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Warwick Paradise Island Offers 40 Percent Savings, 15 Percent Commission
Good for bookings by September 14, 2018. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island – Bahamas is offering a Forever Summer promotion, valid for travel through 2019 with savings up to 40 percent off the resort's "Best Flexible Rate." A $30 per person Amber Spa credit is provided to guests booking a minimum of three nights. In addition, travel agents who book the Forever Summer offer receive a 15% commission on all reservations.

Nightly all-inclusive rates offered through the Forever Summer special start from $160 per person, based on double occupancy in an Island View room; from $175 per person, double occupancy in a Water View room; from $210 per person, double occupancy in Harbour Deluxe Balcony accommodations, and from $250 per person, double occupancy, in a Harbour Premium Balcony room. Nightly rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates.

The $30 per person credit for the resort's Amber Spa is available on reservations that are a minimum of three nights and can be used towards the purchase of any of Amber Spa's full menu of massages, facials, skin care, nail and hair treatments. The credit cannot be refunded, bartered or sold, and has no cash value.

Guests of Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas can enjoy the following all-inclusive features:

  • All meals and snacks available at five on-property restaurants, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Activities, including pool volleyball, indoor and outdoor pool tables, ping pong table, pinball, foosball tables, bocce, basketball, tennis, horseshoes, use of bicycles and outdoor adult-size chess board game
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Standard Wi-Fi internet access for Island View and Water View rooms
  • Premium Wi-Fi internet access for Harbour Deluxe and Premium Balcony rooms
  • Use of the 24-hour fully-equipped fitness center
  • Gratuities, taxes, surcharges (7.5 percent VAT included for stays up to June 30, 2019; starting July 1, 2019, 12 percent VAT is included)

The Forever Summer promotion is valid on bookings made by September 14, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019. Travel advisors can make reservations for their clients for this promo online, by calling 1-888-645-5550 (U.S. and Canada) or sending an email to [email protected] or through the GDS system.

As part of the resort's all-inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy the Cabbage Beach Picnic, which takes guests to Cabbage Beach (a five-minute drive). Beach service is provided, at no additional cost to guests, with a beverage and a light lunch. Reserved spaces are limited to 36 guests per day and reservations should be made 24-hours in advance of the excursion at the reception desk.

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European Waterways Offers Savings on Select Early Bookings for 2019
Available until September 14. | European Waterways

European Waterways is offering early-booking specials of 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on many 2019 departures when booked before September 14, 2018. These specials include the March 24 and 31, 2019 departures of the 12-passenger Panache as it cruises Holland during the beginning of the country’s tulip season. Prices for these cruises start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

In addition to departures in Holland, Panache is also offering 10 percent off whole-boat charter prices on select departures in the Alsace and Lorraine region, which the vessel cruises later in the season.  Prices for cruises on August 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019 start at $53,550, a saving of almost $6,000.

In Southern France, the eight-passenger Rosa hotel barge cruises the Gascony and Bordeaux, with excursions that include wine tastings, tours of medieval towns, chateaux and colorful village markets. Prices start at $30,420, a saving of almost $3,400, for departures on April 14 and 21 and 28, as well as May 5 and 12, 2019. 

European Waterways’ largest vessel, the 20-passenger La Bella Vita, cruises the Venetian Lagoon, River Po and Canal Bianco between Venice and Mantua. Itinerary highlights include a tour of Venice, a visit to Chioggia’s colorful fish market, and dinner at the 17th-century villa of Ca’Zen, accompanied by the countess herself. Prices start at $66,960, a saving of $7,440. Eligible departures include March 24 and 31, April 7, 14, 21, and 28, and May 5 and 12, 2019.

Visit www.europeanwaterways.com.

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Himalayan International Tours Introduces India Nepal FAM Trip
Tour departs September 25. | Himalayan International Tours

Himalayan International Tours is offering a 10-day FAM trip of India and Nepal, leaving New York September 25. Guests will see the Taj Mahal, visit Kathmandu, ride an elephant and see countless historic cities, palaces, temples, mosques and more.

Travelers will spend their first full day in India in Delhi. They will visit the oldest and largest mosque in the country Jama Masjid, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial and the bazaar Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. In New Delhi, they will see Birla Temple, Qutab Minar Tower, India Gate and the Raj Path. The day will conclude with the drive to Jaipur, the next stop in the tour.

In Jaipur, guests can ride decorated elephants to the Amber Palace and see examples of Rajput architecture, such as Vijay Temple and Sheesh Mahal. In the afternoon, the tour will take visitors to Jai Singh’s Observatory and the City Palace, an art museum displaying Rajput and Mogul paintings.

The following day, on the drive to Agra, the travelers will stop at Fatehpur-Sikri, a deserted Sandstone City dating back to the 17th century. The following day, guests will visit the Taj Mahal. On the seventh day of the trip, the tour will take guests to Kathmandu, to the Temple of Hanuman, Dhoka Square, the Royal Palace and the city’s bazaars.

The next day will bring guest to the Tibetan Handicrafts Center in Patan and the shell-shaped city of religious devotees Bhaktapur. The following morning travelers will have the option of adding on a flight-seeing tour of Mt. Everest. Afterwards, the trip will bring visitors to the World Heritage Site Bouddhanath, a sacred Hindu shrine.

The India Nepal trip includes airfare, hotels, sightseeing tours and English-speaking guides. The per person cost is $2,688, with an additional cost of $385 for a spouse.

For more information, visit www.himalayantours.com.

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Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts Offer 45% Off Re-Opening Discount
Available through September 30. | Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa are wrapping up renovations following Hurricane Irma. Opening November 15 and February 1, 2019 respectively, the resorts will offer up to 45 percent off its normal rates. Reservations must be made by September 30 for stays through December 20, 2019.

In addition to the discounted rates, guests who book by September 30 will be entered to win a five-night all-inclusive stay for two. In October 2018, one winner will be chosen. In order to claim the five-night reward, guests must complete their original booked stay.

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort will reopen for guests November 15. The resort will be feature an upgraded contemporary style and the new tapas restaurant Casa Blue, located on the rooftop terrace. Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa will begin accepting guests again February 1, 2019. The family resort will also offer a new, more contemporary feel. Sonesta rebuilt both properties to include storm-resistant materials and new architectural innovations.

The two Sonesta resorts sit next to each other overlooking Maho Bay in St. Maarten. The adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort features a fitness center, a wellness area, private cabanas, three pools, four bars and two restaurants. Guests will have access to all of its neighbor’s amenities.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa provides a large pool area, swim-up bar, five restaurants, five bars, a fitness center, sports courts, its Serenity Spa and its Casino Royale. Children can visit the resort’s Kids Club, Teen Zone, all-ages activities and separate kids pool with mini aqua park. Tours, car rental and motorized water sports are also available for an extra fee.

For more information, visit the resorts’ website.

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Avalon Offers Free or Reduced Air on Select Cruises
Lasting until July 24. | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways has announced it is offering free air fare for passengers flying from the U.S. to Europe and $299 fare for cruises in southeast Asia. The cruise line also announced discounts of $500 per person for European trips and $1,000 per couple for southeast Asian cruises.

Avalon’s European air deal covers select cruises with departure dates from September to December. It only applies to flights leaving from LAX, EWR, JFK, IAD, BWI, BOS and ORD. Other cities may receive prices of $200 to $1,075 per person. Passengers may combine this deal with the $500 per person deal and Welcome Back Credit.

The cruise company’s southeast Asia deal provides trans-Pacific air fare at $299 per person round trip from certain U.S. airports. It includes air for travel packages from September 2018 to very early January 2019. This does not cover intra-vacation air, which ranges from $200 to $502.

The European $500 per person discount applies to select cruise packages the rest of 2018. The southeast Asian $1,000 per person deal covers select Mekong and Irrawaddy river cruises from September to December. Both can be used in combination with repeat traveler benefit and the flight discount if it’s offered.

All deals apply to travel and cruises in 2018 and cannot be used for pre-existing bookings. Each offer runs until July 24.

Avalon Waterways’ European cruises feature 200-square-foot Panorama Suites and Open-Air Balconies. Trips can include regional wine and beer with dinner, artisan demonstrations and cultural excursions. The company’s Mekong River Suite ships, holding a maximum of 36 guests, offer an intimate experience in Vietnam and Cambodia.

For more information on these deals, visit Avalon Waterway’s website.

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Scenic Offers Savings and New Benefits for Summer 2019 Sailings
To receive early-bird discounts and benefits, guests must book their sailings by August 31, 2018. | Scenic

With more travelers booking far in advance, Scenic has decided to reward those planners with a new All-Inclusive PLUS summer 2019 sale. The cruise line, known for its all-inclusive luxury European river cruises, is adding several more benefits to its early-bird deals. 

Guests booking any June, July, or August 2019 European sailing by August 31, 2018, will receive a €200 (approximately $234) per suite on board credit and, for those booking sailings of 11 days or longer, free roundtrip door-to-door US airport transfers. This is combinable with the free air, free single supplement, discounted flight upgrades, loyalty and travel show vouchers, and pay-in-full offers already available. It is not combinable with Groups and National Geographic sailings.

As an example, a couple booking a 15-day Jewels of Europe sailing between Amsterdam and Budapest enjoy free roundtrip air, a €200 (approximately $234) on-board credit voucher for spa and salon treatments or maybe a gift from the ship’s store, free roundtrip home-to-airport transfers, and up to $1,000 per couple savings by paying in full by August 31, 2018. 

Additionally, Scenic includes a river cruise guarantee, automatically covering every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, high/low water issues, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes, reimbursing approved claimants up to $750 per day with a maximum of seven days or $5,250 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.

Scenic also offers new onboard experiences and excursions including new active focus cruises in Bordeaux and South of France offering yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking; and the addition of the company’s Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience to all its ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône rivers.

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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Passengers Receive Free Drinks, Internet When Booking MSC Cruise
Deal available from July 16 to July 23. | MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises announced a weeklong sale beginning July 16 offering $750 in value. The package costs $599 per person for a seven-night cruise on board MSC Seaside.

