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Tour Newsletter Dated April 11, 2015
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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In addition to being among the top sellers of escorted tours and
air-and-hotel packages, Vacations To Go
also is the world's
largest seller of oceangoing cruises and river cruises. If you browse
our sites, you'll find travel options for every interest and budget.
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we're here to help you see the world at the lowest possible price, in
whatever style you choose.
Today, I'll tell you about some of the best and most trusted companies
throughout the travel industry, leaders in their segments, along with
special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers.
Some of the cruise line offers include free shipboard credits, which are
as good as cash on board and can be used to pay for almost anything not
included in the upfront cost of the cruise, like spa treatments and
Just click any link for more information.
If the green hills of Ireland and historic cities of Great Britain are
calling, check out the fully escorted vacations of CIE Tours
company has the largest selection of itineraries in the Emerald Isle and
has been named Tour Operator of the Year for two years in a row by
Scotland's Heritage, which represents more than 800 attractions
throughout the country.
The price of a CIE vacation includes accommodations, airport transfers,
guided sightseeing, deluxe motor coach transportation, admission fees
and most meals. No optional "extras" are sold -- everything is included,
such as medieval banquets, walking tours and scenic cruises. According
to CIE, the value of these included components exceeds $550 per couple
for every week of travel.
CIE is offering Vacations To Go customers a fantastic special:
off all 2015 departures of seven of the company's best-selling tours
(up to $822 per couple off the price). Book by May 10.
Among the itineraries in this promotion is the new
Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
which meanders along the west coast. See the heather-cloaked hills of
Connemara, learn about 1850s Ireland at the Museum of Country Life and
travel the Grand Atlantic Drive past beaches and craggy headlands.
Also included is
Best of Ireland South
another new itinerary for 2015. It gives participants a taste of local
through dinner in a Dublin pub, tea and scones at a farmhouse and a
sheep-herding demonstration. Attend a medieval-style banquet at Bunratty
Castle and see the beautiful Cliffs of Moher.
To see all offers and itineraries from CIE,
, a line known for its big, innovative ships and
creative onboard amenities, is offering our customers a terrific
"tax-free sale." Pay no taxes with your fare, plus enjoy
huge discounts of up to 72%, reduced deposits and exclusive shipboard
credits of up to $150 per cabin on select Caribbean and European voyages
departing through March 2016. Book by Wednesday, April 15.
for dates and prices.
Royal Caribbean's newest 5-star Quantum-class vessel is set to launch:
The Anthem of the Seas
will make its maiden voyage on April 22
from London, then sail a series of European cruises through October. In
November, it arrives in the U.S. to begin a season of Caribbean cruising
from Bayonne, New Jersey.
Among the features that will grab the attention of passengers are
RipCord by iFly, which offers a simulated skydiving experience, and the
North Star, a glass capsule that lifts occupants more than 300 feet
above the ocean for all-around views. The Solarium provides a no-kids
retreat, and the Vitality Spa supplies a range of health, beauty and
relaxation rituals. Roller skating, basketball and bumper cars are on
the agenda at the SeaPlex.
for more information about Royal Caribbean and its 25 ships -- including
two more brand-new ones on the horizon: the Ovation of the Seas
(launching April 2016) and the Harmony of the Seas
The river cruises of AmaWaterways
provide an easy, relaxing way
to explore the inland destinations of Europe, and you'll only have to
unpack once. On an intimate river vessel that carries no more than 164
passengers, you can expect personalized service and exquisite
Our customers can
save $300 to $2,000 per couple
($150 to $1,000 per person) off cruises along the Rhine, Danube, Seine
and other European rivers. Book by April 30.
The price of an AmaWaterways vacation in Europe includes a river-view
stateroom, daily shore excursions and complimentary wine, beer and soft
drinks with lunch and dinner on board. AmaWaterways is the only river
cruise line inducted into La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the
world's oldest gastronomic society. Dine in your choice of multiple
venues, including the Chef's Table restaurant where regional dishes are
prepared before guests. Enjoy amenities like a fitness room, spa, heated
pool and complimentary onboard Wi-Fi.
AmaWaterways boasts award-winning ships, and many feature the line's
unique twin-balcony staterooms, which include a French balcony plus a
full step-out balcony. An in-room "entertainment on demand" system
features music, English-language TV channels, recently released movies
and Internet access.
The company often provides a choice of complimentary excursions at every
port. Among offerings are small-group Limited Edition culinary and
guided bicycle tours. There's also a fleet of bikes on each ship, should
you wish to explore on your own.
to view all departures and discounts from AmaWaterways, which also
sails rivers in southeast Asia and southern Africa.
