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Zegrahm Offers Bonus Commission on 2019 Expedition Cruises
Zegrahm Expeditions

Zegrahm Expeditions is announcing a new bonus commission incentive. When travel consultants book new guests on select 2019 small-ship cruise expeditions, they can receive an additional $250 per person bonus commission in addition to standard commission earnings.

Travel professionals can earn bonus commission on the following Zegrahm expedition cruises:

  1. India, Bangladesh & Myanmar: Zegrahm guests will be on the second ship to explore Bangladesh’s Sunderbans during this 17-day program. Travelers cruise along the Bay of Bengal aboard the 120-guest Silver Discoverer, and visit sacred temples, bazaars, rural villages, beaches, nature reserves and one of the largest mangrove forests in the world. Pricing on the January 20, 2019 departure starts at $14,980.
  2. Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: On this 22-day adventure, travelers follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on a voyage to the bottom of the world aboard the 100-guest Island Sky. Only 100 guests are allowed at any one landing site at any time. Guests discover penguin colonies of South Georgia Island, the Falkland Islands and Shackleton’s Elephant Island. Pricing on the January 24, 2019 departure starts at $23,480.
  3. Treasures of Japan with South Korea: From hopping a bullet train to exploring Shinto shrines, guests on this 17-day journey discover Japan and South Korea while sailing aboard the 100-guest Caledonian Sky. Highlights include exploring ancient castles, strolling through traditional gardens and learning to make soba noodles. In South Korea, travelers visit Gyeongju, an ancient dynastic capital known for artistry in wood, metal and stone. Pricing for the April 12, 2019 departure start at $15,980.
  4. Iberian Peninsula: On the 120-guest Ocean Adventurer, guests can discover Spain and Portugal. The 16-day expedition cruise offers a host of exclusive experiences along the way, including a private evening tour of the 14th-century Alhambra palace. Pricing for the April 18, 2019 departure starts at $11,980.

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

Photo by SoumenNath/iStock

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

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

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

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

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

Offer:

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

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

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

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

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Pacific Delight Tours Offers FAM Trip to India in March 2019
The five-night trip is from March 31 to April 6, 2019. | Pacific Delight Tours

Pacific Delight Tours is offering a land-only five-night travel agent familiarization trip to India from March 31 – April 6, 2019 from $489 per person. Covering Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, the trip will provide first-hand experience of India’s palaces, temples and natural beauty.

FAM trip highlights include visits to ancient Humayun’s Tomb and Jaipur’s intricate Amber Fort, as well as the red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, palatial Agra Fort and a sunrise overlooking the legendary Taj Mahal.

The program includes all air-conditioned transfers with bottled water, deluxe hotel accommodations at the Aloft New Delhi Aerocity Hotel in Delhi, Indana Palace in Jaipur and Crystal Sarovar Premiere Hotel in Agra, daily breakfast and farewell dinner in Delhi, sightseeing with English-speaking guides, wash and change room in the Delhi airport before departure after midnight on last day, entrance fees and all applicable taxes. Participation is limited to one member per agency.

Land fare is per person, based on double occupancy. A single occupancy surcharge for agents is available at $159. Agents can also opt to bring a companion for $589. Transatlantic airfare and India visa are not included.  

Pacific Delight Tours has been providing tours to China and Asia for 47 years. In addition to India, the tour operator offers trips to such destinations as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Australia. Pacific Delight Tours is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA).

For more information, visit www.pacificdelighttours.com.

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South African Airways Vacations Introduces "South Africa on Sale" Package
South African Airways Vacations

South African Airways Vacations is introducing a six-night air-inclusive “South Africa on Sale” vacation package providing the opportunity for travelers to visit Cape Town and experience an African safari starting at $2,299* for each person with children age 12 and under at $1,155* per child.

The “South Africa on Sale” package is available for travel between January 10 – March 31, 2019, and includes air transportation from New York-JFK or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways four nights’ accommodations at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl hotel and two nights’ accommodations at the Mongena Game Lodge in the malaria-free northwestern section of Dinokeng Game Reserve, roundtrip airport transfers, and meet and greet services by SAA Vacations representatives.

The Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl is a new hotel in Cape Town’s city center near restaurants, boutique shops, local craft markets, night life and tourist attractions in the “Mother City.” Guests will experience contemporary appointed rooms, complimentary breakfast served daily, flatscreen TV’s and free Wi-fi in the property.

