Cruisescapes, the cruise arm of Travel Escapes, has been appointed the Preferred Selling Agent in Ireland for CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator.
Michel Grimm, International Sales Director, CroisiEurope, said: “We are very excited about this new appointment. Alan and his team have been extremely productive for us in the past few years. We are expanding internationally with recent call centres set-up in New York and London and Cruisescapes was an obvious choice for us here in Ireland. It is great to see the enthusiasm Alan and his team have for the product and we look forward to CroisiEurope receiving more Irish guests in the future.”
Alan Lynch, Managing Director, Cruisescapes, said: “This is our second such appointment in as many weeks and it complements our recent agreement with Fred Olsen. We will be bringing CroisiEurope’s exceptional product to the Irish market, including itineraries on all of Europe’s rivers, together with some outstanding cruises on the Mekong – and one of my favourites are the Canal Barges on some of France’s great canals, which are just amazing. Their sea cruises along the Adriatic are fantastic – they are much smaller than the big cruise ships we are used to seeing these days and this means they are ideal for cruising the small islands of Croatia and along the Adriatic. Feedback has been excellent from our clients.”
CroisiEurope is a family-run French company created 40 years ago. It builds and maintains its own boats at its riverside headquarters in Strasbourg. In 2013 the company carried 220,000 passengers and is on target to exceed that this year. It operates 40 ships in Europe with the widest choice of itineraries, including five unique ‘transeuropean’ cruises such as Amsterdan to Avignon. CroisiEurope also features a number of themed itineraries, including Gourmet, Oenological, Impressionist, Hiking, Golfing and Commemorative cruises.