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Wilmington, NC- The Cape Fear Community College Foundation is pleased to announce an all-new leisure travel program which debuts with an October 2012  luxury cruise on the Danube river from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. 

“We are very excited about our new travel program,” says Dana McKoy, Coordinator of Special Events, Donor & Alumni Relations with the CFCC Foundation. “We would like to invite all CFCC alumni and friends of the College to join us, but the trips will also be open to any community resident who might want to make new friends and experience the life-long learning opportunities and the thrill of international travel.” 

The first planned excursion is an 8-day, 7-night river cruise from Passau, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, which will depart from the United States on October 27, 2012. The cruise is offered through Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, winner of the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice award for “Best River Cruise Line.” The voyage will take place aboard the River Beatrice, which launched in March 2009 and was voted “#1 River Ship in the World” by the readers of Condé Nast. According to the Uniworld Web site, the Beatrice is “quite simply the most deluxe and comfortable ship ever to sail any European river.” 

Highlights of the cruise will include the city of Passau, Germany, which is home to the St. Stephan’s Cathedral and Europe’s largest pipe organ. Salzburg (also known as Linz), offers a 15th century cathedral, famous shopping, Mozart’s childhood home, and the Mirabellgarten, featured in the film, The Sound of Music. The villages of Melk and Durnstein are located in Austria’s Wachau Valley, famous for its vineyards and Riesling wines. Passengers will enjoy two nights in Vienna, the cultural center and capital of Austria, also known as the “Waltz Capital of the World.” The cruise will conclude in exotic Budapest, the capital of Hungary, which is commonly cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

The trip will cost between $2625 and $3250 per person depending on the type of cabin booked. However, all cabins feature a breath-taking river-view and the price includes all meals, complimentary  wines and other beverages, six shore excursions hosted by English-speaking guides, and much more. (Airfare is not included but available at an additional cost). A deposit of $200 is due December 21, 2011.

The CFCC Foundation is hosting an information session for prospective travelers on Tuesday, November 29th from 5 to 6:30 pm in the CFCC Board Room, located in room 101 of Building G, at the corner of Walnut and Front streets. Representatives from Uniworld Cruises and AAA Vacations will be on hand to fully explain the amenities of the cruise.

For more information, visit www.cfcc.edu/travel or contact Karen Pittman at AAA vacations (910) 763-8446 ext 17513 and mention “CFCC European River Cruise” to book a cabin. 

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The Cape Fear Community College Foundation works to sustain and support students, faculty, and the overall mission of the College. The Foundation also works to promote college services and programs to the community, secure and manage gifts, equipment and supplies for educational purposes. For more information regarding Cape Fear Community College scholarships, please contact the CFCC Foundation at 910.362.7207.

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