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

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

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

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

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

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

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

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

Alaskan Voyages For Families

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

Reservations

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

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

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This story was originally posted on luxurytraveladvisor.com 

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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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Riviera River Cruises Offering Agents Up to $800 in Value
From now until December 31, 2018. | Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises has introduced a new promotion that allows travel agents who book European river cruises through the company to receive up to $800 in Visa gift cards. Up until the end of the year, every cabin agents book, for up to four cabins, will earn them a $100 or $200 gift card.

Travel agents will receive a $100 Visa gift card for every cabin, for up to four cabins, they book aboard four-, five- and seven-night itineraries. Agents who book 14-night itineraries will receive a $200 gift card for every cabin reserved.

The incentive is available for up to four cabins booked for each individual agent, making a maximum value of $800. Visa gift cards will go directly to the booking agent. Riviera River Cruises prohibits the deal from being combined with any other promotions. The incentive does not apply to group bookings. The promotion is only available for bookings confirmed with a deposit paid before December 31, 2018.

Riviera River Cruises operates a fleet of 12 ships throughout Europe. The company has launched six ships in 2017 and 2018 and plans to introduce two more, the MS George Eliot and MS William Wordsworth, in 2019. The company offers 13 itineraries on nine rivers and waterways, including the Danube, Main, Rhone, Rhine, Douro and Moselle.

River cruise operator Riviera River Cruises is based in the United Kingdom, with a North American office in Fairfield, Connecticut. Over the past five years it has hosted over 100,000 guests.

For more information, visit Riviera River Cruises’ website.

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Central Holidays Introduces “Europe City Stays Sale” Specials
Through mid-March | Central Holidays

Central Holidays has announced its new “Europe City Stays Sale” specials for travel to cities in Italy, Spain, France and Malta. Each of these deals include three to five nights’ hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, half-day city tour, round-trip airport transfers (except Malta) and more depending on any additional specific inclusions.

The travel company’s Naples & Its Traditions package is a five-day, four-night trip starting at $1,042. The trip includes a private tour of Naples featuring a Napolitano pizza and sfogliatella tasting. Also included are a private half-day guided tour of the city center and a four-course dinner hosted in a private home overlooking the Gulf of Naples.

The Cosmopolitan Barcelona program is a six-day, five-night trip, starting at $568. The package offers a half-day artistic tour of Barcelona, a one-day hop on/hop off tour and a skip-the-line Sagrada Familia guided visit.

Central Holidays’ Monumental Madrid trip is another six-day, five-night package beginning at $609. This program includes full-day trips to Toledo and to Segovia and Avila, as well as deluxe private arrival and departure transfers.

The six-day, five-night Made in Malta itinerary starts from $485. Its program offers a half-day harbor cruise and a full-day trip to Gozo, including lunch.

Other trips included in Central Holidays’ “Europe City Stays Sale” include: the six-day, five-night Timeless Rome package, starting at $487; the four-day, three-night Florence and Its Renaissance Treasures, starting at $349; and Paris, The City of Lights, a five-day, four-night trip starting at $968.

Central Holidays’ “Europe City Stays Sale” lasts from now until mid-March. All prices are per person, land only and based on double occupancy. Rates do not apply during certain blackout periods.

For more information, visit Central Holidays’ website.

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Cunard Announced the "Upgrades on Us Promotion" on All Three Ships
Cunard

Luxury cruise line Cunard announced the Upgrades on Us promotion, available on select 2019 and 2020 voyages on all three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Cunard’s Upgrades on Us promotion is available on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossings including the Third Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing in July 2019 and the popular New England & Canada voyages, on flagship liner Queen Mary 2. The offer is also available on Caribbean, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia voyages on all ships, sailing between May 2019 and November 2020.

By taking advantage of the Upgrades on Us offer, guests have the opportunity to experience the ultimate levels of luxury across Cunard’s fleet. Those upgrading from Inside to Balcony will get to enjoy the sea air from the privacy of their own balcony, and those who upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill will delight their palate with the gourmet cuisine of the Princess Grill Restaurant.

