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

Get Closer

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

South Pacific Savings 

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

President's Discount

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

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

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

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

The incentives and experiences include:

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.scenicusa.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s how it works.

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

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

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

Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

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

UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya

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

Grand Velas Los Cabos

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

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

Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa

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

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Velas Resorts' Kids Stay Free Deal
Velas Resorts’ family-friendly properties in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are offering complimentary stays for kids this summer. More here.
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Velas Resorts

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.grandvelas.com

This story originally appeared on www.luxurytraveladvisor.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit CelestyalCruises.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Deluxe Paris Summer Special Travel Package Includes:

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Brando, Tetiaroa Private Island, French Polynesia

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

Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection, Nicaragua

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

The 2018-2019 IDX Collection Xtras include the following:

UNICO 20° 87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico 

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

Casa Velas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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

Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa, Dominican Republic

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

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

For more information, visit www.islanddestinations.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit promotions.travimp.com.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.hollandamerica.com.

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

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

Additional April value offers include:

Free at Sea - Extended

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

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

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

Distinctive Voyages Offer - Extended

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

Free at Sea All-Inclusive - Extended 

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

Free at Sea Hawaii – Extended

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

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

For more, visit www.ncl.com.

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

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

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

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

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

There is no tracking required, ID Travel Group said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Air Service Exclusive to Guests

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

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

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

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

Visit www.fourseasons.com/lanai

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.warwickhotels.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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

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

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

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

Examples of the Come Back New cruise deals include:

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

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

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.centralholidays.com.

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

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

Vacation itineraries with trip-specific codes include:

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.cietours.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.outrigger.com

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

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

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

Here a few examples of some of the offers:

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

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

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

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

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Il Salviatino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.salviatino.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Previous Conductor Offer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit cruises.victorycruiselines.com.

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TravelBound Launches 2018 Wave Season Deals
TravelBound

TravelBound is kicking off Wave Season with deals for every major ocean and river cruise port available now and throughout the year. Every week through March, the fully independent travel (FIT) company will roll out additional destination highlights with exclusive deals, hotel and tour recommendations, and tips from their staff. 

TravelBound features properties and experiences in many ports, from river cruise ports like Prague and Paris to the largest ocean ports including Miami and Barcelona. Wave Season deals will include early booking discounts, free night offers, and other incentives on thousands of properties in locations like Miami, London, Rome, Barcelona, Seattle, Paris, and more.

Selling exclusively to travel agents, TravelBound is a supplier of fully independent travel (FIT) to destinations around the world. Its inventory includes 50,000-plus hotels, apartments and villas all over the world, transfer options in over 1,000 airport and city locations, as well as sightseeing tours, attractions and activities, and hundreds of transfer options. Travelbound’s products can be found in popular travel destinations like the Caribbean, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and South America.

A brand of GTA, TravelBound benefits from a worldwide network of offices staffed with product negotiators and coordination teams. GTA is provider of ground travel products and services to the fully independent travel industry.

Other deals and incentives at TravelBound include its Amazon Rewards Program. When agents sign up for the program, they will earn cash, loaded on an Amazon gift card, on eligible bookings based on the booking and travel period of select promotions run throughout the year.

For more information on TravelBound, visit travelbound.gta-promotions.com/wave2018/.

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Zemi Beach House Offers Post-Hurricane Welcome Back Promotion
The promotion is valid for booking until December 19, 2018. | Zemi Beach House

To celebrate Zemi Beach House's re-opening after the hurricanes in late 2017, the luxury hotel in Anguilla is offering a Welcome Back Promotion. From February 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book three nights and receive a fourth night for free. From April 15, 2018, through December 19, 2018, guests can book five nights and receive a sixth and seventh night free. Additionally, all rooms and suites will include a complimentary daily buffet breakfast.

The complimentary nights promotion is subject to availability and valid for booking until December 19, 2018. To receive the complimentary nights, the stay must be a minimum of three or five consecutive nights. Complimentary nights are not redeemable for future stays. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotions, packages or offers, and is applicable towards new bookings only.

Zemi Beach House is situated on Shoal Bay Beach in Anguilla. At Zemi Beach House, guests start their vacation with a private plane or sea shuttle to the hotel from St. Maarten. Once they arrive, guests can enjoy the hotel’s Thai House Spa, three bars, two restaurants, pools, fitness center, and a variety of water sports and beachfront activities. 