The Seaside Balcony Bonus, lasting from July 16 to 23, is available for travelers looking to book a balcony stateroom from fall 2018 to summer 2019. The deal is available with a reduced deposit of $99 and includes an extra $75 in shipboard credit per person.

Guests receive free drinks while aboard MSC Seaside as part of the deal. A $250 value, this includes, bottled and draft beers, house wines by the glass, house brands of vodka, rum, gin, whiskey, mixed drinks and non-alcoholic drinks. Drinks on Us does not include beverages from the guests’ stateroom mini-bar.

Passengers participating in the promotion also received a Standard Internet package, a $100 value. Including web browsing, audio calls and social media, the package allows two devices to connect to the ship’s Internet. The offer covers up to 3 GB.

Parents may also make use of MSC Cruises’ ‘Kids Sail Free’ promotion. On select cruises, children 11 and under do not need to pay the cruise fare. Starting this winter, children between the ages of 12 and 17 will also not need to pay the cruise fare on certain trips during low and mid-season.

MSC Seaside will offer four different itineraries sailing round trip from Miami. The different trips offer a variety of destination lineups, including stops in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For more information, visit MSC Cruises’ website.

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Karisma Offers Discounts for Southwest Vacations Clients
Deals end July 31. | Karisma Hotels & Resorts

As part of Karisma Hotels & Resort’s Preferred Partner program, the accommodations company will offer discounts for clients of July’s Preferred Partner Southwest Vacations. Discounts include hundreds of dollars in savings and resort credit, access to exclusive resort amenities and complimentary transfers.

Karisma will provide clients of Southwest Vacations with up to $600 in savings and up to $500 in resort credits. Guests can use these credits for spa treatments, room upgrades, dining and more. The hotel company will offer these benefits for clients who book by July 31.

Those who book at Azul Beach Resort Negril will gain access to the departure lounge Club Mobay at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Guests visiting Palafitos – Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma will receive free private transfers.

Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultants may earn up to 21 percent commission when booking applicable properties. Participating properties include El Dorado Spa Resorts, Azul Beach Resorts, Generations Resorts and Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts. The offers may only be applied to stays of at least three nights.

Karisma Hotels & Resort’s Preferred Partner program picks one tour operator from the United States or Canada to highlight each month. Tour companies Karisma picks receive training support, sales incentives and assistance and social media and press exposure.

Southwest Vacations is a tour company that provides packages to more than 100 destinations. It offers travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Costa Rica. Southwest Vacations is the vacation package arm of Southwest Airlines.

To book, visit Southwest Vacations’ website www.southwestvacations.com.

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Barceló Hotel Group Launches Kids “Stay, Play & Eat Free” Offer
Booking must be completed by July 31. | Barceló Hotel Group

Two adults staying at participating resorts can bring their child for free through Barceló Hotel Group’s “Stay, Play & Eat Free” deal. Booking must be completed by July 31 and can be for stays through November 30.

Barceló Hotel Group targets a wide variety of customers, with options for scuba divers, golfers, pet-owners, couples and budget-conscious families. Guests at the five-star Occidental Cozumel can visit one of the top five scuba destinations. Visitors to the four-star Barceló Huatulco or the four-star Allegro Cozumel can enjoy themselves at the hotel’s water park.

Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos, Occidental Costa Cancun or Occidental Nuevo Vallarta offer guests specially designed kids programs. Travelers to Barceló Ixtapa or Occidental Tucancun can relax at the hotel’s spa or wellness offerings.  Those staying at Barceló Puerto Vallarta, Barceló Karmina and Allegro Playacar can enjoy the waterfront views.

All these hotels are included in Barceló’s “Stay, Play & Eat Free” deal.  It is applicable for two paying adults with a child between the ages of two and 12 years old. Restrictions may apply, blackout dates and availability may change and Barceló Hotel Group can cancel the offer at any time.

The worldwide hospitality brand maintains over 100 hotels around the world. Locations are spread across 10 countries in the Americas, eight in Europe, two in Africa and one in Asia. Barceló Hotel Group owns four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels and Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels.

For more information, visit Barceló Hotel Group’s website.

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Princess Cruises Reintroduces Free Beverage Package
From Now Until September 5. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced it is bringing back its Sip and Sail promotion for trips from the summer of 2019 to the spring of 2020. The deal provides guests who book a balcony, mini-suite or suite stateroom a free Premier Beverage Package for two.

The package covers beer, glasses of wine and cocktails that cost $12 or less. Also included are all non-alcoholic beverages, such as medium-sized bottled water, fountain soda, fresh juice, specialty coffee and tea, Gong Cha items, frappes at Coffee & Cones, milk shakes and energy drinks. Bottles of wine, one-liter bottles of water, cans of soda and bottled juices are not included but can be bought at a 25 percent discount.

Additionally, third and fourth guests in a stateroom may receive a free Unlimited Soda & More package. Guests who book now can also choose a refundable, reduced deposit of 10 percent of cruise fare for each guest.

The deal, based on double occupancy, will be available through September 5. It is available for anyone 21 years or older who is a resident of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico or Bermuda.

The Sip and Sail promotion applies to all destinations the company will sail from summer 2019 to spring 2020. Examples of prices include:

  • 7-Day Alaska Cruise: $1,749 for a balcony stateroom
  • 11-Night Alaska Cruise: $2,599 for a balcony stateroom
  • 7-Day Caribbean Cruise: $1,399 for a balcony stateroom
  • 12-day British Isles Cruise: $2,949 for a balcony stateroom
  • 11-day Scandinavia and Russia Cruise: $2,649 for a balcony stateroom

For more information, check out Princess Cruises' website.

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AmaWaterways Offers Suite Savings for AmaMagna’s Inaugural Season
AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways announced a special offer providing savings of up to $800 per person to guests booking AmaMagna’s SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube river in 2019.

With this offer, guests can upgrade from a base category stateroom to a more spacious 355-square-foot SB suite with a supplement of $2,999 per person. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites include full outside balconies, open seating areas, and bathrooms complete with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks. Six Grand Suites (474-square-feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710-square-feet) provide more amenities with separate seating areas and spacious bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.

All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes the following:

  • Welcome gift including a bottle of champagne.
  • A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore.
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service.

At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna offers a total of 98 staterooms – most of which are suites measuring between 355 and 710-square-feet. Complementing the Main Restaurant and the Chef’s Table Restaurant will be two new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable windows and outdoor seating. 

Passengers can also enjoy a complementary daily excursion program including escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes lead by a trained Wellness Host. Additional highlights include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services and a Water Sports Platform.

For more information, visit www.amawaterways.com.

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Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts Announces Discounts for Travel Agents
The discounted rates are available for stays from November 2018 and then throughout 2019. | Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts is inviting travel agents to book and experience the new all-inclusive, adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort and the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa with its new “See for Yourself” Program. The two hotels are currently being restored with new facilities, technology, and hurricane-resistant materials after the damage dealt by Hurricane Irma. Sonesta Ocean Point will reopen in November 2018 and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort will reopen in February 2019.

Bookable now with limited availability, the new “See for Yourself” program offers travel agents discounted all-inclusive rates available for stays from November 2018, and then throughout 2019. All-inclusive travel industry dates and rates are as follows:

  • Sonesta Ocean Point Resort: Travel dates are November 15 – December 21, 2018 and January 6 – December 20, 2019. Room rates for a Junior Suite are $145 per person, per night and an upgraded room category is based on availability, subject to surcharge or lowest available rate. This resort is adults-only, and no children under the age of 18 are allowed.
  • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa invites agents to book visits February 1 – December 20, 2019. The Run of House (ROH) room rate is $85 per person, per night and an upgraded room category is $105 per person, per night. Children up to the age of five are free and ages six to 12 are $45 per child, per night.

Sonesta Resorts offers the signature "Stay at One Play at Two" for guests of Sonesta Ocean Point to fully experience both properties. Starting February 1, 2019, Sonesta Ocean Point guests will have access to the facilities at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, coinciding with the re-opening.

Sonesta St. Maarten Resorts also offers special rates for representatives of the airline and cruise industries, available upon request. 

For more information, visit www.sonesta.com.

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St. Barth Properties’ Villa Swayanah Offers Last-Minute Savings
Available for stays from July 31 to August 31, 2018 | St. Barth Properties

This summer, guests staying at St. Barth Properties' Villa Swayanah will received 33 percent off on stays from July 31 to August 31.

Located in the gated community of Mont Jean, this two-bedroom villa combines traditional Caribbean architecture with a contemporary feel. Outside, guests will find a semi-circular infinity pool lined with chaises as the focal point. At one end, there is a dining pavilion, while the other end has a pavilion furnished as a second living room.

Inside, there is as formal living room, an L-shaped kitchen and two bedrooms. One bedroom with an adjacent bath is in the main house. (It has twin beds that can convert to a king.) The other bedroom (king-sized) with an en-suite bath is located in a separate pavilion

Prices for this offer start at $2,950 per week for the use of one bedroom.  

Visit stbarth.com

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Spice Island Resort Increases Agent Commission to 15 Percent
Spice Island Beach Resort

Grenada’s all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort has increased its travel agent commission to 15 percent on all reservations booked directly with the property or through the GDS system. Nightly rates range from $1,145 to $2,155 per room, per night from now until December 15, 2018.

Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to high-end travelers with luxury beachfront and private pool suites, spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and a culinary program that offers seven-course dinners.

The Spice Island Beach Resort offers 64 suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a beachfront yoga pavilion, a fully equipped fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

An all-inclusive vacation at Spice Island Beach Resort includes gourmet dining (daily breakfast, lunch and dinner) including premium cocktails and house wines; afternoon tea; oceanfront swimming pool and non-motorized watersports; island tours, scuba diving and sailing charters; access to the resort’s fitness center; tennis, cycling and golf (greens fees at the nine-hole Grenada Golf Club included); full-day children’s activities program (ages three to 12); Wi-Fi; and room service (delivery fee applies).

