Rediscovering America

Clients save and agents gain with RiverBarge packages in the U.S.

By: Skye Mayring

This summer, clients can enjoy more than backyard barbeques and dips in the neighbors’ pool by rediscovering our great nation’s inland waterways. RiverBarge Excursions, operating the only floating hotel barge in the U.S., celebrates “10 Years of Sharing America’s Stories” this year with an eight-day excursion and special pricing for guests and travel professionals.

The financial incentives for agents include, all-inclusive commissions, a 10 percent commission on individual bookings, a 15 percent commission on group bookings, a 10 percent group discount and a special tour conductor offer one free berth for every 10 full-fare guests.

Clients, on the other hand, can receive a reduced single occupancy supplement from 25 percent to 50 percent, as well as all-inclusive pricing in one of the 98 staterooms (all meals, soft drinks, scheduled shore activities, onboard entertainment, port charges and taxes; Also, you may want your clients to note that no tipping is allowed.)

$50 Barge Bucks, an onboard credit that may be used for alcohol and gift shop purchases, will be awarded to guests booking and depositing $500 per stateroom.

As for the journey, the R/B River Explorer will take clients on an eight-day excursion, beginning Aug. 21, 2008. The all-inclusive package, called America’s Junction, ranges from $2,479 for the Royal Deck to $2,659 for the Platinum Deck (the Platinum Deck staterooms feature a small balcony). Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

The package includes an overnight stay in Louisville, Ky., in addition to visits at Henderson and Paducah, Ky. Additionally, guests will barge on the Ohio River and the Mississippi River through five historic locks. While traveling on the Upper Mississippi River, they will pay visits to Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Chester, Ill. before ending the adventure with an overnight stay in St. Louis on Aug. 28.