Guests can enjoy casual beachfront dining at the hotel’s all-day restaurant, 20 Knots, serving Caribbean-style cuisine. Or, guests can try Stone, Zemi’s fine-dining restaurant that offers a seasonal menu of seafood, fish and sea-to-table entrees. Starting rates are $730 per night, and the hotel will be accepting reservations from February 15th onward.

For more information, visit www.zemibeach.com.

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New Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas Packages Offer 15 Percent Commission
Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. | Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas

The adults-only, all-inclusive Warwick Paradise Island - Bahamas invites travelers to personalize their vacation experience by offering special packages. Guests can select accommodations from five room categories and enhance their stay with amenity upgrades including treatments at the resort's boutique Amber Spa and specialized menu options.

Travel agents can book the resort's special offers for their clients, all of which feature the all-inclusive amenities, and receive a 15 percent commission. Paradise Winter Savings features savings up to 55 percent in all five room categories for bookings made by March 15 with travel dates through December 31. 

Guests booking a minimum of three nights on the Paradise Winter Savings promotion receive a credit for use at the resort's boutique Amber Spa. Credits range from $30 - $150 per person and vary according to number of nights and room category booked. 

Rates start from $343 per room, per night, double occupancy in an Island View double/double bedroom, based on travel through April 15. Rates vary according to travel dates and room category and are subject to availability and blackout dates. 

Celebrate in Paradise can be used on stays that are a minimum of three nights in a Harbour Deluxe or Premium Balcony or Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite, to celebrate any special occasion. The offer includes $75 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay; chilled Prosecco and a miniature rum cake. 

Stays that are a minimum of seven nights receive an additional $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service from the airport to the resort. Rates start from $575 per room, per night, double, based on accommodations in a Harbour Deluxe Balcony double/double for travel through April 15.

Warwick Suite Dreams is available to guests booking the resort's Harbourfront One-Bedroom Suite where travelers can experience Bahamian luxury with views of Nassau Harbour. 

The Suite Dreams package includes daily fresh fruit in-room, a selection of Bootleg Chocolates of The Bahamas (per stay), Tortuga Rum Cake (per stay), a bottle of Prosecco each night, complimentary roundtrip coach transfer service between the airport and resort, and nightly turn-down service. 

Stays that are a minimum of two nights receive a $100 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay while stays that are a minimum of five nights receive a $350 Amber Spa credit per person, per stay and roundtrip private car service to and from the airport. Rates start from $924 per room, per night, double occupancy for travel through April 15.

Visit www.warwickhotels.com


 

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Pleasant Holidays' New Travel Discounts to the Caribbean, Mexico, South Pacific
Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.
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Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays has announced it will celebrate milestone anniversaries for three of its core destination portfolios in 2018 with special offers and promotions throughout the year. 

The company marks 25 years of selling Mexico beach vacations, 20 years of selling Tahiti and Bora Bora, and 10 years of selling the Caribbean.

Pleasant Holidays launched sales of Mexico vacation packages with a handful of destinations in 1993, marking the company’s first venture outside of Hawaii. 

Pleasant Holidays’ newly released Mexico sales brochure features 250 hotels, resorts, villas, condos and residences—including 150 all-inclusive options—in 15 popular vacation areas plus cruises, sightseeing tours and activities, and more. 

To kick off the year-long 25th anniversary celebration, Pleasant Holidays is offering exclusive hotel rates and added values including kids stay and eat free promotions on air-inclusive Mexico vacations at participating resorts including Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. 

The deals are valid on new bookings made by January 28 for select travel through December 16. Mexico continues to be no. 1 for destination weddings for the company as well.

In 1998, Pleasant Holidays added South Pacific package vacations. Twenty years later, Pleasant Holidays is recognized as No. 1 travel provider to Tahiti by Air Tahiti Nui and offers a portfolio that includes more than 80 resorts across Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands plus six cruise lines, including luxury cruises from Paul Gauguin Cruises and Windstar Cruises. 

To celebrate 20 years of selling South Pacific vacations, Pleasant Holidays is offering up to $600 off per booking on air-inclusive vacations at participating resorts. 