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and a member of Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and Green Globe.  

For more information, visit www.spiceislandbeachresort.com.

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SAA Vacations Announces Air-Inclusive Five Night Package
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations) announced a $1,699 vacation package from New York City to Cape Town for this summer. The deal is open for new reservations made by June 11 for travel dates ending by August 10. The “Cape Town & Winelands Super Saver” deal include the price of flights and accommodation for five nights.

The discount, based on the cost per person for two travelers, is for economy class flights traveling from New York-JFK Airport to Cape Town on South African Airways (SAA). A representative from SAA Vacations will meet and greet travelers at the airport.

Three nights of the trip will be spent at the Sun Square Cape Town Hotel, close to main tourist attractions. The other two nights will be at the Evergreen Manor & Spa, near restaurants, shops and art galleries in the wine region town of Stellenbosch. The vacation package also includes a full-day tour of Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope.

SAA Vacations is a subdivision of SAA and offers travel packages that focus on safaris, culture and cuisine throughout Africa, including in South Africa, Botswana, Victoria Falls, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana and the Indian Ocean Islands.

SAA serves over 75 locations around the world in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and Mango. It offers nonstop flights from New York-JFK as well as direct flights from Washington D.C. – IAD, via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal, to Johannesburg. Through its partnerships, SAA offers connections to more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada.

For more, visit www.flysaavacations.com.

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RIU and Travel Impressions Partner for Up to 37% Savings and More
For travel completed by June 30. | Travel Impressions and RIU Hotels & Resorts

RIU Hotels & Resorts is working with Travel Impressions to offer special discounts for various travel dates, mostly between December 23, 2018 and April 30, 2019. Deals include up to 37 percent savings, $35 spa credit, up to $350 air credit, a $1,000 group discount and complimentary upgrades for those who book by June 30.

Package discounts vary between locations with many hotels offering at least 20 percent off. Savings peak at 37 percent for three-night minimum stays at Riu Playacar.

Travelers can also receive $200 in air credit if they stay at least three nights at Riu Dunamar and $150 if they go to Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Baja California or Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. Guests visiting for six or more nights can receive $350 air credit at all four hotels.

Groups who book together receive $1,000 off. Groups most reserve at least 15 rooms for three or more nights or have at least 60 room nights between them. This deal can be booked until July 15 and is applicable for travel between January 7 and April 30, 2019.

Other savings include complimentary room upgrades at 17 hotels and resorts in Cancun, Los Cabos, Riviera Nayarit, Costa Rica, Aruba, the Bahamas, Punta Cana and Jamaica. At Riu Bambu in Punta Cana, up to two kids can stay free.

Travelers to Riu Dunamar, Riu Santa Fe, Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas, Riu Jalisco, Riu Palace Pacifico, Riu Palace Costa Rica and Riu Republica may also receive a complimentary $35 spa credit.

For specific details visit Travel Impressions’ website.

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Katarina Line Offers Free FAM Cruises for Travel Agents
Eligible tours include the July 14 – 21 Adriatic Explorer; the August 4 – 11 Northern Gem; and the August 11 – 18 Dalmatia Paradise. | Katarina Line

Katarina Line is offering free fam trips to travel agents who sail with a companion on three of its Deluxe cruises in Croatia. As part of the promotion, agents stay free and their companions receive 30 percent off the double occupancy rate. After the discount, the companion rates start at $1,151. Agents can also earn an extra 10 percent commission in addition to their regular Katarina Line commission for every client they book on these cruises. All prices are based on the latest currency exchange rates and other restriction may apply.

The fam trips are available on regularly scheduled departures, allowing agents to experience the cruises just as Katarina Line guests do. Each cruise explores the country’s coastline and historic towns and visits many islands in the Adriatic Sea. Eligible tours include the July 14 – 21 Adriatic Explorer; the August 4 – 11 Northern Gems; and the August 11 – 18 Dalmatia Paradise.

Prices include buffet breakfast and three-course lunches daily, a Captain’s dinner, numerous excursions and admission fees per itinerary, and daily cabin service, among other amenities.  Agents can enjoy cruising from port to port, swimming in the waters of secluded coves, and guided tours in towns that explore their history, culture, and culinary traditions. Excursions also include tours of national parks and other World Heritage sites.  

The Adriatic Explorer FAM, July 14 – 21 on the MV Admiral Deluxe cruiser, departs from the resort town of Opatija and ends at the walled city of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia. In between, it visits the island of Rab and the coastal town of Šibenik - the gateway to the Kornati Islands - and the island of Korčula, among others. Excursions include a guided tour of Krka National Park, known for its seven spectacular waterfalls.

The Northern Gems FAM, August 4 – 11, is a round-trip cruise from Split on the deluxe MV My Way cruiser. The cruise visits the old town of Trogir, the village of Rogoznica, Krka Waterfalls and the Kornati National Park. It also visits the city of Zadar, known for its Roman and Venetian ruins.

The Dalmatia Paradise FAM, August 11 – 18, also on the MV My Way, is a round-trip cruise from Split. In between, the ship docks at Korčula, Dubrovnik, the island of Hvar, and the town of Bol on the island of Brač, among other ports.

For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.

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Culture Holidays Debuts FAM Trip to Bali
Culture Holidays

Culture Holidays has introduced a new fam trip to Bali that showcases the island’s oceans, volcanic mountains, rain forests, and rice paddies, as well its cuisine, customs, and culture, both ancient and modern.The all-inclusive six-day land itinerary includes five nights at luxury hotels with all meals, sightseeing, transfers, luxury spa treatments, and a sunset dinner cruise. The new FAM trip starts at $799 exclusively for travel agents.

The new itinerary includes experiences like visiting Ubud Village and Kintamani for a view of Mount Batur Volcano; a tour of Ubud Monkey Forest which inhabits several groups of monkeys and other tropical animals; a drive to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, known for its setting on Lake Bratan in the mountains near Bedugul; snorkeling in Tanjung Benoa; and a Bali Hai evening dinner cruise around Benoa Harbour.

On this fam trip, travel agents will also enjoy:

  • Two nights at the Aryaduta Bali Hotel in Kuta and three nights at the Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali in Nusa Dua. Accommodations include daily breakfast, lunch and dinner except on day one and day six.
  • One 600-milliliter bottle of mineral water on arrival day, and 2 bottles of during tours.
  • Two-hour spa treatment including a foot bath and traditional Balinese massage.
  • An english-speaking tour guide.

In addition to travels in Indonesia, Culture Holidays offers tours in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Oceania, including Srilanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Dubia, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Australia, New Zealand and more.

For more information on Culture Holidays's new itinerary, visit www.cultureholidays.com.

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SAA Offers Summer Savings on Flights to South Africa
The deal is available through June 6, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018. | South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA) is offering “Sizzling Summer Savings” for travel from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg, Cape Town, or Durban, South Africa. Fares start from $1,099 roundtrip and are available for purchase through June 6, 2018 for travel from June 1 to August 10, 2018.

Fares are valid for roundtrip travel in economy class, and include all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. The $1099 fare is valid for midweek travel (Monday to Thursday) from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB). Fares must be purchased within 72 hours of reservation being made, or by June 6, 2018, whichever is first.

South African Airways offers the most daily flights from the U.S. to South Africa with nonstop service from New York (JFK) and direct service from Washington, DC-Dulles Airport to Johannesburg via Accra, Ghana or Dakar, Senegal. Onboard, SAA offers an in-flight experience designed for comfort for long-haul travel. Customers can enjoy in-flight amenities like gourmet cuisine, a selection of complimentary spirits and South African wines, and individual entertainment systems that deliver a menu of first-run movies, music choices, and games. 

Via its Johannesburg hub, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across the African continent and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines, which offer connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 16 consecutive years.

For more, visit www.flysaa.com.

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New Hilton Los Cabos Deal Includes 25 Percent Discount on Rooms
The deal is available to book now for travel from now through September 30. | Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort

Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is offering a discounted vacation for travelers looking to head to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico this summer with the resort’s new "Another Day in Paradise" package. The package includes a 25 percent discount on all rooms along with access to the resort’s poolside amenities.

Starting now for stays through September 30, the Another Day in Paradise offer includes a fourth night complimentary in addition to 25 percent off the original guest room rate for the remaining three nights; $100 resort credit upon arrival for use at all on-property vendors, in addition to complimentary meals for all children under 12 years of age and access to the Eforea Spa, local excursions, golf, water sports and dining at six restaurants.

As one of the only swimmer-friendly beaches on the tourist corridor, this resort in Los Cabos offers 375 ocean view guest rooms with private balconies, including its hotel-within-a-hotel concept, the La Vista Club.

Some exclusive privileges for La Vista Club guests includes access to La Vista Club Lounge; rooms on top floors with the best views; rooms with floor-to-ceiling plantation shutters, rooms with 48-inch HD televisions; free WiFi, and bathrobes and slippers. 

Guests of the La Vista Club rooms also get free laundry services for gym clothes; exclusive pool loungers and twin day beds and late check-out upon availability.

Hilton Los Cabos currently employs more than 500 staff members and also recently launched new wellness activities to focus on the individual health and betterment of its guests.

Visit www.hiltonloscabos.com

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Eurostar Announces Savings for Summer and Fall Journeys
Bookings are available from May 15 to June 19, 2018 and valid for travel between July 16 and November 1, 2018. | Eurostar

Eurostar, the rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, is offering savings of up to 20 percent for travel in Standard Premier and 30 percent in Business Premier this summer. Bookings are available from May 15 to June 19, 2018, and valid for travel between July 16 and November 1, 2018.

With departures and arrivals at center-city train stations as well as food and refreshments served right to the seat, travelers can enjoy a luxury rail journey. With Eurostar, travelers can enjoy multiple famous destinations in one day, like having breakfast in London before stopping for lunch on the banks of the Seine or beside Amsterdam’s canals. Eurostar offers trips on the new e320 and refurbished e300 trains that travel at speeds of up to 186 mph through the European countryside and under the Channel.