Sporting contemporary designs, Canyon Ranch SpaClubs and creative
cuisine, the ships of Celebrity Cruises
sail to intriguing ports
worldwide. The fleet ranges from the 98-passenger Celebrity Xpedition,
which explores the wildlife-rich Galapagos Islands, to the
Solstice-class ships, which accommodate more than 2,800 guests and
cruise popular regions like the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Alaska.
Celebrity is offering Vacations To Go customers fantastic savings of up
to 74%, plus choose one of the following amenities: 1) a shipboard
credit of up to $900 per cabin, 2) free gratuities or 3) free drinks.
for dates and prices.
The latest of the Solstice ships is the Celebrity Reflection
features the Lawn Club, a top-deck expanse of real grass; the Lawn Club
Grill, an interactive, outdoor dining experience; and the Art Studio,
with hands-on instruction in painting, drawing and more. At this
writing, the ship is preparing to cross the Atlantic for Rome, where it
will begin cruising the Mediterranean on 10- and 11-night trips that
visit Greek gems like Santorini and Mykonos.
This month, Celebrity introduces a new specialty restaurant for guests
who book suite accommodations. Luminae will specialize in "modern
eclectic" cuisine that draws upon regional and seasonal ingredients,
serving complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luminae will be on
all vessels except the Celebrity Xpedition.
To see all Celebrity departures and discounts,
Resembling the classic paddle wheelers of Mark Twain's day -- but with
all the comforts of the 21st century -- the ships of the American
Queen Steamboat Company
sail the Mississippi River and its
tributaries and the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest.
Vacations To Go customers can take advantage of a fantastic 2-for-1
Companion cruises for free
on select departures when you book and pay in full by April 30
Every sailing includes complimentary wine and beer at dinner. Bottled
water, soft drinks and specialty coffees are available throughout the
The Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio river itineraries of the 432-guest
all are themed. Join the
Fourth of July Celebration
and view festive fireworks in St. Louis, explore Kentucky's Bourbon
Trail on a
and take a nostalgic journey on
Music of the '50s and '60s
The wit and wisdom of Samuel Clemens comes to life on a
Mark Twain voyage
Sporting a full head of white hair and white three-piece suit, tribute
artist Lewis Hankins channels Twain for his performances in the Grand Saloon.
On the Columbia and Snake rivers, the 237-guest American Empress
treats guests to nature's splendor at its very best: deep canyons,
soaring mountains, plunging waterfalls and lush, green fields. Visit a
winery, explore the Bonneville Dam and learn about Native American
to see all American Queen Steamboat Company itineraries as well as
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
is known for impeccable service,
fantastic gourmet cuisine and engaging enrichment programs. Next summer,
the six-star line will debut the highly anticipated Seven Seas Explorer.
Regent is offering our customers savings of up to 82% and exclusive
shipboard credits of up to $1,250 per cabin on nearly every departure.
In addition, your Regent fare includes unlimited shore excursions,
gratuities, unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits
and, on select sailings, unlimited Internet (valued at $30 a day).
for dates and prices.
This January, the keel was laid for its newest ship, the 750-guest
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
, which Regent bills as the "world's
most luxurious ship."
It will feature all-suite, all-balcony accommodations, and the verandas
are said to be the largest in the industry. There will be three
specialty restaurants -- Paris-inspired Chartreuse, Prime 7 steakhouse
and another yet to be revealed -- and it will have the line's first
culinary instruction center. The Constellation Theater will evoke the
golden age of Hollywood, while the Observation Lounge will pay tribute
to the Roaring '20s.
The ship's crown jewel is its magnificent, two-bedroom,
3,875-square-foot Regent Suite. It will boast a cruise industry first:
an in-suite spa retreat with sauna, two ceramic heated loungers and
treatment area (unlimited complimentary in-suite spa treatments are
included in the fare for this suite).
The Regent Seven Seas Explorer debuts in July 2016 in the Mediterranean.
to view all Regent departures and rates.
For more than 120 years, the ships of Hurtigruten
the spectacular Norwegian coastline. Richard With and Anders Holthe
mapped out a safe trade route between the country's north and south in
the late 19th century, charting a course around reefs, through narrow
inlets and along vast stretches unmarked by lighthouses. In 1893, Capt.
With's steamer, the DS Vesteraalen, began regular service along the
seaway, leading to the establishment of Hurtigruten.
Hurtigruten's ships still transport local Norwegians and cargo, but they
also carry international passengers eager to photograph the stunning
fjords and waterfalls and explore the picturesque towns and villages.