The deals are valid on new bookings for travel through December 31 and require a minimum night stay of five or seven nights depending on the destination. Tahiti bookings must be made by March 18 to receive $600 off and include romantic overwater bungalow accommodations; Fiji bookings must be booked by March 25 to receive $600 off and Cook Islands bookings must be made by April 22 to receive $300 off.

Pleasant Holidays’ Caribbean portfolio has expanded rapidly since its launch in 2008 and the destination now ranks as one of its top performers in terms of sales and passengers. 

Pleasant Holidays offers 24 unique island nations including the Dominican Republic, Aruba, Jamaica, the Bahamas, St. Lucia and Turks and Caicos; more than 250 resorts—including all-inclusive, adults-only and family-friendly options—and an array of Caribbean cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises. 

Pleasant Holidays has a variety of promotions planned throughout the year in celebration of its 10th anniversary of selling Caribbean vacations. Currently, travelers save up to 50 percent off room rates at select Caribbean hotels participating in the April Travel Sale, which is valid for travel April 1 – 30.

Visit www.pleasantagent.com

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Blue Hawaiian Helicopters’ New “Love Takes Flight” Romance Package
The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17. | Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters in Hawaii recently launches its new romantic package, “Love Takes Flight.” 

Conceived for those looking to take their beloved on a fairytale adventure in celebration of Valentine’s Day, the package entails an excursion with a private aerial tour of the eastern side of Maui.

The 45-minute ride begins with a journey over the town of Hana, revealing its lush vegetation, rugged mountains, veil-like waterfalls, and breathtaking coastline. Just a few miles beyond Hana, the trip continues over the majestic Haleakala, boasting its incredible volcanic landscape and vivid-colored natural formations.

The highlight of the dreamy tour is landing in the secluded Piiholo Ranch Cabins, an idyllic pasture surrounded by stunning mountain and ocean views, for an intimate champagne picnic lunch. Couples have the option to upgrade this romantic escape with a horseback experience for an additional fee (based on availability.)

“Nothing compares to a bird’s eye view of Hana and the striking Haleakala, with a helicopter landing on an exclusive ranch in Hawaii,” said Gregg Lundberg, president of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, in a written release. “We wanted to offer this extraordinary aerial tour package to help our guests create unforgettable Valentine’s Day memories.”

The package price starts at $2,800 per couple with tour dates on February 12 -17. Booking is available now through February 17.

Visit www.bluehawaiian.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ April Sale for Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean Travel
The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts. | Pleasant Holidays

Pleasant Holidays recently announced its April Travel Sale featuring its best deals for April vacations to Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean

The sale is valid for new bookings made by April 30 for travel from April 1 – 30, at more than 30 hotels and resorts.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Hawaii feature exclusive hotel rates and added values including daily breakfast or food & beverage credit, up to 15 percent off pampering spa treatments and more at five luxury oceanfront resorts on four popular Hawaiian islands. 

Travelers can select from Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa and The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort on Waikiki Beach; The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Kaanapali Beach; Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach; and Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii Island. Hawaii April Travel Sale bookings made by February 25 also receive a complimentary three-day economy Hertz car rental, which may be upgraded to a convertible, luxury or SUV at additional cost.
 
April Travel Sale deals for Mexico feature up to 74 percent off hotel rates at more than a dozen all-inclusive beach resorts in Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Resorts include both family-friendly and adults-only options from Melia, Barcelo Hotel Group and Riu Hotels & Resorts in Mexico’s popular resort areas.
 
Travelers save up to 50 percent on hotel rates at all-inclusive Riu Hotels & Resorts located in the Caribbean with Pleasant Holidays’ April Travel Sale. The hotel chain offers a variety of family-friendly and adults-only resorts in popular beach destinations in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Aruba and the Bahamas.
 
Travel Agents can boost their commission income by including, trip protection plans, sightseeing tours, activities, dinner cruises and more, available for booking online at PleasantActivities.com

Pleasant Holidays’ Protection Plan Plus includes travel agent commission protection while providing comprehensive travel protection including benefits, coverage and assistance services.
 
Visit www.pleasantagent.com and www.pleasantactivities.com

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NYC Broadway Week Winter 2018 Tickets Are on Sale Now
NYC & Company

NYC & Company, a destination marketing organization in New York City, announced NYC Broadway Week tickets are on sale now to the public. The bi-annual program, now in its eighth year, will run from January 16 through February 4, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase two-for-one tickets to 19 Broadway shows.

