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Author: grandcircle

Joined: 3/5/2010
Posts: 266
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January 14, 2014

Hello Everybody -

We recently purchased a ship which will be used for our new 2015 River Cruise Tour, Bordeaux: Vineyards, Vintages & Chateaux. And we’re excited to be re-christening this ship with a new name.

Franco Guerreiro, President of Grand Circle Cruise Lines, has narrowed down our choices to 4, and we’d like you to help us choose the winner!  Most of our ships in Europe have names that are musically themed. We’ve included the 4 options—and why we believe they would play nicely on Bordeaux’s waterways—below:

1.    M/S River Chanson: For centuries, minstrels and musicians throughout this region of France have moved their audiences with chansons, lyrical songs that chronicle the epic (and typically semi-historical) lives of heroes.

2.    M/S River Cadence: In musical terms, cadence marks the close of a musical phrase or section—much as the river cruise portion of our Bordeaux vacation anchors your visit to this storied region.

3.    M/S River Chanteuse: A female singer who specializes in the chansons referenced above is known as a chanteuse—a woman with the ability to share history and its stories through song.

4.    M/S River Concertina: The concertina is a member of the accordion and squeezebox family, which is a traditional staple of French ballroom music.

What's your vote for the best name?  

Please post your answer on this thread.  We'll announce the winning name the week of January 27th.

Kind Regards,


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Author: nanaandpapa

Joined: 3/30/2011
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January 14, 2014

 I think that Chanson captures the spirit of the region and of GCT.

Author: sealionlady

Joined: 8/1/2010
Posts: 116
Traveler Since: 2001

January 14, 2014

 Chanson!  and this trip is at the very top of my list!

Author: candmj

Joined: 9/30/2011
Posts: 10
Traveler Since: 1997

January 14, 2014
I also vote for Chanson.

Author: oldbog

Joined: 2/6/2011
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Traveler Since: 1999

January 14, 2014

 We will add a vote for Chanson.

Author: janice!

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Traveler Since: 1999

January 14, 2014

M/S River Chanson gets my vote, too. Wouldn't it be lovely if the onboard entertainment included some chanson music!

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
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January 14, 2014

My vote goes to Chanson.

Author: hootie

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January 14, 2014

I'm with the others...Chanson it is!

Author: wattsed

Joined: 3/30/2010
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Traveler Since: 2010

January 14, 2014

Hottie is back!  Being from the South I, personally would go with Banjo,( i.e,, To Bordeaux with a Banjo on my knee) but since that is not a choice I will go with what all the ladies seem to think is the best choice...We have to remember that Ladies are always correct when it comes to good associations.

Author: jmk63

Joined: 6/15/2013
Posts: 4
Traveler Since: 2001

January 14, 2014

 One more vote for Chanson.

Author: grammyflo

Joined: 3/15/2010
Posts: 168
Traveler Since: 2002

January 14, 2014
I have to go against the tide! In all the CD's I have brought back from France, the CONCERTINA is most prevalent in all of them. To me the Concertina typifies the musical heart of France. Whichever name you choose, I would love info on this trip!

Author: lyn

Joined: 3/14/2010
Posts: 36
Traveler Since: 2004

January 14, 2014

I vote for Concertina.  Whatever name is decided, I hope that we get a chance to travel on this ship and participate in the adventure of another river cruise.  Sounds lovely!!

Author: debi

Joined: 1/25/2012
Posts: 18
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I have been to Africa Tanzania Safari, I video taped it and watch it over and over and its just like being there. I went to Costa Rica and my video camera captures all the sights and sounds you can;t get with a picture. I loved it. I have been to Greece and England. Hawaii, Nevis, St Thomas, St Maarteen, Heart of India

Traveler Since: 2008

January 15, 2014
I like M/S Concertina also

Author: kba

Joined: 6/19/2010
Posts: 65
Traveler Since: 2009

January 15, 2014

Please cast my vote for Chanson

Author: luisa

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January 15, 2014
Although it sounds more Italian than French, I like the sound of Concertina more than Chanson or the other options.

Author: piercove

Joined: 6/11/2010
Posts: 24
Traveler Since: 2003

January 15, 2014

 The trouble with concertina is that it evokes the image of concertina wire.  And a lot of guests will have trouble pronouncing chanteuse.  So my vote also goes to chanson.

Author: captainlarry

Joined: 4/24/2010
Posts: 394
Traveler Since: 2002

January 15, 2014

Chanson is also hard to pronounce for those of us with a "Hill-Billy Twang". But add my vote to the majority who have voted for Chanson.

Author: merleo

Joined: 4/23/2012
Posts: 31
Traveler Since: 1996

January 15, 2014

My vote is for Concertina.

Author: shatzi

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 59
Traveler Since: 2009

January 15, 2014

Chanson for me, also!

Author: jandb

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 33
Traveler Since: 1999

January 15, 2014

 Chanson (d'amour), but of course.

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