Unfortunately he didn’t attend, but if he had, Zorba the Greek would have been thrilled with the Big Canoe Travel Club’s end of the year celebration titled “My Big Fat Greek Feast” held at the Big Canoe Sconti Club. What a feast it was for the 140 members who happily devoured Chef Hector’s beautifully prepared appetizers and buffet dinner. Just imagine plates of assorted olives, hummus dips, flaming saganaki (cheese), stuffed grape leaves, curried chicken kabobs, lamb gyros on pita bread, falafel, tabbouleh and Greek salads, and super-sized baklava for dessert. The meal was a great way to remind attendees that the Celebrity Cruises 2019 Greek Isles group trip planned for next August still has a few spots available.
In addition to Celebrity, four other vendors helped sponsor the event and all had booths set up to showcase their new 2019 offerings and answer questions. AMA Waterways highlighted its sparkling “Christmas Markets on the Danube” river trip next December; Globus Land Tours featured its family of brands from premium fully escorted excursions to independent travel offerings; Oceania Cruises was there to introduce their smaller, more intimate ship excursions and they will be presenting the January meeting as the Travel Clubs 2019 sponsor. Mike Ziegenbalg of Dream Vacations was busy signing up folks for upcoming group trips and introduced a 15-day adventure to Australia and New Zealand.
The crowd didn’t attend this annual gala event solely for the food, they were there for the anxiously awaited drawing for a Celebrity Cruise for two. Members submitted tickets for the drawing each time they attended a Travel Club meeting this year, and you had to be present to win. While everyone held their breath in hopeful anticipation, the ticket was drawn, and the winner was…..Cindy Cottrell! She will be able to choose which trip she would like to take and her winnings will be applied. Congratulations, Cindy.
Next year’s slate of meetings are being planned by Mike Ziegenbalg of Dream Vacations, Katie Allman of Cruise Planners, and the Travel Club Planning and Advisory Committee, and vendors will be announced soon.