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Emerald Waterways Offers 2018 River Cruises at 2017 Prices
Available through April 30 | Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways has opened their 2018 season bookings with a special pricing deal. Travelers who book any 2018 sailing before April 30 will pay 2017 fares and receive an additional $1,000 discount per couple on sailings of 15 days or longer, and $500 dollars per couple on sailings of 8-14 days. 

In addition, guests who book a Panorama Balcony, Grand Balcony or Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite on any 2017 European itinerary will receive free round-trip airfare to Europe if booked by March 31. Guests booking a stateroom will be eligible for a reduced airfare rate of $795 per person. 

As part of Emerald’s inclusive pricing plan, cruise fares include:

  • All transfers
  • All on board 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 short excursions 
  • All on board and excursion gratuities 

The 2017 river cruising season will introduce three new additions to Emerald Waterways bringing Emerald’s total fleet to seven. The three ships include: The Emerald Destiny on the Rhine and Danube Rivers, The Emerald Liberte in France and The Emerald Radiance in Portugal. Emerald Waterways will also introduce new itineraries on Portugal’s Douro River and France’s Rhone and Saone Rivers

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

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Fathom Announces Savings for Cruises to Cuba
Available through March 31, 2017. | Fathom

Fathom, one of Carnival Corporation’s 10 cruise brands, has announced significant savings for deluxe staterooms for its week-long cruises to Cuba.

Travelers who book by March 31 for Fathom’s cruises to Cuba between March 5 and May 28 can save up to 28 percent off the standard rate. Choices feature:

  • Premium balcony staterooms starting from $2,999 with an additional $150 shipboard credit.
  • Ocean view staterooms starting from $2,499 with a $75 shipboard credit. 

Shipboard credits can be redeemed for a treatment at Fathom’s full-service spa, dinner at the ships specialty restaurant or on any item from one the on board retail stores. 

The new offer follows Fathom’s recent announcement that allowed travelers to book six upcoming voyages known as the “Cultures of Caribbean” for $399 that will visit the Dominican Republic and Santiago de Cuba. 

Prices for ocean view and balcony staterooms to Cuba from March 5 to May 8 start at $2,499 and $2,999 per person based on double occupancy and includes all meals on the ship, lunch while in the three ports, on board experiences and select on-shore activities. To secure a spot on a future sailing, a non-refundable $600 per person deposit is required at the time of the booking and final payment is due 90 days prior to departure.

For more information, call Fathom toll-free at 1-855-932-8466 or visit www.Fathom.org

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Journese Enhances Travel Package to Tahiti With $50 Booking Bonus
Advisors can earn bonus commission when booking a vacation to French Polynesia by April 30, 2017 for travel through December 31. | Journese

Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, recently announced it is enhancing its “Future Travel Credit Offer” to Tahiti with a $50 per booking travel agent incentive to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original overwater bungalows in Tahiti. 

Advisors can earn bonus commission when booking a vacation to French Polynesia by April 30, 2017 for travel through December 31. The bonus commission is valid when booking an overwater bungalow in any of Tahiti’s islands, including Bora Bora and Moorea. Qualifying bookings also include Paul Gauguin Tahiti cruise bookings with pre and post stays in an overwater bungalow on any island. Additionally, for reservations made by February 28 and for travel through Dec. 31, travelers will receive a future travel credit up to $500 to use for their next vacation to any destination Journese offers.  

When the travelers redeem their future travel credit, travel advisors will earn 500 bonus TRIP Points. Travelers can also take advantage of Journese’ $998 airfare to Tahiti, valid for bookings made by Feb. 28 for travel April 1 through June 22.

“This is the perfect time to book dream vacations or romantic honeymoons to Bora Bora or Moorea,” said Amy Comparato, brand director for Journese, in a written release. “We are pleased to reward our travel advisors with bonus commission and TRIP points, while also providing value to the traveler with a future travel credit and special airfare, making the destination attainable as we handcraft memorable journeys.”

Visit www.journese.com

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Pleasant Holidays Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Overwater Bungalows in Tahiti With Bonus Commissions
Valid through April 30. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays recently announced a $50 per booking travel agent incentive to celebrate the 50th anniversary of overwater bungalows in Tahiti

The bonus commission is valid on new bookings made by April 30 for travel through December 31 for all destinations in Tahiti, including Bora Bora and Moorea. 

Reservations must include a stay in an overwater bungalow to receive the bonus commission. Agents receive $50 per booking for each qualified booking with no maximum bonus limit per agent or agency. 

