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TravelBound Offers Wave Season Bonus Commission to Travel Agents
Available through March 31, 2017. | TravelBound

TravelBound is offering special savings on pre-and post-cruise stays in some of the most popular cruise ports around the world now through March during Wave Season.

Travel agents can help clients take advantage of savings in select ports while earning an additional 3 percent commission for European bookings, including destinations in both Western and Eastern Europe and Scandinavia (including Iceland); 2 percent more for bookings in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and 1 percent bonus commission for bookings in the Americas, including Canada and the Caribbean.
 
TravelBound is also launching a two-part ‘WAVEinar’ education series to provide agents insights and sales tips to make the most of Wave Season for their clients.

Part one of the “How to Book the Perfect Pre- and Post-Cruise Package” WAVEinar will be held Tuesday, January 24 at 3 p.m. EST and will discuss choosing the right hotel for a client’s port of choice. The first presenter will be Alejandro DeJesus, virtual account manager at TravelBound. Travel agents can visit http://travelbound.gta-promotions.com/wave17/ to enroll.

Now through March, TravelBound’s Wave Season campaign will feature values and special offers on different major cruise ports each week. Beginning the week of January 18, travel agents will find special savings for hotels in Rome, Venice, Miami and New York such as 20 percent off a stay of two or more nights at Rome’s Residenza Antica hotel, and 15 percent off stays through  2017 at Venice’s Continental situated in the heart of Cannaregio.

Also available are offers in two of the largest cruise ports stateside, including 25 percent off four nights at the waterfront Intercontinental Miami and 20 percent off stays from April through August 31, 2017, at the Riu Plaza New York Times Square.

Upcoming weeks will include ports such as Barcelona, Athens and Ft. Lauderdale.

TravelBound also provides travel agents with sightseeing recommendations to enhance their clients’ pre- and post-stay experience. Sample sightseeing activities include Walks of Italy’s Cook, Dine and Drink in Rome with a local chef where clients will spend an evening learning how to make pasta in the comfort of the chef’s rooftop studio; and the Everglades Airboat Tour and Biscayne Sightseeing Cruise during which clients will visit the Everglades National Park and get up close views of alligators, turtles, lush vegetation, and more.

No minimum booking value is required; the extra commission is paid once clients have completed travel.

Visit www.booktravelbound.com

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Seabourn Launches 2017 Signature Savings Event for Wave Season
Available through March 14, 2017. | Seabourn

Seabourn has announced the latest version of its annual Signature Savings Event, offering savings and value-added amenities on a selection of 2017 and 2018 itineraries when booked by March 14, 2017. 

Benefits include: 

  • Complimentary veranda suite upgrades
  • $1,000USD per suite shipboard credit for penthouse and premium suites   
  • $400USD per suite Ventures by Seabourn credit on 2017 Alaska voyages
  • $500USD/$600CAD per person round-trip air credit
  • Additional savings of up to 15 percent on Combination Voyages
  • 50 percent reduced deposits

Seabourn's Signature Savings Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia & India, Asia, Canada & New England, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, South America, and more.

Visit www.seabourn.com
 

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Carnival Cruise Line Rolls Out Wave Season Sweepstakes for Travel Agents
Available through February 20, 2017. | Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is offering travel agents the opportunity to win a $5,000 cash prize, gift cards valued at $50 and $25, as well as Carnival-branded watches and luggage tags as part of its new “Travel Agents Rock!” Wave Season sweepstakes, which runs through February 20, 2017.

New individual (FIT) bookings made through any online channel during the contest period and registered on the sweepstakes web page by February 20 will qualify for the prize giveaway.

Through this special sweepstakes promotion, travel agents can automatically win a variety of prizes. Two qualifying online bookings earn a set of “Travel Agents Rock!” luggage tags; four online bookings earn a “Travel Agents Rock!” watch; eight online bookings will result in a $25 Visa gift card and ten online bookings a $50 Visa gift card. Additionally, all travel agents who book 11 or more qualifying reservations online will be entered into a random drawing for a $5000 cash prize for each booking they make at 11 bookings and above during the contest period. Travel agents must register all qualifying bookings on the contest registration page on GoCCL.com by February 20 to receive the prizes. All prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the sweepstakes.