Seven of the 19 participating shows are new Broadway productions, including Farinelli and the King, Spongebob Squarepants, and the Parisian Woman, among others.

The 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons
  • The Lion King
  • Once on This Island
  • The Parisian Woman
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay hotel promotion. This winter, NYC Broadway Week two-for-one ticket holders who stay at one of 25 participating hotels will receive a daily $25 food and beverage on-property credit; all participating hotels are centrally located to Broadway’s famed Theater District.

Additionally, NYC & Company is inviting visitors to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week.

For more information, go to www.nycgo.com.

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Four 2018 Wave Season Cruise Deals From Norwegian Cruise Line
The Super Splash Sale is available through January 15, and three more deals are available through January 31. | Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is kicking off Wave Season 2018 with a limited time offer. Now through January 15, guests can take advantage of the Super Splash Sale and receive up to $500 in free onboard spending on select five-day or longer sailings. This offer is combinable with Free at Sea, providing up to $3,100 in added value on a traveler’s cruise.

Three more Wave Season offers will be available throughout the month of January:

  1. Norwegian’s Free at Sea promotion will be extended through January 31. This signature value-added offer provides guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom with the opportunity to select their preference of two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian get all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value.
  2. Guests looking to soak up the sun in the South Pacific can take advantage of Norwegian’s Free at Sea Hawaii offer, which has also been extended through January 31. Guests who book a new cruise vacation aboard Pride of America, which sails seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii, can select one of five offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.
  3. Guests who are looking to explore the rich history of Cuba can enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money with Norwegian’s Havana Nights promotion now through January 31. Cruisers who book a new cruise to Cuba can take advantage of an all-inclusive onboard experience with unlimited open bar on Norwegian Sky from Miami or Norwegian Sun from Port Canaveral.

Visit www.ncl.com

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Travel Impressions Offers Savings and Resort Credit for Groups at Iberostar
Available until January 31. | Travel Impressions

Agents booking groups at select Iberostar hotels and resorts will receive an exclusive 37 percent discount on top of $500 in instant savings and an up to $800 resort credit when reserving 10 rooms or more (for a minimum of 50 room nights) with Travel Impressions. The 37 percent savings is valid through January 31 for travel until April 30. Resort credit and $500 instant savings applies to travel by December 22.

The promotion applies to select Iberostar properties in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic such as the Riviera Maya’s Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraíso, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro and Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall.

Resort credit can be used toward room upgrades, romantic dining experiences, spa treatments, golf, premium champagne and wine bottle service, water sports, The Star Prestige upgrade package and purchases at the Star Market.

Agents who book FIT packages to participating Iberostar Hotels & Resorts from by January 31 will earn an additional 500 “LoyalTI First” bonus points for each applicable booking. Points can be redeemed for a variety of rewards from the leading agent-exclusive operator’s electronic Folio Reward Catalog.

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

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UnCruise Adventures Launches Wave Season Offer on Alaskan Cruises
Savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018 | UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, is offering savings on an "Alaskan Adventure" cruise in 2018. Starting January 2, 2018, guests will save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

With no more than 86 guests, the two ships take guests into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This Wave Season deal includes three Alaska itineraries, with expedition guides on hand to enhance the exploration and learning experiences during the journey.

The itineraries include:

  • Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord with twin Sawyer glaciers, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound—prime humpback feeding grounds. Departures available May-August.
  • Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May-August.
  • Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Take two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures in April, July and September.

Additionally, every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment for activities like kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

The Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made January 2, 2018 through February 28, 2018. Travelers must use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995.

Visit www.uncruise.com

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Pleasant Holidays’ Year-Long Savings at Five Beach Resorts in Hawaii
Booking is available throughout 2018 for select travel through January 2, 2019. | Pleasant Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.pleasantholidays.com

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Azamara Club Cruises Launches the Wave Offer
Deal is available on bookings made through February 28, 2018, for select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018. | Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises has announced that its latest deal – the Wave offer – has just gone live, offering half off the second guest and free Wi-Fi during the voyage for bookings now through February 28, 2018. The discounted rates, plus free internet, are available when guests stay in a Club Oceanview Stateroom or higher on select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018.

Itineraries on the Azamara Quest, Journey and the recently announced Pursuit, offer travelers the chance to cruise globally and take part in unique shore excursions like tapas in Barcelona, historic walking tours in Havana, and biking through Amsterdam.