Standard Premier Includes:

  • Light meal and refreshments served at seat.
  • Seats in spacious coaches.
  • Complimentary magazines.

Business Premier Includes:

  • Cuisine created with Business Premier Culinary Director Raymond Blanc OBE.
  • Access to exclusive Business Lounges in London, Paris, and Brussels.
  • Fully flexible to accommodate changing plans.
  • Time savings with check-in up to 10 minutes before departure.

Traveling With Eurostar includes:

  • 2 for 1 entry to permanent collections and exhibitions at museums and galleries by showing a Eurostar ticket at the box office.
  • A luggage allowance of two free bags plus hand luggage, without weight restrictions.
  • No expensive airport transfers, with city center stations.
  • Free Wi-Fi and onboard entertainment.
  • Free travel for children under four.

For more information on Eurostar, visit www.eurostar.com.

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Two Free Tickets for Travel Agents on Rocky Mountaineer
Through June 30, travel agents can now receive two complimentary tickets on Rocky Mountaineer. Here’s how. | Rocky Mountaineer

Through a new offer, travel agents can now receive two complimentary tickets on Rocky Mountaineer.

Rocky Mountaineer is offering the new travel agent incentive to travel agents who book two reservations on a Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service package or rail-only itinerary. The offer is available to travel agents in Canada and the United States, on new bookings now through June 30, 2018. Offer valid on two bookings, with a minimum of two people each (four total).

This first-time offer will allow redeeming agents to enjoy two-day rail tickets in SilverLeaf Service. Tickets will be available for First Passage to the West or Journey Through the Clouds routes on select dates in 2018 and 2019. These include October 2018, April 2019 or October 2019.

The itinerary will travel between Vancouver and Lake Louise or Banff (First Passage to the West route), or between Vancouver and Jasper (Journey through the Clouds route) in a single-level glass dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows. Rocky Mountaineer Hosts will tell stories and offer personalized service, while hot breakfast and lunch will be served at their seat. Also included are complimentary alcoholic beverages and snacks onboard, overnight hotel accommodation at the end of day one in Kamloops and rail station transfers in Kamloops.

Travel agents and their guest must travel at the same time and agents must show proof of employment at the time of travel. The offer is only applicable for travel agents in the United States and Canada.

Agents can redeem the bookings by downloading a form here and emailing it to [email protected]. Once verified, a team member form Rocky Mountaineer’s in-house reservations team will be in touch to finalize the journey.

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Carnival Waives NCFs on Third and Fourth Guests
The promotion runs through May 31, 2018, and is available on select cruises through fall 2018. Get the details here. | Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is running a promotion for travel agents that offers special rates for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and waives noncommissionable fees for those guests.

With the new offer, more families and friends will be able to take a Carnival cruise this fall, while travel agents earn more commission, Carnival said. The promotion runs through May 31, 2018, and is available on select cruises through fall 2018.

“As we grow #thelist we’re looking to activate initiatives that benefit both consumers and our travel partners,” said Adolfo Perez, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and trade marketing, in a written statement.

The offer is the latest addition to #thelist of Carnival’s travel agent initiatives, which includes Be the Hero, Agentpalooza, Carnival Conversations, AMP Up Commission Program, Dedicated Group Desk, and commissions on Future Cruise Credits.

The special offer can be booked through GoCCL.com, GDS and Carnival’s contact center.

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20% Commission From Go Port Canaveral
Go Port Canaveral is offering travel agents 20 percent commission on every package booked through May 31. Get the details here. | Go Port Canaveral

Go Port Canaveral has launched a special 20 percent commission officer for travel agents. As part of the deal, the company is offering travel agents 20 percent commission on every package booked through May 31, 2018. There is no other limitation, Go Port Canaveral said.

Go Port Canaveral offers a number of land-based travel options in the Port Canaveral area. The company is partnered with over 30 hotels in the vicinity, and packages are inclusive through the company. Some packages offer free return, which allows guests to return from their cruise and enjoy the rest of their day at the hotel pool before they have their flight back home.

Additionally, Go Port Canaveral’s Fly Snooze Cruise all-in-one package includes roundtrip airport shuttles, a hotel stay and cruise transfers. The Snooze Park Cruise package includes a night at a selected hotel, cruise parking for the duration of the cruise and roundtrip transfers from the parking lot to the cruise terminals.

Agents can access the bonus commission here: https://www.goportcanaveral.com/travel-agents/

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Scenic Offers Early Booking Incentives on 2019 River Cruises
Travelers must book their cruise by August 31, 2018, to receive the incentives. | Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has announced early booking offers, as well as new on-board experiences and shore excursions for its 2019 Europe River Cruise season. To receive the incentives, travelers must book their 2019 cruise by August 31, 2018.

The incentives and experiences include:

  • Free air on every cabin and itinerary, including free Premium Economy for some stateroom categories on sailings of 11 or more days; $1,000 or $1,500 Scenic savings in lieu of free flights.
  • $595 Premium Economy upgrades; Business class upgrades are also available.
  • Up to $1,000 savings per couple for full payment by August 31, 2018.
  • No single supplements on sailings of 11 or more days in April, May, July, August, October, and November, and 50 percent off in June and September as well as all season long on 8- to 10-day departures.
  • New active focus on Bordeaux and South of France cruises with yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking.
  • Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience now available on all Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône River cruises.
  • Online and printed 2019 Scenic European River Cruise brochures will be available mid-June.

Whether it is the new for 2019 eight-day Highlights of Normandy & the Seine cruise itinerary in France, an exploration of Eastern Europe on the 11-day Black Sea Explorer or the 15-day Jewels of Europe, between Amsterdam and Budapest, guests who book earliest will receive the greatest savings.

The free air, full air payment and single supplement offers are available to those who book a 2019 Scenic European River Cruise by August 31, 2018. The specials are capacity controlled. Free flights revert to $295/$495 per person, depending on itinerary and stateroom category, once capacity limits are met.

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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Windstar Debuts New Deals and Incentives for 2018
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Windstar Cruises has unveiled new deals and incentives for 2018, with benefits like discounted rates, shipboard credit, airport transfers, round-trip airfare, and more on select itineraries.

Get Closer

Windstar’s Get Closer event delivers savings on itineraries linking America’s western frontier to the Far East. From now until May 31, guests booking an Alaska cruise or Cruise Tour (including cruises to and from select ports in Japan) receive a tiered per person Shipboard Credit. Depending on the sailing and the cabin category booked, guests can save from $300 to $1,000 per stateroom. The offer is good for new bookings only. View details on how to experience Alaska, and select from ten Get Closer cruise options here.

South Pacific Savings 

Guests booking a luxury Tahiti cruise with Windstar receive the South Pacific Savings package. The packages include round trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX), one-night pre-cruise accommodation at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete, transfers from the airport to the hotel and ship, plus a day room at Le Méridien Hotel in Papeete post-cruise. Choose from available dates on one of two Tahitian itineraries here.

President's Discount

Windstar's President John Delaney has announced a special bonus for all Yacht Club members (Windstar's return guest program). Members booking one of Windstar’s 2018 Asia itineraries will receive a $500 per person discount on the cruise. Additionally, this discount can be combined with up to one other promotional offer. Offer good on new bookings only. Guests can browse the 25 cruise and Cruise Tours available to explore Asia here.  

For more information on all of Windstar’s offers and itineraries, visit www.windstarcruises.com.

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Katarina Line Offers Extra 10% Commission on Last-Minute Bookings
Cruises must be booked by June 1, 2018 to be eligible. | Katarina Line

Katarina Line is rewarding travel agents with an extra 10 percent commission for last-minute bookings on select cruises and departure dates. The additional bonus is available on some of the company’s most popular routes, based on eligibility. All cruises must be booked by June 1, 2018 to be eligible for the extra 10 percent commission.

Among the eligible routes offering an additional 10 percent commission is the one-way “Northern Pearls” cruise from Split to Opatija, available for the August 4 – 11 departure on Dalmatia as well as the August 11-18 departure on the Premium Superior vessel, Amalia.  

Several round-trip “Northern Gems” cruises out of Split are also eligible, including the August 4 – 11 cruise aboard the Deluxe My Way vessel and the August 11 – 18 cruise on the Deluxe Admiral vessel. Highlights for these departures include a cruise on the Krka River, known for its many waterfalls, and visits to the Zadar Sea Organs and Diocletian’s palace in Split.

Numerous “Croatian Wilderness” round-trip cruises out of Split are also eligible for an additional 10 percent in commission.  These include the August 4 – 11 departure aboard Spalato, which includes swimming at secluded beaches, visits to the Blue and Green Caves, and an excursion to see the famed Lastovo chimneys, on their namesake island.

The August 4 - 11 “Southern Explorer” departure aboard the Moonlight, a round-trip from Split, is also eligible. Highlights include visits to Dubrovnik, Hvar, Mljet National Park, optional Zip line over the Cetina River canyon, and wine tasting in the fortified town of Korčula.

Several “Dalmatian Paradise” departures are also eligible, sailing round-trip from Split. These include the August 11 – 18 departure aboard the Adriatic Sun Deluxe Superior vessel and the August 11 – 18 departure on the Deluxe My Way vessel. The cruise visits Mljet National Park. Guests also attend a Croatian village party, enjoy an evening dinner cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik, and swim at Golden Horn beach on Brač Island.

For more information, visit www.katarina-line.com.

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Agents Can Win Up to 250,000 Loyalty Points From Travel Impressions
The tour operator’s Million In May promotion will give away a total of 1 million points throughout the month. Get the details here. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions has announced a new incentive for travel agents that will run during the month of May. The Million In May promotion will see Travel Impressions gift 1,000,000 in LoyalTI First points and prizes to travel agents. The top five agents who book the most FIT vacations to any destination, valid for any travel dates, from May 2 – May 31, 2018, will win grand prizes between 25,000 and 250,000 LoyalTI First points.

