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Mini-Cruises Now Being Offered by GLP Worldwide

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TORONTO–  No time for a longer scenic cruise?  Or maybe if you have never gone before on a cruise but don’t want to make a big investment in time or money so want to test it out to see you will enjoy being on a cruise holiday.  GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, which represents Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines in Canada, is now offering a selection of mini cruises.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for travel agents to expand their cruise client base in getting people to either try a cruise vacation for the first time or if they only have a shorter period of time for their holidays,” said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “A client may already be in England for example or even on business and may want to extend their trip for a few days and these mini-cruises are ideal for having a relaxing cruise experience and no hassles in organizing all the details,” added Law.

 Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines created seven ‘mini-cruises’ – including a new product of two-night ‘Introductory’ cruises – for the 2014/15 cruise season. Fred. Olsen’s mini-cruises of two and three nights include city breaks to Paris and Dublin, and are the perfect opportunity for guests to have a weekend escape or for first-time cruisers to “test the water”.   The mini-cruises will sail from four regional departure ports and take passengers to culturally significant destinations that can be explored in a weekends.

Fred. Olsen’s mini-cruises for the 2014/15 season are:
Balmoral’s three-night 'Easter Chocolates' mini-cruise, L1402, ex Southampton on 19th April 2014
On this ‘chocolate connoisseurs’ dream cruise, Balmoral sails to Antwerp, for an overnight stay, allowing guests the chance to explore this interesting city. There will be plenty of opportunity to see, taste and buy handmade Belgian chocolates – perfectly timed for Easter – as well as discover other cultural highlights of the area, including the Wellington Museum, in nearby town Waterloo, which was chosen by the Duke of Wellington as headquarters for army staff during the defeat of Napoleon. Prices start from $ CAD  per person.

Braemar’s two-night 'Honfleur' mini-cruise, M1420, ex Dover on 18th July 2014
On this summer cruise, Braemar calls at Honfleur, a pretty and enchanting harbour town, where lofty slate and timber fronted houses overlook the colourful yacht and fishing harbour. Guests can explore the 15th Century wooden church and impressionist paintings of the Musée Eugene Boudin, or visit the village of Cormeilles, and enjoy tasting the cider and Calvados at the local traditional distillery. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Braemar’s three-night 'Paris City Break' mini-cruise, M1430, ex Southampton on 20th November 2014
Braemar takes guests on a stunning cruise along the River Seine on this winter city break, before arriving in Rouen for an overnight stay. Rouen is rich in history, with the medieval quarter, gothic cathedral and Place de Vieux Marché, the latter being where Joan of Arc was executed. Rouen is also the perfect base from which to explore Paris; guests will have ample time to take a day trip to the world-renowned ‘romantic city’ to discover the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the delightful and chic boutiques. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Black Watch’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to Belgium', W1419, ex Tilbury on 13th December 2014
On this exciting pre-Christmas mini-cruise, Black Watch will take guests to Zeebrugge, the gateway for tours to one of northern Europe’s most picturesque old cities, Bruges. Explore the UNESCO-listed twisting cobbled streets, picturesque ancient buildings, tree-lined canals and gabled facades, whilst getting any last-minute presents at the wonderfully festive Christmas markets. Prices start from £149 per person.

Black Watch’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to Belgium', W1422, ex Tilbury on 18th December 2014 (cruise details as above) Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Boudicca’s two-night 'Dublin mini-cruise', D1423, ex Liverpool on 19th December 2014
Given her smaller size, Boudicca is able to take guests right to the heart of bustling Dublin city. Soaking up some true Irish hospitality and ‘craic’ in the many pubs, bars and cafés at Temple Bar, guests can also make the most of this city by taking a stroll along the River Liffey, hopping on one of the fascinating bus tours or visiting the Guinness Factory to see how the famous ‘black stuff’ is made. Prices start from $ CAD per person (with limited availability).

Balmoral’s two-night 'Pre-Christmas mini-cruise to France', L1418, ex Southampton on 19th December 2014
On this festive cruise, Balmoral will take guests to the UNESCO-listed town of Le Havre, where there will be the opportunity to spend a full day exploring the Malraux Museum, which claims to have the second largest collection of Impressionist paintings in France, with works by Monet, Renoir and Pissarro, or take a tour to Monet’s house and gardens in the pretty village of Giverny. Prices start from $ CAD per person.

Prices are based on two adults sharing a twin, Inside cabin, and include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port dues. 

