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Special gifts, insider host revealed for Member voyage on the Rhine

Ryan March

by , Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

On April 8, Disney Vacation Club Members and special guests will depart Basel, Switzerland for the inaugural Adventures by Disney Rhine River Cruise, visiting six destinations in four countries (Switzerland, France, Germany and the Netherlands) over eight days and seven nights. In describing this exclusive sailing, the winter 2016 edition of Disney Files Magazine noted that the voyage will feature daily gifts and a special Disney-insider host whose stories will connect the itinerary’s destinations to the Disney legacy.

As we’ve since been given the green light to share more details, I’m pleased to share that onboard gifts will go beyond the collectible pins typically distributed on board these voyages, with everything from a custom travel bag to German Rudesheim Pottery appearing in staterooms. Among the lineup’s most distinguished gifts is a slate cheese board set complete with knives crafted in a similar style to the time-honored tradition of France’s legendary knife makers. Other gifts will share the flavors of the region, with plans calling for stateroom deliveries of everything from spicy French mustard to sweet Dutch Stroopwafels.

An added bonus arrives after the cruise, as a personally signed work of Disney fine art ships to voyagers’ homes. Distinctively displayed on a framed, ceramic tile and not yet available for purchase in galleries, this limited-edition work of art celebrates the 1991 Disney-animated classic Beauty and the Beast, one of many Disney films to draw inspiration from the region explored on this voyage. The art arrives as the live-adaptation of Beauty and the Beast attracts new generations of fans to the timeless tale.

I’m equally pleased to report that the cruise’s “insider host” is someone who knows more about the Disney legacy than just about anyone in our heritage-embracing company: Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline. A wellspring of Disney knowledge and one of the kindest people you’ll ever meet, Becky will share insights exploring the many ways Disney storytellers have drawn inspiration from the region.

When voyagers aren’t visiting with Becky or admiring the bounty collecting in their staterooms, they’ll experience a wide variety of activities both on board the ship and in port, all thoughtfully led by the dedicated Adventure Guides who take care of the details throughout the trip.

Staterooms remain available for this sailing, which is detailed further in the Adventures by Disney section of (Plan Vacations tab, Points & Destinations, Disney Collection.). Call Member Services to book your adventure.

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