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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

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

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

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

Alaskan Voyages For Families

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

Reservations

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

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

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This story was originally posted on luxurytraveladvisor.com 

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April 16, 2019 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

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Mandalay Bay and Luxor Offer Kids Eat Free Deal
MGM Resorts

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

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

Buffet Credit Redemption Instructions:

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

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

Photo of Mandalay Bay/Courtesy of MGM Resorts 

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March 26, 2019 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.seabourn.com

Photo by Seabourn 

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Email Course: Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests
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Sign up for our 5-day email course Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests to learn how the luxury hotel landscape has changed and why this can affect your bottom line. Plus, tactical sales advice for creating more personalized hotel stays.

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Day 2 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New St. Moritz, Zermatt, Bern Itinerary

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

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

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

To Book

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

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

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All Inclusive Travel 2019 Focus Series
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When choosing a hotel to stay at, an all-inclusive option is a determining factor for half of U.S. vacationers. Read all about all-inclusives in the Focus Series!

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Expedition & Adventure Cruising Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Nothing is as hot as expedition cruising, especially among luxury travelers, multiple advisors tell us emphatically. Simply put, travelers are clamoring for adventure experiences, more active, in-depth exploration and more voyages to such far-flung destinations as the Northeast Passage, Antarctica, remote islands in the South Pacific, The Kimberley in Australia, the Indian Ocean region, exotic African or lesser-known Latin American ports, or the Galapagos Islands. And it’s a trend that shows no signs of abating. Read the Focus Series to find out more!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Puerto Vallarta Beach Club Offers Free Night
Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.PuertoVallartaBeachClub.com

Photo courtesy of Puerto Vallarta Beach Club

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

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

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

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

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

Offer:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit Blue Sky Tours’ website.

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

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

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

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

Details are as follows: 

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

Photo by Wymara Resort and Villas

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Recorded on February 27, 2019 | Hotel Xcaret

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Discover St. Kitts – Where the Caribbean Story Begins
Recorded on February 20, 2019 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Attend this webinar and learn about the latest hotel updates, airlift options in 2019, and best things to do in St. Kitts, one of the fastest growing destinations in the Caribbean. You'll learn how to sell St. Kitts for Romance, Dive, Golf, and MICE markets as well as how to become a St. Kitts destination specialist! Register now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of Azul Beach Resort Negril by Karisma

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

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

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

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

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

Queen Isabel

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.crystalcruises.com

Photo by Crystal Cruises

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.carnival.com.

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

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

Caribbean

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

Mexico

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

Central America

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit Apple Vacations’ website.

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Elegant Hotels
Travel Agent University

We’ve created this training program to show you how our diverse collection of nine luxury hotels are the very definition of elegance—stylish yet tasteful, classic yet sophisticated—and suited to every taste, from families to couples to groups to adventurers.

While each property is unique in its attributes and distinctive in its personality, every hotel will welcome your clients with the same warm hospitality and truly authentic Caribbean experiences.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2019 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Here is a small sampling of places where married couples can symbolically tie the knot all over again in a simple or as elaborate a way as they choose. If your clients have a favorite island, destination or resort, chances are that with a minimum of research you’ll be able to find a blissful package or deal there to suit them.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit Jungle Experiences’ website.

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Himalayan International Tours to Launch Super FAM Trip to India
Himalayan International Tours

Himalayan International Tours is presenting a Super Fam trip to India Nepal. Highlights include camel caravans, elephant rides, Himalayan resorts, historical monuments, shopping and more. Trip will start in Delhi the capital city built during the British Raj, Jaipur the pink city of Rajasthan, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal and Agra Red Fort, center of the 17th Century Mogul Empire. Then it is over the Himalayas to Kathmandu. Here travelers will come face to face with the Living Goddess in Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the ancient capital city of Patan and Bhaktapur, the cradles of art and culture of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. The FAM trip is open to all agents and spouses.

Fam Tour Cost; Agent $2688.00 per person sharing; Spouse $385.00 extra, plus agent cost; Single supplement $596.00

  • FAM trip includes
  • Round Trip Airfares from Toronto or New York
  • Inter India Nepal flights
  • Hotels with American breakfast
  • Airport transfers
  • Sightseeing tours as per daily program                                                                                                       
  • Cycle Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi Chandni Bazaar                                                                                                              
  • Battery bus from Coach Parking to Taj Mahal     
  • Elephant ride tour in Jaipur to Amer Castle
  • Area specialist English speaking guides

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

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Valentine's Day Travel Deal From Star Clippers
Star Clippers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo Courtesy of Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos 

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

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

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

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

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

Use promo code: REOPENING when booking.

Photo: Sonesta Ocean Point Resort // Photo courtesy of Sonesta Resorts St Maarten

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit Travel Impressions’ website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pleasant Holidays Offers Lowest Hawaii Hotel Rates for 2019
Pleasant Holidays

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit Pleasant Holidays’ website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quark Expeditions Offers Early Booking Bonus on 2020 Arctic Trips
From December 17, 2018 to June 15, 2019 | Quark Expeditions

From now through June 15, travelers booking select Arctic cruises from Quark Expeditions can benefit from a wide variety of savings. Applicable to cruises from April to September 2020, the offers include a 10 percent early booking bonus discount, an additional 10 percent discount if the reservation is paid in full and a free transfer package.