Book between November 29, 2018 and February 28, 2019; the Upgrades on Us promotion features:

  • Free upgrade from Inside to Balcony stateroom
  • Free upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill
  • Upgrade within Queens Grill categories
  • Grill Suite bookings receive Free Gratuities and Free Drinks Package 
  • Past guests receive Free Gratuities (in all categories) 
  • All guests receive 50% reduced deposit

Destinations and itineraries world-wide including:

  • New England & Canada: a 7-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Quebec with a rare overnight stay in Quebec City
  • Norway & Northern Lights: a 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip from Southampton, England, stopping in four different Norwegian ports
  • Eastern Caribbean: a 12-night Caribbean sailing on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York with stops in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as Barbados
  • Mediterranean Highlights: a 14-night voyage on Queen Victoria with roundtrip from Southampton, with calls in Spain and Italy
  • Singapore to Shanghai: a 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth, calling in Chan May and Ha Long Bay, with overnights in Hong Kong and Shanghai

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

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International Expeditions Announces Deal on Costa Rica-Panama Cruise
International Expeditions

International Expeditions has announced a double commission incentive for travel consultants on its December 21, 2018 Costa Rica to Panama cruise. Travelers get a $1,500 per person discount, while solo travelers can take advantage of cabins with no single supplement fees.

Alongside a field staff which includes three naturalists, travelers explore national parks, including Soberania, home to over 530 species of birds and 105 species of mammals, as well as the remote Darien, one of Central America's most ecologically diverse areas. Guests also slip beneath the waves to swim and snorkel in protected waters in the Pearl Islands and Restingue Island, exploring coral reefs which are home to four species of sea turtles, rays and moray eels. Travelers also sample the regions’ ancient and modern history during excursions to an Emberá village, Fort San Lorenzo and newly expanded Panama Canal.

When not experiencing naturalist-guided hikes, snorkeling and excursions, guests travel aboard the yacht Voyager. Guests are accommodated in 36 ocean-view cabins. Meals featuring international cuisine are served al fresco or in the ship's dining room, where passengers can experience unobstructed views of the passing scenery and coastline through floor-to-ceiling windows. Located on the Ocean’s Deck, the open Bar and Lounge offers shaded. Other public areas include a library, shaded outdoor dining area, sun deck, and a mini-spa and fitness area. Along the way, guests are welcomed to the bridge to learn about navigation from the captain and crew.

Discounted pricing for the Costa Rica to Panama expedition cruise starts at $4,299 and includes pre- and post-cruise accommodations; all excursions; snorkeling equipment; all onboard meals and group meals ashore; all entrance fees; arrival and departure transfers; and some tips.

For more information, visit www.ietravel.com.

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Scenic Offers Black Friday Savings on Select 2019 Sailings
These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018, on select 2019 sailings. | Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Fans of Black Friday sales who also enjoy traveling can take advantage of Scenic’s just-announced Black Friday Sale. More than three dozen sailings along the Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône, Saône and Seine are up for grabs, as well as six cruise/tour explorations of Egypt and Jordan plus a rare sale on two departures of Scenic-National Geographic Expeditions Holland & Belgium in springtime sailings.

Savings range from free roundtrip economy or premium flights on the European itineraries to free pre- or post-tour hotel stays in Egypt and Jordan to $500 per person savings on the Springtime sailings. Paying in full at the time of booking garners a €200 (approximately $228) per suite onboard credit (not available on Springtime sailings). These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018, on select 2019 sailings. They are combinable with most other Scenic savings and referral offers.

These eight- to 20-day cruises and cruise/tours are wide ranging: Amsterdam to Basel, Nuremburg to Budapest, Paris to Bordeaux, Amsterdam to Budapest, and Cairo to Amman. Sailing dates run from March through October 2019.

New onboard experiences and excursions give guests added variety 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 Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience to all its ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône rivers.

Scenic also 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.

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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Star Clippers Offers BOGO for Summer 2019 Indonesia Cruises
Star Clippers introduced a new Buy One Get One offer for seven-night Indonesia cruises, with per-person prices coming to between $715 and 1,685 with the deal. Read more. | Star Clippers

Star Clippers announced a Buy One Get One offer on seven-night round trip sailings out of Bali. Guests who book select eastbound and westbound Bali departures for travel in June, July and August 2019 will receive a free companion fare.