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Royal Caribbean Offers 30 Percent Off for Wave Season
Available through January 31, 2017. | Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean is offering a new “Adventure is in Full Swing” promotion for Wave Season that lets guests take advantage of up to 30 percent off regular rates. 

For example, travelers can board Anthem of the Seas for a five-night sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey to King’s Wharf, Bermuda starting from $646. Details include:

  • 30 percent off a standard cruise fare for all guests in a stateroom
  • 50 percent reduced deposits
  • Get up to $150 instant savings per stateroom:
    • Five Nights or Less:
      • Interior/Oceanview: $25 off per stateroom 
      • Balcony/Deluxe: $50 off per stateroom 
    • Six Nights or More:
      • Interior/Oceanview: $50 off per stateroom 
      • Balcony: $100 off per stateroom 
      • Deluxe: $150 off per stateroom

Book By Dates: Through January 31, 2017

Travel By Dates: Offer only valid for travel on or after February 4, 2017, and excludes all China departures.

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Viking Cruises Announces Ocean and River Cruise Deals for Wave Season
Available through January 31. | Viking Cruises

Viking is offering a new set of river and ocean cruise deals for Wave Season on bookings made through January 31. 

Viking Ocean Cruises

2-for-1 Cruise plus Roundtrip Air for $995 on Viking Homelands (Stockholm to Bergen)
Plus, choose one of the following additional offers: Free Beverage Package, or up to $400 Shipboard Credit (per stateroom), or prepaid gratuities.
 
Or

2-for-1 Cruise plus Air for $45 on West Indies Explorer (San Juan to San Juan)
 
Deals expires on January 31, 2017.

Viking River Cruises

2-for-1 Cruise plus free international air (or discounted to as low as $295) on select river itineraries*
Plus, choose one of the following additional offers: Free Beverage Package, or up to $400 Shipboard Credit (per stateroom), or prepaid gratuities.
 
*Discounted roundtrip air from $295 available on Rhine Getaway (Amsterdam to Basel) and Romantic Danube (Budapest to Nuremberg) itineraries; Free International Air on Grand European Tour (Amsterdam to Budapest) itinerary.

Deal expires on January 31, 2017.

Visit https://www.vikingcruises.com/oceans/promotions.html

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South African Airways Vacations Offers New Safari Package
Available through January 31, 2017. | South African Airways Vacations

To celebrate the New Year, South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) is inviting travelers to visit South Africa for just $2,017.

The new special, titled South Africa Safari 2017, is a package that offers guests a trip to Cape Town and a luxury African safari starting at $2,017 per person. The deal is available for bookings made by January 31, 2017, with travel dates between April 1 and May 31, 2017.

The package includes round trip airfare from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington Dulles International Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways, four night hotel accommodations at the SunSquare Hotel in Cape Town, two night accommodations at the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge located adjacent to South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park, all airport transfers and meet and greet services.

Guests can expect to enjoy a full-day tour at Cape Peninsula to explore the beauty of Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, as well as a half day tour at Cape Winelands to visit the award-winning South African wineries. Other highlights of the itinerary include visiting sites like the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and an optional tour of Robben Island to visit the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

During their time at Kwa Maritane, guests will search for the Big 5 on a safari through Pilanesberg National Park. When not on game drives, guests are invited to indulge in a spa treatment or additional nature activities through the hotel.

To book, call 855-359-7228 or visit www.flysaavacations.com.

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Travel Impressions, IBEROSTAR Offer Up to 26 Percent Off Stays
Available through January 31, 2017. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions has announced a new partnership with IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts. Available during January 2017, Travel Impressions is offering roundtrip airfare via Miami on American Airlines with up to 26 percent off all-inclusive and air-inclusive stays at select IBEROSTAR properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Sample rates for three-night all-inclusive and air-inclusive packages are as follows:

Cancun, Mexico

Save $213 per person at IBEROSTAR Paraiso Lindo with rates from $926
Save $276 per person at IBEROSTAR Paraiso Maya with rates from $980
Save $489 per person on Suite accommodations at the adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso with rates starting at $1,409 – including one complimentary round of golf