The deal also includes a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula where travelers can experience views at Chapman’s Peak, see the penguins at Boulder’s Beach and go to Cape of Good Hope, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans come together. The Mongena Game Lodge is a 4-star rated safari lodge in the malaria-free Dinokeng Game Reserve, the only big five game reserve in Gauteng where Johannesburg is located.

The lodge is in an almost 70-acre scenic dam bordered by the Pienaars and Boekenhut rivers, and it includes the Kingfisher restaurant with an a la carte menu featuring both local and international gourmet cuisine, an outdoor pool, and free Wi-Fi in public areas.

Each air-conditioned suite provides flat-screen televisions, coffee/tea facilities and nightly turn-down service. People who stay can experience daily morning and afternoon game drives to see Africa’s Big 5 wildlife and more. The safari includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The package details are:

“South Africa on Sale” - $2,299

  • Roundtrip international economy class airfare from New York, JFK, or Washington, Dulles, to Johannesburg, South Africa, on South African Airways
  • Domestic flights to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • 3-nights’ accommodation at the Sun Square Cape Town City Bowl with daily breakfast
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • 2-nights’ accommodation at the Mongena Game Lodge with all meals included
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa and meet and greet service by South African Airways Vacations’ representative 

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

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Apple Vacations Launches 50th Anniversary Sale
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is beginning its year-long 50th anniversary celebration with an Anniversary Sale offering exclusive rates to MexicoCaribbean and Central America, up to $500 in resort credits, reduced greens fees, non-stop transfers, and up to 50 percent off at select resorts, plus a savings of up to $200 per couple with promo code CHEERS50!

In the late 1960’s, Apple Vacations was founded by John J. Mullen in a storefront in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, selling packages to Hawaii for as low as $299. Early on, he understood that bringing together airfare, hotel and transfers into one package price would make vacation planning easier and more affordable for leisure travelers. Apple Vacations is now the nation’s largest vacation company to Mexico and Dominican Republic and the nation’s largest seller of all-inclusive vacations.

Apple Vacations milestones include:

1977 – Apple Vacations is the first US tour operator to charter flights to a new destination – Cancun, Mexico and is one of the first to introduce the concept of “all-inclusive” vacations to the U.S. market.

1993 – Apple Vacations is the first vacation company to welcome its millionth passenger to Cancun.

1996 – Apple Vacations offers the first non-stop charter service to Punta Cana from the U.S.

1998 – Apple Vacations celebrates 2 million passengers to Cancun the following year.

2006 – Apple Vacations welcomes its millionth passenger to Punta Cana.

2015 – Apple Vacationers are among the first Americans to experience Cuba.

2018 – More than 50 new all-inclusive hotels throughout Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America are added to our robust product line.

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

Photo credit: Getty | Jose Carlos Macouzet Espinosa

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Complimentary Room Upgrade at Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts
Travel Impressions

Clients save up to $2,428 and get a complimentary room upgrade when booking five-night, all-inclusive Palace Resorts and Le Blanc Spa Resorts vacations in Mexico and Jamaica through October 31 in conjunction with Travel Impressions’ Supplier of the Month promotion. The room upgrade deal is effective when traveling October 2, 2018 – December 23, 2019 (excluding holiday blackout dates) and rewards agents with 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points for qualifying FIT bookings.

Participating properties include Palace Resorts throughout Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Playa del Carmen and Jamaica, as well as Le Blanc Spa Resorts in Cancun and Los Cabos.

Clients can upgrade from Deluxe Resort View to Deluxe Garden View on five-night, all-inclusive vacations with airfare to Moon Palace Cancun and save up to $1,232 with rates from $1,668* per person. Similar offerings are available at nearby Sun Palace and Moon Palace Cancun along with Isla Mujeres Palace eight miles off Cancun’s tranquil coast.

In Moon Palace Jamaica, clients can trade a Deluxe Resort View for a Deluxe Ocean View and save up to $1,220 with all-inclusive, five-night packages starting at $1,620* per person with airfare.

At Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos, clients can upgrade from Royale Deluxe Resort View to Royale Deluxe Partial Ocean View and save up to $2,428 with rates starting at $3,038* per person for five all-inclusive nights with airfare.

Room upgrades and rates are also available at Cozumel Palace and Playa del Carmen’s Playacar Palace where clients can enjoy savings up to $1,304 with rates on five-night, all-inclusive packages starting at $2,028* and $1,819* per person, respectfully.

Additionally, clients may qualify for up to a $1,500 Resort Credit to improve their vacations with experiences such as spa treatments, exotic tours or a round of golf in Cancun.

