Free Economy or Premium Economy Air, and door-to-door transfers; 50% off single supplements Boston June 2019 – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ new 2020 European River Cruise brochure is now available to travel agents and consumers online at www.scenicusa.com or in hardcopy form by mail. The brochure details the company’s more than two dozen cruise itineraries as well as the host of amenities and special experiences awaiting its guests. Whether it is the 15-day Jewels of Europe, sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, the new 12-day Spectacular South of France, that focuses on the food, wines and iconic sights of the Burgundy wine region, or taking in the once a decade performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau as part of Scenic’s Danube cruises, Scenic is putting forth a stellar program of experiences for new and returning guests. Leading the news items are three new itineraries. The new 12-day Spectacular South of France, mentioned above, introduces guests to the estate of Château Meursault and its acclaimed wines; shopping with the chef at a local Avignon food market followed by a cooking class in the ship’s Culinaire; e-bike rides through the countryside; and a private classical concert in the historic Palais des Papes. The eight-day Lower Danube Explorer links two of Europe’s great capitals – Budapest and Bucharest – and highlights the local cultures in places such as Kalocsa, Novi Sad and Belgrade. And the new 15-day Christmas Wonderland brings back yesteryear’s traditions of the holiday season. Sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests enjoy numerous Christmas Markets, some dating back hundreds of years, roasted chestnuts and glühwein, traditional crafts, Midnight Mass and an abundance of holiday cheer. Scenic is also offering several incentives for those who book any 2020 Scenic Europe and Russian river cruises by September 4, 2019. Itineraries of 11 days or longer come with free premium economy air or $2,000 per person savings. Guests staying on the top deck (Diamond) taking 15-day and longer sailings also receive free premium economy plus door-to-door airport transfers. Eight- to 10-day sailings receive free economy flights or $1,200 per person savings. Scenic is also offering 50% off single supplements on select sailings. Celebrating the decennial performance of the Passion Play, which began in Oberammergau, Germany in 1633, Scenic is offering a series of six- to eight-day touring itineraries between May 20 and Sept 21, 2020, which include tickets to the play and a seamless link to a selection of river cruise itineraries including Rhine and Danube sailings. Scenic also offers land extensions on many of their sailings. New in 2020 is Basque Highlights – a four-day exploration of Spain’s Bay of Biscay coastline that takes in Biarritz in France and Spain’s San Sebastián and thriving city of Bilbao, that can be added to the Bordeaux river cruises. Other possibilities include Paris, Prague, Transylvania, Monte Carlo, Turkey, Switzerland, Madrid, Berlin and Lisbon. The 5-star Scenic Space-Ships offer all-inclusive luxury experiences – from private butler service and unlimited complimentary beverages and spirits including mini-bar re-stocked daily, to six on-board dining options and a wellness area and fitness center. And guests will never have to reach for the wallet or purse as everything (except a haircut or massage) is included: tips and gratuities, expert local guides, all Scenic Freechoice activities that allow for a more personalized vacation, plus Scenic Enrich events which are exclusive to Scenic and its guests. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (EmeraldHarmony) launching this year for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: [email protected] Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Wayne Boucher, an abstract artist from the Annapolis Valley, is the 2006 recipient of Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize. Premier Rodney MacDonald presented Mr. Boucher with the $25,000 prize, which recognizes artistic excellence and achievement by a Nova Scotia artist, at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala in Pictou on Thursday, Oct. 19. “Mr. Boucher is a highly respected leader in the visual arts sector both here and across the country,” said Premier MacDonald, “and exemplifies the spirit and prestige of the Portia White Prize.” Mr. Boucher moved to the Annapolis Valley in the 1970s as a young, aspiring visual artist. He quickly became recognized for his abstract paintings, which incorporated regional references characterizing traditional Maritime occupations. Over the past three decades, his works have been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. He is also a mentor and advocate, volunteering a tremendous amount of time to the betterment of artists, arts organizations and the general public. As a founder and past chair of the Annapolis Regional Community Arts Council, he is dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary art in rural regions. “I am awestruck that I have been honoured for my work,” said Mr. Boucher. “No matter what the organization, or what my role has been, there has always been a core of anonymous people who, with great gusto and exuberance, accomplish wonderful things that express and present our Nova Scotian arts and culture.” The $25,000 Portia White Prize is awarded in two parts. The first part — $18,000 — is awarded to the primary recipient. A secondary prize of $7,000 is awarded to a protegé. This year’s protegé, named by Mr. Boucher, is the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council, which will use the funds to create an artist residency program. The Portia White Prize is named after the classical singer from Nova Scotia who overcame adversity to achieve international acclaim on the great stages of Europe and North America. Her artistic achievements and dedication to teaching young artists are a model for all Nova Scotians and continue to foster pride in African Nova Scotian communities and Nova Scotia artists. In addition to the Portia White Prize, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia’s Masterwork Award, Prix Grand-Pré and Aliant New Media Prize were also presented at the Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala.