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Safari Newsletter Dated November 26, 2014
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In addition to being the world's largest seller of oceangoing cruises
and river cruises, Vacations To Go
also is among the top sellers
of escorted tours and basic air-and-hotel packages. If you browse our
sites, you'll find travel options for every interest and budget.
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we're here to help you see the world at the lowest possible price, in
whatever style you choose.
Today, I'll tell you about some of the best and most trusted companies
throughout the travel industry, leaders in their segments, along with
special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers.
Some of the cruise line offers include free shipboard credits, which are
as good as cash on board and can be used to pay for almost anything not
included in the upfront cost of the cruise, including alcoholic
beverages, boutique items, spa treatments and shore excursions.
Just click any link for more information.
For more than 85 years, Globus
has been one of the world's most
respected tour operators, offering enriching itineraries in countries
around the globe. Its European vacations are particularly good values.
The packaged, fully escorted tours include accommodations in centrally
located hotels, VIP access to must-see attractions, ground
transportation and expert Tour Directors who take you behind the scenes,
so you'll experience each destination like a local.
The company will debut several brand-new European itineraries in 2015,
Athens & Aegean Odyssey
And, Globus is offering our customers fantastic deals, including these
two promotions that must be booked by October 28
Receive $1,000 per couple
($500 per person) in air credit when you purchase an Italy tour and
Star Alliance flights.
Receive $200 to $400 per couple
($100 to $200 per person) in air credit when you purchase a Europe tour
for all Globus deals and departures.
The Globus family includes three other brands.
provides independent vacations around the world, with access to an
expert Local Host in each destination.
designs budget-priced tours with more free time built into the schedule.
operates river cruises in Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Peru, as
well as sailings to the Galapagos Islands.
These companies also have unveiled new itineraries for 2015. To view a
complete list of new offerings from the Globus family,
, specializing in luxury rail vacations in the
Canadian Rockies, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. The
award-winning company offers more than 50 vacation packages along five
unique train routes.
Trips operate from April through October, and guests travel aboard the
train by daylight through spectacularly beautiful landscapes that are
not accessible by car or motorcoach. You'll take in the wild beauty of
snowcapped peaks, rushing rivers, glacier-fed lakes and tumbling
waterfalls, and perhaps spot elk, bears, eagles, ospreys or bighorn
sheep. Nights are comfortably spent in hotels along the route.
Rocky Mountaineer provides three levels of service. Guests who book the
highest one, GoldLeaf Service, ride in bi-level, glass-domed rail
coaches with panoramic windows. They also enjoy gourmet hot meals in an
exclusive dining room and complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic
The company's newest route, Coastal Passage
, is its first journey
to and from the U.S., connecting the Canadian Rockies and Seattle. Some
Rocky Mountaineer itineraries combine this route with an Alaska cruise
that departs from Seattle.
Vacations To Go customers can
receive up to $1,200 per couple
in free travel credits on qualifying
trips and other
select train tours. Book by November 22
. The credits can be used
toward additional hotel nights, sightseeing tours and activities,
transfers and more.
to view all of our Rocky Mountaineer rail getaways.
Norwegian Cruise Line
emphasizes complete flexibility on board
with its Freestyle Cruising concept. Guests can choose to eat when they
want and with whom they want. The dress code is "resort casual," though
optional formal nights are offered at least once on every cruise.
Norwegian is offering our customers terrific savings, with
discounts of up to 83% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $240 per cabin
on many sailings. Book by October 26.
Company launched two blockbuster ships in the last 18 months: the
Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway. Its next vessel, Norwegian
Escape, is scheduled to debut in October 2015 and will be the line's
largest ship to date.
All three vessels include The Haven, an exclusive area with luxurious
suites, 24-hour butler service and a private restaurant, lounge, pool
and sundeck. Other standout features of these ships include The
Waterfront, an oceanfront promenade lined with shops, restaurants and
bars, and 678 Ocean Place, three decks of day-to-night dining,
entertainment and more.
for itineraries, dates and deeply discounted rates for all Norwegian
sails worldwide, with a fleet ranging from the
Celebrity Xpedition, which carries just 98 passengers on explorations of
the Galapagos Islands, to Solstice-class ships that accommodate more
than 2,800 guests and cruise popular regions like the Caribbean,
Mediterranean and Alaska.
I'm happy to announce that Celebrity is offering Vacations To Go
exclusive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin
on all remaining 2014 cruises, based on availability.
receive free gratuities and free drinks
including alcoholic beverages, on select 2015 Bermuda cruises when you
book ocean-view cabins or higher. Book by October 31.
And finally, customers who book ocean-view staterooms or higher on most
other Celebrity sailings in 2015 and beyond can choose from one of the
following three amenities: 1) free drinks, including alcoholic
beverages, 2) free gratuities or 3) a shipboard credit of up to $400 per
cabin. Select European sailings qualify for two of the three offers.
Book by November 4.
to see these departures.
The latest of the Solstice ships is the Celebrity Reflection, which
features the Lawn Club, a top-deck expanse of real grass; the Lawn Club
Grill, an interactive, outdoor dining experience; and the Art Studio,
with hands-on instruction in painting, drawing and more.
The line has brought the most popular Solstice features -- like the
AquaClass spa staterooms, which provide access to spa amenities -- to
its four Millennium-class vessels: Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity
Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium.
Celebrity revealed some new features for the brand during a dry-dock
refurbishment of the Celebrity Equinox
this spring. These include
the Gastrobar, offering comfort food and 40 craft beers, and Slush,
serving an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic frozen cocktails.
To see all Celebrity departures and discounts,
River cruise operator AmaWaterways
received top honors in
"Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe," a new guide released this summer.
In a ranking of more than 280 riverboats, AmaWaterways secured the top
11 spots, with the
taking the No. 1 position.
