Springing Forward

Grand Circle Cruise Line launches 2013 departures at our recent Traveler Appreciation Events

As the springtime sun sparkles on the water near our headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District, it’s hard not to get excited thinking about the River Cruise and Small Ship CruiseTour opportunities that await Grand Circle Cruise Line travelers in 2013. We announced departures for some of our most popular trips during four days of Traveler Appreciation Events at Anthony’s Pier 4 that included meet-and-greets, a discussion about our enhanced Vacation Ambassador Referral program and 10% offer for 2013 reservations, raffles, and lunch, as well as the opportunity to let us know "how we're doing."

“We tend to book a year in advance and pay it off right away so we can enjoy the anticipation!” said Judy Malik from Manchester, N.H., who brought along her husband Dick. Though they’ve already booked their 18th trip, Cruising Burgundy & Provence to the Cote D’Azur, Dick was daydreaming about their 19th journey and is pushing for a repeat visit to the Dalmatian Coast. Much like traveling on a Grand Circle Cruise Line vacation, they also found themselves making new friends: John Newton, a first-time traveler from Wayland, Massachusetts, recounted his trip to Australia at the Maliks’ table, while Judy recalled her Amsterdam trip as tulips were distributed to the ladies in the audience.

Everyone enjoyed a look back at some of their favorite destinations during a presentation of Grand Circle Cruise Line, Grand Circle Travel, and our sister company, OAT destination highlights given by Dave Lubchansky, Vice President of Traveler Relations, and Senior Travel Counselor Maggie Nevins. Maggie recounted her recent trek on OAT’s Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari, speaking about how Grand Circle Foundation helps local schools and villages on many of our trips, including that one. Maggie shared that her group delivered desks to Tanzanian schoolchildren, which were donated by associate Ricky Regan—in cooperation with the Grand Circle Foundation—to honor his daughter Alison Mae Regan, a young schoolteacher killed in an automobile accident. It was a touching reminder of why it’s important to live life to the fullest and think about our future—and others.’ When Maggie thanked the crowd with asante sana (“thank you very much,” in Swahili), and John mouthed the phrase too, it seemed like everyone in the crowd was grateful for much more than a lunch with new friends.

If you live in the Boston area, and are interested in meeting like-minded travelers and learning more about some of Grand Circle Cruise Line’s European River Cruises for 2013, reserve a space to join us at our Boston headquarters at the end of the month for our next event at Harriet's Corner!