Every FIT booking made for Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe or domestic travel will be automatically entered to win weekly prizes such as top-brand consumer electronics worth an additional 500,000 LoyalTI First points. Winners will be selected at random and posted on Facebook

To participate, agents must register for the LoyalTI First program at www.LoyalTIFirst.com and begin booking their clients’ FIT vacations with Travel Impressions. Each FIT booking made by LoyalTI First-registered agents from May 2 – 31, 2018 increases their chances to win.

Visit www.travimp.com/MillionInMay for complete details.

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GOGO Vacations Offers Travel Agents $30,000 in Prizes
One stay from each of the four participating hotels is being awarded weekly; winners will be selected on May 11, 18, 25 and June 1. | GOGO Vacations

In celebration of Travel Agent Appreciation Month, GOGO Vacations announced that it will be giving away $30,000 in prizes.

Throughout the entire month of May, GOGO Vacations and its sister brands – Worldwide Traveler and GO Groups – are giving away a total of four trips and cash prizes. 

Here’s how it works.

All bookings made and paid in full in May are eligible to win. Each booking qualifies as an automatic entry; the more bookings, the more chances to win.

Each winner, four in total, will receive a five-night, all-inclusive hotel stay certificate for two, two airline tickets and $1,000 in gift cards. Each prize is valued at $7,500, for a total of $30,000 in giveaways. 

One stay from each of the four participating hotels is being awarded weekly; winners will be selected on May 11, 18, 25 and June 1. The participating hotels are Casa de Campo Resort & Villas in the Dominican Republic, UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, Grand Velas Los Cabos and Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa in Jamaica.

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is a 7,000-acre resort in the La Romana area of the Dominican Republic. It includes three golf courses, a marina, tennis courts and polo facilities.

UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya

UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya is a unique all-inclusive in the Riviera Maya in the sense that it includes spa treatments as part of the rate.

Grand Velas Los Cabos

A main selling point at Grand Velas Los Cabos is its stylish pools. The resort, which opened on December 20, 2016, has three infinity pools at different temperatures to suit both clients looking for a cold, refreshing dip and those looking for a warm plunge. 

The pools are tiered with five feet separating each level. Rows of loungers were designed with unevenness between them, so that every space is in the front row, unobstructed.

Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa is surrounded by Montego Bay Marine Park and includes about 150 suites. The resort is adults-only. Some amenities offered at the hotel include butler service, a rooftop pool and bar, a beach club, fire pits and cabanas.
 
Visit www.gogowwv.com 

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Velas Resorts' Kids Stay Free Deal
Velas Resorts’ family-friendly properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are offering complimentary stays for kids this summer. More here.
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Velas Resorts’ family-friendly properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are offering complimentary stays for kids, discounted rates for teens, dedicated kids’ and teen clubs, Summer Camp, baby concierge and more this summer.

At Grand Velas resorts in Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, and Riviera Maya, up to two kids (ages four to 12) are free when staying in the same suite as the adults from now through October 31, 2018. Families traveling with children ages 13 to 15 to Grand Velas in Los Cabos and Riviera Nayarit also receive a 50 percent discount off teen rates. Additionally, Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta features discounts on kid and teen rates.

At Grand Velas and Velas Vallarta, activities range from sand castle building, Spanish lessons, piñata making and kickball tournaments to animal shows, cooking and baking classes, drive-in movies, eco-cycling tours and more. Summer Camp at the resorts is held July 15 to August 12, 2018 with special activities such as zip lining, climbing walls, astronomy nights, DIY mandala workshops and more. Throughout the year, the resorts offer dedicated kids and teens clubs, family-friendly entertainment and even a baby concierge to cater to the needs of the little ones.

The top accommodations for families are the resorts’ two-bedroom family suites. The 2,000-square-foot rooms have one king bed suite and a two queen bed suite with a private terrace.

The Summer Promotion is available through October 31, 2018. All-inclusive rates at Velas Resorts include luxury accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, taxes, gratuity and more. 

Visit www.grandvelas.com

This story originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com.

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Avanti Offers Bonus Commission for National Travel Agent Day
The bonus applies to all bookings made between April 30 and May 4. Get the details here. | Avanti Destinations

In honor of National Travel Agent Day on May 2, 2018, independent travel specialist Avanti Destinations is offering a $50 bonus commission on all bookings made between April 30 and May 4, 2018.

The Portland, Oregon-based wholesale tour operator creates and sells custom-built independent itineraries in Europe, Asia, Central and South America exclusively through travel agents.

Avanti specializes in locally owned hotels in both large and small cities and multi-destination itineraries. Agents can also book individual components, such as transfers, rail travel, hotels, air, sightseeing tours and experiential activities, as well as complete vacations.

For details log on to www.avantidestinations.com or call 1-800-422-5053 to speak with a travel specialist.

Organized by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the holiday aims to spotlight the value of travel agents on both social and traditional media. Tour operators and other travel suppliers typically offer special agent incentives and promotions on the day of and throughout the month of May, while organizations like ASTA and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) celebrate with social media highlights and other events.

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20 Percent Commission on Celestyal Cruises
The line is celebrating the launch of new itineraries with a 20 percent commission offer for travel agents. Get the details here. | Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is celebrating the launch of its newest itineraries with a 20 percent commission special on seven-day all-inclusive cruise bookings. The cruise line offers commission across the majority of components, including the cruise fare (which includes standard unrestricted drinks package and select shore excursions), additional pre-sold shore excursions, and pre-sold premium drinks upgrade package. This special 20 percent commission offer is applicable on new bookings made through June 30 for any seven day all-inclusive cruise departing in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

In the ongoing effort to continue introducing new destinations and to reach its goal of presenting year-round cruising in the Aegean, Celestyal Cruises recently introduced three new seven-day all-inclusive itineraries: the new Idyllic with sailings commencing in April 2018, and starting in 2019 the new Eclectic and Three Continents cruise programs.

All of these new itineraries, like all of the line’s cruises, include meals onboard, drinks, entertainment, gratuities, port charges, and excursions in the cruise fare. The line’s drinks package offers passengers included top shelf spirits, wines, cocktails and beers, specialty coffees, bottled water, as well as juices and sodas.

Beginning on April 30, 2018, Celestyal Crystal will perform the new seven-day Idyllic – departing from Athens’ port of Piraeus with overnight stays in Mykonos and Santorini. Other stops include Milos; Crete, with the Minoan Palace of Knossos; and Turkey's Kusadasi, with an excursion to explore Ancient Ephesus.

Celestyal is also introducing an Eclectic itinerary that will re-introduce the port of Istanbul to its cruise programs. With weekly sailings from October 21 through November 25, 2019, this itinerary will sail roundtrip from Athens’ port of Piraeus and include an overnight in Istanbul. The itinerary also introduces two new destinations: Greece’s Volos, with Meteora’s hanging monasteries, and Turkey’s Canakkale, gateway to Troy and the site where the WWI Gallipoli campaign took place. Travelers on this itinerary will additionally have the opportunity to visit Crete and Santorini, as well as Mykonos on an overnight stay.

The new Three Continents sailings will commence in December of 2019 with five sailings from the December 2 through December 30 that will also mark the introduction of Christmas and New Year’s cruises in the Aegean for Celestyal Cruises. This itinerary visits destinations on the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. Beginning and concluding in Athens, passengers will explore cities and villages in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, and Turkey. From Greece's capital, the voyage heads to Alexandria and Port Said in Egypt, before heading to Israel, with excursions to sites of biblical and historical importance. Next, and a new destination Celestyal Cruises is introducing as part of this itinerary, is Cyprus' Limassol, where travelers can visit the area's mountain villages and tour Paphos. The Greek Island of Rhodes and Turkey's Kusadasi round out the itinerary before sailing back to Athens.

Visit CelestyalCruises.com

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Central Holidays Debuts Deluxe Paris Summer Deal
The travel package must be booked with deposit by May 31, 2018, and is valid for departures from July 8 - September 3, 2018 & October 26-31, 2018. | Central Holidays

Central Holidays has announced the Deluxe Paris Summer Special, a five-day package starting at $1,309 per person, double occupancy, with 25 percent savings.

The Deluxe Paris Summer Special Travel Package Includes:

  • Deluxe hotel accommodations for 4 nights at the boutique, 4-star Villa Opera Drouot
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Round-trip airport transfers by private car with chauffeur
  • Half-day city tour of Paris by private car with professional driver-guide
  • Special gift with purchase from the Galeries Lafayette

On this special getaway, travelers will experience Paris luxury with a four-night stay at the boutique, four-star Villa Opera Drouot. The Villa Opera Drouot hotel is situated in the heart of the Right Bank theatre district, near well-known attractions such as the Folies Bergère and the Brasserie Chartier. Packed with attractions, museums, and monuments -- from the historical to modern, Paris offers a full supply of culture, art, nightlife, eateries and chic shopping opportunities.  

While in Paris, travelers will experience the sights that France’s capital has to offer with an included half day city tour-- the Palais Royal, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the designer shops along the Champs-Elysees, a tree-lined avenue completed by Louis XV that is full of cafés, theaters and shops.

Price is per person, land only, based on double occupancy. This Paris travel package must be booked with deposit by May 31, 2018 and is valid for departures from July 8 - September 3, 2018 & October 26-31, 2018. A selection of different hotels, room categories, additional nights, transfers, and optional tours are available. Program’s validity and/or some included features may vary. Rates are not valid during certain blackout periods and are subject to availability. Additional restrictions may apply.

For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.

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ID Travel Group Offers Hotel Savings, Extra Commissions
Along with savings on the brands hotels and resorts, agents can receive extra commissions on new bookings made and traveled from now through December 15. | ID Travel Group

Island Destinations and IDx, both part of ID Travel Group, have announced over 75 Exclusive Extras for 2018 through the 2018 Ultimate Exclusives Brochure and the 2018-2019 IDX Collection. The ID Ultimate Exclusives offer savings up to $8,000 from top hotels while the 2018-2019 IDCollection showcases the brand’s selection of full-service resorts with Xclusive Xtras. The brochures highlight specials across top destinations from each portfolio, including the Maldives, Hawaii and the Turks and Caicos - all personally evaluated by the ID Travel Group.