* Sample prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect rates for travel Jan. 15-20, 2019 with roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines departing Miami. Roundtrip hotel transfers; all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities and nightly entertainment; non-motorized watersports; and hotel tax and service charges are included. Rates may vary based on departure date and origin gateway.

For more information, visit www.TravelImpressions.com

Pictured: A Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos Presidential Room 

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Avanti Offers Bonus Commission on Britain Bookings
Avanti Destinations

Avanti Destinations has announced a “Celebrate Great Britain” promotion for travel during 2019. The promotion is valid on early land-only bookings made through December 15, 2018, for next year’s travel to anywhere in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The company is providing a discount of 15-20 percent on all British customizable itineraries and most hotels, sightseeing tours and transfers. The deal also offers additional savings on several London tours, properties and transport services.

Agents can earn a bonus commission of $100 for each booking of $2,500 or more through October 31, 2018, for travel taking place October 1, 2018-December 31, 2018. For each booking of $1,500 or more made through February 28, 2019, for travel between October 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, agents earn a $50 bonus commission.

The British itineraries include:

Historic British Grandeur – 10 days/9 nights in London, York and Edinburgh. Includes hotels, private driving tour of London by Black Taxi, shared tour/tasting at City of London Gin Distillery, Oyster Card, private food walking tour of village of Harrogate, afternoon tea in Edinburgh, private driver/tour of Sterling Castle and Deanston Whisky Distillery, 1st class rail between cities, daily breakfast and more. Starts at $3,749** per person/double occupancy.

England in a Glass – 7 days/6 nights in London and York. Includes in London: afternoon tea lesson; City of London Gin Distillery tour and tasting; and Meantime Brewery tour & tasting. In York: tour and tastings at 2-3 breweries in the Yorkshire countryside. First-class rail and daily breakfast also included. From $1,799.

British Classics – 7 days/6 nights in London, York and Edinburgh. Includes hotels, London Oyster Card and TripBuilder Guide, hop-on/hop-off city tours of all three cities, 1st class rail between cities, daily breakfast. From $1,079. Optional tours of Stonehenge or Oxford, Stratford and Warwick Castle.

Enchanting England – 8 days/7 nights in London, Oxford, Stratford-Upon-Avon and Bath. Includes: private arrival transfer, private punting tour, private walking tours in Oxford, Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, behind the scenes tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theater, entrance to Roman baths and Pump Room with afternoon tea, 6 days car rental or private car driving guide, daily breakfast.  From $2,279.

Winter in London – 4 days/3 nights. Includes 4 or 5-star hotel, private arrival and departure transfers, private tour by Black Taxi, private tour/tasting at City of London Gin Distillery, London Oyster Card, daily breakfast. From $1,019 (for 4-star hotel) for travel between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

Visit www.avantidestinations.com

Photo by Avanti 

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection Offering "Explore The Exotics" Sale
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering cruise-goers 20 percent off and more than $1,000 on select 2018 and 2019 itineraries in Cambodia, Vietnam, India and Egypt now until the end of September with its Explore the Exotics Sale. Also, travelers will get another 10 percent early booking discount on 2019 select spring cruises.

Exotic itineraries on sale include:

Splendors of Egypt & The Nile:

  • 12 days from $3,850 (a savings of $1,649 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount)
  • Guests experience Egypt and Nile sites, visiting the Temple of Karnak, Valley of Kings, Cairo, ancient burial grounds and more.

Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong: 

  • 15 days in 2018 from $3,990 (savings of $1,709) and 13 days in 2019 from $3,710 (savings of $1,589 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount).
  • Sail to Vietnam and Cambodia while meeting locals, visiting floating villages, and UNESCO sites along the way.

 Me to We & The Sacred Ganges:

  • 12 days from $4,620 (savings of $1,979 with Exotic Offer + Early Booking Discount)
  • New in 2019, Uniworld is providing the first ever wellness cruise along the Ganges in India, including several onboard yoga classes and meditation sessions led by a yoga guru, healthy cooking classes, certified wellness instructors, and the Serenity River Spa.

Visit uniworld.com

Photo by Leonid Andronov//Getty Images

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Celestyal Cruises Announces Early Booking Promotion
The fare discounts are for bookings made by October 31, 2018. | Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Cruises is offering savings of up to $600 per person with its “Book Early and Save More” promotion, valid for 2019-2020 sailings on qualifying bookings made by October 31, 2018. 