The company’s Indonesian voyages will call on a few of the country’s 17,000 islands. Satonda, a tiny and uninhabited isle, is surrounded by coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving. On Komodo Island, visitors can see seven- to nine-foot long Komodo dragons in their natural environment. Elsewhere on the island, guests can visit the black sand Lovina Beach or Pink Beach, one of only seven pink sand beaches in the world.

Fares for an inside stateroom aboard these cruises start at $715 per person when accounting for the Buy One Get One offer. The cost for the Owners Cabin, where guests receive butler service and have access to a whirlpool tub, is $1,685 per person with the deal. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Passengers on the Indonesian itineraries will sail on the 170-passenger Star Clipper. One of the company fleet’s three tall clipper ships, the boat will use wind charts to ensure the ship sails under wind power for as long as possible.

Tall ship sailing company Star Clippers has been in business for over 25 years. Its ships sail to ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Asia. It operates three ships: the 170-guest Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. Its newest ship, the Flying Clipper, will begin sailing in 2019.

For more information, visit Star Clippers’ website.

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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/

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Pleasant Holidays Giving Away 30 Prizes This Month
November 1 - November 30, 2018 | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays, with its luxury brand Journese, will be giving away 30 prizes this month to travel advisors with the largest number of bookings through Pleasant Holidays and Journese. Deeming November 2018 Travel Advisor Appreciation Month: 30 Days of Thanks, Pleasant Holidays will be giving away a variety of prizes, culminating with a trip for two aboard the American Duchess.

Agents who make the most qualifying bookings each week will be eligible to win a two-night hotel stay, an office lunch for up to 30 people, a $50 gift card or 1,000 bonus TRIP points. The travel advisor with the most total qualifying bookings over the course of the month will be eligible to win two tickets for an eight-night American Queen Steamboat Company river cruise aboard the American Duchess.

The 30 Days of Thanks promotions are combinable with all other promotions and incentives from Pleasant Holidays and Journese. This include the Colombia $100 air credit promotion, the Journese bonus TRIP point campaign, Pleasant Holidays’ 60th Anniversary Hawaii Vacation Sale and the Military Discount Program. The contest runs from November 1 to November 30 and is open only to United States residents.

Pleasant Holidays is an American tour operator that offers vacation packages, flights, hotels, cruises, car rentals, travel protection and more to destinations in Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Mexico and the South Pacific. Journese, Pleasant Holidays’ luxury brand, specializes in four- and five-star trips to locations around the world.

For more information visit Pleasant Holidays’ website.

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Agents Can Save Clients Up to 39 Percent When Booking Majestic Resorts
Agents Can Save Clients Up to 39 Percent When Booking Majestic Resorts

Agents booking Majestic Resorts in Punta Cana with Travel Impressions from November 1 – 30, 2018, will save clients up to 39 percent in addition to earning 500 LoyalTI First Bonus Points per FIT booking. Additionally, customers receive exclusive room upgrades upon arrival or spa credits with complimentary green fees based on resort and room selection. To qualify, travel must take place from December 24, 2018 – December 23, 2019. 

Additional group incentives are available for agents booking 10 or more rooms, including one complimentary upgrade for every 10 rooms booked, a 16th guest free offer and one-hour cocktail party. A non-combinable Free Wedding Package offer is valid on minimum seven-night bookings of 15 or more rooms received through April 1, 2019 for travel May 1 – December 23, 2019. Agents with qualified group bookings are automatically entered into a contest to win a five-night stay at any Majestic Resorts property.

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

  • $624 per person for a Colonial Club Junior Suite with Jacuzzi at Majestic Colonial Punta Cana
  • $643 per person for a Junior Suite with Jacuzzi at Majestic Elegance Punta Cana
  • $707 per person for a One Bedroom Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi plus $50 Spa Credit at Majestic Mirage Punta Cana

Guests staying within the main sections of Majestic Elegance or Majestic Colonial will receive one complimentary green fee per guest, while adults-only Colonial Club or Elegance Club accommodations earn two complimentary green fees. Travelers opting for the Majestic Mirage Family Club or Mirage Club will receive unlimited green fees per adult guest.

Sample rates are quoted per person, double occupancy, based on travel January 5 – 31, 2019 and include roundtrip hotel transfers, three-night hotel accommodations with all meals, drinks and snacks; daily activities including non-motorized watersports and nightly entertainment; hotel tax and service charges. Rates may vary based on departure date and selected room category.

