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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay’s Black Friday Sale Offers Up to 65 Percent Off
Guests staying from November 23 to December 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from December 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from January 1 to December 22, 2018, will get 60 percent off.
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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay

The all-inclusive Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay in Jamaica is kicking off the 2017 holiday season by offering its “Black Friday/Cyber Monday” savings of up to 65 percent off resort stays through December 2018. 

Savings apply to all room categories, including the resort’s exclusive adults-only Rose Hall Club, as follows:

Guests staying from November 23 to Dec. 22 will get 65 percent off of rates; guests staying from Dec. 23 to January 1 will get 50 percent off and clients staying from Jan. 1 to Dec. 22, 2018 will get 60 percent off.

“Our biggest sale ever also features our most extended travel window, and our most flexible terms, with discounts available on every single one of our 518 rooms and suites for a full year – even over the Christmas and New Year’s holiday period,” said Nicola Madden-Greig, group director of marketing and sales, in a written release. “This Black Friday we’re proving that big things really do come in big packages.”

In addition to the savings, Black Friday/Cyber Monday bookings also carry an added bonus incentive of 20 percent off all treatments at the resort’s onsite Sol Mer Spa and Salon.

The all-inclusive guest experience at the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay includes unlimited meals, snacks and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), as well as unlimited use of non-motorized watersports equipment, resort amenities (tennis, mini golf, fitness center, etc.), free Wi-Fi usage throughout the resort, taxes and gratuities.

The value is even greater for families as up to two kids 12 and under also stay, play and eat free when sharing accommodations with parents, an added value of $100 per-night.

Visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

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Apple Vacations Offers Rate Reductions, Free Nights at Hawaii Hotels
Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.
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Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations has announced the launch of its new“Hawaii SuperSale,” with exclusive rate reductions, free nights and daily breakfast at participating Hawaii hotels and resorts. Apple-exclusive perks are available on bookings made by November 23 for travel November 17, 2017, through April 30, 2018.

Travel agents booking air-inclusive and land-only packages to Hawaii will earn double "Bonus Royalties" points, which can be used toward stays at select hotels. Agencies can enjoy double points towards their preferred partner status level on every Hawaii passenger booked. 

With a variety of Hawaiian properties participating in the promotion and departures from all U.S. gateways, there are packages suitable for all travelers, occasions and budgets. Sample air-inclusive rates are as follows:

Spend five nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort with an Apple-exclusive rate in a resort-view room starting at $1,049 per person, based on double occupancy. Room upgrades are available on select room categories. 

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa is offering five-night packages from $1,449 per person, based on double occupancy in a Tower City-view room. When accompanied by two paying adults, kids 17 and under stay for free and kids five years of age and under eat for free. 

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay is offering five-night packages starting at $1,189 per person, based on double occupancy in a Garden/Mountain-view room with daily breakfast for two. 

All sample rates are per person, based on double occupancy, for February 8, 2018 departures from Los Angeles (LAX). Other dates, durations and gateways are available. Rates vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category. 
  
Guests staying four nights or longer on any Hawaiian island will receive an Apple Vacations "Sun and Fun" gift box, featuring a beach bag, selfie stick, waterproof phone case and a handy power bank for electronics. For additional savings, two adults can save up to $200 on scheduled air packages with United Airlines using the promo code UNITEDHAWAII17 for travel December 20, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Visit www.applevacations.com

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Star Clippers Offers 15 Percent Off All Sailings for Active Military and Veterans
To receive the discount, guests must book their sailing by November 30. | Star Clippers

In honor of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, and to show support and appreciation for military members, Star Clippers is offering all veterans, active military personnel, and their families 15 percent savings on any upcoming Star Clippers sailing when booked by November 30.

“The service provided by our dedicated military personnel and veterans is vital to our country’s freedom and this offer is our small way of saying ‘thank you,’” said Terri Haas, Vice President of Sales at Star Clippers.

After the 15 percent special promotion deadline has passed, Star Clippers will offer 10 percent savings for all active military personnel and veterans year-round which can be combined with other deals and incentives. To receive the military discount, veterans must submit a copy of their military ID or DD214 form.

For more than 25 years, Star Clippers has brought travelers to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore aboard its modern tall-ship sailings. Star Clippers operates three of the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels: Star Clipper, Star Flyer, and Royal Clipper.

Star Clipper and Star Flyer are both traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record as the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today.

All three ships have expansive teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck, and piano lounges. The brand’s newest vessel, Flying Clipper, will debut at the end of 2018.

For more information, applicable restrictions and to make a booking, visit www.starclippers.com.

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Variety Cruises Announces Special Winter Offers to Costa Rica and Panama
The offer is available for a limited number of cabins on departures for December 30, January 6, 13, 20, 27, and February 3 and 17. | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has announced two special promotions for its Costa Rica and Panama programs on seven winter 2017/18 departures. The cruise line is promoting the opportunity to explore Costa Rica and Panama with a private yacht experience at specially reduced rates.

The first offer includes a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy, no single supplement for single travelers, plus 50 percent off for Variety Members and double the referral rewards.