The deal applies to select itineraries aboard Quark’s Ocean Adventurer and World Explorer, including:

  • Arctic Saga: Exploring Spitsbergen via the Faroes and Jan Mayen (April 30, 2020)
  • Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic (May 20 and 30; and June 14, 2020)
  • Spitsbergen Highlights: Expedition in Brief (June 6 and 9; and July 25, 2020)
  • Intro to Spitsbergen: Fjords, Glaciers and Wildlife of Svalbard (June 11 and 19; and July 9 and 17, 2020)
  • Spitsbergen In Depth: Big Islands, Big Adventure (June 24 and 27; and July 30, 2020)
  • Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen (August 11 and 24, 2020)
  • Four Arctic Islands: Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland (August 13, 2020)
  • Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts and Disko Bay (August 29, 2020)
  • Under the Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland (September 19, 2020)

The initial 10 percent early booking discount applies to voyage fare only and cannot be used towards adventure options, a transfer package, additional hotel accommodations, pre- or post-cruise tours, insurance, flights or group bookings. If Quark Expeditions receives a guest’s fully payment by June 15, 2019, the guest will receive 10 percent additional savings on the voyage fare. The full fare that must be paid includes voyage fare as well as air, hotels, transfers, adventure options, pre- or post-cruise tours and insurance.

Those booking by June 15 can also receive a free transfer package, with values of up to $1,995 depending on the itinerary. Packages differ depending on the cruise, but can include pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations, one-way or roundtrip group charter air and airport-to-ship transfers.

Travelers can also apply Shackleton Club and consecutive voyages savings to their bill. As part of these promotions, passengers receive a five percent discount if they are a returning passenger and five percent savings when they combine two or more consecutive sailings.

For more information, visit Quark Expeditions’ website.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cunard, an Icon at 178 – Contemporary, Cosmopolitan & Chic
Recorded on December 17, 2018 | Cunard

Cunard has been a leader in creating the world of cruising for 178 years. Today Cunard is still marching to its own drum. We will share all that is new and exciting in the world of Cunard.  New itineraries, unique onboard experiences and new itineraries only on Cunard. We’ll also share some selling tips to help you grow your business.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit Riviera River Cruises’ website.

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.

For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Focus on Mexico and you’ll see a destination weddings and honeymoons superstar. The reasons are plentiful. It’s a great value, especially with today’s strong dollar-to-peso exchange rate. It’s close to the U.S., with airlift continually on the upswing. Scenic settings provide romantic backdrops that include beaches, jungles, mountains and deserts. And the country’s rich culture maintains ties to ancient roots and puts a premium on hospitality. Read the Focus Series to find out more

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What is True Luxury? The World of Crystal
Now available on-demand | Crystal Cruises

An engaging session into understanding how to identify and sell to the Crystal guest. Topics include:

  • The differences between luxury and “true” luxury
  • Snapshot of Crystal Experiences by Ocean, River and Yacht Expedition
  • Marketing & Sales tools to grow your Crystal Business

Attend for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

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Where You Want to be Grand: The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
Recorded on December 4, 2018 | Meliá Hotels International

All-inclusive luxury taken to a whole new dimension at The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a unique and thoughtfully-crafted experience to create endless memories.

The Grand Reserve will boast seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa by Natura Bissé, Beach Club with access to the spectacular Bavaro Beach, family-friendly kids club and aqua adventure park. Guests of The Grand Reserve will also have access to all of the amenities and services of Paradisus Palma Real. Learn more during this free webinar, presented by Meliá Hotels International (and one lucky attendee will win a complimentary 3-night stay at the property!).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit Central Holidays’ website.

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Variety Cruises Unveils FAM Trips to Israel, Egypt, Jordan
Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises recently announced it will return to Israel, Egypt and Jordan in January, February and March 2019. Now, the company has revealed it will also be offering fam trip deals for four of these departures.

Throughout January, February and March 2019, Variety Cruises will operate seven-night cruises to Israel, Egypt and Jordan aboard the 25-cabin Mega Yacht Harmony V. The itineraries will operate in both directions between Aqaba, Jordan and Herzliya Marina north of Tel Aviv, Israel.

During the trip, guests will spend two days and one night in Luxor (transfers and overnight at a hotel included in the price), with optional excursions to the Valleys of the Kings and Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor Temples. Travelers will also spend a full day in Suez, allowing for optional trips to Cairo or the Coptic Monasteries. Organized excursions will be available from all ports by Variety’s on-site professional guides.

Variety Cruises’ FAM Trip offer includes: Cruise on full board, all port taxes, $100 in shipboard credit per cabin and the excursions in Cairo, Port Said and the Luxor overnight. Visas to Egypt, Israel and Jordan, personal expenses and crew gratuities are not included in the package.

The fam trip’s price per person is $1,499 if staying in a twin cabin and $1,799 if in a single. Variety is offering four departure dates for the FAM trips, including January 19 and February 2 and 16, 2019 for Tel Aviv/Herzliya to Aqaba trips and January 26, 2019 for Aqaba to Herzliya/Tel Aviv cruises.

For more information, visit Variety Cruises’ website.

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Two Unique Meliá Experiences in Punta Cana
Recorded on December 3, 2018 | Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort

You’re invited to discover the latest unveiling of two brand new all-inclusive resorts Meliá Punta Cana Beach, a new adult’s only oasis and Meliá Caribe Beach, the ultimate vacation experience for everyone. Register Now!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Destinations and itineraries world-wide including:

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

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

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Build Your Client's Ideal Hotel Experience
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Wyndham makes hotel travel possible for all. Let us help you determine which brand matches your different types of clients. Take this quick quiz to discover your client’s ideal hotel experience.

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Mexico Mood: Would you rather be in Cancun, Cozumel or Riviera Maya?
Apple Leisure Group

Fall and winter travel planning is well under way—and you already deserve a vacation! The Mexican Caribbean, with its turquoise waters, white sands and warm hospitality, sounds like the perfect reward for all your hard work. Which of the region’s famed, fantastic destinations defines your #MexicoMood? Take this quick quiz to find out.

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, visit www.ietravel.com.

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