With the debut of these savings, the tour operator has increased travel advisor commission by an extra 1 percent on all new bookings made and traveled from now through December 15, 2018 – upwards of 16 percent commission for select destinations.

A sampling of this year’s ID Ultimate Exclusives include:

Grace Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection, Turks and Caicos

Highlighted on the covers of the 2018 ID Ultimate Exclusives brochure, this resort on Grace Bay Beach includes savings up to $8,000 offering two complimentary nights at the Estate or Beachfront Villa Residence, $250 resort credit, daily breakfast and non-motorized sports.

The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, French Polynesia

With up to $3,900 in savings, this luxurious stay in a one-bedroom villa includes a $100 gift shop credit and $150 wine credit along with daily meals and beverages, inter-island flights and a 50-minute spa treatment per villa, per day.

Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua

This retreat on Nicaragua’s Pacific shores on the Emerald Coast offers savings up to $3,140 with a guaranteed upgrade, one complimentary night, daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transportation.

The 2018-2019 IDX Collection Xtras include the following:

UNICO 20° 87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico 

This year’s cover star is a modern adults-only retreat in the Riviera Maya featuring savings up to $270 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, exclusive butler service, a spa and wellness center and private roundtrip airport transfers.

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This adults-only hideaway in Puerto Vallarta is offering savings up to $770 with all-inclusive restaurants and bars, $60 spa credit per person, per day and a guaranteed upgrade at time of booking.

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic

This Punta Cana resort located in the exclusive gated community of Cap Cana offers unlimited luxury inclusions, up to $500 resort credit and VIP butler service for preferred club guests.

These and additional compelling Exclusive Extras at the world’s most breathtaking properties can be viewed in the complete 2018 Ultimate Exclusives Brochure and the 2018-2019 IDX Collection.

For more information, visit www.islanddestinations.com.

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Travel Impressions Teams With Barceló to Offer Deals and Incentives
To receive discounted rates, bookings must be made between now and April 30, 2018. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions has partnered with Barceló to offer discounts on select April bookings, plus resort discounts and bonus commission. Agents can save their valued clients up to 46 percent on top of additional resort discounts at select Barceló Hotel Group properties throughout Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean on bookings received April 1 – 30, 2018. Applicable travel dates and savings vary based on property.

Agents booking leisure groups at select hotels in April may receive different levels of cash incentives with up to $2,500 when booking 200 or more room nights. Additionally, group bookings for a total of 75 room nights or more to any property within the Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex in Mexico’s Riviera Maya will earn agents two complimentary nights toward a five-night double occupancy stay.

Agents will be rewarded with up to 3 percent bonus commission and 500 LoyalTI First bonus points for booking FIT packages to participating Barceló resorts throughout the promotional period.

An additional $1,000 resort discount applies to Barceló Bávaro Palace and the adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach in the Dominican Republic as well as the 2,760-room Barceló Maya Grand Resort complex, featuring Barceló Maya Beach, Barceló Maya Caribe, Barceló Maya Colonial, Barceló Maya Palace and Barceló Maya Tropical.

A $500 resort discount is valid for bookings to Barceló Aruba in the Caribbean, Costa Rica’s Occidental Papagayo and a dozen Mexico resorts, including Barceló Huatulco, Barceló Ixtapa, Barceló Karmina, Barceló Gran Faro Los Cabos, Allegro Cozumel, Occidental Cozumel, Barceló Puerto Vallarta, Occidental Nuevo Vallarta, Occidental Costa Cancún, Occidental Tucancún, Occidental Xcaret Destination and Royal Hideaway Playacar.

Additional properties participating in the promotion include Occidental Caribe and Occidental Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Mexico City’s Barceló Mexico Reforma, Barceló Tambor Beach in Costa Rica, El Salvador’s Barceló San Salvador, Guatemala’s Barceló Guatemala City, Barceló Montelimar in Nicaragua and Panama’s Occidental Panama City.

For more information, visit promotions.travimp.com.

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Norwegian Offers Tax-Free Deals for the Spring
The “Tax-Free Spree” is available now through April 17. | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line invites guests to take advantage of the Tax-Free Spree, available now through April 17. For a limited time only when guests book select three-day or longer cruise in an ocean view category stateroom or above, government taxes, fees and port expenses will be waived. This offer is available on over 430 cruises and combinable with the Free at Sea promotion, which offers guests more value for the amenities of their choice.

Additional April value offers include:

Free at Sea - Extended

Guests can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion, now extended through April 30. This signature value-added promotion provides guests who book a new three-day or longer cruise their choice of up to five free offers that include onboard amenities, including free unlimited open bar, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, a free specialty dining package, 250-minute internet package, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer which allows the third and fourth guests to sail for complimentary on select cruises.

The number of offers available is based on the stateroom category selected.

  • Reserve an inside cabin or Norwegian’s studio staterooms and receive one free offer.
  • Book an ocean view, balcony or mini-suite category stateroom and choose up to two free offers.
  • Guests who want to spread out in comfort in a suite will enjoy all five free amenities, providing them up to $2,700 in overall value on their cruise.

Distinctive Voyages Offer - Extended

Guests looking to cruise to new destinations can take advantage of Norwegian’s Distinctive Voyages offer, now extended through May 31, 2018. On select seven-day or longer cruises, guests receive five additional amenities that include 120-minute phone call package, 250-minute Internet package, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, up to $400 in air credit, and $100 hotel credit for a pre- or post-cruise stay. The offer is also combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $5,000 in value on their next ultimate cruise vacation.

Free at Sea All-Inclusive - Extended 

Now through April 30, guests who reserve a new three, four or five-day Bahamas or Cuba voyage on Norwegian Sun or Norwegian Sky can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea All-Inclusive promotion, in addition to the already included complimentary unlimited open bar. With this offer, guests will choose up to five onboard amenities including a $50 specialty dining credit per stateroom, $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, 100-minute Internet package, a photo package with ten free images, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail complimentary on select sailings.

Free at Sea Hawaii – Extended

Guests can also take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, now extended through April 30. For those who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, the only ship to sail a seven-day inter-island itinerary roundtrip from Honolulu all year, have the freedom to choose from five offers including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 credit per stateroom that can be applied towards shore excursions in each port, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates.

Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America will enjoy all five offers.

For more, visit www.ncl.com.

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Holland America Line Announces Ready Set Sail Promotion
Guests who book a cruise by June 14, 2018 on cruises between September 1 and August 1, 2018 will be eligible to receive the offer. | Holland America Line

Travelers looking to plan ahead and book their future Holland America Line cruise vacation can take advantage of the Ready Set Sail promotion that offers pre-paid gratuities, reduced deposits, and reduced rates on nearly all of the cruise line’s worldwide itineraries. Guests who book a Holland America Line cruise by June 14, 2018, will be eligible to receive the offer, and guests who book a suite also will receive up to $300 onboard spending money per stateroom.

All cruises between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 1, 2019, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments, are eligible for the promotion. The prepaid gratuities cover the hotel service charge, while 50 percent reduced deposits and attractive fares make it more affordable to start planning for a future cruise. Depending on the cruise length, guests booking suites will receive onboard spending money up to $300 per stateroom.

Suite guests can use their onboard spending money to enjoy a variety of shipboard experiences and amenities. Extras that the credit can be applied to include treatments at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon, gift shop purchases, EXC Tours (shore excursions), beverages or dinner at one of the specialty restaurants such as Pinnacle Grill, Sel de Mer, Canaletto or Tamarind, depending on the ship.

By booking with Ready Set Sail, guests enjoy cruise fare savings and can sail all over the world while taking advantage of the promotion. Eligible Holland America Line destinations include Alaska cruises and Land+Sea Journeys, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Mexico, South America, the Panama Canal, the Far East, the South Pacific, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Australia and New Zealand.

For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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$1,000 Bonus Commission in Mexico From ID Travel Group
ID Travel Group

ID Travel Group has launched a new incentive for travel agents. From now until April 30, 2018, travel agents can earn an extra $1,000 bonus commission when booking groups at a number of Grand Velas properties in Mexico.

The offer is good on travel in all of 2018 and 2019, with blackout dates from December 20, 2018, through January 2, 2019. The bonuses apply to new reservations of 10 or more rooms or suites. A three-night minimum stay is required. Bonuses will be distributed upon completion of travel.

The offer applies to the following Grand Velas hotels in Mexico:

  • Grand Velas Los Cabos
  • Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
  • Grand Velas Riviera Maya

There is no tracking required, ID Travel Group said.

Travel agents can visit www.idtravelgroup.com and log on to the travel agent portal for more information on the incentive and more.

ID Travel Group is the parent organizations for Island Destinations and IDX. All ID Travel Group brands currently focus exclusively on business-to-business and their products are not offered directly to consumers, but rather only through travel professionals around the world. Since its inception, ID Travel Group has maintained its principal office in Larchmont, New York.

ID Travel Group serves clients in five continents. Sales professionals are located in North and South America, Singapore, Hong Kong (covering Greater China) and Australia. Future years promise a continuance of rapid growth for ID Travel Group, as its brands continue on their upward path to becoming the international leaders in sophisticated travel, the company said.

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The Four Seasons Resort Lanai’s New “Stay Longer” Offer
The “Stay Longer – Fifth Night Complimentary” is available to guests who stay four consecutive paid nights through December 15. | The Four Seasons Resort Lanai

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has launched its “Stay Longer – Fifth Night Complimentary” offer available to guests who stay four consecutive paid nights through December 15. During summer months, guests get a complimentary sixth night, for travel dates from June 30 to August 25.

Travelers can enhance their stay and explore the island with the resort’s new “Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass,” for $400 per night for two adults (includes complimentary nights).  

The pass provides guests with a selection of unlimited daily activities within the resort and all across the island. Guests can discover the forested upcountry on horseback at Lanai Ranch at Koele, take aim with sporting clays and archery, adventure off-the-beaten-path with Polaris guided UTV tours, or explore diverse terrain on mountain bike. 

