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Princess Cruises Launches "Landmark Sale"
Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced its Landmark Sale, offering guests up to $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom plus $50 onboard credit for a third and fourth guest booked in the same stateroom. Now through September 3, 2019, the sale includes landmarks in Europe, Alaska, Japan and the Caribbean. The sale applies to select cruises and cruise tours sailing from March 2020 to May 2021.

Sample voyages offered in the Landmark Sale include (taxes, fees & port expenses not included):

  • Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers cruise from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage (Whittier) aboard Grand Princess – 7 days starting at $659 interior; $1,629 balcony
  • Alaska Cruisetour AAX from Vancouver, B.C. to Anchorage aboard Grand Princess –10 nights starting at $1,149 interior; $2,099 balcony
  • Mediterranean from Barcelona to Rome (Civitavecchia) aboard MedallionClass ship Crown Princess – 7 days starting at $1,259 interior; $1,679 balcony
  • British Isles roundtrip from London (Southampton) aboard MedallionClass ship Regal Princess – 12 days starting at $2,079 interior; $2,859 balcony
  • Japan roundtrip from Tokyo (Yokohama) aboard Diamond Princess – 9 days starting at $1,539 interior; $2,569 balcony
  • Caribbean cruise roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale aboard MedallionClass ship Caribbean Princess – 7 days starting at $929 interior; $1,399 balcony

Guests can book a Princess MedallionClass vacation onboard any of Princess Cruises MedallionClass enabled ships. The Princess OceanMedallion, included complimentary, is a wearable device that elevates guests’ experiences by delivering enhanced and personalized service. MedallionClass Vacations are currently available on Caribbean Princess, Regal Princess and Royal Princess.

For more information, visit www.princess.com/cruise-deals-promotions/

Photo: Grand Princess 

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Regent Introduces Special Youth Rates, Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs
Regent

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is gearing up for the 2019 season. That is because Regent is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Alaska is the premier cruise destination market in the United States, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey, a statistic consistent with Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) predictions. In total, Alaska saw seven percent passenger growth this year. Responding to this traveler demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from May 16 through September 30, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, the Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the Hubbard Glacier.

Seven Seas Cruises is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. During the voyage many immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska that are included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:

  • Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty on a rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
  • Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
  • Ocean Raft Adventures, an ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 mph. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
  • Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
  • Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce beverages. 

Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up scenery from custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning five-star dining. Now, Regent announced a new Ultimate Alaska package available on 15 voyages next year allowing guests to save up to $6,000 off the combined package fare when they book an Alaskan voyage along with the Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program by December 15, 2018.

Alaskan Voyages For Families

To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises is announcing that 17-an-unders can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $499 on select seven night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travelers experience Regent’s Club Mariner Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages five to 17 can participate in a range of specialized enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by youth counselors.

Reservations

All-inclusive Alaskan fares start at $5,299 per person, which include roundtrip airfare, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, Wi-Fi, fine wines and spirits, and a host of other amenities.

For more information, visit https://www.rssc.com/

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This story was originally posted on luxurytraveladvisor.com 

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Norwegian Offers Limited-Time Savings of Up to $4,000
December 31, 2018 - January 8, 2018 | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced it will allow guests to choose all six “Free at Sea” options at no extra cost until January 8. The promotion, valued at $4,000, applies to guests booking a balcony stateroom or higher and can include a beverage package, a specialty dining package, an internet package, shore excursion credits, free fare for third and fourth guests and free or reduced airfare.

The cruise line’s offer, announced December 31, 2018, will last through January 8 and only applies toward cruises three or more days in length. The deal is part of Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, which allows guests to choose a certain number of benefits from six possible choices. This deal allows for guests staying in a balcony stateroom or higher to choose all six of these options.

Guests sailing aboard all qualified sailings, aside from Pride of America and 3 to 5-night Sun & Sky sailings will receive the Ultimate Beverage Package, which is usually $99 per person per day. The deal covers most drink purchases, but limits guests to two beverages per person per transactions. The specialty dining package entitles guests to a certain number of free meals, depending on the length of the cruise. The deal’s internet package allows guests up to 250-minutes of free Wi-Fi per stateroom. Each stateroom also receives $50 per port in sore excursion credit.

Depending on the sailing, guests can bring a third and a fourth guest along for free. No deposit is required for these extra guests. Certain sailings will also include free or reduced airfare from select cities. Air reservations must be made more than 16 days before sailing to qualify.

For more information, visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s website.

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International Expeditions: Save $1000 on October Cruise to Galapagos
International Expeditions

Travelers can explore the Galapagos and save $1,000 per person on the October 11, 2019 departure of International Expeditions’ small-ship cruise aboard the Evolution.

In October, a strong Humboldt Current makes nutrients in the water more abundant. During twice-daily swimming and snorkeling excursions, guests are likely to be joined in the water by sea lion pups and some of the archipelago’s 86 endemic marine species. Opportunities for whale watching also increase, especially as guests travel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands on two days of the itinerary.

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include snorkeling and kayaking off uninhabited Rabida Island and calling on a family-run sugar cane farm, which also produces small-batch moonshine. IE travelers also stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs, and explore both the youngest and oldest islands in the archipelago — Fernandina and Española respectively.

On International Expeditions’ 10-day Galapagos cruises, guests travel aboard the 32-guest yacht Evolution, and go on excursions hosted by three naturalist guides. These guides share their knowledge during nightly lectures and in the field while bringing guests within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins and other animals. The Evolution offers public areas, including a lounge/library, sun deck, al fresco dining area and bar, where guests are greeted with a towel and glasses of fresh juices after excursions.

Discounted pricing for the October 11, 2019 Galapagos cruise starts at $6,498, and includes accommodations, all excursions, snorkeling gear, all meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

For additional information on International Expeditions’ small-ship cruises, visit IEtravel.com 

Photo: Evolution // Courtesy of International Expeditions

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Transformative India Announces $699 FAM Trip
Transformative India

An all-inclusive Transformative India FAM trip, 6 nights 7 days with 5-star hotels is USD 699 (land only) from May - August 2020, taking travel agents to the Golden Triangle of India.

Participants will see the Taj Mahal, listen the stories of Kings of Jaipur, experience Indian Culture & hospitality at Delhi, quiet the mind at a meditation session, eat local food and shop for jewelry and dresses.

The trip will focus on transformation, with activities designed to condition the mind for good health, prosperity and great relationships. It will also teach ways to build rapport, cure phobias, stop bad habits, and relieve anxiety.

The spaces are limited and filling up.

For more information, visit https://cultureholidays.com/famtrip/

Taj Mahal  // Photo by somchaisom/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images 

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Hidden in Spain Extends 15 Percent Travel Agent Commission
Hidden in Spain

Spanish tour operator Hidden in Spain announced that it is extending its 15 percent travel agent commission on all preplanned tours through August 31, 2019. The company said it can also work behind-the-scene with travel agents to customize group or independent tours based on the agents’ precise requirements for their clients.

Composed of notable pilgrim routes, the Camino de Santiago is an extensive network of roads through Spain's smaller towns and, now, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. All the routes converge at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the saint, discovered in the ninth century, are said to rest. Those who walk a minimum of 62 miles or bicycle 125 miles can request a “Compostela” – an official church certificate attesting to the completion of their pilgrimage.

Finding "The Way"

The seven-day French Way is one of Hidden in Spain’s customizable Camino de Santiago tours. The tour starts with a 13-mile walk from Sarria, a popular town in the Galicia province, to Portomarin, known for its medieval architecture. It also includes the 15-mile route to Palas de Rei, as well as the 8.5-mile route to the small village of Melide. This is followed by a hike to Arzúa, a town whose roots go back to Roman times. Guests will also visit the town of O Pedrouzo, just before arriving at Santiago de Compostela and the completion of their journey. The number of miles covered daily is based on guests’ physical capacity and can be modified as desired.

Hidden in Spain can also design cycling tours along any eligible Camino de Santiago routes.

For more information, visit https://www.hiddeninspain.com/

Photo: Ibarrola Bridge // Courtesy of Hidden in Spain

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Wymara Resort & Villas Announces Summer Specials
Through September 6, 2019 | Wymara Resort & Villas

Wymara Resort & Villas has announced several summer savings and specials. Here’s what’s on tap:

Summer Offer

Guests can save 20 to 40 percent on select dates now through December 18, 2019, which represents a minimum savings of $900 per night. Note: Villas range from $4500 to $5,500 per night and are subject to a 12 percent government tax, 10 percent service charge and 5 percent facility fee, or a minimum of an additional $1,215 per night. 

Summer Enhancements

The Rosé Your Summer enhancement includes:

  • Welcome bottle of rosé
  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • One day use of pool bed-cabana with one pitcher of Aperol spritz for two
  • Reserved bed at Pink Bar for the sunset hour with one cocktail of choice (One per person)
  • One 50-minute Provo Signature Massage with Eminence rose oil. (One massage per person)
  • Rosé sorbet served at Zest or Pink Bar (One per person per visit)
  • Special farewell turndown

Rosé Your Summer ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

The Summer Reset enhancement includes: 

  • Welcome fruit amenity
  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • Two spa fitness classes during the stay at the open-air yoga pavilion (two per person)
  • Unlimited use of the fitness center
  • One hydrating calm wrap at the spa (one per person)
  • A two-course healthy lunch at Zest (one per person)

Summer Reset ($525) is available through September 6, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

The Discover Turks & Caicos enhancement includes:

  • Daily breakfast at Stelle Restaurant
  • Morning half-day snorkel trip for two with a light lunch
  • Two drinks at Pink Bar (one per person)
  • Three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine

Discover Turks & Caicos ($428) is available through December 18, 2019 and is based on double occupancy.