The Book Early and Save More Promotion includes:

  • Fare discounts for booking made by October 31, 2018
  • Savings of up to $600 per person (Fares from $171 per person per day, based on 7-day Idyllic Aegean sailings)
  • 50 percent off Third and Fourth Guests
  • Kids Sail Free promotion

Rates & Inclusions

Idyllic Aegean -- Fares from $1,199 per person (down from $1,419 per person) – Departing from Athens’ port of Piraeus and including overnight stays in the ports of Mykonos and Santorini, this cruise program offers the ideal opportunities for experiencing these Greek Isles as well as their nightlife and sunsets.

Three Continents -- Fares from $1,379 per person (down from $1,629 per person) – This itinerary visits destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa. Beginning and concluding in Athens, guests will explore cities and villages in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, the Greek Islands, and Turkey.

Eclectic Aegean -- Fares from $1,199 per person (down from $1,419 per person) – This itinerary will sail round-trip from Athens’ port of Piraeus and include an overnight in Istanbul. The itinerary also introduces two new destinations: Greece’s Volos and Turkey’s Canakkale.

All of these exclusive itineraries and all of the line’s cruises offer the Celestyal Inclusive Experience – an all-inclusive program that includes meals on board, unlimited drinks, entertainment, gratuities, port charges, and a selection of shore excursions all in one price. The line’s drinks package offers guests a selection of spirits, wines, cocktails and beers, specialty coffees, bottled water, as well as juices and sodas.

Conditions

“Starting from” fares are based on stateroom category IA and subject to qualifying dates. All fares are per-person, based on double occupancy of the stateroom. Fares include accommodation on board in the booked category, all meals on board, a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (complimentary all-inclusive drinks package), select complimentary shore excursions, all port fees, gratuities and an entertainment program on board. The offer is valid for new, individual bookings. Booking window for Book Early, Save More promotion is now to October 31, 2018 for the qualifying sailings.

Third and Fourth Guests offer provides 50 percent off of the cruise fare of the third and/or fourth adult guest booked in the same stateroom as the first two full-fare paying guests.

The Kids Sail Free promotion is only applicable to new 2020 sailings booked by September 30, 2018. The offer also includes 50 percent off of the cruise fare of the third and/or fourth child (up to 11 years old) booked in the same stateroom as the first two full-paying adult guests sailing in 2019. All other charges, including but not limited to port and gratuities, are additional and apply to all guests.

Fares above are already reduced. Reduced fare space is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time with, or without, notice. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to add, change or modify reduced rate conditions at any time, without notification. Celestyal Cruises deposit and cancellation standard policies apply based on the booking/sailing date. Celestyal Cruises reserves the right to correct any incorrect information due to a human error, typographical error or technical error. The general terms and conditions of Celestyal Cruises apply. Other restrictions may apply.

For additional details, visit CelestyalCruises.com.

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Marriott Celebrates Unified Loyalty Programs With Promotion
Marriott International

Marriott International is celebrating its recently unified loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), with a new points promotion that will allow members to earn bonus points across 6,700 hotels at all 29 participating brands for the very first time. 

“MegaBonus in More Places” offers members the broadest opportunity to earn bonus points ever. The new offer rewards members for stays of two nights or more and for exploring new brands. Plus, members are invited to play a limited time game, “29 Ways to Stay,” for chances to win prizes such as bonus points and nights. Points can be redeemed for free nights, flights, exclusive experiences on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments, and more.

MegaBonus in More Places

  • Registration: By January 7, 2019
  • Earning Period: September 26, 2018 – January 31, 2019
  • By registering for the promotion here, Marriott Rewards and SPG members will earn 2,000 bonus points on all stays of two or more nights and 1,000 bonus points per brand, starting with their second brand.
  • Promotion valid at participating Marriott Rewards, SPG and Ritz-Carlton properties.
  • See the Official Terms & Regulations for more details at Marriott.com/MorePlaces.

29 Ways to Stay

  • Playing Period: October 4 – November 1, 2018
  • “29 Ways to Stay” is a memory game with fun facts and trivia about Marriott’s entire loyalty portfolio of brands. Each day, players have the chance to win instant prizes, including bonus points and nights.
  • By playing “29 Ways to Stay” every day members increase their chances of winning the grand prize which includes a two-night stay at each of the 29 brands participating in Marriott’s loyalty programs.
  • See the Official Rules at Marriott.com/29Ways.

Under the recently unified loyalty programs, Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards, and SPG members can combine their accounts giving them one account number, one elite night and points balances to travel all over the world further, faster and easier.

Together, the unified programs are filled with new member benefits. Members can book, earn, and redeem points at all 6,700 hotels in the portfolio across all Marriott International channels, achieve Elite status faster, and more quickly earn points that can be redeemed at properties spanning 130 countries and territories. Plus, members earn on average 20 percent more points per dollar spent and have their Elite status recognized consistently at every hotel across the portfolio.