For guests looking to take advantage of activities closer to the resort, unlimited championship golf, tennis, and various water sports are available including snorkel and sunset sails.

If the agent is booking the room and the Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass, both are commissionable. The Love Lanai Unlimited Activities Pass by itself, however, is not.

New Air Service Exclusive to Guests

Four Seasons Resort Lanai also recently launched new, private daily air charter service for guests coming from Honolulu on Lanai Air.

Parties as small as two passengers can book the entire aircraft for their own personal journey, with fares starting at $500 per couple. Two Pilatus PC-12 aircraft will offer customized daily service for travelers. 

Planes seat up to eight passengers. One-way tickets are $500 per couple and can be booked through the Lanai Travel Advisor Desk at [email protected]

Additional passengers are $200 for each ticket, to a maximum of $1,100 per flight for parties of up to eight guests.

Visit www.fourseasons.com/lanai

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Journese Offers $400 Air Credit on July Flights to Hawaii
The offer is valid for bookings made now through April 30 for travel from July 1 - 31. | Journese

Journese has announced the launch of an exclusive $400 air credit for Hawaiian Islands vacation packages, valid for travel from July 1 - 31. 

The offer is valid for bookings made now through April 30. The air credit is applicable when booking five-night minimum resort or cruise stays and a minimum three-day Avis car rental.

In addition to exclusive offerings, travelers will have options to enhance their vacation with such private excursions as zip line adventures, private picnics and helicopter/waterfall experiences on Hawaii Island; a VIP multi-adventure excursion along the Hule’ia River in Kauai, including kayaking, hiking and swimming in exclusive areas; evening volcano, wine tasting and upcountry exploration on Maui; and champagne sunset cruises sailing to Diamond Head in Oahu.

“Journese is excited to offer this exclusive air credit when booking a tailored Hawaii vacation,” says Amy Comparato, brand director of Journese, in a written release. “July is a fantastic time to travel to Hawaii to experience the Aloha spirit, whether as a family or on a romantic escape.”

Journese is the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, offering customized four- and five-star journeys across the globe, including Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, the Cook Islands, Europe, Fiji, Japan, the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, New Zealand, Tahiti and the United States.

Pleasant Holidays also recently announced deals on Hawaii vacations with hundreds of dollars in savings at five beach resorts on four islands.

Pleasant Holidays' collection of exclusive Hawaii vacation package deals includes hotel rates and added values featuring daily breakfast or food and beverage credit and up to 15 percent off spa treatments at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Oahu; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Maui; the Kauai Marriott Resort on Kauai and the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island. 

Valid for travel throughout 2018, these Hawaii vacation packages offer savings on warm-weather winter escapes; spring break trips; family vacations during the peak summer travel season; couples honeymoons and romance getaways.

For travelers wanting to visit all four islands on one vacation, Pleasant Holidays offers air-inclusive cruise vacations featuring Norwegian Cruise Line's (NCL's) seven-night Hawaii itinerary aboard the Pride of America with departures from Honolulu every Saturday year-round. 

For a limited time, Pleasant Holidays bookings include NCL's “Free at Sea” offers, which provide travelers added savings and value with their choice of a one-night pre-cruise hotel stay,a specialty dining package, pre-paid gratuities, $50 in shore excursions credit per port or the third and fourth passengers sail free. 

All offers are valid for select travel through January 2, 2019; certain restrictions apply and book-by dates vary.

Visit www.journese.com and www.pleasantholidays.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ 2018 Summer Vacations Sales
The deal is valid for new bookings made by April 1. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced its 2018 Summer Vacation Sale, which features exclusive offers worldwide with savings up to $500 per booking for select travel from May 1 to September 30. 

Valid for new bookings made by April 1, offers and minimum-night stays vary by destination and feature top resorts for family-friendly and adults-only vacations alike, including all-inclusive options.

Ideal for active travelers, Pleasant Holidays’ 2018 Summer Vacation Sale features offers that include free car rentals or car rental upgrades, a buy-one-get-one-free activity and hundreds of dollars off options during the peak summer travel months. 

Clients visiting Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii Island will get either a free five-day midsize Hertz car rental or a complimentary one-category Hertz car rental upgrade. The free five-day midsize Hertz car rental is valid for travel from May 1 to June 18 and from August 10 to Sept. 20. The free one-category Hertz car rental upgrade is valid for travel from June 19 to Aug. 9.

The same offers apply for clients heading to Maui. The free five-day midsize Hertz car rental for Maui-bound travelers is valid for travel from May 1 to June 18, from June 29 to July 31 and from Aug. 10 to Sept. 30. The free one-category Hertz Car Rental upgrade is valid for travel from June 19 to June 28 and from Aug. 1 - 9.

Travelers heading to Mexico will receive up to $250 air credit per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Caribbean-bound clients receive $100 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Vacationers heading to Tahiti and Fiji will receive $500 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30.

Clients heading to the Cook Islands get $300 off per booking for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30. Costa Rica-bound vacationers can buy one activity and get another free with the “Vida Aventura Super Combo Activity” for travel from May 1 to Sept. 30

Those heading for Europe will received up to $150 off per booking for travel from May 1 to June 30. Vacationers heading to the United States and Canada will get up to $100 per book for travel from May 1 to July 30.

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Offers 40 Percent Off Room Rates
The offer is valid on bookings made by June 15 with travel dates through December 31.
 
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Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas, an adults-only, all-inclusive, is offering travelers savings of up to 40 percent on nightly rates through the Paradise Spring Fever Savings promotion. The offer is valid on bookings made by June 15 with travel dates through December 31.
 
All-inclusive rates offered as part of the Paradise Spring Fever Savings promotion start from $190 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Rates quoted are based on bookings in an Island View room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates.
 
Guests booking a minimum of three nights receive a four-ounce Tortuga Rum cake and $30 per person credit for use towards Amber Spa’s full menu of massages, facials, skin care, nail and hair treatments (available for an additional charge). The spa credit cannot be bartered or sold and has no cash value.

As part of the resort’s all-inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy the “Cabbage Beach Picnic” which takes guests to one of Paradise Island’s finest beaches on the Atlantic Ocean

The resort provides transportation to Cabbage Beach, which is a five-minute drive from the hotel. Departures from Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas are available from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (weather permitting). Beach service is also provided, at no additional cost to guests, with a beverage and a light lunch.

Reserved spaces are limited to 36 guests per day and reservations should be made 24-hours in advance of the excursion at the reception desk. Agents who book the Paradise Spring Fever Savings offer receive a 15 percent commission. 

Visit www.warwickhotels.com

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Princess Cruises Announces the Come Back New Sale
The sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2, 2018, and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has announced the Come Back New Sale, offering guests free gratuities and the opportunity to experience the line’s award-winning service and onboard experiences. In addition to free gratuities, guests book with a low $100 refundable deposit during the Come Back New sale, and are offered a savings of up to $300 per person on flights booked through Princess EZair.

Guests using Princess EZair can benefit from low fares, worry-free booking, late arrival protection, easy flight quote requests, 24/7 support, and no customization fee when booking flights for their cruise vacation.  

As part of the Come Back New Promise, Princess welcomes guests to sample dishes from the line’s exclusive specialty dining restaurants, enjoy exclusive entertainment, or experience the local cultures on Discovery recommended shore excursions. The sale offers deals on cruises to the line’s most popular destinations including Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Panama Canal, California Coast, Australia & New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Canada & New England, South America, as well as World Cruise voyages.

Examples of the Come Back New cruise deals include:

  • Eastern Caribbean cruise — 7 days: $699 interior; $899 balcony
  • Circle Caribbean cruise — 14 days: $1,199 interior; $1,799 balcony
  • Hawaiian Islands cruise —15 days: $1,549 interior; $2,399 balcony
  • Panama Canal cruise — 10 days: $899 interior; $1,599 balcony
  • Southeast Asia & Japan cruise — 12 days: $1,599 interior; $2,349 balcony
  • Classic Canada & New England cruise —10 days: $1,399 interior; $2,249 balcony
  • Australia & New Zealand cruise – 12 days: $1,249 interior; $1,699 balcony

All cruise prices are per guest, based on double occupancy. Princess Cruise’s Come Back New Sale runs through 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 2, 2018 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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CIE Tours Offers Travel Agent Discount on Spring Trips to the UK
Agents must book the trip before February 28 to receive the discount. | CIE Tours

CIE Tours is offering discounts to travel agents on spring vacations to Ireland and the British Isles to help clients book one of ten select excursions. Those who do so before February 28 will not only help travelers save on their trip, but will also receive a $50 gift card using the code AGENTLOVE50.

Vacation itineraries with trip-specific codes include:

  • Irish Spirit: 8 days departing April 5; sale price $1,685 (code SPA040518)
  • The Scots Irish Tour: 11 days departing April 8; sale price $2,025 (code SNA040818)
  • Taste of Scotland: 5 days departing April 1; sale price $1,100 (code SCA040118)
  • Northern Welcome: 9 days departing April 28; sale price $1,800 (code NWA042818)
  • Best of Ireland South: departing April 12; sale price $1,165 (code ISA041218) / departing April 28; sale price $1,285 (code ISA042818)
  • British & Irish Delight: 9 days departing April 15; sale price $1,790 (code GRA041518)
  • Irish Explorer: 9 days departing April 8; sale price $1,645 (code EXA040818)
  • Mystical Ireland: 8 days departing April 7; sale price $1,360 (code CLA040718)
  • Irish Adventure: 8 days departing April 30; sale price $1,775 (code ADA040418)

CIE Tours offers fully inclusive guided vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, with both group travel and private itineraries available. The company’s escorted tours include prepaid sightseeing, hotel accommodations, full breakfasts, and most dinners.

Recently, the company partnered with Air Canada to offer air-inclusive guided vacations for Canadian travelers. The agreement enables CIE Tours to package flights within its tour price for travel originating at any airport serviced by Air Canada with direct flights to Shannon or Dublin.

For more information, visit www.cietours.com.