Visit wymararesortandvillas.com.

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Marriott Bonvoy Kick-Starts “Endless Earning” Promotion
Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Read more. | Marriott International

Marriott International’s travel program, Marriott Bonvoy, is starting-up its second global promotion of 2019, “Endless Earning.” By registering for the promotion, members will be rewarded with 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more across all 7,000 participating Marriott Bonvoy properties from leading hotel brands located in 131 countries and territories. Registered members will earn on eligible stays between July 2 and September 16, 2019. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and more.

Earning 

  • Registration Period: June 18 – September 2, 2019; Earning Period: July 2 – September 16, 2019
  • By registering for the promotion, Marriott Bonvoy members will earn 1,500 bonus points on stays of two nights or more during the promotion earning period, at participating Marriott Bonvoy properties
  • There are no limits to how much members can earn with Endless Earning; however, only one room per hotel is counted toward a member’s nights or stay
  • Homes & Villas by Marriott International, ExecuStay, Marriott Executive Apartments and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for bonus points, and nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for bonus points
  • Members who elect to earn miles instead of points are not eligible for this promotion

See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at marriottbonvoy.com/endlessearning

Marriott Bonvoy Tours & Activities and Marriott Bonvoy Moments, the company’s ever-expanding travel experiences marketplace, offers more than 120,000 experiences in 1,000 destinations from attraction tickets and tours for purchase with credit cards by all guests, to over 8,000 experiences only available to members using points. In 2018, nearly 35,000 experiences were booked by more than 25,000 unique travelers. Of those, 8,640 member-exclusive Moments were experienced by members who redeemed more than 780 million points to pursue their passions for all thing’s sports, music, entertainment, food and more.

For more information, visit https://www.marriott.com/default.mi

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor

Photo by Marriott International 

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Locale, Grand Cayman Unveils Seasonal "Summer Sizzler" Offer
Locale, Grand Cayman

Locale, Grand Cayman, located in the Seven Mile Beach corridor, has unveiled its seasonal "Summer Sizzler" offer.

Guests coming to the property through August 31 get a five-night stay for the price of four, plus complimentary daily breakfast at the in-house restaurant, Bonfire Urban Italian Kitchen, and an additional $30 food and beverage credit during their stay. Rates start at $175 per room, per night, plus fees and taxes.

Bonfire Urban Italian Kitchen is a boutique eatery open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the week. It offers indoor and al-fresco dining, along with an expansive drinks list. Specialties include house-made pastas and pizzas and other dishes created using local ingredients.

Guest rooms have modern televisions, wireless chargers, contemporary bathrooms, kitchenettes and complimentary Wi-Fi, while social spaces provide opportunities for guests to mix and mingle while enjoying a drink, creative activities or both. The hotel offers an outdoor pool deck and beach access a short amble away.

For more information, visit https://staylocale.com/.

Photo: Locale, Grand Cayman Lobby // Courtesy of Locale, Grand Cayman

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Saint Lucia Offers Exclusive Rates and Deals for Travel Advisors
The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority

The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has announced a portfolio of exclusive discounted rates and offers for travel agents in 2019 as part of Saint Lucia Agent Months, the destination’s annual discount familiarization program for travel advisors. The offers -- up to 50 percent off on hotels, ground transportation, meals, tours, activities and more -- invite travel advisors to experience more of Saint Lucia during their personal vacations through November 30, 2019.

Sample offers during Saint Lucia Agent Months include:

  • Anse Chastanet: Rates starting at $185 per person daily (double occupancy) and include breakfast, dinner and all tax/service charges
  • Bay Gardens Marina Haven: Bed & Breakfast Meal Plan $60 per night and All-Inclusive Meal Plan $150 per night
  • Caille Blanc Villa: 35 percent off rack rates, daily buffet breakfast, free transfers and welcome cocktail
  • Calabash Cove: All-inclusive nightly rates of $250 (double) for up to five nights; additional nights 20 percent off published rates
  • Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina: $99 per night for up to three nights (single or double) with full daily breakfast plus taxes and service charge; additional nights 50 percent off published rates
  • WestJet: Travel agents and one companion receive 50 percent to 75 percent off regular published fares, plus taxes and fees

The following hotels, tour companies, attractions and airlines are participating in Saint Lucia Agent Months:

  • Hotels: Anse Chastanet, Bay Gardens Resorts, Bel Jou, BodyHoliday, Caille Blanc Villa, Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, Casa Del Vega, Coco Palm, Fond Doux Plantation & Resort, Jade Mountain, La Dauphine Estate, Marigot Bay Resort Spa and Marina, Marigot Beach Club & Dive Resort, Oasis Marigot, Samfi Gardens, Sandals Resorts, Sugar Beach - A Viceroy Resort, Ti Kaye Resort & Spa and Villa Beach Cottages
  • Tour companies and attractions: Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia, CHI Shuttles, Diamond Botanical Gardens & Waterfall, Holiday Adventures, Jus Sail, Rainforest Adventures and Sea Spray Cruises
  • Airline: WestJet

Travel agents interested in participating in the program simply contact the hotel or tour operator directly, then notify their Saint Lucia Tourism Authority trade manager of the intended travel dates, as well as their preferred dates for their private familiarization trip. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority team will create an itinerary, confirm the hotel site inspections and coordinate ground transportation.

The full list of travel advisor offers as well as further information on the Saint Lucia Agent Months program can be found at www.stlucia.org/travel-trade.

Marigot Bay // Photo Courtesy of Saint Lucia 

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Last-Minute Europe Travel Offers by Insight Vacations
Insight Vacations

Insight Vacations is providing last minute offers on trips to Europe.

Best of Ireland and Scotland—a 14-day journey across Ireland and Scotland. In Dublin, experience a VIP priority entrance to the Book of Kells and a guided walk though Trinity College with a university insider. Meet one of northern Ireland's best storytellers as he walks with travelers inside the 17th-century, gothic city walls of Londonderry. In Ardgowan, learn the history of the Shaw Stewart family on a tour with Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart, who will personally show his 10,000-acre coastal estate. Along the way, walk inside the historic walls of the Edinburgh Castle to see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg and venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and villages in the Ring of Kerry.

Italian Escapade—a 13-day adventure filled with history, food and art. View the Colosseum and architecture of Renaissance palaces and Baroque churches throughout the ancient city of Rome. In the hill town of Assisi, see the stone-built structures that overlook Mount Subasiom and visit the actual birthplace of St. Francis at the Basilica of St. Francis, that is filled with colorful medieval paintings, gold plated ceilings and mosaic-tile floors. Take a cruise through the Isle of Capri, surrounded by Mediterranean waters. In the city of Florence, have a traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina steak dinner and sip on wine at a historic winery in Lake Iseo.

Amazing Spain and Portugal—a nine-day journey through the Iberian Peninsula. Tour the Alhambra Palace with a local expert, taste authentic Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon, and see the ancient Roman arches across the river Tormes in Salamanca. Embark on a drive to Seville to explore the maze of narrow lanes and shady squares of the Santa Cruz Quarter, and see the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, along with his tomb, at the 15th century Seville Cathedral. In the historic city of Toledo, visit the workshop of a craftsman and see how Damascene swords are made. In Jabugo, taste jamon Iberico (Iberian ham) and learn about its history and production.

From now until August 29, guests can utilize Insight Vacations' offer of $150 off per person on economy, $200 off per person on premium economy and $250 off per person on business class with British Airways, American Airlines, Finnair or Iberia Airlines. This exclusive offer is valid for travel from September 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and can save travelers up to $500 per couple. Offer is valid on the Europe, Morocco, Egypt and Eastern Mediterranean Itineraries.

Terms and Conditions: The air discount is valid when adding Economy, Premium Economy or Business class air (on British A).

For more information, visit https://www.insightvacations.com/us

Photo by vwalakte/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Seabourn Launches Summer Opportunity Sales Event
Seabourn

Seabourn has launched its Summer Opportunity Sales Event with savings and value-added amenities available on select 2019-2020 voyages scheduled on every ship across Seabourn’s award-winning fleet.

The Summer Opportunity Sales Event is now underway, with benefits on select voyages sailing all over the globe. Travelers must choose their sailing by Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Value-added benefits may include*:

  • Veranda for Ocean View Suite Upgrades
  • Up to Three Category Veranda Suite Upgrades
  • Up to $500USD Shipboard Credit per Suite
  • Up to $750USD/$900CAD Air Credit per person
  • 300-minute Internet Package per person
  • Up to 15 percent savings on Combination Cruises
  • Book a Penthouse or Premium Suite and receive $1,000USD Shipboard Credit per Suite and an Unlimited Internet Package per Suite.

*Terms and Conditions apply. Offer is valid on select 2019 & 2020 sailings. 

For more information, visit https://www.seabourn.com

Photo: Seabourn Venture // Courtesy of Seabourn

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W Hotels Unveils "Now Boarding" Initiative
W Hotels

W Hotels is offering surfers the chance to avoid board bag travel fees with the launch of “Now Boarding.”

Travelers who book a room at select surfside W destinations will have the cost of flying their board with them reimbursed via an amenity credit. Tapping into the travel itineraries of the more than 23 million surfers worldwide, the program will kick off at the newly opened W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, where guests can book the package. W Hotels will launch the program with four more oceanfront destinations throughout 2019, including W Bali – Seminyak, W Barcelona, W Punta de Mita and W Goa.

The “Now Boarding” initiative was born from in-depth research on the surf industry in line with agency collaborator, Pen & Public. The commissioned research project confirmed key facts that have encouraged the brand to engage with surfers across the globe at W destinations.

