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Shearings Holidays launches 2021 River Cruise Brochure

Shearings Holidays has launched its 2021 River Cruise brochure, five months earlier than in previous years.

Allowing agents more selling time than ever before and the opportunity to capture early demand for next year, the brochure offers an unrivalled choice of rivers and features 67 itineraries across 34 ships. New products for 2021 include: A-ROSA’s new E-Motion ship; a range of new itineraries with CroisiEurope and two additional worldwide cruises.

Jane Atkins, managing director at Shearings Holidays, said: “Having next year’s river cruise brochure out five months early is a real achievement. We know river cruise customers like to book early and this brochure allows agents the chance to sell more, earlier. Our programme isn’t linked to just one cruise line, which enables us to offer more choice - from entry level up to the more luxurious options. A unique and key benefit for agents when booking with us is that our cruises are escorted by a dedicated Shearings Cruise Manager, meaning customers are looked after from start to finish, plus we include excursions and our Home Connect service on many itineraries.”

Shearings Holidays partnership with A-ROSA River Cruises is now well established. For 2021, a total of 23 itineraries are featured, including four on the cruise line's new E-Motion ship that launches in Spring next year. The ship will have four decks, spacious cabins with balconies, plus she will feature a hybrid propulsion system, switching to battery power to arrive and depart cities emission-free. Prices for a six-day ‘The Rhine & Dutch Delights’ cruise on the new E-Motion ship is priced from £1,449 per person. In addition, A-ROSA FLORA will move from the Rhine onto the Danube in 2021. All cruises are bookable by coach, air or rail and offer FREE Home Connect service where available. A Shearings Cruise Manager also escorts every cruise.

Jane Atkins, managing director at Shearings Holidays, said: “Our A-ROSA programme has gone from strength to strength over the last few years. There is a lot of buzz about A-ROSA’s new E-Motion ship that launches in 2021 focusing on sustainability and the multi-generational market. We are delighted to have four itineraries on sales already for agents to promote.”

For 2021, the operator will feature 11 itineraries with its long-standing partner, CroisiEurope. The operator has added two new ships to its programme for next year – MS Vivaldi (on the Danube) and MS Botticelli (on the Seine).  Prices are from £1745 per person for a new eight-day ‘The Spectacular Danube & the Iron Gate Gorge’ cruise travelling through Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania onboard MS Vivaldi.

Two ships will once again be chartered for the entire 2021 season. MV Virginia offers affordable cruising on the Rhine and Moselle and has been a firm favourite with the operator for over 25 years. MV Esmeralda sails on the Danube during the summer months and offers great value options. A wide range of itineraries are featured including the new eight-day ‘Holland’s Hidden Gems’ cruise by coach which costs from £839 per person onboard MV Virginia.

The brochure features six worldwide cruise and tour itineraries – two of which are new for 2021. New options include a 14-day ‘Mysteries of Myanmar & the Irrawaddy’ tour, combining time exploring Myanmar with a two-night cruise on the Irrawaddy and a 15-day ‘Magic of the Mekong’ tour which includes a four-night cruise along the Mekong Delta from Vietnam to Cambodia with prices from £2819pp.

To assist agents, the operator’s agent toolkit (www.shearings.com/toolkit) will be updated with new collateral including jpegs for use on social media and images. An early booking offer is also in place with savings of up to £300 per couple on any 2021 river cruise booked by 29 February 2020.

www.shearingsagent.com


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