In addition to redeeming points for hotel stays, all Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG members can redeem points to pursue their passions wherever they travel by choosing from an array of curated special experiences offered exclusively on Marriott Rewards Moments and SPG Moments. Members have access to the collection of nearly 120,000 experiences in 1,000 global destinations on the company’s Moments platform. Whether it’s tickets to a Broadway show; a chance to hang out with your favorite sports team; or a cooking class with a famous chef, members can redeem points to participate in a variety of experiences.

For more information, visit www.marriott.com.

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Deals and Packages From The Bahamas
The Bahamas

Hotels on Nassau Paradise Island, the Bahamas, including Melia Nassau Beach, Sandyport Beach Resort, British Colonial Hilton, Comfort Suites Paradise Island and more, are offering travelers a number of deals. 

  • Comfort Suites Paradise Island Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free – Book before September 15, 2018 and children can stay for free in the room with parents, receive access to Atlantis facilities including Aquaventure and enjoy complimentary full hot buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily at Crusoe’s.
  • SLS Baha Mar Stay Longer & Save –Travelers who book three or more paid nights receive a free night, along with dining credit for the hotel restaurants. Offer valid until September 30, 2018.
  • The Ocean Club Fourth Night Free –Guests who book three consecutive paid nights before September 30, 2018 receive a complimentary fourth night.
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Family Fun – This family-friendly resort is offering half off a connecting guest room for children under the age of 18 with “The Family Plan.” Also, children under five years old eat for free. Available to book through the last day of September 2018.
  • British Colonial Hilton Nassau Another Day in Paradise – Travelers who book a three-night stay receive a fourth night free. Offer expires the last day of September 2018.
  • Rosewood Baha Mar More Rosewood – People who stay two nights or more at this recently opened hotel receive a third night free. Guests must book before the last day of October.  

Other deals include: 

  1. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Extended Labor Day Sale –Book by September 16 and the second guest sails for half off when you book an ocean view stateroom. Valid for trips in September and October 2018.
  2. Silver Airways End of Summer Sale –Fly from Florida to destinations in The Bahamas with fares from $84 one-way. Offer is valid on travel through October 17, 2018. Restrictions apply.
  3. Warwick Hotels & Resorts Fall into the Holiday Spirit –People who book their  holiday getaway at Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas get up to 45% on their reservation. This offer is valid on reservations booked thru June 30, 2019.
  4. Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board's Air/ Cruise Credit Offer – Travelers from the United States and Canada can pre-book an air/cruise ferry-inclusive vacation for four consecutive nights or longer at a participating Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board member hotel and get up to a $250 Air/Cruise Ferry Credit. Guests must book between October 15 and November 12th, 2018 for travel before June 30, 2019. Blackout dates apply.

For more information, visit http://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/travel-deals/

Photo by Sharan Singh/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

 

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Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Launches "The Happiness Sale"
The deal is available until October 2, 2018 for travel through December 22, 2019 | Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is offering The Happiness Sale, which includes savings of up to 60 percent off, plus kids-stay-free deals at select hotels in 2018 and 2019.

These discounts let travelers pick from a variety of all-inclusive Bahia Principe properties with options for families, couples or large groups. The deal is available for booking until October 2, 2018, for travel through December 22, 2019, including peak season and holidays.

The deal is available for numerous properties, including Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, the family resort in Punta Cana that will rebrand as Fantasia Bahia Principe Punta Cana November 1. Discounts are also available on the completely renovated Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar and Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, previously Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Green, reopening as a revamped adults-only entertainment-focused property.

For families, the special kids stay free promotion applies to the following hotels, where up to two children can stay for free in selected room categories:

  • Dominican Republic: Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana, Grand Bahia Principe Bavaro, Luxury Bahia Principe Esmeralda, Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia, Grand Bahia Principe San Juan, Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo, Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado
  • Mexico: Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Grand Bahia Principe Tulum, Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal
  • Jamaica: Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica

Similar offers are available for next year with discounts on travel from May 1 through October 31, and additional hotels added to the list, including Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal and Grand Bahia Principe Tulum in Riviera Maya. Restrictions on number of children and room categories vary.

Travel agents can take advantage of double points for all bookings through the brand’s Bahia Principe Rewards loyalty program. Agents who are new to Bahia Principe Rewards receive 1,000 welcome points when they sign up, which are also doubled during the Happiness Sale booking window and earn 100-125 points for each room booked at a Bahia Principe property that can be redeemed for perks such as free airport transfers, spa massages or a round of golf.