The amenity credit for the inaugural wave of “Now Boarding” will be $300 at W Costa Rica. The other retreats will offer a $150 amenity credit when they roll out later this year. 

For more information, visit https://w-hotels.marriott.com/

This deal was originally posted on Luxury Travel Advisor.

Photo: W Barcelona

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Holland America Line Unveils Ocean of Extras Promotion
Holland America Line

Holland America Line’s new Oceans of Extras promotion gives guests up to $600 in onboard spending money per stateroom and awards bonus perks for suite bookings on select fall 2019 through spring 2020 cruises.

The offer, which runs through June 30, 2019, provides cruisers who book an eligible itinerary with onboard spending money ranging from $50 to $300 per person, depending on the length of cruise and stateroom category. In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card valued at $100 per stateroom, as well as a Signature Dining Package that includes one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

Oceans of Extras is available on a range of itineraries from Sept. 30, 2019, through May 1, 2020. With this promotion, guests can book a cruise to many of Holland America Line’s global destinations, including Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Hawaii, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Panama Canal, South America and the South Pacific.

The onboard spending money allows guests to experience a treatment at the spa, book a shore excursion, go shopping for souvenirs, dine in a specialty restaurant, pick up a photo, order beverages and more.

Specialty Dining Included for Suite Bookings

In addition to the onboard spending money, suite bookings also receive a Signature Beverage Card and one complimentary dinner at both Pinnacle Grill and Canaletto.

The award-winning Pinnacle Grill showcases Pacific Northwest cuts of beef and other traditional steakhouse favorites, along with exclusive dishes and desserts by Culinary Council Members David Burke and Jacques Torres. Menu items include a 16-ounce dry aged Delmonico steak, corn-fed chicken breast, baked Alaskan halibut, seared jumbo scallops and Burke’s beef tenderloin with lobster dumplings. The menu also offers vegetarian options.

Adjacent to the Lido Market dining area, the festive Canaletto features an Italian “sharing” dinner experience every evening that offers a variety of dishes to have with family and friends. The menu was conceived out of a desire to create a leisurely and more authentic Italian experience. All pasta served in Canaletto is made fresh on board, and appetizers include grilled calamari with salsa verde and lemon herb panagrattato and Melanzane ripiene.

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Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale by Pleasant Holidays Gets Extended
Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has extended its Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale with new offers and exclusive deals for new bookings made through June 30, 2019. The extended sale features savings on vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and more, including:

  • $250 off Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Alaska cruise vacations
  • $100 off air-inclusive vacation packages to Hawaii and Mexico
  • Exclusive reduced room rates, kids-stay-free offers, complimentary room upgrades and more at select resorts
  • Lower hotel prices in Hawaii at five oceanfront resorts on four islands with additional exclusive added values

The Texas-Sized Summer Vacation Sale deals are valid on new package bookings made by June 30, 2019 for travel through Aug. 31, 2019. Qualified bookings must include roundtrip airfare from AMA, AUS, BTR, DAL, DFW, ELP, HOU, IAH, LBB, LIT, MAF, MSY, OKC, SAT or TUL and include a minimum of three nights’ accommodation at hotels and resorts in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico or Europe portfolios, or staterooms on an NCL Alaska itinerary plus one additional vacation component (e.g., cruise travel protection coverage, pre- or post-cruise hotel stay, Hawaii luau, etc.). Travelers will savings and added values on vacations with many of the most popular hotel brands, including AMResorts, The Excellence Collection, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hawaii, Playa Hotels & Resorts, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and others.

In addition, travelers save $250 on NCL Hawaii cruise vacations when roundtrip airfare and one additional package component are included, for new bookings made May 13 – 31, 2019.

For more information, visit PleasantAgent.com

Photo by RossHelen/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Unveils United Vacations as May Preferred Partner
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has selected United Vacations as  Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of May. The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. and Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program experience a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web, social media, and press exposure. The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

During the month of May, United Vacations’ clients will save up to 62 percent and receive up to a $500 resort credit, exclusive kids’ concierge and more. Resort credits can be used toward s services such as massage services, culinary experiences, wine credits, and more. This offer is available for clients when booking by May 31, 2019. It is also combinable with Cash for Your Bash, Your Stay Your Way, and Pick Your Perks. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent in commission. This offer is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during their designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal, dedicated social media and press outreach. To generate sales for the Preferred Partner and drive exposure internally, Karisma Hotels & Resorts creates exclusive promotions and added values for the designated partner.

Photo Courtesy of Karisma Hotels & Resorts

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Abercrombie & Kent Offers Savings on Antarctica Cruises
Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent has announced a new lineup of Antarctica voyage deals. Travelers can save up to $11,000 per stateroom. Additionally, solos get half off the single supplement on December 7 and December 17, 2019, sailings. 

Classic Antarctica 2019; 13 Days from $12,995 was $15,995; Limited to 199 Guests

Save $3,000 per person, plus 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. In addition, receive a $1,500 per person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

Embark on an award-winning Luxury Expedition Cruise for Antarctica—home to towering icebergs, massive glaciers and abundant wildlife.

Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falkland Islands 2019-20; 18 Days from $18,995 was $22,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

December 17, 2019 Departure: Save $4,000 per person and 50 percent on the single supplement on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K.

January 1, 2020 Departure: Save $4,000 per person on stateroom categories 1-3. Plus, receive a $1,500 per-person credit on any stateroom or suite when reserving international air with A&K. Extend the journey and save $500 per person on the two-night Buenos Aires Pre-Tour New Year’s Eve Celebration (December 30, 2019-January 1, 2020).

Join this panoramic Luxury Expedition Cruise and explore the Falkland Islands, South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, and epic Antarctica — an 18-day adventure in the Southern Ocean.

On the January 1 departure, opt to ring in the New Year prior to departure with a special two-night package.

2020 Antarctic Discovery: Palmer’s Bicentennial Expedition; 15 Days from $18,495 was $21,995; Limited to 199 Guests.

Book early and save $3,500 per person on stateroom categories one, two and three.

Cruise on a 15-day voyage commemorating the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica, featuring an itinerary exploring historic areas and wildlife-rich islands, as well as the chance to travel within the Antarctic Circle.

For more information, visit https://www.abercrombiekent.com

Photo by Photodynamic/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Avalon Waterways Announces "You Snooze, You Don't Cruise" Promotion
Now through August 27, 2019 | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is kickstarting the cruise-selling season for travel advisors with its biggest savings of the year on 2020 itineraries. The company’s “You Snooze, You Don’t Cruise” sales event offers advisors the opportunity to reach out to their clients with free air, plus savings of up to $500 per couple on select 2020 Europe sailings or savings up to $2,000 per couple on the company’s 2020 Mekong and Ganges departures.

As part of this sales event, Avalon Waterways is also offering advisors extra booking incentives. When they share this sale with clients, travel advisors will be rewarded with robust commissions, as well as chances to win a complimentary Avalon cruise for two. Avalon Waterways will pick a cruise giveaway winner each month through August. Chances to win are based on three criteria: "Sell, Share and Send."  

Sell: Travel Advisors who secure bookings between now and August 27, 2019 will receive two entries to win per booking.  

Share: Those who share complimentary images, videos and messages from the Travel Agent Portal (via social media) will also get an entry.  

Send: Advisors who use Avalon’s free email template – or create their own email – and send it to clients will receive yet another chance to win the monthly giveaway. 

The more advisors "Sell, Share and Send," the more chances they have to win. Travel advisors who win can choose from Avalon’s list of Europe or Mekong 2019 and 2020 itineraries. 

For details, travel advisors can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com/avalonviews.

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JetBlue Vacations Offers $400 in Savings on Travel to Barbados
For travel through October 1 when booked from May 7 through May 14. | JetBlue Vacations

Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) and JetBlue Vacations are offering exclusive savings and benefits on vacation packages just in time for the summer season. From May 7 through May 14, travelers from around the U.S. will receive $400 off through JetBlue Vacations when booking select flight and hotel packages to Barbados.

The Barbados vacation packages will include flights and accommodations starting at $2,500 for two people. The packages can be booked with any of JetBlue’s hotel and resort partners on the island; this includes more than 100 accommodation options, ranging from all-inclusive properties and luxury resorts to villas and budget accommodations.

Additionally, guests can enjoy exclusive offerings when staying at one of the following top hotel properties: Sea Breeze, Ocean Two, Hilton Barbados and Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences. Special perks include welcome gifts, food and spa credits, free airport transfers, late checkout, on-property discounts, room upgrades and more. These hotel-specific offerings are valid on bookings made through June 30.

In the summer and fall, travelers to Barbados can celebrate the island’s culture, cuisine and art at Crop Over, Food & Rum Festival and Barbados Jazz Excursion & Golf. 

Packages must be booked using the promo code BGI400 by May 14 for travel between May 7 and October 1, 2019.

JetBlue offers direct service to Barbados from New York - JFK, New Jersey, Boston and Ft. Lauderdale.  All JetBlue flights include the airline’s award-winning service, complimentary and unlimited name-brand snacks, free first-run Hollywood movies and the most legroom in coach.

Photo: Hilton Barbados

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Journese Offers New Travel Advisor Incentive
Journese

Journese announced its new travel advisor incentive, whereby travel advisors will earn 500 Bonus TRIP points for every confirmed Journese booking at hand-selected partner resorts across the globe made by June 30, 2019 for travel through June 30, 2020; plus, the top two revenue-producing advisors will earn a three-night stay at The Trump International Hotel Waikiki or a four-night stay at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. In addition, travel advisors who add any optional activity from the Journese portfolio in combination with select family-friendly resorts will receive an additional 100 Bonus TRIP Points on registered bookings.