Fred. Olsen was delighted to be voted ‘Best Affordable Cruise Line’ and runner-up ‘Best Cruise Line’ in the ‘Cruise International Awards 2013’, and ‘Best Value for Money’ in the Cruise Critic ‘Editors’ Picks UK Awards 2013’.

Fred. Olsen Cruises are ideal for those mature clients who want a more personalized cruise experience with its ships large enough (818 to 1350 passenger capacity ships) that you feel you have plenty of room but not feel like you are in a labyrinth and can never find your way.It offers itineraries from two nights to 112 nights in 300 ports of call around the world. Its fleet provides all the modern conveniences but without all the hassle of a large vessel – and it can access points in the heart of the city that larger ships are unable to reach.

Itineraries, pricing and terms and conditions on Fred. Olsen Cruises Lines are online at www.glpworldwide.com.  Pricing is in Canadian dollars.  For further information on Fred. Olsen Cruises contact GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours at (905) 480-0525; Toll-Free: (866) 534-1748, Fax: (905) 258-7779or email: focruises@glpworldwide.com.

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada’s leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy.   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca to order. For large quantities please contact us directlyvia telephone at (905) 258-7778 or toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.    GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is located at 1211 Denison St., Unit 26, Markham, Ontario L3R 4B3.

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


GLP Worldwide Announces “Par Adjustment”

Book By March 1, 2014 and Save

TORONTO - GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours, which represents a wide range of cruise and land products in Canada, has announced a “par adjustment” for all their 2014 land programs and cruises.   Deposits received on or before March 1, 2014 for any programmes or cruises will NOT be subject to any currency adjustment.   After March 1, 2014 all Canadian currency fares will be subject to a 6% par adjustment increase. 
“The Canadian dollar has decreased significantly in value against the U.S. dollar the past few months and up to this point we have tried to absorb all those extra costs to make it easier for the agents and their clients,” explained  Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours.  “Even though the Canadian dollar currently sits around 10 cents below the U.S. dollar we have decided to only add a 6% par adjustment increase and will be absorbing the remainder.”

Law states that agents will have the option to pay in Canadian or U.S. currency and if they pay in U.S. currency of course no par adjustment increase would result.   It is up to the agent’s client on their preference of payment and GLP Worldwide will accept payment in either currency.
GLP Worldwide is a specialist in niche and small ship cruising and covers the world from the North Pole to Antarctica with a variety of culturally inspired journeys that suit all budgets and interests.  They feature cruise and land packages in Asia, India, Africa, Antarctica, Greenland, Norway, Europe and the North Pole. 

GLP Worldwide represents the following cruise and land products:  AMA Waterways, Fred. Olsen Cruises, Barging, Hurtigruten, Luftner Cruises, Variety Cruises,Hapag-Lloyd.    GLP also organizes many China, Orient, South American and North Pole packages and tours.   

GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours, Canada's leader in niche cruise products, makes available to retail travel agencies a variety of Canadian dollar priced brochures at Envoy (formerly Hippo Express).   Please visit www.envoynetworks.ca  to order.  For large quantities please contact us directly via telephone toll-free at (866) 760-1987, visit our website at  www.glpworldwide.com or email us at sales@glpworldwide.com.

For further information and/or images, please contact:

Chris Ryall
Canadian Public Relations Representative
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel & Tours
Tel: (888) 423-3995
chris@travelmarketingexperts.com

Alan Law
Director of Sales & Marketing
GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel Tours
Tel: (905) 258-7778 Ext. 247
alaw@glpworldwide.com


GLP Worldwide Now Offering Cuba Cruise Program - Cruises Provide a Real Cuban Cultural Experience from Only $586 CAD

TORONTO - GLP Worldwide, a leader in niche cruising and land packages, is now offering a new Cuba Cruise program. For travelers who are interested in truly exploring the real Cuba and not be confined to an all-inclusive compound these programs showcase Cuba's cultural, architectural and nature side. GLP Worldwide is offering a cruise only price from only $586 per person Canadian on select cruise dates beginning in December 2013 on the Louis Crystal 1,200 passenger cruise ship.

"Canadians have had a love affair with Cuba for many years but many want to go beyond the resorts and discover the charm, beauty, people and vibrant culture of the country,"" said Alan Law, director of sales and marketing for GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours. "These cruises are designed for those travellers seeking a rich cultural experience with many land excursions while enjoying the joy of cruising,"" added Law.