Visit https://www.bahia-principe.com/en/

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CIE Tours Offers Gift Cards to Agents Who Book England Tours
To qualify for the reward, agents must fill out the claim form by the end of September. | CIE Tours

CIE Tours, an international tour company, is offering American Express (AMEX) gift cards to travel professionals who book guided CIE Tours to England. Travel agents who book their first CIE Tour will be provided with a $50 AMEX gift card for their first booking of a 2018 or 2019 guided tour.

With no limit, after the first reservation, agents will get a $100 AMEX gift card for any additional reservations made for a guided vacation to England in September.

The three step process towards getting a gift card is:

Step One: Choose from the following 15 of CIE Tours’ most popular guided vacations located here and here.

Step Two: Book and send the deposit to CIE Tours by Sept. 30, 2018.

Step Three: Qualify for the reward:

  • Go to www.cietours.com/englandbonus and fill out the claim form by Sept. 30, 2018.
  • Provide the reservation number, client’s name, client’s date of departure, your information, IATA# and the address where CIE Tours should send the gift card.
  • CIE Tours will verify client travel and send out gift cards quarterly following the client’s return.

For more information, visit www.cietours.com

Photo by Pixabay 

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Casa de Campo Announces 15 Percent Commission on Villa Bookings
To receive the 15 percent commission, bookings must be made by October 30, 2018 for travel through October 30, 2019. | Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas is offering 15 percent commission on villa bookings made by October 30, 2018, for travel through October 30, 2019. For example, a weeklong stay in the oceanfront Villa Cielo Azul translates into a nearly $4,000 commission. Some of the most spacious oceanfront villas can go for $10,000 nightly (a $1,500 commission for each night booked). 

Plus, clients will enjoy a bonus perk, in the form of a $500 resort credit on stays of five nights or more, which will be gifted to them on behalf of their travel agent. They can use the credit towards golf, spa, a daytrip to Catalina Island, dining and more. 

There are over 50 villas to choose from with three to 10 bedrooms, oceanfront or golf course views. Here is a look at some of the luxury accommodations:

Villa Golf Azul

This three-bedroom villa, located on the golf course, is ideal for families. Its private pool is surrounded by lush greenery and right off the kitchen for easy entertaining access with windows that open onto the pool with outdoor bar seating. The living room has high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling wraparound glass doors that offer an unobstructed golf course view. From $1,099 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,150.

Villa Esmeralda 

A two-story villa in a peaceful setting with gathering spaces both inside and out. An outdoor patio, private pool surrounded by trees and separate Jacuzzi make the outdoors a place to relax. From $1,259 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,300.

Villa Preciosa

A four-bedroom villa in the heart of Casa de Campo’s nursery offering a pool area and a separate Jacuzzi for privacy. From $1,649 nightly; weeklong stay commission of over $1,730.

Villa Cielo Azul

This oceanfront villa, which can accommodate 14 people, is nestled along the Caribbean coastline and has an infinity pool, game room, three golf carts to cruise the resort, garden with modern-art sculptures and more. From $3,800 nightly; weeklong stay commission of $3,990.

Each villa comes with a maid that makes a freshly prepared breakfast each morning and tends to the home and its guests. Also, golf carts are provided to explore all that Casa de Campo has to offer. There are also private cars and butlers with some villas.

For more information, visit www.casadecampo.com.do.

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Travel Impressions Offers Bonus Commission With Blue Diamond Resorts
Available during September. | Travel Impressions

Travel Impressions reports that it is partnering with select Blue Diamond Resorts for its September 2018 Supplier of the Month offer with a $100 air credit and $150 resort credit along with 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points. To qualify, bookings must be received September 1 – 30 with travel completed by December 22, 2019.

Additionally, groups can earn up to $750 cash bonus depending on the number of rooms booked from September 1 – October 15, 2018 with travel completed by December 22, 2019.

All FIT and group bookings made to participating Blue Diamond Resorts properties received throughout September 2018 will be rewarded with an additional 3 percent bonus Royalton Saint Lucia HIREScommission.

Below are select sample rates for three-night all-inclusive vacations at participating Blue Diamond Resorts properties:

Cancun

Royalton Riviera Cancun: $700 (originally $1,251) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Riviera Cancun: $706 (originally $1,350) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Jamaica

Royalton White Sands Montego Bay: $767 (originally $1,390) per person in a Luxury Room.

Grand Lido Negril, Au Naturel All Suite Resort: $844 (originally $2,205) per person in a Sunset Ocean View Suite.