Together with premier four- and five-star properties, travelers can sample resorts worldwide for a family experience, many offering special amenities for families including children stay and eat complimentary, as well as value-adds, including special rates, resort credits, daily breakfast and more. Travelers can also choose from all-inclusive and meal-inclusive options, private resort residences and villas, in conjunction with family features including incredible pools, water sports, and kids clubs.

Furthermore, many of the select hotel partners offer real-time rates and availability, and bookings can be combined with all classes of air service, excursions including private options, car rentals and private transfers, plus the new Journese Cancel for Any Reason Protection Plan.

For family-friendly vacation ideas curated by Journese, go to Journese.com/itineraries to view sample itineraries.

To make a booking or explore further details on Journese’ exclusively four- and five-star portfolio and promotions, travel advisors can visit Journese.com or call 800-442-9244. Journese is a member of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and an active member of the United States Tour Operator Association (USTOA) and participates in the $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program.

Grand Class suite Grand Velas Riviera Maya // Photo by Passage of Distinction

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Apple Vacations Offers Savings on AMResorts Properties from Select Gateways
Apple Vacations

Agents booking at least three nights to any AMResorts property from select departure gateways can take advantage of savings of $150 on Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flight Packages from Apple Vacations.

The promotion applies to the following select departure gateways:

  • Indianapolis (IND): Use code INDAMR150 on bookings received by May 2, 2019 for travel May 1 – June 30, 2019
  • Kansas City (MCI): Use code MCIAMR150AV for travel May 1 – Aug. 4, 2019*
  • Philadelphia (PHL): Use code PHLAMR150AV for travel May 1 – Sept. 30, 2019*
  • Chicago (ORD): Use code ORDAMR150AV for travel Aug. 12– Oct. 31, 2019
  • St. Louis (STL): Use code STLAMR150AV for travel Aug. 12 – Oct. 31, 2019*

*Departures from these gateways must be booked by May 9, 2019.

For more information or to book, visit www.AppleVacations.com.

Photo by Pixabay / rawpixel

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts to Allow Kids to Stay Free With Wedding Groups
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ Generations Riviera Maya and Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun are inviting children to stay for free with wedding groups of 10 rooms or more. Wedding couples can enjoy the company of even the smallest of guests as children ages 3-12 are free, up to 25 kids in total. The offer is available now through May 31, for travel beginning May 1, 2019, and ending December 20, 2020, for a maximum of two children per room.

At both Gourmet Inclusive resorts, the Signature Wedding Designer and Personal Wedding Attendant will cater to couples as they prep for their wedding day.

For more information, visit https://www.karismahotels.com/

Image Courtesy of Karisma Hotels 

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Sandals Resorts to Honor Over 30 Individuals With #SandalsMaycation Giveaway
Sandals Resorts

In honor of #MothersDay, #TeacherAppreciationWeek, #NationalNursesDay and #MilitaryMonth, Sandals Resorts is sharing its appreciation to 31 hardworking individuals with a chance to win a vacation through its #SandalsMaycation giveaway.

Every day for the month of May, Sandals Resorts will randomly select one male or female teacher, nurse, military member or mother, and award them with a complimentary 6-night Luxury Included vacation for two adults at any Sandals or Beaches Resort of their choice – for a total of 31 giveaways. Winners will be selected randomly and announced every Friday during the month of May, including May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, 2019.

Nominate someone who is a nurse, teacher, active or retired military and/or mother. Or submitters can nominate themselves. Visit www.sandals.com/maycation, upload a photo of the nominee, and a 250-character explanation of why they deserve a #SandalsMaycation.

With 19 resorts to choose from, Sandals and Beaches Resorts span across the Caribbean islands – including Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados and Turks & Caicos. Through Sandals’ 5-Star Global Gourmet dining program, guests eat in as many as 16 restaurants per resort with cuisine inspired from around the world. There are also bars, such as Latitudes Overwater Bar – Sandals’ first overwater bar concept featuring 360° ocean views and an array of cocktails. Additionally, guests have access to land and water sports, such as snorkeling and paddle boarding, and day and night entertainment.

For more information on the #SandalsMaycation giveaway, visit www.sandals.com/maycation.

Photo: Sandals Royal Barbados by Matt Turner 

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Majestic Resorts Offers Up to 40 Percent Savings on Certain Incentives
Majestic Resorts

Agents booking Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana with Travel Impressions from April 1 – 30, 2019, will save clients up to 40 percent along with exclusive room upgrades, spa credits or complimentary green fees. To qualify, travel must take place from April 1 – October 31, 2019.

Additional group incentives are available for agents, including a 16th guest free offer, while wedding groups can receive a Free Wedding Package.

 Promotional FIT pricing for five-night all-inclusive packages starts at:

  • $630 per person for a Colonial Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi plus a guaranteed room upgrade at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
  • $697 per person for a Junior Suite plus a guaranteed room upgrade at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
  • $816 per person for any room category plus $50 Spa Credit at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

Sample rates are quoted per person, double occupancy, based on travel August 17 – October 31, 2019, and include roundtrip hotel transfers; three-night hotel accommodations with all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities including non-motorized watersports and nightly entertainment; hotel tax and service charges. Rates may vary based on departure date and selected room category.

Agents will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per qualifying FIT booking during the promotional period.

Majestic Elegance Playa Mujeres, set to debut in 2020, is Majestic Resorts’ new resort. When booking, agents can use the code POME which gives clients one bottle of Moet Chandon, one bottle of Don Julio tequila, complementary massages, fruit basket upon arrival, commemorative opening polo shirt and a lobster dinner.

For added convenience and cost savings, Travel Impressions offers non-stop Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Punta Cana and Cancun from a variety of popular gateways in addition to scheduled service from all U.S. departure points.

Click on the ‘Supplier of the Month” tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more information or to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion.

Image: Punta Cana 

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Savings on Saint Peter’s Bay & Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences
Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences and Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences and its sister property, Port Ferdinand Yacht & Beach Club Residences, are offering 35 percent off all villas for travelers planning their Caribbean getaway. Available to book now until March 31, travelers staying at the two properties can immerse themselves in all that Barbados has to offer with activities and experiences that encapsulate the island’s appeal.

Saint Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort Residences offers villa-style accommodations with concierge service and the use of facilities at its sister resort, Port Ferdinand. Accommodations includes five-bedroom villas and on-site, family-focused amenities.

Port Ferdinand is home to waterfront restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, yacht slips and services, and a staff known for its warm Bajan hospitality. 

The Summer Savings 2019 special offer includes:

  • VIP Airport Meet & Greet on Arrival
  • Swim & Snorkel with the Turtles
  • Tour Concierge Service
  • Non-motorized water-sports
  • Unlimited Water Taxi Service between Port Ferdinand & Saint Peter’s Bay

For more information, visit https://www.portferdinand.com/

Photo by achiartistul/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images    

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Mandalay Bay and Luxor Offer Kids Eat Free Deal
MGM Resorts

To help guests save on their summer family vacations to Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay and Luxor are offering a Kids Eat Free deal. Guests who book between April 2, 2019 – April 16, 2019 and visit anytime during June 2019 will receive a free buffet daily for up to two kids.

At Mandalay Bay, kid-friendly amenities include a Shark Reef Aquarium, a real wave pool and lazy river at Mandalay Bay Beach. Also featured is a daily complimentary breakfast or lunch at the Bayside Buffet (up to a $45 per day value). At Luxor, kids could have a daily complimentary breakfast or lunch at The Buffet (up to a $36 per day value).

Buffet Credit Redemption Instructions:

  1. For guests to redeem the Kids Eat Free package, a valid credit card must be presented upon check-in and guests will be required to charge their two complimentary kids’ breakfast, lunch, or brunch per night, tax-inclusive, to their room.
  2. Guest must provide a credit card to cover incidental charges to activate room charge privileges.
  3. Credit will be applied to the guest’s folio. Any additional charges will be the responsibility of the guest to be paid at check out.
  4. Individual booking links have been created for each offer, and routing has been built as a package.
  5. Mandalay Bay: Kids Eat Free package is available for kids age 5-12. Redeemable only at Mandalay Bay Bayside Buffet.
  6. Luxor: Kids Eat Free package is available for kids age 4-11. Redeemable only at The Buffet at Luxor.

To book a Las Vegas family vacation this June, search for available dates and properties here, https://www.suiteness.com/suites/united-states/nevada/las-vegas/hotels

Photo of Mandalay Bay/Courtesy of MGM Resorts 

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Seabourn Offers Special Pricing On a Selection Of 2019 & 2020 Sailings
Seabourn

For two weeks only, Seabourn is offering a package of savings and amenities on select 2019 and 2020 voyages across the world aboard its fleet.

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale kicks off Monday, March 25 and runs through April 8, and offers benefits on select sailings for travelers to experience the world on a Seabourn voyage. Travelers who book during the Two-Week Sale may:

  • Receive complimentary veranda suite category upgrades
  • Reserve a penthouse or premium suite and receive a $1,000 per suite shipboard credit
  • Book a Combination Cruise and receive up to 15 percent savings
  • Receive a special deposit offer of $500 per suite
  • Solo travelers will find single supplements starting at only 25 percent above the standard double occupancy fares on select voyages

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale applies to select cruises in destinations around the world. A complete listing of the voyages, savings and amenities can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.

Additional offerings and programs include partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals, such as An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a culinary concept reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s.

Other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.