Cozumel, Mexico

Save $147 per person at IBEROSTAR Cozumel with rates from $1,128

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Save $231 per person at IBEROSTAR Playa Mita with rates from $1,586

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Save $171 per person at IBEROSTAR Punta Cana with rates from $966
Save $360 per person on Suite accommodations at the adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro with rates starting at $1,445 – including one complimentary round of golf

Jamaica

Save $327 per person on a Junior Suite at IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites, featuring rates starting at $1,042
Save $402 per person on Suite accommodations at the adults-only IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall with rates starting at $1,253 – including a complimentary round of golf

The all-inclusive packages include accommodations for three nights; roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines from Miami; roundtrip hotel transfers; all meals, drinks and snack; daily activities; nightly entertainment; non-motorized water sports; and hotel taxes and service charges. To qualify for the discounts, bookings must be made by January 31, 2017 with travel dates between January 1 and April 30, 2017.

In addition to the consumer deal, all travel agents will receive 750 LoyalTI First bonus points for every applicable booking during the promotional period (excluding group bookings). These points can be redeemed toward a wide variety of rewards from Travel Impressions electronic Folio Reward Catalog.

For complete terms and conditions, call 800-284-0044 or visit the Supplier of the Month tab at www.travelimpressions.com.

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Free Airfare From Emerald Waterways
Available through March 31, 2017. | Emerald Waterways

For bookings made now through March 31, 2017, Emerald Waterways is offering guests who book a Balcony Suite, Panorama Balcony Suite, Rearview Suite, Grand Balcony Suite or Owner’s One Bedroom Suite on any 2017 Europe river cruise free round-trip airfare from major U.S. and Canadian gateways.

Guests seeking a Europe itinerary will be eligible for a reduced airfare rate of $795 per person, and guests wishing to book their own air will receive a $1,000 air credit in lieu of flights (approximately $600 for guests booking staterooms).

New options for 2017 include the eight day Secrets of Douro itinerary, sailing aboard the new Emerald Radiance and making stops in Portugal and Spain. Highlights include the Roman ruins in Lamego; Portuguese cooking and cocktail demonstrations; pre-historic carvings at the Coa Valley Museum; and dinner at a traditional local wine estate. Another new 2017 itinerary is the Sensations of Southern France voyage, sailing for eight days from Lyon to Arles along the Rhone and Saone rivers on the Emerald Liberté. Guests of this itinerary will visit several of the regions country villages to explore the history and local area castles, palaces and ruins as well as become immerse in wine and culinary offerings both onboard and on shore.

As part of Emerald’s inclusive pricing plan, cruise fares include all transfers; all onboard and some on shore meals; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in cabins; continental breakfasts; pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner treats in top suites; complimentary on board WiFi; most shore excursions; all on board and excursion gratuities; and even some flights, depending on the market and special offers.

To book, call 855-222-3214 or visit www.emeraldwatersways.com.

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Azamara Club Cruises Offers Buy One Get One
Available through March 31. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises is offering guests half off for a second guest on cruises purchased before March 31 for voyages throughout the year as well as 2018. With the purchase of a Club Oceanview or higher stateroom, guests will also receive complimentary internet. Guests who book the back-to-back “31 Nights in the Med” voyage in July will also receive a $3,100 onboard credit per stateroom. 

Highlights of the available BOGO itineraries include:

  • Route of the Frankincense: Sail for an evening in the Red Sea before an overnight in Aqaba, Jordan giving travelers the chance to experience Petra, an ancient city carved into the side of the Nabateans Mountain.
  • Island Voyage through Bali: Guests visit the world’s largest Buddhist monument, which takes the shape of a lotus, followed by a trip to Prambanan, considered one of the world’s most beautiful Hindu temples. Additional stops include Surabaya and a tour of villages in Bali. 
  • Adventure in the Algarve:  The trip throughout Spain blends food, history, and nightlife. Guests will dine in Valencia, where paella was invented, then rent a bike at the Torres de Serranos to tour the City of Arts and Sciences museum complex, and end the night with a trip to the clubs. A late night in port allows for plenty of time to visit the largest Gothic building in the world in Seville and to tour Portimao, Portugal.
  • From Australia to Asia: The itinerary begins in Sydney where guests are encouraged to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, touring the aboriginal galleries, and hiking the Kakadu National Park.  Next, guests visit Bali to ride an elephant. This voyage is part of Azamara’s first-ever World Journey with 102 days of travel around the world.

