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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has waived the single supplement on dozens of European river boat cruise departures in 2011.  And lest you think these departures are relegated to the less desirable early Spring and later Fall, many of them sail in June, July and August, the height of the river cruise season in Europe.

With river boat cruises becoming increasingly popular, this is an excellent opportunity for the single traveller to experience one without the onerous supplement with which they are usually saddled.

River boat cruises are a particularly pleasant way for a single traveller to experience the very heart of Europe.  There are, of course, the general benefits of river cruises – unpack once, let the destination come to you, avoid fickle train schedules, no need to manhandle your luggage every other day.

Beyond those, however, are benefits of particular interest to the single traveller.  Instead of retuning each evening to another unfamiliar, lonely hotel, one returns to a ship full of faces which become more and more familiar and welcoming.  Each day brings the opportunity to strike out on one’s own, or to join a group in exploring a new destination.

Opportunities abound to share the day’s experiences with like-minded fellow passengers.  Conversations flow naturally, without the awkwardness usually associated with such encounters when travelling alone.

One can dine alone, if that’s the preference.  But if the thought of sitting at an empty table is daunting, dinner companions are in abundance.

The following are a sample of  the departures being offered with single supplement waived:

Paris & Normandy                7 nights             July 3, 17, 31 August 7

Enchanting Danube             7 nights             June 26, July 10, 31 August 7

Imperial Capitals                14 nights            July 17, 25

Space is limited and subject to availability.  Sales have been very brisk.  If this is of interest to you, I’d suggest you look into it as soon as you can.

The savings are wonderful, the experience is memorable, and the opportunity won’t last.

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International Expeditions Waives Single Supplement Fee on Select 2011 Galapagos Vacations

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In another welcome announcement for single travelers, solo travelers will save $1,250 on select International Expeditions cruises to the Galapagos Islands.  The company distributed a press release today with details of the promotion.

M/V Evolution

“International Expeditions is waiving the single supplement fee on its January 7, May 27 and September 30, 2011 Galapagos Islands cruises.  On the 10-day Galapagos cruise, International Expeditions’ 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution navigates to nine captivating islands, and unlike larger vessels, is small enough to access outlying Genovesa (Tower) Island.  Genovesa features thousands of red-footed boobies, short-eared owls and storm petrels.  The ship’s pangas (landing craft) are used several times a day to go easily ashore.  Onboard, guests sail in comfort with spacious accommodations, fine cuisine and a host of amenities including an observation deck (perfect for whale watching) and canopied bar, plus complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks.

While touring, travelers visit Fernandina Island and Tagus Cove on Isabela Island.  Here, guests snorkel in crystal waters with green sea turtles, see marine iguanas and hike uphill for a stunning view of volcanic craters.  Guests also enjoy leisure time in Puerto Ayora, the largest human settlement, with ample time to browse in colorful art galleries and boutiques.

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include visiting the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs; an exploration of Santiago Island, a haven for finches, doves and Galapagos hawks; and a sailing to iconic Kicker Rock.

Highly trained Galapagos naturalist guides enhance travelers’ experiences by sharing their in-depth knowledge and bringing them within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and other animals.

Prices for the Galapagos Islands vacations start at $4,998, and include accommodations, Galapagos tax and transit fees, all excursions, 23 meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.”

For information or a Galapagos Islands Cruise brochure, contact International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734 or nature@ietravel.com

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And The Good News For Singles Continues

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Uniworld River Cruises adds its overture to singles, joining Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea Cruises in greatly reducing or eliminating single supplements on select sailings.  Unfortunately, you need to act very quickly, as Uniworld’s offer is valid only until June 30th.

“Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has announced it will waive its single supplement charge on a selection of popular 2010 European river cruises allowing solo travellers to cruise at no additional charge.

John Molinaro, general manager, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection said, ‘We know that luxury European river cruising is a popular holiday option for people who wish to travel on their own. To continue to grow this market, we have decided to waive single supplement charges on many of our 2010 cruises.’

This offer is available on a range of dates on the following popular itineraries:

  • Eight-day Castles Along the Rhine travelling from Basel and Amsterdam priced from $2,577
  • Eight-day Enchanting Danube travelling from Budapest to Passau priced from $2,452
  • 10-day Paris & European River Romance travelling from Paris to Vienna priced from $4,177
  • 10-days Rhine & Main Holiday Markets from Nuremberg to Cologne from $3,214
  • 11-day Portugal, Spain & the Douro River Valley travelling from Lisbon to Porto priced from $3,952
  • 13-day European Serenade travelling from Vienna to Amsterdam priced from $4,743
  • 15-day Grand European Discovery travelling from Basel to Vienna priced from $5,304

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises are an intimate holiday experience where your elegant floating hotel actually travels with you!  Your magnificent stateroom is adorned with the finest Egyptian cotton sheets, luxurious towels and plush robes, European toiletries, individual air conditioning and a flat screen television.  From beauty salon to sauna, the exquisitely appointed ships are decked out for your every comfort.  You’ll enjoy world-class cuisine prepared by chefs using fresh ingredients sourced from local markets along the way.  Altogether, it’s a hypnotic blend of history and culture with award-winning hospitality.

Conditions apply.”

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