This bonus commission is in addition to the point-of-sale commission on Tahiti vacation package bookings and Tahiti cruise packages on Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises that include a pre- or post-cruise stay in an overwater bungalow.

In addition to the $50 bonus commission for agents, Pleasant Holidays is offering $600 off per booking on air-inclusive vacations at 18 participating resorts on Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti and more, including overwater bungalow accommodations. 

The $600 off promotion is valid for new package vacations booked by March 26 for travel through Dec. 31 and requires roundtrip airfare and seven nights’ accommodation.

To support the 50th anniversary celebration, Pleasant Holidays will also post content on its Facebook page featuring 50 fun things to see and do in Tahiti. Agents can share these daily posts with clients via their own social media channels.

Visit www.pleasantagent.com

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Viking Offers Free Air on Penthouse Verandahs
Available through February 28.
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Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking Ocean Cruises is offering guests free air when they book a Penthouse Veranda and above when booking a 15-day Viking Homelands cruise through February 28. 

The booking applies to departures April through September 2017, and offers free Economy air on Penthouse Verandas and above, and free Business Class on Explorer Suites and above. Air prices are per person based on cruise or cruise tour check-in date and include transfers. Additional gateways are available.

The Viking Homelands itinerary sails Scandinavia and the Baltic, visiting eight countries and discovering Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Berlin, Copenhagen, Bergen and more.

Visit www.vikingcruises.com

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February Savings at Palladium Hotels & Resorts From Travel Impressions
Available through February 28, 2017. | Travel Impressions

Throughout February, Travel Impressions has exclusively partnered with Palladium Hotels & Resorts to pair roundtrip airfare on American Airlines with up to 20 percent off all-inclusive and air-inclusive stays at select Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

Additionally, travel agents will receive 750 LoyalTI First bonus points for every applicable booking during the promotional period (excludes group bookings). Points can be redeemed toward a wide variety of rewards from Travel Impressions’ electronic Folio Reward Catalog.

Following are sample rates for five-night, all-inclusive and air-inclusive packages based on travel from Miami via American Airlines between February 1 and August 20. Travel Impressions can customize packages and discounted savings from gateways originating outside of Miami.

Cancun, Mexico

Grand Palladium Kantenah Resort & Spa – from $867 per person (discounted from $1,052) in a Junior Suite room category, plus daily room service from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Grand Palladium White Sand Resort & Spa – from $917 per person (discounted from $1,107) in a Junior Suite room category, plus daily room service from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Royal Suites Punta de Mita by Palladium – Adults Only – from $1,578 per person (discounted from $1,883) in a Royal Junior Suite room category, plus 24-hour room service.

Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

The Royal Suites Turquesa by Palladium - Adults Only – from $962 per person (discounted from $1,202) in a Royal Junior Suite Deluxe room category, plus 24-hour room service.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa – from $1,051 per person (discounted from $1,276) in a Junior Suite room category, plus daily room service from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

To qualify for discounts on vacation packages pairing American Airlines airfare with discounted rates at Palladium Hotels & Resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and Dominican Republic, bookings must be received through February 28 for travel through Aug. 20.

All-inclusive packages include accommodations for five nights; roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines; roundtrip hotel transfers; hotel taxes and service charges; all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities; nightly entertainment and non-motorized water sports.

Visit www.travelimpressions.com

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2018 Group Value Points From Emerald Waterways
Available through December 31, 2017. | Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways has announced the launch of the Exceptional Group Value Program, an amenity points program that allows agents to select from onboard amenities, marketing dollars or savings on bookings. The program will apply to all 2018 sailings. 

Agents can earn Exceptional Group Value (EGV) points for every group sailing they book. Point amounts are based on destinations and sailing dates, and can be used to customize an offer that’s ideal for each group. For example, an agent booking a group on a France sailing in September would earn four EGV points. Those points can be cashed in for multiple amenities like an onboard cocktail party (one point) and $100 onboard credit for the group (3 points), or used to obtain a 2 percent bonus commission for the agent (4 points) or to get pre or post hotel room nights for the group (4 points).

Booking groups by March 31, 2017, gets agents even more value for their clients, including $500 savings per person for 8-14 day sailings, $1,000 savings per person on sailings of 15 days and up, as well as 2017 base pricing on all 2018 cruises.

Emerald Waterways’ cruise fare includes some flights (depending on market and special offers); 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 the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. The line is part of the Scenic Group.

Visit www.emeraldwaterways.com

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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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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.

Visit RoyalCaribbean.com

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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