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Variety Cruises Celebrates 50th Anniversary With 50% Cruise Voucher
The 50 winners of the cruise vouchers will be chosen by Variety Cruises on October 16. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises has announced that they will reward 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises; the drawing will take place at the cruise line’s office in Athens, Greece on Oct. 16. Winners can use their 50 percent certificate for any sailing and these 2018 cruise programs: Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba.

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama and West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to $50 per person on board credit.

Variety Cruises is based in Athens, Greece, and operates a fleet of 11 vessels with a maximum of 72 passengers. Guests on a Variety cruise get to explore secluded areas, renowned ports, and historic landmarks that cannot be accessed by larger chips.

Each yacht in Variety’s fleet is known for its high passenger-to-crew ratio, its luxury amenities, and its staff’s personal attention to all its guests.

To see the entirety of the 2017 Variety Cruises itineraries, visit www.varietycruises.com.

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Star Clippers Waives Single Supplements on Select 2018 Sailings
The deal is available on select sailings departing in 2018. | Star Clippers

With more and more travelers choosing to travel solo, Star Clippers is now waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic sailings.

The tall ship cruise line is embracing the new way to travel with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo voyager.

Star Clippers is waving single supplements on a variety of 2018 Mediterranean sailings, ranging from five to 14 nights on board the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer. Examples of included sailings on the Royal Clipper include a 5-night Spain and Morocco itinerary from Lisbon to Malaga on April 23, and 12-night versions of the same sailing that goes on to the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and Cannes. Rates range from $1,385 for the five-night sailing to $3,030 for 12-nights. On the Star Flyer, a seven-night French Riviera sailing round trip from Cannes departs June 2, with rates starting at $1,690.

For solo travelers looking for longer voyages, the cruise line has waived the single supplement on two Transatlantic sailings. Guests can take the 20-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from St. Maarten to Lisbon aboard the Star Flyer, which includes 19 nights at sea and departs on March 31 with rates starting at $2,350.

There is also a 28-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from Barbados to Cannes with stops in Azores, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, the Balearic Islands, and France. This sailing aboard the Royal Clipper departs Barbados on April 7 with rates starting at $4,020.

For more information, visit www.starclippers.com.

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American Cruise Lines Announces Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages
The Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available for many of its popular itineraries in 2018. | American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has announced special 2018 Complimentary and Extended Pre-Cruise Packages on many of its most popular itineraries. All of the packages include a premium hotel stay, welcome reception, and complimentary transportation to the ship. Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available on the following 2018 itineraries:

  • All cruises in the Mississippi River region departing from New Orleans, St. Louis, St. Paul, Pittsburg, Nashville, and Memphis.
  • All Columbia Snake River cruises departing from Portland or Clarkson.
  • All cruises in Alaska departing from Juneau. This complimentary package also includes a guided Juneau city tour and a visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines will offer many Extended Pre-Cruise Land Packages. Guests departing from Memphis can enjoy a Graceland package with a 2-night stay at the Guesthouse Hotel, two VIP tickets to Graceland and a Memphis city tour with transfer to the ship.

Guests departing from Clarkston on Columbia Snake River itineraries can take a Jet Boat tour of Hells Canyon before transferring to the ship. The packages are also available on itineraries departing from Seattle, Boston, and Providence.

With over 35 itineraries visiting 30 states, American Cruise Lines offers an extensive list of travel options on U.S. waterways on its fleet of 10 ships. The award-winning vessels travel the rivers and coastal waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River, and the East Coast. In addition to the Pre-Cruise Packages, most cruises include complimentary guided tours, on-board experts, historians, and nightly entertainment.

For reservations or to learn more about American Cruise Lines Pre-Cruise Packages, visit AmericanCruiseLines.com.

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11-Day China FAM From Pacific Delight Tours
The trip departs March 19, 2018 | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering travel agents an 11-night FAM trip to China departing March 19, 2018. Agents will stay in deluxe accommodations in a private balcony Superior Stateroom on a Yangtze River cruise onboard the five-star Victoria Jenna. Stops along the way include modern Shanghai, ancient Xi'an, and the country’s capital and cultural center, Beijing

The trip begins at $1,999 per agent. The fare includes airfare from LAX, intra-China flights and ground transportation, meals as per the itinerary, all sightseeing entrance fees, and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide.