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

For more information, visit https://www.majestic-resorts.com/hotels/

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Uniworld & U by Uniworld Roll Out Deals on 2019 Voyages
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U by Uniworld

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U by Uniworld are offering travelers savings on select 2019 voyages with their Our Best Offer promotion for new bookings made through December 31, 2018. The offer extends to over 40 itineraries throughout Europe and Asia, including all five of Uniworld’s brand new itineraries, as well as its exclusive cruise for River Heritage Club members aboard the brand’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage.

Guests will receive up to 30 percent off on over 200 voyages including select departures on Uniworld’s new itineraries for 2019 such as the Magnificent Moselle and Rhine, 10 days from Frankfurt to Cologne (savings of $1410 to $1710 per person); new 10-day Authentic Danube & Prague from Prague to Vienna aboard the River Princess, (savings of $1500 to $1860 per person); new 15-day Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna on the Rhine, Maine and Danube rivers, (savings of $2250 to $2700 per person); and India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges, a 13-day land and river journey from New Delhi to Kolhata with a new wellness-themed itinerary, (savings of $2700 to $3900 per person). The offer also applies to U itineraries, including select departures on its new Northern France at a Glance itinerary with stops in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, Rouen and more (savings of $720 to $1460 per person).

With Uniworld’s Our Best Offer promotion guests can also save on the new Brilliant Bordeaux itinerary and be among the first guests to sail on Uniworld’s newest Super Ship, the S.S. Bon Voyage, launching in April 2019. Inspired by the wine and gastronomic expertise of the region, the S.S Bon Voyage offers all-inclusive amenities including farm-to-table meals at new onboard restaurants, hosted excursions such as a Saint-Émilion walking discovery tour with wine tasting and more. Guests will also experience a reimagined top deck with a new outdoor swimming pool adjacent to a new dining venue, outdoor lounge and banquette seating along the edges with lighting for the evenings; additional suites and upgraded staterooms; marble bathrooms throughout the ship; and renovated gym and spa facilities.

To celebrate the launch of the S.S. Bon Voyage, CEO Ellen Bettridge will host an exclusive reunion cruise for River Heritage Club members on June 30, 2019 onboard the ship. During this eight-day sailing from Bordeaux throughout Southwest France, guests will participate in Q&A sessions with Bettridge and will take part in wine tastings, local village tours, farmers’ market visits and biking excursions.

For more information, visit https://www.uniworld.com/en/

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Apple Vacations Offers Hawaii Rate Reductions
Apple Vacations

Apple Vacations is offering exclusive rate reductions, guaranteed complimentary room upgrades and daily breakfast for two at participating hotels and resorts throughout Hawaii on bookings made by Nov. 1, 2018, for travel now through March 31, 2019. The promotion features numerous Apple-exclusive perks, such as a fifth night free, food, beverage, spa and resort credits and a savings up to $100 per couple with promo code HULA18.

Additionally, travel advisors booking air-inclusive and land-only packages to Hawaii earn Triple Bonus Royalties points, which can be used toward stays at select Hawaii hotels.

Sample air-inclusive rates are as follows:

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is offering every fifth night free in a resort-view room with daily breakfast for two with packages starting at $1,415 per person, based on double occupancy, departing from Los Angeles (LAX) on American Airlines. Guests can experience the resort’s full-service spa, fitness center, cultural activities and on-property restaurants.

Depart from San Diego via Alaska Airlines and spend five nights at the Island of Hawaii’s “newest” resort, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort, with Apple-exclusive rates on Ocean-view rooms starting at $1,365 per person, based on double occupancy. Guests also receive every fifth night free and experience a daily breakfast buffet for two. Set on the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, the newly renovated and re-branded resort has activities for guests including a swimming pool, health club, two golf courses and numerous restaurants and bars.

Fly from Los Angeles on Delta Air Lines to The Laylow Autograph Collection and receive an Apple-exclusive $100 food and beverage credit per room. Five-night packages start at $1,125 per person, based on double occupancy, in a deluxe room with a king bed. Centrally located in the heart of Waikiki, guests will experience short walks to the ocean, restaurants, shops, and nightlife.