Azamara has also announced a new offer featuring a $3,100 onboard credit per stateroom for a 31-day voyage opportunity from Greece to Rome (promotion code MED31). Savings can be made through March 31, 2017, and is combinable with the line’s Buy One Get One Half Off Plus offer. The 31 Nights in the Med offer is valid when four Azamara Quest sailings are booked concurrently for a full Mediterranean voyage. Highlights include:

  • Exploring the Greek Isles & Adriatic Sea: The cobblestone streets of Koper’s Old Town; historic encounters in the Old City of Dubrovnik; a day at sea; and the Greek isles with whitewashed seaside homes highlight the journey.
  • Venice and Chic Coastal Life: Guests explore the maze-like streets of Kotor and its many shops, bars, and restaurants. The sailing continues to the island of Corfu. Old Town and Liston neighborhoods are worth a stop.
  • Rich History of Italy, France and Spain: First on the itinerary is the Eternal City of Rome. Guests will spend a night in each port, which also includes the French Riviera and Marseilles.
  • Mediterranean Island Escapes: An island-hopping sailing around the most iconic and storied Mediterranean islands. Calls include Palma and Villa San Martino, the residence of Napoleon during his time in exile. 

The line’s fleet has also recently been completely reimaged following bow to stern upgrades for a contemporary and modern look as the brand continues to enhance the onboard experience.

Visit www.Azamaraclubcruises.com/BOGO

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Poseidon Excursions Offers Savings on Fall 2017 Expeditions
Available through January 15. | Poseidon Excursions

Poseidon Expeditions, which focuses on polar cruise adventures, will be offering an incentive to travelers on two autumn 2017 cruises aboard the 114-guest m/v Sea Spirit into the Southern Ocean. One cruise travels into the Antarctica Peninsula; the other spends more time exploring the lore and wildlife of Patagonia, the Falklands, and South Georgia Islands.

Guests may save from $3,000 to $8,000 per couple for the November 2017 Ultimate Wildlife Expedition: Antarctica Peninsula, South Georgia & Falkland Islands. The 20-day expedition voyage begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina, with rates starting at just $11,336 per person, triple occupancy, and $15,026 double occupancy.

As the name suggests, wildlife is the highlight of the itinerary. View the numerous species of birds in the Falkland’s capital city of Stanley and outer islands; South Georgia is home to an array of wildlife – seals, penguins, and albatross. Guests can learn of Grytviken’s whaling heritage and Shackleton’s exploits, where visitors can also experience an abundance of marine mammals and penguin colonies in both the mountains and glaciers.

The Best of the Southern Ocean: South Georgia & The Falklands departs October 20, 2017, and spans 19 days with rates starting at $9,995 per person per triple and $13,295 per person per double occupancy. The voyage from Puerto Madryn (in Argentine Patagonia) to Ushuaia spends six days exploring South Georgia and three days exploring the Falklands.

If booked before January 15, 2017, a complimentary full-day, pre-cruise excursion ($315 per person value) to the Peninsula Valdes Protected Nature Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site will be included. Highlights include a Southern Right whale- and Orca-watching excursion and the hospitality of a traditional estancia for a spit-roasted lamb luncheon. The tour continues to Punta Norte, a habitat for sea lions and elephant seals. Guests return to Puerto Madryn and embark m/v Sea Spirit for the voyage to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

The all-suite m/v Sea Spirit’s accommodations range from 215 to 463 square feet. There are two multi-purpose lounges for educational programming and entertainment, a restaurant, a library, and ample outdoor deck space. Activities directed by a team of experienced polar guides and educators include Zodiac excursions, hiking, and sea kayaking.

For inquires and reservations in North America, agents can contact the company’s sales and reservation office at SalesUSA@poseidonexpeditions.com or by telephone at 347-801-2610.

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