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From Chaperoning to Reserving Entire Ships for Christmas
Nancy (an almost retired teacher) and Paul (a retired pipe organ builder) Fischer’s passion for travel began in 1984 when they were asked to chaperone a group of high school students on a trip to Europe. They quickly learned that this was a way to see the world at a substantial savings—but with great responsibilities attached. By opening their annual trips to student’s families, the Fischers relieved themselves of much of the ‘parenting’ necessary with student travel. It only took a few such trips to make them realize that ‘mature travel’ would practically eliminate all of that responsibility, especially when traveling with a company such as Grand Circle.
The Fischer’s database of followers now exceeds 500 people, many of whom are Inner Circle members themselves. Nancy and Paul report that they can gather groups of 30 or more people simply by mailing to former travelers and by placing posters in social clubs, senior centers, bank lobbies, supermarket bulletin boards, etc. With a little extra effort, they have even reserved an entire ship on a recent Christmas Markets Along the Rhine River Cruise.
“For us—and a majority of our travelers—the most relaxing and productive trips have been the River Cruises,” Paul says. “Grand Circle’s Christmas Markets Along the Danube and Christmas Markets Along the Rhine River Cruises have become annual trips for us, with many couples repeating them several times. There are always new and different things to see and do each time. Grand Circle’s Group Sales Department has planned these trips so well that we have even been able to run two cruises simultaneously without any concern for each going flawlessly! The competency of the staff makes organizing group travel so easy that we can’t wait to see where our travelers want to go next, knowing that regardless of whether it’s Europe or Egypt, by land or by river, our pre-trip work will be a breeze!”
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