Today, 11 vessels offer year-round daily departures from Bergen in the
south and Kirkenes in the north, sailing at an average speed of 15 knots
on one-way itineraries of six or seven days and round-trip voyages of 12
The company has a special offer for Vacations To Go customers who want
to experience this unique trip:
Save up to 30%
off select Norwegian coastal cruises.
Hurtigruten also sails to Antarctica. Round-trip itineraries from
Buenos Aires, Argentina, start at 13 days. The 256-passenger expedition
ship MS Fram
is designed for cruising these polar waters.
Travelers go ashore in sturdy Polarcirkel boats that can land in
inaccessible areas, providing a rare opportunity to see the wildlife of
the icy continent up close, like gentoo and Adelie penguins, seals and
to see all dates, rates and discounts for Hurtigruten's Norwegian
coastal voyages and expedition cruises.
World-class cuisine, attentive service and destination-focused
itineraries have won many repeat guests for Oceania Cruises
line's midsize ships visit more than 330 ports worldwide, traveling to
exotic locales while pampering guests in an elegant, country club
ambience at sea.
Oceania is offering our customers greatly reduced rates in a diverse
array of sailing regions around the world -- save up to 76%. Plus, enjoy
exclusive shipboard credits of up to $3,025 per cabin on select
departures. Free Internet and free gratuities also apply to certain
for dates and prices.
Onboard life is unhurried and relaxed on the ships of Oceania: the
and the 684-guest
. Attend a lecture by a noted
historian or former ambassador, get a massage in the Canyon Ranch
SpaClub or take a painting class in the Artist Loft.
Dining venues range from a poolside grill to the sophisticated Polo
Grill steakhouse. The Marina and Riviera are home to Jacques, featuring
dishes by master chef Jacques Pepin, who is the line's executive
Another 684-passenger ship will join the fleet next spring: Oceania will
acquire the Ocean Princess from Princess Cruises and give it a $40
million refurbishment. In April 2016, it will debut as the Sirena
For more information about Oceania and its fleet,
Do you want to explore old villages tucked into the Mediterranean coast,
the nature preserves of Costa Rica or the incredibly blue seas and green
islands of French Polynesia? The small vessels of Windstar
sail to an array of alluring ports, many of which are
inaccessible to larger ships.
The company has long been popular for its three sleek, masted sailing
ships, the 310-passenger Wind Surf
and the 148-passenger Wind
and Wind Star
. Now the fleet is growing to include
three 212-passenger power yachts. The first of these vessels, the
, launched last May. The Star Breeze
both will debut next month.
Windstar is offering Vacations To Go customers exclusive discounts on
select departures in the South Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean, with
savings of up to 76%. Plus, receive a free one-category upgrade when you
book select categories and shipboard credits of $200 per cabin.
Book by April 20.
for dates and prices.
Guests can look forward to a casually elegant onboard atmosphere;
windsurfing, sailing and other activities at the ship's water-sports
platform; massages and facials in the spa; and even visits to the bridge
to chat with the captain.
All Windstar voyages feature a complimentary onshore "Private Event,"
designed to give passengers a unique introduction to the destination.
Dine under the stars amid the splendid ruins of Ephesus, join a wine
tasting with lunch in Sicily or spend the day on a secluded, powdery
beach -- reserved just for Windstar guests -- in the Caribbean.
to view our discounted Windstar departures.
The Alaska cruise tours of Princess Cruises
allow passengers to
go beyond the coast to fully experience the region's scenery, history
and culture. These land and sea vacations range from 10 to 20 nights and
combine an Alaska sailing aboard an amenity-filled ship with touring and
Princess is offering our customers savings of up to 55% on these
vacations, plus exclusive shipboard credits of $200 per cabin on all 2015
Alaska cruise tours. Past guests may see better rates on select
for dates and prices.
During the cruise portion, you'll navigate the glacier-filled Inside
Passage and stop at destinations like Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan;
ships also spend time cruising Glacier Bay National Park, where
passengers should be on the lookout for humpback whales, orcas and
The land segments are fully escorted trips with hotel accommodations and
comfortable transportation by rail and motor coach. They visit such
destinations as Banff and Jasper national parks in the Canadian Rockies,
and Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.
Here are this week's Top 20 Tours
. All prices are per person,
based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
1) Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way
13 days with CIE Tours
Begins and ends in Shannon with visits to Connemara, the Giant's
Causeway and the Dingle Peninsula. Save 7%.
Starting at $2,446.
Departures from May 25 through October 5, 2015.