The featured voyages for the Wave Offer include:

  • 8 Night Iberian Passage Voyage, Azamara Journey – September 2018: Depart the city of Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world and travel to Seville for a historic tour of the Mudejar Palace followed by an overnight on the famed island of Ibiza.
  • 8 Night Alaska Adventure Voyage, Azamara Quest – July 2019: From Vancouver, guests sail through the Inside Passage with a view of glacier-capped mountains, winding fjords and small islands to arrive in Ketchikan for a visit to Tongass National Forest. A dog sledding Shore Excursion is offered along with a canoe ride to Mendenhall Glacier.
  • 16 Night Chilean Fjords Voyage, Azamara Pursuit – February 2019: The voyage traces South America’s eastern coast toward Antarctica with time in Buenos Aires, Laguna San Rafael in the Aysen region and San Antonio, Chile. Port stops feature excursions with an eclectic mix of Caribbean spirit and Afro-Cuban culture influences.

For more information, visit here.

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Princess Cruises Unveils the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale"
The sale is available now through December 26, 2017. | Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering its lowest fares of the season during the "Exclusively Caribbean Sale," on 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day Caribbean sailings departing February through April 2018. The sale is running now through December 26 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Bermuda.

During the “Exclusively Caribbean Sale,” rates start as low as $99 per day/per guest, plus free gratuities, and third and fourth guest fares start at just $15 per day. Guests must be 21 or older to book a cruise with Princess Cruises.

Fares are based on double occupancy on space-available basis at time of booking on select categories and sailings. Gratuities added to bar charges, dining room wine accounts or Lotus Spa services are not included.

Princess Cruises’ Caribbean sailings will depart round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and will include ports in locations like Honduras, Mexico, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and Jamaica, depending on the voyage.

Part of Carnival Corporation, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour company operating a fleet of 17 cruise ships that carry two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe. In total, the cruise line offers more than 150 itineraries that range in length from three to 114 days.

Princess Cruises has been recognized as a destination leader in the cruise industry. The cruise line was named "Best Cruise Line in the Caribbean" by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 and the cruise line's private beach in the Bahamas, Princess Cays, was ranked among the "Top Cruise Line Private Island Destinations" by Cruise Critic for 2017.

For more information, visit www.princess.com.

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Access Trips Launches Holiday Travel Agent Promotion
Travel agents must book guests by January 31 to receive the free trip for themselves. | Access Trips

Access Trips, a travel company specializing in culinary tours, has unveiled a special “Book Six; Travel Free” travel agent promotion. From now through January 31, travel agents who book six guests on any of their culinary tours will get a free trip for themselves.

Additionally, they can earn a $1,000 discount for groups of six or more and $500 for groups of four or five for bookings made through December 31.

The earned free trip is based on single occupancy, applicable to Morocco, Thailand, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Peru departures with Access Trips. This trip must be taken in 2018, within six months of the clients’ booked tour, and at least six clients must have completed travel.

Earlier this week, Access Trips announced its newest culinary trip to Costa Rica that will explore San Jose, Costa Rican wildlife, and other scenic locations on an 8-day culinary tour. The itinerary includes a river safari, a cooking class at the base of Arenal Volcano, a tour of an organic Costa Rican coffee plantation, a farm-to-table lunch at a local farm, and more.

Established in 2001, Access Trips’ tours have been recognized as “Best Trips of the Year” by National Geographic and recommended by Fodor’s. Their trips have also been featured in the New York Times, Fodor’s, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and NPR.

Access Trips’ culinary tours are featured in Cuba, South Africa, Vietnam, Peru, Morocco, Japan, Alaska, Thailand, and Costa Rica.

For more information on Access Trips, visit www.accesstrips.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.caribbeanhi.com/jamaica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.applevacations.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit www.varietycruises.com

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

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

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

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

Some cruises included in this deal include:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

The package includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.windstarcruises.com.

 

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Variety Cruises Celebrates 50th Anniversary With 50% Cruise Voucher
The 50 winners of the cruise vouchers will be chosen by Variety Cruises on October 16. | Variety Cruises

In celebration of their 50th anniversary in small ship cruising, Variety Cruises has announced that they will reward 50 Variety Club Members (past passengers) with a 50 percent off voucher for them and their companion on all cruises (with the exception of Cuba for which the 50 percent reduction applies only on the cruise) and no single supplement if they travel alone.