The second offer includes special rates for group travel. With a minimum of six paying cabins, the group will get one free cabin, a 40 percent reduction on official rates in double occupancy cabins, no supplement for single travelers, and wine and fruit in each stateroom on embarkation.

The two promotions are available for a limited number of cabins on departures for Dec. 30, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Feb. 3, 17. Departures on Dec. 30 and Feb. 17 start and end in Colon, not in Panama City, and will include the special experience of the Panama Canal transit.

The two offers are available for sailings on the M/S Panorama, a three-masted ship that accommodates up to 49 passengers in 24 cabins, where guests can enjoy an intimate small-ship setting that strikes a balance between conventional cruising and private yachting. The M/S Panorama also possesses a two-to-one- passenger to crew ratio.

Variety Cruises’ voyages to the coastline of Costa Rica and Panama included visits to the historical San Lorenzo Spanish Forts, snorkeling excursions in the small island of Restingue, and exploration of Darien National Park, where guests will be welcomed by the Embera Indians, one of the seven indigenous groups living in Panama.

Visit www.varietycruises.com

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Princess Offers Deals on Caribbean and Panama Canal Cruises
Now through October 31, 2017. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced that it will offer guests free gratuities and deposits for only $1 beginning October 20, 2017 for select voyages to the Caribbean and Panama Canal.

Thanks to the line's partnership with Discovery, guests visiting the Caribbean and Panama Canal are offered Animal Planet exclusive and recommended shore excursion options such as a visit to the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica or a swim with sea turtles in Barbados.

During this special offer, guests can experience the music and dance, tranquil waters, and a history of the Caribbean, or the lush rainforests, untouched beaches, colonial towns and engineering marvels of a Panama Canal voyage.

Some cruises included in this deal include:

  • Eastern Caribbean Getaway cruise - 5 days: $349 interior, $399 balcony
  • Western Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $629 interior, $649 balcony
  • Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean cruise - 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Southern Caribbean Medley cruise - 10 days: $599 interior, $799 balcony
  • Eastern Caribbean cruise - 7 days: $399 interior, $549 balcony
  • Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean cruise - 15 days: $1,399 interior, $2,499 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The promotion period runs from 12:00am PST October 20, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. PST on October 31, 2017 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Princess Cruises in currently in the process of phasing in its new Ocean Medallion technology which is designed to give guests a high-tech, customized experience on board.

For more information or to book a cruise visit princess.com/sale.

 

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Get $500 Off From South African Airways Vacations
Now through October 31, 2017. | South African Airways Vacations $1,499

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), a division of South African Airways, is offering a savings of $500 per person for an air-inclusive vacation to Cape Town and the surrounding Cape Winelands. The “Cape Town and the Winelands Super Saver” starts at $1,499 per person and is available for sale now through October 31, 2017 for stays through December 09, 2017 and January 10 - March 31, 2018.

Guests will spend time in the popular Cape Town as well stay two nights in South Africa’s wine and culinary capital, Stellenbosch.

The package includes:

  • Round trip international Economy Class airfare from New York-JFK International Airport or Washington, D.C.-Dulles International Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Three-nights at the Sun Square Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour to visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope
  • Two -nights at the Evergreen Manor and Spa in the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch
  • Breakfast on a daily basis
  • Airport and ground transfers in South Africa

Other departure points within the United States are available with varying prices. 

SAA Vacations offers travel packages throughout Africa including to Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands. There are more than 80 air-inclusive packages to choose from ranging from safaris and cuisine to romance and adventures. There are a range of tour programs with a variety of hotels, game lodges and safari companies throughout Southern Africa.

To book this package, contact one of SAA Vacations Africa Specialists by calling 1-(855) 359-7228 or visit flysaavacations.com.
 

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Windstar Announces New Group Deal: Book 7, Get 1 Free
The deal is available on select Windstar Cruises itineraries. | Windstar Cruises

With more and more people planning spontaneous group vacations, Windstar Cruises has announced that, on select dates, it will give a free cruise to the eighth cruiser for every seven people booked. On higher demand cruises, it’s one free cruise for every nine people that are booked.

In addition, groups also get a discount off of standard guest fares, as well as a $100 per person shipboard credit to use on things like massages, shore excursions, or a bottle of champagne.

The new deal comes as a response to the growing trend of spontaneous celebration. More and more, people are celebrating milestone moments as they define them, taking impromptu cruises for less conventional reasons.

The cruise line cited examples like someone taking a cruise because they want one more child-free adventure with friends before the baby is born, or they just ended a relationship and they want to enjoy new happiness on a friends-only group voyage.

Guests are celebrating these decisions and markers that go beyond the typical and expected times to commemorate life milestones. Group travel at unconventional times is getting more popular, and Windstar took notice of this change.

“We have been seeing this trend and decided to do something to support it,” said Steven Kona Simao, vice president of sales for Windstar. “Why just have corporate incentives for groups? Why not let people define their own friends and family group and reward it?”

Also, on certain dates (dubbed Star Advantage dates), travel agents earn a $100 bonus commission for each individual guest booked after the first free cruise is awarded.

For more information, visit www.windstarcruises.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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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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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.