2) 12 Day Classic South Africa
12 days with Gate 1 Travel
. Begins in Cape Town and ends in
Johannesburg with visits to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve,
Swaziland and Kruger National Park. Save $600 per couple.
Starting at $1,759. Departures from June 4 through October 15, 2015.
3) From the Saone to the Rhone Passing Through Burgundy
8 days with CroisiEurope
Begins and ends in Lyon with visits to Vienne, the Camargue and
Avignon. Receive free shore excursions.
Starting at $1,813.
Departs October 13, 2015.
4) Best of Scotland
8 days with Brendan
Begins in Edinburgh and ends in Glasgow with visits to Loch Ness, the
Isle of Skye and Glencoe. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $1,885.
Departures from May 2 through October 10, 2015.
5) Turkish Authentic Adventure
12 days with Keytours
Begins in Istanbul and ends in Fethiye with stops in Gallipoli,
Kusadasi and Cappadocia. Save $420 per couple.
$1,995. Departures from May 4 through October 5, 2015.
6) The Classic Autumn Voyage North
7 days with Hurtigruten
Begins in Bergen and ends in Kirkenes with visits to Trondheim, the
Lofoten Islands and Tromso. Save up to 30%.
Starting at $2,292.
Departures from September 1 through October 31, 2015.
7) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong
8 days with AmaWaterways
Begins in Siem Reap and ends in Ho Chi Minh City with visits to Tonle
Sap Lake, Kampong Tralach and Phnom Penh. Receive a free eight-night
Starting at $2,299. Departures
from July 27, 2015 through January 4, 2016.
8) Gems of Umbria & Tuscany
9 days with Globus
Begins and ends in Rome with stops in Assisi, Siena and San Gimignano.
Starting at $2,439. Departures from May 16 through
October 3, 2015.
9) A China Experience
10 days with Wendy Wu Tours
Begins in Shanghai and ends in Beijing with visits to Wuzhen, the
Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the Great Wall of China. Receive two
free pre- or post-tour hotel nights.
Starting at $2,640.
Departures from May 4 through June 27,
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
Begins in St. Louis and ends in Cincinnati with stops in Cape
Girardeau, Paducah and Louisville. Companion cruises for free, plus
receive free shore excursions and more.
Starting at $2,699. Departs
July 5, 2015.
11) Kenya Highlights
8 days with SITA Tours
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Samburu National Reserve,
Lake Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Save $400
Starting at $2,745. Departs June 8, 15 & 29, 2015.
12) The Balkans & Venice
14 days with Trafalgar
Begins in Zagreb and ends in Venice with stops in Sarajevo, Dubrovnik
and Ljubljana. Save up to 5%.
Starting at $3,197. Departures from
May 8 through October 2, 2015.
13) Paris & Normandy
8 days with AmaWaterways
Begins and ends in Paris with visits to Giverny, Omaha Beach and
Rouen. Save $300 to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $3,499.
Departures from April 30 through October 22, 2015.
14) Scottish & Irish Gold Tour
16 days with CIE Tours
Begins in Glasgow and ends in Dublin with visits to Loch Lomond, the
Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. Save 7%.
$3,508. Departures from May 20 through October 14, 2015.
15) Southern Culture
8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company
Begins in New Orleans and ends in Memphis with stops in Natchez,
Vicksburg and Helena. Companion cruises for free, plus receive free
Starting at $3,999. Departs May 9 & June 6, 2015.
16) Tulips & Windmills
10 days with Viking River Cruises
Begins and ends in Amsterdam with visits to Antwerp, Bruges and
Keukenhof Gardens. Companion cruises for free plus save $1,000 per
couple off airfare.
Starting at $4,149. Departures from March 25
through May 6, 2016.
17) Grand Tour of Spain & Portugal
19 days with Insight
Begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona with stops in Granada, Lisbon
and San Sebastian. Save up to 10%.
Starting at $4,361. Departures
from June 19 through October 16, 2015.
18) Grand Rail Circle
12 days with Rocky Mountaineer
Begins and ends in Vancouver with visits to Banff National Park, Lake
Louise and Jasper National Park. Receive one free pre- or post-tour
hotel night plus a choice of a free sightseeing tour or airport
Starting at $4,742. Departures from May 6 through
September 9, 2015.
19) Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River
13 days with Uniworld
Travels between Lisbon and Madrid with stops in Coimbra, Porto and
Salamanca. Save $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $5,599. Departures
from April 15 through October 13, 2016.
11 days with Tauck
Begins in Santiago and ends in Buenos Aires with visits to Torres del
Paine National Park, El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier. Starting at
$6,165. Departures from October 9 through December 18, 2015.
Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-680-2858.
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