Royalton Blue Waters: $857 (originally $1,597) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Royalton Negril: $880 (originally $1,632) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Negril: $904 (originally $1,779) per person in a Luxury Room.

Punta Cana

Royalton Bavaro Resort & Spa: $853 (originally $1,548) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Chic Punta Cana: $863 (originally $1,444) per person in a Luxury room.

Royalton Punta Cana Resort & Casino: $868 (originally $1,368) per person in a Luxury Room.

Hideaway at Royalton Punta Cana: $895 (originally $1,479) per person in a Luxury Room.

Grand Memories Punta Cana: $1,066 (originally $1,116) per person in a Deluxe Room valid for travel November 16 – December 22, 2018.

Antigua

Starfish Jolly Beach: $1,244 (originally $1,651) per person in a Supersaver room.

Saint Lucia

Royalton Saint Lucia Resort & Spa: $1,471 (originally $2,211) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia: $1,513 (originally $2,358) per person in a Luxury Junior Suite.

Costa Rica

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica: $1,559 (originally $2,774) per person in a Junior Suite, valid for travel February 1 – 4, 2019. 

Sample rates are per person, based on double occupancy, for travel from December 1 – December 4, 2018 and include roundtrip economy airfare on American Airlines from Miami International Airport, roundtrip hotel transfers, three-night hotel accommodations, hotel tax, all meals, drinks and snacks, concierge service and more. Rates may vary based on departure date.

Click on the ‘Supplier of the Month” tab on www.TravelImpressions.com for more.

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SAA Vacations Announces Free Five-Star Luxury Hotel Upgrades
Travelers must book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. | SAA Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, has announced complimentary luxury upgrades to five-star accommodations in Cape Town and in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve for travelers who book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. 

Starting at $4,499 per person, the “Best of South Africa” package upgrade special includes five-star accommodations in Cape Town at the Taj Cape Town located in the heart of the “Mother City” and the exclusive Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve. In addition to accommodations, the package includes roundtrip air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways, airport transfers in South Africa, a Cape Peninsula tour, Winelands tour, safari activities and airport meet and greet services by a SAA Vacations representative. 

In all, the package includes:

  • Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington Dulles to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Four-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Taj Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Three-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Becks Safari Lodge, including all meals
  • Daily breakfast in Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Cape Winelands tour
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa

This five-star upgrade is available for new reservations made by September 30, 2018.

The Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel situated near shops, restaurants and nightlife in the “Mother City”. The hotel offers 176 rooms, each individually appointed with classical furnishings, flat-screen televisions and marble bathrooms with rain showers and an oversized bathtub. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, spa access, and free shuttles to Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront. 

Becks Safari Lodge combines luxurious living with distinct design nestled within the South African Bushveld. Each air-conditioned safari suite offers views of either the Makhutswi River or a popular waterhole, providing ideal game viewing. Amenities include private verandahs, premium bedding, coffee and tea facilities, and an infinity pool. Daily game drives in open safari vehicles provide the opportunity to view South Africa’s “Big 5” followed by evenings watching the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains.

For more information, visit www.flysaavacations.com.

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USTOA Offers Deals for Travel Together Month
September 1, 2018. | The United States Tour Operators Association

The United States Tour Operators Association's (USTOA) Travel Together Month is starting on the first day of September. It is going to provide incentives for both travel agents and consumers. For a month, travel agents have the opportunity to get perks which include:

  • CroisiEurope Cruises: Book 10 guests on any CroisiEurope Mekong River Cruise aboard the Indochine or Indochine II and earn one free cabin for the agent and a guest in 2018 or 2019. Only bookings during September 2018 apply.
  • CIE Tours International: Earn a $600 booking bonus for groups of 10 or more with no money down at time of booking. Additionally, clients can receive a 5% discount when booking early. Available to book through September 30, 2018 for travel in 2019.
  • International Expeditions: Earn a free space, discounts for clients, and special amenities when booking small groups on select Galapagos expedition cruises and Amazon River cruises. Free tour conductor space starts with six guests booked. Available for booking 12/31/18, for departures throughout 2018 and 2019.
  • Authentic Vacations: All travel agents will earn a $200 bonus commission during the month of September on any FIT custom tour. Bonus commission applies to new bookings made September 1-30, 2018.
  • Alexander+Roberts: Earn a $100 per couple ($50 per passenger) booking bonus when clients take advantage of the pay-in-full savings of $500 per person on all 2019-2020 Small Group Journeys, Private Tours, and Small Ship Cruises of six days or longer and pay in full at time of booking before December 31,2018.