A companion rate is available from $2,099, while a single supplement surcharge of $799 applies to single occupancy travel. Flights from JFK are an additional $100.

In addition to the room on the Victoria Jenna, travel agents will stay in deluxe accommodations at the Regal International East Asia Hotel in Shanghai, the Grand Mercure Hotel Xi'an, and the Capital Hotel in Beijing.

For more than 40 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been taking Americans throughout Asia on high-end and affordable luxury tours. Locations include India, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. There are also gluten-free and Kosher tours available 

The company has won numerous awards including TravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008–2016, the 2009 Travel Weekly Readers' Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, call 800-221-7179 or visit their website at pacificdelighttours.com.

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Variety Cruises to Give Away 50 Percent Vouchers to Former Guests
Winners will be chosen by the company on October 16, 2017. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises is offering 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their travel companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.  

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises. The drawing will take place at Variety Cruises’ office in Athens, Greece on October 16, 2017. Winners can use their certificate for any sailing for Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba 2018 sailings. 

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama, and  West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to a $50 per person on board credit.  

"The best way we can mark 50 years of success in pioneering the small ship cruising is to reward our loyal guests who have traveled with us  in recent years,” said Yiannis Vontas, Senior Partner and Executive VP of Development and Marketing in a written statement. “Since we first launched Variety Cruises, our destination portfolio have expanded to include some of the more exotic parts of the world, so now guests have many more diverse itineraries to select from." 

To see all itineraries, visit varietycruises.com.

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More Than 75 Percent Off Yangtze River Cruises With Victoria Cruises
Cruise must be booked by November 30 to receive the full discount. | Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises has announced it is extending its limited time 2-for-1 promotion to its already discounted winter departures in February 2018, giving travelers the opportunity to save over 75 percent on trips along the Yangtze River.

This offer, combined with preexisting discounts, will drop the per person rates to $235 for cruises departing between February 1 and February 18. Also included will be a $90 fee for a mandatory shore excursion package.

If you want an affordable yet luxurious trip between Chongqing and Yichang along the mysterious Yangtze River, look no further than Victoria Cruises. To receive all available discounts, the trip must be booked with Victoria by November 30.

The departures in February will be a part of Victoria’s Three Gorges Highlights program, which includes a trip to Shibaozhai, a tranquil sampan excursion along one of the Yangtze’s scenic tributaries, and an educational tour of The Three Gorges dam- the world’s largest hydro-electric dam project in the world.

Onboard experiences will add to the excitement as well with informative lectures, nightly musical and dance performances, Tai chi lessons, acupuncture, and a dining program by award-winning celebrity Chef Walter Staib.

Guests will also get to experience China’s engineering prowess up close with the introduction of the world’s largest ship elevator capable of elevating ships of up to 3,000 tons.

For an even more luxurious trip, guests can upgrade their onboard experience for just $200 with Victoria Cruises’ Luxury Amenities program. It offers VIP access to upper deck staterooms, exclusive ship areas, “white glove” service, enhanced culinary privileges, and an exclusive happy hour with complementary Wi-Fi.

For more on Victoria Cruises, visit www.VictoriaCruises.com.

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Enterprise Extends “Plus Your Points” Promotion for Members
Available through the end of January 2018. | Enterprise

Enterprise has announced it is launching its annual “Plus Your Points” promotion a month early this year. Not only that, but the deal will run through the end of January 2018, giving members 40 more days to earn bonus points.

The “Plus Your Points” promotion enables Enterprise Plus members to earn double points on rentals and bonus points for a variety of rental-related items.

Bonus points can come from sharing news about the promotion on Twitter, opting in to receive Enterprise emails, and downloading the Enterprise mobile app. With this extended deal, members can choose how they want to earn points.

Points earned during the promotion can be redeemed at any time for free rental days in any available vehicle at thousands of participating Enterprise locations worldwide.

The free rental covers the time and mileage fees but does not include taxes or additional and optional items. The points do not expire as long as the member completes one Enterprise rental during every three-year period.