For more information, visit www.seabourn.com

Photo by Seabourn 

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Pleasant Holidays Announces Spring & Summer Vacation Sale
Valid for new qualified bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced its "Texas-Sized Spring & Summer Vacation Sale" to some of its most popular destinations, including Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe, plus $500 off Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) Hawaii cruises and $250 off NCL Alaska cruise vacations. In conjunction with the sale, Pleasant Holidays is launching its Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive featuring travel rewards for travel advisors. Both the Vacation Sale and Travel Advisor Incentive are valid for departures from airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Sale and Incentives are valid for new qualified bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019.

Pleasant Holidays’ Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive will award four vacations to travel advisors, one each to Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and Hawaii. Reward vacations include roundtrip airfare for two- and four-nights’ accommodation at either Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun, Hilton Paris Opera or Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The travel advisor with the highest revenue growth in qualified bookings for each destination wins the four-night, air-inclusive vacation for two to that destination. In addition, all travel advisors receive 1,000 Bonus TRIP points per qualified booking that can be redeemed for personal travel to any Pleasant Holidays destination worldwide, including Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, Tahiti and Central America.

To assist travel advisors in their efforts to win, Pleasant Holidays’ Texas-Sized Spring & Summer Vacation Sale features savings on vacations to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico and Europe plus $500 off NCL Hawaii cruise vacations and $250 off NCL Alaska cruise vacations. Pleasant Holidays says it offers the guaranteed lowest hotel prices in Hawaii at five oceanfront resorts on four islands. The sale deals are valid on new package bookings made by May 12, 2019 for travel through August 31, 2019. Qualified bookings must include roundtrip airfare from AMA, AUS, BTR, DFW, ELP, HOU, IAH, LBB, LIT, MAF, MSY, OKC, SAT or TUL and include a minimum of three nights’ accommodation at hotels in Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico or Europe portfolios, or staterooms on NCL’s Hawaii itinerary plus one additional vacation component (e.g., cruise travel protection coverage, pre- or post-cruise hotel stay, Hawaii luau, etc.). Travel advisors will find savings on vacations to many of the most popular hotel brands, including AMResorts, Excellence Group Luxury Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hawaii, Playa Hotels & Resorts, Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and more.

Travel advisors must register one qualified booking by May 12, 2019 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/southsale in order to have their bookings tracked for the Texas-Sized Travel Advisor Incentive travel prizes and to receive 1,000 Bonus TRIP points per booking. TRIP is Pleasant Holidays’ travel reward incentive program where agents earn points for personal travel with every booking.

Photo by Pixabay / rawpixel

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Eurobound Announces $500 Award for Swiss Promo
The sales contest lasts throughout all of 2019. | Eurobound

Eurobound has launched a promotion awarding a $500 gift check to each of the top 10 dollar-producing agents who sell the company’s Switzerland packages in 2019. The year-long promotion marks the second year Eurobound has teamed up with the Swiss in promoting travel to Switzerland.

New St. Moritz, Zermatt, Bern Itinerary

To keep up the momentum, Eurobound will unveil a series of Switzerland packages throughout the year. One such itinerary is a seven-day St. Moritz, Zermatt and Bern combination.

The luxury package features two nights each in five-star hotels: Hotel Waldhaus in Sils Maria on Lake St. Moritz, Hotel Zermatterhof in Zermatt and Hotel Schweizerhof in Bern. Daily breakfast is included, as well as half-board in Sils Maria, first-class train travel throughout, transfers from railway stations to hotels, and a private walking tour of Bern. Highlights include a ride on the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt, the Gornergrat Railway overlooking 29 peaks, and a gourmet lunch cruise on Lake Lucerne

Package price is $3,675 per person, based on double occupancy. Air fare is additional. Eurobound can also arrange attractively priced business class air fare and can customize each package.

To Book

For more information on the Switzerland promotion, and Eurobound’s custom itineraries, call 888-672-7476, or email [email protected]. Further information on Eurobound is available on the company’s web site, Eurobound.com. Eurobound pays commission with delivery of documents.

Now in its 23rd year, Eurobound provides distinctive packages and itineraries for independent travelers and small groups, sold exclusively through travel agents. Eurobound has been recognized as Tour Operator of the Year for 2018 by Atout France, the French Tourist office. The company is also a past winner of the French Affairs Award for Best Niche Tour Operator.

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Travel Impressions Offers $300 in Exclusive Resort Coupons
Travel Impressions and AMResorts

Travel Impressions has partnered with AMResorts as its Supplier of the Month to offer $300 in exclusive resort coupons at Dreams, Now, Reflect and Sunscape Resorts & Spas on bookings received March 1 – 31, for travel completed by August 17, 2019. Travel professionals can take advantage of a combinable Kids Stay Free offer as well as up to $300 in instant savings at select AMResorts properties.

Dreams Resorts & Spas offer appointed rooms and suites in beachfront ambiance, while Now Resorts & Spas feature settings where multigenerational families, couples and friends play and party steps away from peace and quiet.

In addition to the added incentive of resort coupons and instant savings, travelers will get Unlimited Fun experiences and Unlimited-Luxury Packages featuring hotel accommodations, taxes and service charges, all meals, snacks and top-shelf spirits, 24-hour room and concierge services (Unlimited-Luxury Packages only), daily activities, nightly entertainment and more.

Agents will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per FIT booking for all AMResorts properties during the promotional period.

For added convenience and cost savings, Travel Impressions offers non-stop Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Cancun, Cozumel, Huatulco, Ixtapa, Los Cabos, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta, Costa Rica and Jamaica from a variety of gateways in addition to scheduled service from all U.S. departure points.

Click on the "Supplier of the Month" tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more information or to view the full terms and conditions for the promotion.

  • Kids Stay Free is valid on select bookings now through March 20 on travel April 22 – December  22, 2019.
  • Up to $300 instant savings via Savings in Bloom promotion applies to bookings received now through April 30 for qualifying travel completed by August 17, 2019.

 For more information, visit http://www.travimp.com/

Cancun Beach/Photo by goglik83/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Puerto Vallarta Beach Club Offers Free Night
Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

Puerto Vallarta Beach Club is offering a free night. Travelers can experience a week-long stay with the seventh night free, when paying for six nights. The Owner’s Gift special is valid from May 1-31.

At the private gated estate on Playa los Muertos, mornings begin with fresh coffee in the one of the appointed villas. Guests can request to have the refrigerator pre-stocked with preferred refreshment.

Breakfast is taken overlooking the bay or on the private terrace. A private chef is on call to prepare any other meals in the villa or on the beach, or the concierge can make reservations at any of Puerto Vallarta’s bistros. Villas also come with a full gourmet kitchen and an outdoor gas-fired grill.

Travelers can have a spa treatment in the villa or on the estate’s private beach, set among one of the last beachfront jungles in Puerto Vallarta. Or they can float in the private infinity-edged pool on the terrace.

The private concierge will also help make arrangements if guests decide to leave the villa to visit a local island, golf at one of the six nearby courses, go deep sea fishing or wish to explore town and its art and shops by foot. 

For those eager to experience some of Puerto Vallarta’s nightlife, the estate is a short walk along the beach to town and to the Malecón.

The Owner’s Gift includes a welcome margarita along with the free night. 

For more information, visit www.PuertoVallartaBeachClub.com

Photo courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

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Variety Cruises Releases Discount for Costa Rica and Panama Departures
Deal is available from March 3 to March 9, 2019. | Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises has created a special discount and group offer on its March 2 and March 9, 2019, departures in Costa Rica and Panama.

The Variety Cruises Group Offer and Discount for Costa Rica and Panama:

March 2, 2019- Puerto Caldera Port, Costa Rica- Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama

March 9, 2019- Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama- Puerto Caldera Port, Costa Rica 

Offer:

  • 20% DISCOUNT in double occupancy or no single supplement for single travelers
  • Book 6 cabins, get a 7th cabin free. Includes a complimentary bottle of wine and fruit in each cabin
  • Book 9 cabins, get a 10th cabin free. Will also include a cocktail reception for the entire party
  • When booking 9 cabins, in addition to a free 10th cabin, a 5% discount will be applied to gross rates

The Costa Rica and Panama cruises are aboard the 36 Cabin M/Y Variety Voyager. From this cruise, Variety cruise-goers get access to white sand beaches, jungles and ports not accessible to large ship. Destinations to explore include Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Quepos, a small harbor town. In Panama, travelers can see Restingue Island for swimming and snorkeling and visit the Embera Indians, one of the seven native Panamanian people who are known for their handcrafts.

The line is also offering discounts and group offers to other destinations including Cuba, the Red Sea, West Africa, the Seychelles and the Cape Verde islands.

For more information, visit http://www.varietycruises.com/

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Blue Sky Tours Offers 8% Commission on United, Delta Flights
From March 1-30, 2019 | Blue Sky Tours

From March 1 to 30, travel advisors who book travel to Hawaii through Blue Sky Tours can receive an eight percent commission on flights with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines. Additionally, the wholesaler will offer up to 15 percent commission on its land components.

The increased air commission will be available on flights to Kahului Airport (OGG), Lihue Airport (LIH), Kona International Airport (KOA) and Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu. Blue Sky Tours is also offering the eight percent commission on travel to Hilo International Airport (ITO), but only for United Airlines flights. The 15 percent commission on land components includes car rentals, excursions and travel protection.

The promotion applies only to new bookings and can be combined with other offers. For advisors booking from March 8 to 21, for travel April 1 to September 30, clients can save up to $150 at certain Aqua-Aston Hospitality properties. From March 15 to 18 and for travel between April 1 and September 30, travelers can receive up to 44 percent off rates at select locations from Independent Hawaii Hotels & Resorts.

Blue Sky Tours sells custom designed vacation packages to Hawaii (Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island) and the South Pacific (Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia). The company’s Hawaii products can include airlines, hotels and condominiums, cars and activities, a “peace of mind” protection waiver, commission protection and during-travel insurance. The company sells exclusively through travel advisors.

