge industry for 40 years including designing, building, owning and operating its fleet of luxury hotel barges, using the finest of hardwoods, solid brass fittings and years of experience. More information about European Waterways from Development Promotions in Johannesburg at 011 463 1132

  • Passengers who book an Experiences of Discovery with Crystal Cruises before May 31 get $500 off the cruise fare.

The 14-day warm-weather itineraries – both beginning with overnight stays in New Orleans this November and December, include:

  • November 22: Round-trip New Orleans – Calling in Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Barts, French West Indies; St. Kitts, West Indies; and Key West, Florida.
Yoga on board a Crystal Cruise ship.
Yoga on board a Crystal Cruise ship.

There will be multiple jazz shows daily presented by Jazzdagen Tours and Stephen Beaumont, one of the world’s top authorities on beer will lead tasting sessions of craft beers and microbrews.

  • December 6, New Orleans to Miami – Calling in Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Curaçao Willemstad; Martinique/Fort-de-France and St. Barts, French West Indies; Guadeloupe/Pinte-a-Pitre, West Indies; and Turks & Caicos/Grand Turk,.

Dr. Barbara Udell will share her insights into stress management  during interactive presentations. Guests can take advantage of the ship’s many fitness resources between the lectures, including the 360-degree Promenade Deck, Walk on Water® weighted Walkvests, and Fitness Centre offering group classes and personal training from Crystal Fitness Directors.

Through June, “Book Now” value fares for the Experiences of Discovery cruises start at $4,925 and $3,800 per person, respectively.