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Central Holidays Guarantees Departures, Offers Discounts on Tours
Gift cards and savings are only available on bookings made for departures by May 31, 2018. | Central Holidays

Central Holidays is offering travelers guaranteed departures through May 2018 for their Italy Motorcoach Tour programs – giving travel agents the assurance that they can carry out their clients’ vacations with no worries of cancellation. Travel agents also receive a bonus $100 Amex gift card per person booked on the company’s Italy Escorted Tours, and travelers receive an extra five percent savings on bookings made for departures by May 31, 2018. 

Guaranteed departures also equate to guaranteed commissions for agents as well as an assurance that their clients will receive all the travel services and experiences that come with Central Holidays’ tours. These value-added specials offer travelers the opportunity to experience one of the new Italy Escorted Tour programs created by the company’s destination experts – just released in the company’s new 2018 brochures and online.  

Here’s are Central Holidays’ new Italy Escorted Tour programs:

  • "Tuscany, Cinque Terre & the Lakes": Pistoia – Santa Margherita LigureStresa. 9 Days from $ 2298.
  • "In the Footsteps of Italy’s Culinary Traditions": Rome Montepulciano San Gimignano Parma Padua. 10 Days from $2748.
  • "Legendary Amalfi Coast & Undiscovered Trulli Villages": Rome – Sorrento Savelletri di Fasano. 9 Days from $2598.
  • "Italian Vistas: From Tuscany to the Dolomites": Pistoia – Santa Margherita Ligure – Stresa – Venice Bolzano. 13 Days from $3298.

Prices are per person, land only based on double occupancy. The five percent discount offer applies to land only portions of tour. The Amex gift card offer is $100 per passenger booked. Tour must be booked and deposited by February 28, 2018 for departures thru May 31, 2018.

Central Holidays Italy Premier Escorted packages feature the Central Holidays Signature Dining Plan that includes most meals (breakfast daily – plus many lunches and dinners) served in hotels and local restaurants.  In addition, wine, coffee or cappuccino and mineral water at lunch and dinner are included in the tour price. Sightseeing and bonus touring is included in each motorcoach escorted package as well as the services of a professional, English-speaking tour director throughout the itinerary.

For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.

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Apple Vacations' “Hawaii SuperSale”
The deal is valid to book now through March 22 for travel from April 1 to August. | Apple Vacations

As part of Apple Vacations' new Hawaii SuperSale, travelers can enjoy Apple-exclusive extras, including room upgrades, free nights, free daily buffet breakfasts and food and beverage credits at participating resorts.

The deal is valid to book now through March 22 for travel from April 1 to August.

Here a few examples of some of the offers:

Travelers coming from Chicago (ORD) can stay five nights at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach at rates starting from $1,465 per person. Clients from Philadelphia (PHL) get five nights at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach starting from $1,229 per person and guests coming from Los Angeles (LAX) get five nights at the Royal Kona Resort starting from $1,165 per person. 

All participating resorts in the Hawaii SuperSale are Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach; Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort; Courtyard By Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach; Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach; Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui; Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii; Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger; Four Seasons Resort Lanai; Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa; Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort; Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach; Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kauai Shores Hotel; Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa; Royal Kona Resort; Royal Lahaina Resort; Sheraton Kauai Resort; Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa; The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas; Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa; Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and Wailea Beach Resort - Marriott, Maui.

Visit www.applevacations.com/super-sale-hawaii
 

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s New “Experience Package”
The Outrigger Experience Package can be booked online year-round and is available for all room types based on a four-night minimum stay. | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has introduced a new offering providing visitors with an immersive vacation experience that aims to appeal to the diverse array of interests and activities that Hawaii has to offer. 

When booking the new “Outrigger Experience Package” at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, guests receive a $200 resort credit to create and discover their own vacation experiences. From Hawaiian music and farm-to-beach food offerings, to wellness and waterfront activities, there’s an array of offerings. 

The Outrigger Experience Package can be booked online year-round and is available for all room types based on a four-night minimum stay. Whether guests want to reserve a beachfront table at The Reef Bar & Market Grill for a romantic sunset dinner, enjoy an afternoon of poolside cocktails and appetizers at Kani Ka Pila Grille, go shopping at Outrigger Trading Company, unwind with a soothing spa treatment at La’akea Spa, sunbathe and play on Waikiki Beach with rentals through Aqualani Beach Services, or simply take advantage of hotel valet parking, those who purchase the “Outrigger Experience Package” can redeem their resort credit for a number of memorable Hawaiian activities.

“Our newest Experience Package at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort showcases the brand’s passion for exploration and discovery, while making it easy for travelers to book a vacation and take advantage of all the warm-weather activities, delicious foods and beautiful scenery that Hawaii has to offer,” said Kelly Hoen, area general manager and general manager at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, in a written release. “With Outrigger’s unmatched hospitality and a $200 resort credit to splurge on one-of-a-kind Hawaiian experiences, we’re excited to give guests the opportunity to create the vacation of their dreams.” 

As part of its commitment to preserving and sharing Hawaii’s deep-rooted heritage, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort invites guests to join its cultural activities and special events offered year-round, including ukulele lessons, lei making classes, beachside Hawaiian vow renewal ceremonies twice a week and live musical performances every evening. 

Visit www.outrigger.com

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Spring Savings at Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy
Booking for the Spring Offer is available through June 21, and is valid for travel from March 29 to June 21.

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Guests staying at Il Salviatino, a hand-restored, 15th century, 44-room villa in Florence, Italy, can now book the hotel’s Spring Offer, representing savings of 20 percent off the best available room rates.

Closed annually during the winter, ll Salviatino will reopen for season March 29, with exclusive offers on its mix of guest rooms and suites. 

The Spring Offer is available for guests who book a minimum three-night stay and applies to Deluxe rooms, Dome View Deluxe rooms, Junior Suites, Greenhouse Junior Suites and Dome View Junior Suites. 

Rates start at $469 per night for a Double Deluxe room. Booking for the Spring Offer is available through June 21, and is valid for travel from March 29 to June 21. 

Also, exclusive experiences can be booked by all guests at Il Salviatino including cooking classes in a private mansion hidden among the Tuscan vineyards; truffle hunting on the property grounds; tastings at private wineries; hot air balloon rides and personalized photo tours.

The hotel also offers a “Florentine Artisans” package, which includes a three-hour workshop with an artisan paper conservator, who will not only unveil the secrets of his trade, but also under his precise instructions, teach guests how to create their own notebook, folder and marbled Florentine paper. The package also includes a guided walking tour of the city, visiting its best artisans workshops.

Il Salviatino also turned to famed perfume house, AquaFlor, located in Florence’s Santa Croce District, to create a unique perfume making workshop for guests. The workshop is led by a master perfumer who guides each person in creating their personal Eau de Parfum, taking home a bottle of their creation as a keepsake.

Visit www.salviatino.com

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MSC Cruises Offers Agents Double the Return for Wave Season
The promotion is only applicable on Caribbean itineraries from Miami from March 31, 2018 through December 15, 2018. | MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises is offering travel agents double the opportunity to increase earnings with an enhanced tour conductor program now through March 31. Additionally, with Wave Season being the prime time booking season, travel agents are primed to make even more on the back end to “Book Four and Score.”

With the Book Four and Score deal, agents can earn double the TCs for every group booking made now through March 31. Book 4 staterooms (8 guests) online and earn 1 Tour Conductor as bonus commission. Plus, with the MSC Seaside’s reduced rates, agents can leverage the brand-new ship to help guests “Save & Sail” with up to $900 savings.

The reduced “Save & Sail” rate is available on Balcony Staterooms for two aboard the MSC Seaside on select spring, summer, and fall 2018 cruises. MSC Seaside will cruise to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, including destinations like St. Maarten, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands.

The “Book Four and Score” now offers double the commission:

  • By Phone: 1 TC for 10 guests
  • Electronically: 1 TC for 7.5 guests

The Previous Conductor Offer:

  • By Phone: 1 TC for 20 guests
  • Electronically: 1 TC for 15 guests

Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales at MSC Cruises, said of the promotion: “Travel agents continue to be a vital source of business, and we are delighted to create opportunities to forge an even stronger partnership between MSC Cruises and our dedicated ambassadors. As we continue to grow, we count on the support of our travel agent network.”

The promotion is only applicable on Caribbean itineraries from Miami from March 31, 2018 through December 15, 2018.

For more on MSC Cruises, visit www.msccruisesusa.com.

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Victory Offers 2-for-1 Special on Cuba Itinerary
Travelers must book the cruise and pay in full by February 28 to receive the discounted rate. | Victory Cruise Lines

Victory Cruise Lines is celebrating its first Cuba season with a 15-night “Cuba 360o cruise round-trip from Miami departing on April 20. The voyage will have overnight calls at four Cuban ports, including a full three days and three nights in the capital of Havana. If booked and paid in full by February 28, guests will receive a special 2-for-1 rate of $3,999 per person, double occupancy.

The cruise line’s all-inclusive luxury Cuba experience aboard the 202-passenger Victory 1 includes five-star cuisine with house wines, beer, and spirits; shore excursions, entertainment, and expert shipboard lecturers.

The trip begins with two days at sea with expert lecturers who will provide guests with information to maximize their experience of Cuba. The first port of call is Santiago de Cuba, where an overnight stay enables guests to see the Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, among other sights.

Following a sea day, the ship arrives at Trinidad de Cuba for another overnight call with visits to Valle de los Ingenios and a sugarcane plantation. An overnight call in Cienfuegos, known as Cuba’s “Pearl of the South," allows for an optional tour to the Bay of Pigs.

The Cuba trip culminates with a stop in Havana for three days and nights of exploration and excursions. Guests can visit Havana Vieja (Old Havana), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the colonial squares of Plaza San Francisco, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Catedral and Plaza de la Revolution. After the stop in Havana, Victory 1 then returns to Miami.

For American guests, the excursions fulfill all People to People program requirements, and Victory Cruise Lines handles all necessary Cuba visa and health paperwork.

For more information, visit cruises.victorycruiselines.com.