For more information visit Blue Sky Tours’ website.

Photo by PB57photos/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Wymara Resort and Villas Offers New Villa Specials
Booking Window: Through December 15, 2019; valid for stays through December 18, 2019 | Wymara Resort and Villas

The recently rebranded Wymara Resort and Villas, formerly known as Gansevoort Turks + Caicos, is offering guests 40 percent off stays in its new four- and five-bedroom luxury oceanfront villas in celebration of its 10th anniversary.

Each villa has two swimming pools, an over-the-water swim platform, personalized concierge service and more. Villa guests will also have full access to the resort, including the revamped beachfront restaurant, Zest; popular pop-up-turned mainstay, Pink Bar; and signature restaurant, Stelle.

Details are as follows: 

  • Receive 40 percent off your villa stay plus a $250 resort F&B credit
    • Winter/spring rates start at $3,450 per night
    • Select summer/fall rates start at $2,850 per night
  • Booking Window: Now through December 15, 2019
  • Valid for stays taking place through December 18, 2019
  • Four-night minimum stay required
  • Reservations require a three-night deposit or 50 percent, whichever is greater, and there is a 30-day cancellation policy. Subject to blackout dates and availability. Taxes and fees apply.

Photo by Wymara Resort and Villas

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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Selects Travel Impressions as Preferred Partner
Karisma Hotels & Resorts

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning luxury hotel collection which owns and manages properties in Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, has announced that Travel Impressions has been selected as the Karisma Preferred Partner for the month of February. The Karisma Preferred Partner program goal is to highlight a different tour operator from the U.S. and Canada each month, offering a variety of special activities designed to drive excitement and motivation while providing training on Karisma Hotels & Resorts and the Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

Partners that are chosen to participate in the Karisma Preferred Partner program experience a range of benefits, including training support, sales incentives and assistance, weekly contests, web, social media, and press exposure. The training, which takes place prior to the start of the month, focuses on reservations, groups, and sales with the intention of providing a better understanding of Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ fundamental differentiators, including the signature Gourmet Inclusive Experience.

During the month of February, Travel Impressions’ clients will save up to 64 percent and receive up to a $500 resort credit. Resort credits can be used towards services such as massage services, culinary experiences, wine credits, and more. This offer is available for clients when booking by February 28, 2019. This special is combinable with Cash for Your Bash, Your stay Your Way, and Pick Your Perks. Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants can earn up to 21 percent in commission.  This offer is only available for new bookings with a minimum stay of three nights – valid at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana. Plus with Travel Impressions agents can earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points for FIT bookings to all Karisma properties.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts also offers its Preferred Partners exposure during their designated month, including a spotlight on Karisma’s travel agent portal, dedicated social media and press outreach.  To generate sales for the Preferred Partner and drive exposure internally, Karisma Hotels & Resorts creates exclusive promotions and added values for the designated partner.

Vacation packages can be booked through Travel Impressions by visiting www.travimp.com.

Photo courtesy of Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma

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Crystal Cruises Presents "Book Now" Savings Until February 28
Crystal Cruises

Luxury travelers have limited time remaining to save thousands of dollars on global voyages aboard the award-winning ships of Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises. Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $2,000 per suite on select Ocean voyages; $1,500 per suite on select River voyages; and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages.

With dozens of applicable sailings, guests can experience added value with the all-inclusive Crystal Experience on the vacation they choose. The recently redesigned Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer itineraries that span the globe, from Australia, Asia and Alaska to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet of five ships sail the rivers of Europe on journeys through Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and more. Crystal Esprit offers boutique yachting escapes for active travelers, including spring sailings in the West Indies and summer and beyond in the Adriatic, Arabian Peninsula and the Seychelles

Crystal’s Book Now Savings program is designed to reward travelers who book early with the very best possible fares for the sailings of their choice. Following the February 28 “Book Now” deadline, fares for 75 voyages will increase.

For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com

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Guests Receive Air on Select Uniworld Cruises the Rest of February
Through February 28 | Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Guests who book select cruises from Uniworld River Cruise Collection by the end of February can receive free airfare. The offer applies to more than 65 departure dates on six itineraries, including:

  • Castles Along the Rhine – This eight-day cruise sails between Amsterdam and Basel. Stops include Cologne, Koblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and more.
  • Portugal, Spain & the Douro – Offered as an eight-day sailing roundtrip from Porto as an 11-day trip beginning in Lisbon and ending in Porto, this itinerary offers travelers a chance to sail through Spain and Portugal’s Douro River Valley.
  • Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River – Travelers looking to explore the Douro River can also choose this 13-day cruise between Madrid and Lisbon. Along the way, guests see Toledo, Salamanca, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego, Porto and more.
  • Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna – An even longer sailing, this 15-day trip travels between Amsterdam and Vienna with stops at Dürnstein, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim and Cologne.
  • Gems of Northern Italy – Lasting 10 days, the Gems of Northern Italy runs from Milan to Venice.
  • Magnificent Moselle and Rhine – Another 10-day trip, this itinerary sails between Cologne and Frankfurt, stopping at destinations throughout Germany and Luxembourg.

All itineraries include onboard accommodations, food and beverage, daily guided excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. The deal is only combinable with River Heritage Club savings, agency discounts and member benefits. The offer began February 12 and will be available through February 28.

For more information, visit Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s website.

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Carnival Cruise Line Has Launched Its "Carnival Word Search Contest"
Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has launched an interactive “Carnival Word Search Contest” for travel agents. The online game, designed to keep agents up to date on Carnival’s ships and itineraries, will run for 18 days, from February 11 through February 28, 2019.

Every day of the contest travel advisors who visit Facebook.com/carnivaltrade can play along and find three ship- or port-related terms in a word-search puzzle. Each time participants find a word; a fun fact pops up with relevant information. For example, finding the word “PANORAMA” yields “The all-new Carnival Panorama will take your clients on a picturesque cruise through Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta starting December 2019.”

Completing the three-word challenge automatically enters the agent in an instant daily giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card, as well as the drawing for the grand prize — a three-day cruise on Carnival Panorama, which debuts in December. The more often agents visit and play, the more chances they have to win.

The grand prize is a three-day cruise on Carnival Panorama departing Long Beach, CA, December 11. The package includes airfare, one hotel night and $200 for travel expenses for the winning travel advisor.

Travel advisors can visit GoCCL.com for details on how to play. The Carnival Word Search Contest is open to travel advisors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada (excluding Quebec).

For more information, visit www.carnival.com.

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South African Airways Vacations Introduces Six-Day Cape Town Trip
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations, the leisure branch of South African Airways, debuted a six-night air-inclusive “South Africa Sweetheart on Sale” vacation package. The deal starts at $2,399 and includes roundtrip airfare, four nights in Cape Town and a two-night stay at a safari lodge.

Those who choose the package receive roundtrip international economy class airfare aboard South African Airways from New York-JFK or Washington-Dulles to Johannesburg, as well as domestic flights between there and Cape Town. Travelers additionally receive meet and greet service by a South African Airways Vacations’ representative.

The package includes a four-night stay at Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl Hotel. Located in the heart of Cape Town, the hotel is just a short walk away from restaurants, boutique shops, local craft markets and major tourist attractions. Guests receive daily complimentary breakfast and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Travelers will also spend two nights at the five-star Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. The lodge will conduct twice daily game drives offering guests the opportunity to see the Big 5. Each suite features an en-suite bathroom, an outside shower and a private patio overlooking the reserve. Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

The “South Africa Sweetheart on Sale” deal can be used towards travel between April 1 and May 31, as well as from August 11 to 31. The $2,399 price is per person and based on double occupancy and economy class flights. It includes all government and airline-imposed taxes and fees.

For more information, visit South African Airways Vacations’ website.

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Apple Vacations Announces Kids-Stay-Free Deals at Over 50 Hotels
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is offering an assortment of kids-stay-free offers this year, with deals available at more than 50 all-inclusive properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Here are some of those deals:

Caribbean

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Dominicus La Romana* in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort** and The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical** in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Jamaica*** in Ocho Rios
  • Two kids stay free at Now Larimar Punta Cana* and Now Onyx Punta Cana* in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort** and The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana** in the Dominican Republic
  • Kids stay free at Riu Negril**** or Riu Ocho Rios**** in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Cove Montego Bay* and Sunscape Splash Montego Bay* in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Puerto Plata* in the Dominican Republic

Mexico

  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Cozumel Palace***
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta*
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Cancun*** and The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun***
  • Two kids stay free at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta* in Riviera Nayarit
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa*

Central America

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama*
  • Kids stay free at Riu Guanacaste**** in Costa Rica
  • Kids stay free at Riu Playa Blanca**** in Panama

* Valid for select travel dates Aug. 18 – Dec. 22, 2019 on bookings received anytime

** Valid for select travel dates May 1 – Dec. 21, 2019 on bookings received by Feb. 15, 2019

*** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates now through Dec. 23, 2019

**** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates May 1 – Dec. 23, 2019

For more information visit Apple Vacations’ website.

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Jungle Experiences Offers Discounted Rate for Amazon Cruises
Through May 31, 2019 | Jungle Experiences

From now through May 31, Jungle Experiences is offering discounted rates aboard its luxury Amazon riverboat cruises. Specializing in multigenerational luxury, adventure and expedition travel, the company offers all-inclusive three-, four-, six- and seven-night cruises along the Peruvian Amazon.