The 50 winners will be drawn from a list of past passengers who have sailed on at least two Variety Cruises; the drawing will take place at the cruise line’s office in Athens, Greece on Oct. 16. Winners can use their 50 percent certificate for any sailing and these 2018 cruise programs: Spain & Portugal, Seychelles, Iceland, West Africa, Costa Rica & Panama and Cuba.

Additionally, all passengers sailing with Variety Cruises at any time during the winter of 2018 in Cuba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica and Panama and West Africa (including sailings departing the last week of 2017) will be entitled to $50 per person on board credit.

Variety Cruises is based in Athens, Greece, and operates a fleet of 11 vessels with a maximum of 72 passengers. Guests on a Variety cruise get to explore secluded areas, renowned ports, and historic landmarks that cannot be accessed by larger chips.

Each yacht in Variety’s fleet is known for its high passenger-to-crew ratio, its luxury amenities, and its staff’s personal attention to all its guests.

To see the entirety of the 2017 Variety Cruises itineraries, visit www.varietycruises.com.

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Star Clippers Waives Single Supplements on Select 2018 Sailings
The deal is available on select sailings departing in 2018. | Star Clippers

With more and more travelers choosing to travel solo, Star Clippers is now waiving single supplements on select 2018 Mediterranean and Transatlantic sailings.

The tall ship cruise line is embracing the new way to travel with its social on-board atmosphere and diverse range of sailing itineraries that appeal to the solo voyager.

Star Clippers is waving single supplements on a variety of 2018 Mediterranean sailings, ranging from five to 14 nights on board the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer. Examples of included sailings on the Royal Clipper include a 5-night Spain and Morocco itinerary from Lisbon to Malaga on April 23, and 12-night versions of the same sailing that goes on to the Balearic Islands, Corsica, and Cannes. Rates range from $1,385 for the five-night sailing to $3,030 for 12-nights. On the Star Flyer, a seven-night French Riviera sailing round trip from Cannes departs June 2, with rates starting at $1,690.

For solo travelers looking for longer voyages, the cruise line has waived the single supplement on two Transatlantic sailings. Guests can take the 20-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from St. Maarten to Lisbon aboard the Star Flyer, which includes 19 nights at sea and departs on March 31 with rates starting at $2,350.

There is also a 28-night Eastbound Crossing voyage from Barbados to Cannes with stops in Azores, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, the Balearic Islands, and France. This sailing aboard the Royal Clipper departs Barbados on April 7 with rates starting at $4,020.

For more information, visit www.starclippers.com.

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American Cruise Lines Announces Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages
The Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available for many of its popular itineraries in 2018. | American Cruise Lines

American Cruise Lines has announced special 2018 Complimentary and Extended Pre-Cruise Packages on many of its most popular itineraries. All of the packages include a premium hotel stay, welcome reception, and complimentary transportation to the ship. Complimentary Pre-Cruise Packages are available on the following 2018 itineraries:

  • All cruises in the Mississippi River region departing from New Orleans, St. Louis, St. Paul, Pittsburg, Nashville, and Memphis.
  • All Columbia Snake River cruises departing from Portland or Clarkson.
  • All cruises in Alaska departing from Juneau. This complimentary package also includes a guided Juneau city tour and a visit to Mendenhall Glacier.

In 2018, American Cruise Lines will offer many Extended Pre-Cruise Land Packages. Guests departing from Memphis can enjoy a Graceland package with a 2-night stay at the Guesthouse Hotel, two VIP tickets to Graceland and a Memphis city tour with transfer to the ship.

Guests departing from Clarkston on Columbia Snake River itineraries can take a Jet Boat tour of Hells Canyon before transferring to the ship. The packages are also available on itineraries departing from Seattle, Boston, and Providence.

With over 35 itineraries visiting 30 states, American Cruise Lines offers an extensive list of travel options on U.S. waterways on its fleet of 10 ships. The award-winning vessels travel the rivers and coastal waterways of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River, and the East Coast. In addition to the Pre-Cruise Packages, most cruises include complimentary guided tours, on-board experts, historians, and nightly entertainment.

For reservations or to learn more about American Cruise Lines Pre-Cruise Packages, visit AmericanCruiseLines.com.