These are available from September 1 to the end of the month. For more information, visit http://www.ustoa.com/travel-together-month

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Singapore Airlines Announces Discounted Fares to Europe and Asia
Travel must be booked from now through September 13, 2018, for travel from October 1, 2018, through August 31, 2019. | Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is offering round-trip promotional Economy and Premium Economy Class fares starting at $575 on select routes from five U.S. gateways (JFK, EWR, LAX, SFO, IAH) to Singapore and a range of additional Asian destinations. Travelers can save an additional 5 percent on fares when using the SIA mobile app to book travel. Travel must be booked from August 24 through September 13, 2018 for travel from October 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019.

Economy Class Price Premium Economy Price
LAX-TOKYO (NRT) $575 LAX-TOKYO (NRT) $1,200
LAX-SINGAPORE (SIN) $650 LAX-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,250
LAX-BALI (DPS) $690 LAX-BALI (DPS) $1,500
SFO-HONG KONG (HKG) $575 SFO-HONG KONG (HKG) $1,000
SFO-SINGAPORE (SIN) $675 SFO-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,250
IAH-MANCHESTER (MAN) $675 IAH-MANCHESTER (MAN) $1,400
IAH-SINGAPORE (SIN) $675 IAH-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,300
JFK-FRANKFURT (FRA) $675 JFK-FRANKFURT (FRA) $1,200
JFK-SINGAPORE (SIN) $700 JFK-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,200
    EWR-SINGAPORE (SIN) $1,350
    EWR-BANGKOK (BKK) $1,400

Above fares are all-in for round-trip, Economy and Premium Economy travel and includes all taxes, fees and carrier-imposed surcharges. The inventory may not be available on all permitted travel dates. Blackout dates and fare terms and conditions apply. Passengers are responsible for travel documents, including a valid passport and any required tourist/entry visas.

For more information, visit www.singaporeair.com.

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Loews Hotels Adds Shoulder Season Travel Deals
The deals apply for shoulder season | Loews Hotels

Loews Hotels is creating special programming and reduced fares for travelers who go between peak and off-peak seasons. The company has announced five shoulder season travel deals in Chicago, Minneapolis, Miami Beach and Philadelphia.

  1. Loews Philadelphia Hotel: Located in the USA’s first skyscraper, the place of stay has created a new offer combining the historic features of the hotel with a social media scavenger hunt called Past, Present, Philadelphia. The package includes a complimentary Secret Knock at Bank & Bourbon. Bookings are available until December 3 Accommodations start at $169/night.
  2. Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel: Located in Rosemont, Illinois, this place offers the latest fashions at Chicago Fashion Outlets. With more than 130 outlets, Loews says is the Midwest’s only two-level indoor shopping center. The Fueled for Fashion package includes breakfast at The Ashburn, a complimentary self-parking for one vehicle each night, a $50 gift card and a Fashion Outlets Savings Pass. Accommodations start at $129/night.
  3. Loews Chicago Hotel: From downtown Chicago, Lowes guests could visit the Millennium or Grant Park in the day and go to a Broadway show at night. Accommodations starting at $239/night.
  4. Loews Minneapolis Hotel: The Twin Cities location is near several shopping and entertainment venues. People who stay are encouraged to visit a local brewery, the hotel’s spa or an outdoor festival. Accommodations start at $175/night
  5. Loews Miami Beach Hotel: Located by South Beach’s Art Deco District, the place of stay has year-round tropical weather and miles of white sand beaches. Destinations to see include the South Beach sites and oceanfront pool. Accommodations start at $329/night.

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

 

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Travel Agent Special in Fort Lauderdale
Available through September 30. | The Atlantic Hotel & Spa

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa, an all-suite, beachfront boutique hotel in Fort Lauderdale, has announced a special deal for travel agents that’s aimed to coincide with summer’s end. Exclusively for travel agents, those who book their stay through September 30 will receive a special rate, as well as 20 percent off at the hotel’s newly renovated signature restaurant, Coastal

The deal is timed to coincide with the introduction this summer of a wave of new services to the hotel. The property has also announced a full renovation of its 104 suites to be completed this winter. The project will aim to preserve the hotel’s classic coastal charm while introducing a fresh new feel with brighter tones that aim to complement the property’s surrounding tropical landscape.

To book, travel agents must use the promo code PHRTVL. Visit the hotel’s website to book and for more information. 

Photo by iStock/Getty Images

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Windstar Debuts New Deals and Incentives for 2018
Windstar Cruises

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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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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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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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

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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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.
 
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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.

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