Travelers can apply the discounted rate to select cruises aboard its luxury riverboat, the 19-suite MV Zafiro, or its adventure riverboat, the 14-cabin MV La Perla. Rates start at $2,996 per person on the MV Zafiro, a savings of $400 off the usual price, and at $1,400 per person on the MV La Perla, a savings of $300. The offer is not valid for group bookings and cannot be combined with any other discount.

Jungle Experiences’ all-inclusive trips include: a one-night stay at Iquitos DoubleTree Hilton, complimentary domestic flights from Lima to Iquitos, all meals as well as non-alcoholic beverages and house national alcoholic beverages, all excursions and equipment (including rubber boots and rain ponchos), round-trip airport transfers, entrance fees to Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve and all activities during the sailing, including guest lectures and land excursions.

The cruise company’s land itineraries are led by naturalist guides and include jungle walks through the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, birdwatching trips, visits with a shaman, wildlife night safaris, visits to local villages and more. Guest lecturers also accompany guests, providing insight on local culture and customs while onboard. The company also offers pre- and post-cruise tours of Iquitos that can be arranged upon request and include visits to the Manatee Rescue Center, Pilpintuwasi Butterfly Center & Amazon Animal Orphanage and Quistococha Zoo.

For more information, visit Jungle Experiences’ website.

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Valentine's Day Travel Deal From Star Clippers
Star Clippers

Star Clippers is offering a special deal for travelers looking for a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day. 

All guests booking a voyage on any 2019 or 2020 Star Clippers sailing will receive a complimentary one-hour massage (per person/maximum 2 per cabin), $50 onboard credit, treats upon arrival and a bottle of champagne. This special is valid for all new bookings made by February 14 using the promo code: VALENTINES19. Some restrictions apply.

The cruise line says the best spot for cozying up can be found in the bowsprit netting—a hammock-like area stretching 30 feet forward of the bow where guests can lay suspended over the ocean. In addition, it’s also an ideal spot to spend some quiet time and maybe even pop the big question. More adventurous guests might opt to climb the mast to the Crow’s Nest for views of the ocean, landscape and ship below. The crew of the Star Clipper can do a vow renewal ceremony onboard.

Star Clippers is also expanding its sailing portfolio and adding new ports of call around the world. New in 2019, Star Clippers is offering a Greece itinerary celebrating the popular musical Mamma Mia, while in Indonesia a new sailing route takes guests to Brunei and ports along the island of Borneo. In 2020, the flagship Royal Clipper will visit several new ports in the Mediterranean, including Stintino in Sardinia, Propriano in Corsica, and Vis, Korcula and Zadar in Croatia. And in South East Asia, Star Clippers has created several brand-new itineraries that will include a visit to Cambodia for the first time, and will vary port of calls on the Thai, Malay and Indonesian archipelagos.

For more information, visit https://www.starclippers.com/us-dom

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Intrepid Group to Host Mexico, Kenya and Indonesia FAMs
The Intrepid Group

The Intrepid Group—the adventure travel company including the brands Intrepid Travel, Peregrine Adventures and Urban Adventures—has opened applications for four travel agent FAM trips to Mexico, Kenya, Indonesia and a soon-to-be-revealed mystery destination in 2019.

This year, travel agents can take to the streets of Mexico City on a taco crawl to experience the country’s culinary heritage that goes back thousands of years, stay in the Maasai Mara to experience a wildlife viewing as well as the culture of the Maasai tribespeople, or cruise through unseen, quaint waters in Indonesia.

The first FAM trip, Intrepid Travel’s Mexico Real Food Adventure, departs June 9, 2019, followed by Peregrine Adventures’ Indonesian Island Cruise departing July 28, 2019, Intrepid’s Kenya Wildlife Safari departing October 6, 2019, and, being announced February 1, a 10-day mystery trip departing November 9, 2019.

The FAM trips are open to registered travel agents in The Americas. To apply, travel agents must apply and attend the webinar that is linked to the FAM trip of choice. Following the webinar, travel agents must fill out the required post-webinar quiz and follow Intrepid Group Insiders on Facebook. Other terms and conditions apply.

Independently-owned by the original founders of Intrepid Travel, the Intrepid Group is now a collection of six tour operator brands and 18 destination management companies.

For more information, visit: http://incentive.intrepidgroup.travel/FAMS2019

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Le Blanc Spa Resort Offers Up to $500 Air Credit Promotion
Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a $500 air credit promotion to the adults-only property. Located on Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos is the second Palace Resorts property outside of Cancun. The promotion is also combinable with the $1,500 Resort Credit, which can be used on a selection of activities such as destination tours, spa treatments, and rounds of golf, among others. Other add-ons include an upgrade up to a Royale Deluxe Honeymoon Suite and transportation service to and from the airport.

This beachfront property features the facilities and amenities the Le Blanc Spa Resort brand is known for, including designer suites, a 29,000 sq. ft. full-service spa with 25 treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy facility, a 3,961 sq. ft. fitness center and wellness center, juice bars, four plunge pools, gourmet specialty cuisine, butler service, over 14,000 sq. ft. meeting space, four breakout rooms and more. Guests can experience personal butler service, nightly aromatherapy, a selection of pillows from the hotel’s pillow menu and in-room amenities. Each room comes equipped with CHI branded blow dryers, CHI flatirons, and BVLGARI personal products and an array of bath salts in every room. Suites are also stocked with mini-bars featuring top-shelf spirits, snacks, high definition flat screen SMART TV’s, with Apple TV and Lavazza coffee makers. Guests will rest on goose down pillows and bedding with 100 percent cotton sheets, complimentary Wi-Fi, signature beach tote, and umbrella.

Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos offers an extensive array of restaurants. From cuts of meat featuring Certified Angus Beef to pastries by Antonio Bachour, Le Blanc Spa Resort offers its guests the chance to dine on cuisines from around the globe. The resort’s signature restaurant, LUMIERE, features a seven-course French fusion tasting menu, paired with signature wines. The gastronomic offering also includes international cuisines from its seven other restaurants: BLANC INTERNATIONAL, BLANC ITALIA, BLANC ASIA, BLANC PIZZA, BLANC OCEAN, BLANC CAFÉ, and MEZZE.

For guest looking for relaxation, BLANCSPA features a hydrotherapy area, hot and cold plunge pools, sauna, herbal steam room, chromotherapy, ice room, relaxation lounge and 25 treatment rooms where guests can experience a full menu of spa treatments. The spa features ancient local inspired treatments such as the signature Pericue Massage, a four-hand massage ritual derived from the history of the region’s ancient natives, the Pericue Tribe.  The experience offers up four elements including the movement of the waves, the walk of the Cardinal and the touch of the jellyfish. Other services include the signature Diamond Facial, a global anti-aging treatment featuring Natura Bisse products deigned to combat signs of aging, revitalizing skin cells to create a lifting effect. The spa will also feature a beauty salon, boutique, and state of the art fitness center with personal trainers on hand, including a spinning studio.

For more information, visit https://www.leblancsparesorts.com/los-cabos/en

Photo Courtesy of Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos 

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Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten Extends Reopening Special
Available now through February 28, 2019 for travel through December 20, 2019 | Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten

Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten is extending its reopening special, offering up to 45 percent off rates for bookings now through February 28, 2019 for travel through December 20, 2019. The all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort reopened on December 15, 2018, and will be followed by the all-inclusive, family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa, which has a soft opening set for February 1, 2019.

Guests can enjoy the resorts’ new upgrades, amenities and fresh contemporary look. Along with all the exciting new features, Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten has taken every measure to implement the latest architectural innovations and storm-resistant materials in the renovation, ensuring the future security and wellbeing of its properties, staff and guests. 

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort’s modern Caribbean design in the guestrooms and public spaces remains the same, while the lobby was entirely redesigned with an updated contemporary style. Launched this season, the new Casa Blue Tapas Restaurant & Bar is located on the rooftop above Azul Restaurant and the new intimate al fresco-dining venue, Candlelit Island Grill, made its debut.      

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is being updated with a new contemporary design reflecting a clean, airy aesthetic throughout the entire resort, including public spaces, restaurants and guestrooms, but is keeping its signature family-friendly amenities, offering an array of restaurants, a Kids Club and Teen Zone and daily activities. Guestrooms have a new, modern layout, making better usage of the interior space, including larger bathrooms. New furniture includes new bedding and European standard mattresses with wood-based bedframes made from sustainably harvested forests. In addition, a new category room debuts: The Loft Suites, which have ocean views, balconies, an elevated bedroom with a king bed and a living room located beneath with sitting area and a pull out sofa, perfect for couples or families. 

Use promo code: REOPENING when booking.

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South Seas Island Resort Offers 15% Commission on Select Bookings
January 15 through March 31, 2019 | South Seas Island Resort

Florida’s South Seas Island Resort has announced it will offer travel advisors a 15 percent commission when booking five or more nights at one of its Homes of Distinction. Available through the end of March, the deal also includes a 15 percent discount off the resort’s regular rates, as well as a coupon book with over $250 in savings at resort outlets.

The Travel Agent Winter Sale is currently open and will remain so through March 31. Advisors can use the deal on travel dates from now through the end of the year.

South Seas Island Resort’s Homes of Distinction offer up to nine bedrooms, private pools, beach access and views of Pine Island Sound. These private houses include fully-equipped kitchens, as well as access to the resort’s array of amenities and activities.

Located off the coast of southwestern Florida on Captiva Island, the resort offers a variety of water activities for guests looking to take a dip in the Gulf. Options include venturing out on a paddleboard or kayak, learning how to sail, fishing, taking a cruise to the nearby islands, parasailing and more.

For more information, visit South Seas Island Resort’s website.