“Extending the Plus Your Points promotion this year will give our customers even more time to rack up points they can redeem for free rental days – days they can use to hit the road in pursuit of their passions,” said Lee Broughton, Vice President of Enterprise North American Brand Marketing. “It’s a thrill for us to reward our customers whenever we can, and we look forward to hearing about the journeys they will take with their bonus points.”

You can enroll in the Plus Your Points promotion, learn how to earn bonus points, and get more information on the terms and conditions at plusyourpoints.enterprise.com.

To receive all Enterprise Plus member benefits, you can use your membership number when booking a reservation online at www.enterprise.com, via the Enterprise mobile app, or over the phone.

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“Secret” Shoulder Season Values Available for Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead
Forever Resorts is offering discounts starting at $500 through October 27. | Forever Resorts

With temperatures cooling but still plenty of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, right now is a good time to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. Forever Resorts is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through October 27.

Specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and increase from there.

The houseboats are climate controlled, and include private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

Visit www.foreverhouseboats.com or call 800-255-5561 for more information.

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TravelBound Offers 2 Percent Bonus Commission to Travel Agents
The deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017. | TravelBound

In light of last year’s successful deal, TravelBound has announced that it will again offer travel agents from the U.S. and Canada a 2 percent bonus commission for bookings on hotels, sightseeing tours, and transfers, bringing back the offer made in late 2016.

This year, the deal will apply to bookings made from Sep. 1- Sep. 30, 2017 for travel that will take place from now until Dec. 31, 2017.

Not only that, but the company has decided to extend the potential bonus commission to bookings made anywhere that TravelBound offers its fully independent travel (FIT) products, allowing travel agents to choose from nearly 180 countries and remain eligible for the bonus.

Last year, the bonus commission was only available to travel agents that booked travel in European destinations. With this new deal, TravelBound has given more travel agents the opportunity to take advantage of the offer and book locations that they are familiar with.

“After the success of our 2% bonus commission for European bookings last year, we saw this as an opportunity to reward our valued travel partners for any destination they specialize in for a limited time,” said TravelBound President James Phillips.

This is not the only time the company has rewarded travel agents for their service. Earlier this year, TravelBound launched a new rewards program that enabled travel agents to earn Amazon gift cards if they booked travel with the company.

TravelBound’s inventory of FIT products includes over 50,000 hotels, apartments, and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, and thousands of sightseeing tours, both public and private. They offer attractions in the most popular and extravagant travel destinations, including The Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

To learn more, visit www.booktravelbound.com.

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Azamara Launches the Double Upgrade Promotion
This promotion is in effect from now until November 30, 2017. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises recently unveiled its newest promotion: the Double Upgrade Promotion. Between now and November 30, 2017, customers who book for select itineraries can receive a complimentary upgrade from a Club Interior to a Club Veranda Stateroom, which comes with a private balcony to take in the views at sea.

The Double Upgrade promotion is valid for Azamara’s immersive itineraries that allow guests to “Cruise Global and Connect Local” through their culturally-focused shore excursions. Details of the promotion are below:

The Double Upgrade Deal

  • Offer – The Double Upgrade: The Veranda room with the inside price 
  • Guests booking a Club Interior room on select 2018 and 2019 voyages will automatically be upgraded to a Club Veranda Stateroom
  • Offer can be combined with onboard savings, reduced single supplements and the early booking bonus 
  • Booking window: Now through November 30th, 2017 

Eligible Voyages

  • 10 Night Islands of the Western MedAzamara Quest – June 2018: After starting the voyage with a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica,island hop around the Mediterranean, with an overnight on the island of Malta and a sail down the canal into the city of Mahon, only accessible to smaller ships. 
  • 11 Night Cities of Northern Europe, Azamara Journey – August 2018: Take an urban voyage throughout Northern Europe,visiting cities like Aarhus, Denmark and Oslo, Norway.
  • 10 Night Circle Cuba Voyage, Azamara Journey – November 2018: Travel from one end of the island of Cuba to the other, taking in unique culture including the Afro-Cuban heritage and art deco architecture before spending a day in the Cayman Islands followed by an overnight in Cozumel, Mexico.

For more information, visit azamaraclubcruises.com.

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