Guests will experience a city-view room at the Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach with an Apple-exclusive rate of $899 per person, based on double occupancy, with departures from Los Angeles on Delta Air Lines. Located on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki and a three-minute walk to the golden sands of Waikiki Beach, Hyatt Place features contemporary décor.

Stay in a Partial ocean-view room and receive a $200 spa credit per stay plus daily breakfast for two at Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach for $1,609 per person, based on double occupancy, traveling on Hawaiian Airlines from Oakland. One of Kauai’s premier boutique hotels located on the island’s south shore, guests will experience complimentary recreation as well as cultural and wellness experiences.

Sample rates reflect five-night packages and are quoted per person, based on double occupancy, for Jan. 10, 2019 departures. Other dates, durations and gateways are available. Rates vary based on property selected, dates of travel, length of stay and room category.

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

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Bianca Sands on Grace Bay Offers Free Night When Booking Four
Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

Until December 20, guests at Bianca Sands on Grace Bay, located in Turks & Caicos and managed by Trust Hospitality, receive the fifth night free when booking a total of four nights, a welcome gift including a Bambara Rum Cake and a bottle of Bambara Rum for two, and a turkey.    

Bianca Sands’ guests can arrive at a fully stocked kitchen with items of their choice including fresh produce, wine and beer, as well as a private Chef Dinner experience for a Thanksgiving holiday meal with family and friends indoors or in al fresco setting. The team at Bianca Sands can provide a grocery list request form prior to the guests’ arrival. Guests can also enjoy the flavors of Provo’s international restaurants located within walking distance of the resort serving holiday meals combined with authentic island dishes.

Luxury accommodations at the resort include studio, one, two and three-bedroom oceanfront suites as well as a penthouse suite. Suites feature all the amenities of a home, including a fully equipped kitchen, in-suite dining service, and luxury bed linens among others.

For multi-generational families or groups of friends needing a little more space to call their own, the resort features a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath penthouse suite with views overlooking Grace Bay beach. This suite comes complete with a kitchen, gym, a children’s room equipped with two twin bunk beds, full access to all the resort amenities and additions such as a private chef upon request and a concierge to assist with the guest’s festive needs.

Guests of Bianca Sands can experience the surroundings of Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach, as well as enjoy the resort’s newly renovated infinity swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, Italian inspired courtyard, poolside bar, fitness center and lighted tennis courts.  The resort’s concierge can recommend a variety of recreational adventures such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips, parasailing, Sunset cruises, wakeboarding, kayak and island excursions.

There are direct flights to Providenciales from major U.S and international carriers including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, and Chicago

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

Photo by Bianca Sands on Grace Bay 

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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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Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Announces Unforgettable Vegas Package
September 10 - November 30, 2018 | Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

The recently opened Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is currently offering a special package for its first 100 guests. The Unforgettable Vegas deal includes overnight accommodation in any selected guestroom or suite, spa credit of $200, two cocktails at Sky Bar and dining credit in Twist for $100.

The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, formerly the Mandarin Oriental, is a non-gaming, non-smoking luxury hotel catering to sophisticated travelers. It offers several restaurants, a 27,000 square foot Forbes Five-Star Spa and an eighth-floor pool deck with poolside cabanas.

The Unforgettable Vegas package will run until November 30 for arrival dates between now and then. The deal may not be used in combination with other specials or promotions.

Visitors who book the Unforgettable Vegas deal receive $100 in dining credit for Twist, one of five dining options at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The restaurant comes from Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin star winning chef. Twist, located on the 23rd floor of the hotel, offers a high vantage point for guests to view the city.

Guests who book the special package are also given $200 in spa credit. The spa and wellness center offer a variety of amenities, including a hammam, laconium, vitality pool, steam rooms and beauty salon.  Women have access to their own rhassoul and relaxation lounge and men have a sauna, ice fountain and relaxation lounge. The spa offers seven private couple’s suites and nine single treatment rooms, as well as a Chinese foot spa, beauty salon and boutique.

For more information visit the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas’ website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Culture Holidays Debuts FAM Trip to Bali
Culture Holidays

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

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

On this fam trip, travel agents will also enjoy:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more, visit www.flysaa.com.