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Travel Impressions Offers Discounts at Iberostar Resorts
From January 1 through January 31 | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions has picked Iberostar Hotels & Resorts as its Supplier of the Month, offering up to 50 percent off three-night stays at the new adults-only Iberostar Cancún Star Prestige. Available until January 31, the deal applies to travel from now through March 30 and can bring rates as low as $619 per person, based on double occupancy.

The all-inclusive package includes three nights in a Junior Suite Ocean Front Star Prestige room; all meals, drinks and snacks; access to private beach area with Balinese day beds; daily activities; exclusive house mixology recipes and featured cocktails; wine tasting and food pairing experiences; non-motorized watersports; hotel tax and service charges; and more.

Vacationers can also save on three-night stays at Iberostar Paraíso Lindo and Iberostar Grand Paraíso with Travel Impressions’ New Year, New You promotion. The deal, available through January 31 for travel now through April 30, offers rates as low as $497 per person at Iberostar Paraíso Lindo. Those looking to stay in luxury beachfront accommodations can choose a suite at Iberostar Grand Paraíso, where packages start at $830 per person.

Agents booking stays during January at any Iberostar property will earn 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per FIT booking. Additionally, Travel Impressions offers Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flights to Cancún from certain airports, as well as scheduled service from all United States departure points.

Travel Impressions is a large American leisure tour operator that offers packaged and FIT vacations to more than 1,300 destinations. Its portfolio includes more than 250,000 resorts, hotels and luxury villas, as well as 30,000 tours, attractions and transfers.

For more information visit Travel Impressions’ website.

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Mandarin Oriental, Canouan Unveils Unplug & Unwind Offer
Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s new Unplug & Unwind offer invites guests to begin 2019 in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state of body and mind with a visit to Canouan Island’s ‘decompression zone.’

With travel on the resort’s private jet, unlimited golf on Canouan’s 18-hole championship course, tennis, water sports, and treatments in The Spa, the Unplug & Unwind package strives to dispel any signs of daily stressors or separation anxiety from digital devices. Valid January 7, 2019 through April 22, 2019 at a starting rate of USD4,500 plus tax and service charges, Unplug & Unwind is based on double occupancy and includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation in an oceanview suite
  • Round-trip Resort Jet transfers between Canouan and St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia or Grenada
  • Two 90-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatments (targeting negative affects/stressors created by digital devices)
  • Unlimited golf (including club rentals)
  • Unlimited tennis (including equipment rental)
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Daily breakfast in Lagoon Café or Asianne restaurants 

This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers.  Additional nights of stay and/or additional guests may be added at prevailing rates. Guests can confirm the resort’s jet availability before booking their international flights.

For reservations and more information, please visit www.mandarinoriental.com.

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Rocky Mountaineer Passengers Can Receive Up To $240 Off
2019 Classic Journey Offer goes through January 31, 2019 and Stay & Play goes through March 1, 2019 | Rocky Mountaineer

Luxury tourist train Rocky Mountaineer is now offering two promotions: the 2019 Classic Journey Offer and its Stay & Play promotion. The first gives guests $240 off a three-night trip in GoldLeaf Service and the second gives couples $400 in value to spend on additional hotel nights, sightseeing tours, Alaska cruises and more.

The 2019 Classic Journey Offer is available now through January 31. The deal can only be applied to certain packages, like the First Passage to the West Classic, which includes two days of travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer and overnight stays in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff. Other applicable packages include the First Passage to the West Classic between Vancouver and Lake Louise, the Journey through the Clouds Classic from Vancouver to Jasper, the First Passage to the West Excursion from Vancouver to Calgary and two-day rail trips between Vancouver and Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper.

Rocky Mountaineer’s returning Stay & Play promotion offers passengers up to $400 in added value per couple. Like, the 2019 Classic Journey Offer, the deal can only be applied vacation packages, which include: the First Passage to the West Canmore Self-Drive, the First Passage to the West Kananaskis Drive, the First Passage to the West Sunshine Village Self-Drive and the Journey through the Clouds Mountain Adventures. The promotion is available now through March 1.

Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer has transported more than two million passengers across Washington, British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies. The world’s largest privately-owned luxury tourist train, Rocky Mountaineer offers 65 vacation packages and four unique rail routes.

Promotions must be requested at the time of booking. For more information visit Rocky Mountaineer’s website.

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Pleasant Holidays Offers Lowest Hawaii Hotel Rates for 2019
Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays announced it is now offering its lowest hotel rates for 2019 Hawaii package vacations at five resorts. Additionally, travelers who book at least three nights before February 24 will receive a free three-day midsize Hertz car rental with unlimited mileage.

The tour operator’s hotel rate offer includes added values like daily breakfast, food and beverage credit, spa discounts and more. The deal does not require a minimum night stay and is available for travel throughout 2019.

The deal is available at five oceanfront, luxury resorts on four islands. In Oahu, travelers can stay at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa or The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, both on Waikiki Beach. On the islands of Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, the deal covers, respectively, Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay; and Kauai Marriott Resort.

Travelers participating in the Hertz car rental promotion can upgrade to a higher rental car category, like a convertible or SUV. Those who choose to do so can apply the value of the three-day midsize car rental towards the upgrade. Additional car rental days are also available, at an extra fee.

Pleasant Holidays has sold Hawaii vacations for the past 60 years. The group employs 60 certified Hawaii Destination Specialist Reservations Agents and more than 100 team members in Hawaii. The operator’s product line includes over 200 hotels, condo vacation rentals, villas and private homes, as well as around 900 activities and tours.

For more information, visit Pleasant Holidays’ website.

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Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Offers Triple Play Promotion
Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line

Guests booking sailings aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Classica or Grand Celebration can take advantage of the company’s new Triple Play promotion. The offer, valued at $135, includes five free drinks, $25 in onboard credit (redeemable at the gift ship, in specialty restaurants, at the spa, on shore excursions and more) and $50 towards Casino Match Play.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Triple Play offer is available to guests booking an ocean view stateroom or suite and is valid for two-night sailings. Rates for an ocean view stateroom begin at $159 per person. The cruise line only allows one Triple Play offer per stateroom. The deal can be booked for travel throughout 2019.

The cruise line offers two-night cruises and cruise and resort stays to Grand Bahama Island throughout the year from the Port of Palm Beach. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line introduced the Grand Classica in April 2018 and now offers daily departures for Grand Bahama Island. With the additional capacity, the company expects to carry over 500,000 passengers every year, which would make it the largest contributor to tourism on Grand Bahama Island.

For more information on Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Triple Play offer, visit the company’s website.

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CIE Tours Launches Two-For-One Air Deal
CIE Tours

This month, CIE Tours International is looking to help fast-acting travelers obtain their New Year’s resolutions with a free companion flight on tours of seven days or longer to Ireland, Britain, Iceland and Italy booked by January 31 using promotion code 2FOR119.

CIE Tours’ “2-for-1 Companion Flies Free” promotion is valid for departures April 1- October 31, 2019*. A sampling of tours includes:

  • Irish Spirit: 8 or 9 days, starting at $1,799: An introduction to the east and west coasts of southern Ireland, including Galway, Connemara and Mayo, plus two nights at the luxury Lodge at Ashford.
  • Taste of Wales: 9 days, starting $2,549: A north-to-south journey through Wales, from coasts and castles to Snowdonia National Park and the capital city of Cardiff.
  • Scottish Isles & Glens: 12 days starting at $3,299: CIE Tours’ most in-depth tour of Scotland covers the Highlands, the Orkney Islands, and the Isle of Skye.
  • Taste of Iceland: 6 days starting at $2,349: Travelers will see Iceland’s spectacular highlights and hidden gems: cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers, the colorful charm of Reykjavik. They will soak in the Blue Lagoon, traverse the Golden Circle, visit the icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
  • Irish Foodie Tour: 8 days starting at $1,998: Foodies can immerse themselves in Ireland’s culinary heritage and culture, meet artisan and traditional producers, and visit epicurean favorites. They will experience a tea tour of Dublin on a double-decker bus, forage for seaweed along the shore and taste cheese on a goat farm.
  • Taste of Italy: 7 days starting at $1,899: Art, history, food and beauty are in the spotlight as travelers take in Italy’s highlights. During this introductory tour, they will see the architecture of Venice from a gondola, discover the birthplace of the Renaissance as they tour Florence and visit the Uffizi Gallery, and see the ancient sites of Rome.

For more information on tour offerings visit www.cietours.com.

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Pacific Delight Introduces Hong Kong & China FAM Deal
Pacific Delight $1,449

Pacific Delight announced it is offering a Hong Kong and China FAM trip this winter. Departing February 17, 2019, the eight-day trip will include days in Hong Kong, Macau and Shanghai.

Leaving on the 17th, guests will arrive in Hong Kong February 18, where they will be transferred to the Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel. The next day, travelers will take a day trip to Macau, where highlights will include a Guia Circuit drive; visits to the Kun lam Statue, A-Ma Goddess Temple, the Historic Center and a local casino. Guests will also receive a buffet lunch at Macau Tower. Returning to Hong Kong, the next day will be spent seeing Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden.

On February 21, the tour will make its way to Shanghai, where guests will stay at The Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The next day will offer visits to Shanghai Tower, Nanjing Road and Zhujiajiao water town. For the final day in China guests will have time to spend as they please, with a farewell dinner at the hotel. On February 24, travelers will depart Shanghai and return to the United States.

For qualifying agents, the air-inclusive trip will cost $1,449 per person, based on double occupancy and travel from LAX. Agents can travel from JFK for an extra $50 per person. Air-inclusive companion rates are available from $1,549. The single supplement surcharge for the trip is $425 for single occupancy.

For more information on the Hong Kong and China FAM deal, visit Pacific Delight’s website.