Next month, AmaWaterways will introduce its Irrawaddy River itineraries
in Myanmar with the launch of the all-suite, 56-passenger
Explore the region's culture through onboard presentations like a
traditional Burmese puppet show, and enjoy Asian-inspired treatments in
The new 124-guest
will debut on the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia in 2015. It will
feature AmaWaterways' signature twin balconies (a French balcony plus a
full-size balcony), a sundeck with pool and two restaurants serving
Western and Southeast Asian cuisines.
The company is offering our customers
savings of $1,000 to $2,000 per couple
($500 to $1,000 per person) off Mekong and Irrawaddy cruises when you
book by October 31
There's still room on AmaWaterways' Christmas markets cruises on the
Rhine and Danube, and if you book by October 31
, you can
save up to 40%
These departures give passengers an opportunity to visit outdoor
holiday markets that are set up in city squares or in front of
cathedrals or town halls. Vendors sell toys, ornaments, Nativity scenes,
candles and other items, while food stalls tempt shoppers with grilled
sausages, warm pretzels and mugs of hot, spiced wine called
To see all offers and departures from AmaWaterways,
"Destination Immersion" is the philosophy of Azamara Club
, which offers longer stays and more overnights in ports.
Choose from a diverse selection of itineraries, such as Southeast Asia
voyages from Singapore, explorations of Baltic seaports or Greek isles
Right now, Azamara is offering our customers a terrific deal:
Save up to 80%, plus receive an exclusive shipboard credit of up to $700 per cabin
on select voyages. Book by October 27.
Two boutique-style ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, carry 686
guests each. Your Azamara fare includes free spirits, wines and beers in
the ship's bars, lounges and restaurants. Gratuities, bottled water,
soft drinks, teas and specialty coffees also are included. Butler
service is provided to guests in suites.
One complimentary AzAmazing Evening is included on every sailing (except
trans-Atlantic crossings and trips of less than seven nights). Enjoy an
outdoor concert at Ephesus or an evening of bagpipes and fireworks at a
Azamara has introduced Insider Access shore excursions, which provide a
unique perspective -- visit ancestral homes where your hosts share their
stories in intimate settings. Or sign up for one of the after-dinner
shore experiences called Nights and Cool Places, such as a walking tour
of a city's illuminated landmarks.
to see all dates and prices for Azamara Club Cruises.
Explore one of America's historic treasures, the Mississippi River, on a
round-trip cruise from New Orleans with the American Queen Steamboat
The river cruise operator is offering Vacations To Go customers 2-for-1
deals on two departures of Old-Fashioned Holidays
December 13 and December 20:
Companion cruises for free
in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full by October
There is no better way to experience the rich heritage of the Lower
Mississippi, from the Civil War history of Vicksburg to the extravagant
mansions of Natchez, said to have had the most millionaires per capita
in the nation prior to the Civil War.
You'll travel aboard the elegant, 432-passenger American Queen,
outfitted with the conveniences of a floating hotel. It's the largest
overnight paddle-wheel riverboat ever built, with spacious staterooms
furnished in antiques. The giant, red paddle wheel is powered by a steam
engine -- a nod to the steamboating era -- while modern auxiliary
engines provide efficiency.
All meals, soft drinks and specialty coffees are complimentary, and wine
and beer are included with dinner on board. Room service and snacks are
The company also cruises the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific
Northwest, aboard the 237-guest American Empress. You can
save $500 per couple
($250 per person) off these sailings and others in 2015 when you book
and pay in full
to see all riverboat vacations with American Queen Steamboat
was just named the world's best small-ship
cruise line in the Condé Nast Traveler
Choice Awards. Windstar visits off-the-beaten-path ports, many of which
are accessible only by small vessels. The company has long been popular
for its three sleek, masted sailing ships, the 310-passenger Wind Surf
and the 148-passenger Wind Spirit and Wind Star.
Now the fleet is growing to include three 212-passenger power yachts.
The first of these vessels, the Star Pride, launched in May. The Star
Breeze and Star Legend both will debut next May.
Windstar is offering Vacations To Go customers
exclusive discounted rates
with savings of up to 74%, on select departures.
The onboard atmosphere of a Windstar cruise is one of casual elegance.
Guests can try windsurfing, sailing and other activities at the
water-sports platform, visit the WindSpa for a massage or facial or even
visit the bridge to chat with the captain.
Starting in 2015, all Windstar voyages will feature a complimentary
onshore "Private Event," designed to give passengers a unique
introduction to the destination. For example, attend a private Champagne
reception at Monaco's Grand Casino or sample Greek food and wine at a
taverna in Rhodes.
to view our discounted Windstar departures.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
is best known for its luxury cruises of
French Polynesia from Tahiti. Voyages take place aboard the 332-guest
Paul Gauguin, which was specifically designed to sail the blue-green
lagoons of the region. A second ship, the 88-passenger Tere Moana,
cruises the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Central America.
Fares aboard both ships include complimentary beverages, including
select wines and spirits, bottled water, soft drinks and hot beverages
served throughout the vessel.
Paul Gauguin has just reduced rates for Vacations To Go customers.
Save up to 75%, plus enjoy exclusive shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin
on a variety of departures.
Guests on the Paul Gauguin can go kayaking or paddleboarding from the
Paul Gauguin's water-sports platform, which also serves as the launching
point for scuba adventures that explore brilliant marine life. The ship
is the only luxury vessel in French Polynesia to have an onboard PADI
certification program for beginners. Aboard the Tere Moana,
complimentary snorkeling equipment is provided for use at destination
Both ships are home to the elegant L'Etoile restaurant for dinner and
the indoor/outdoor La Veranda. Paul Gauguin also offers Le Grill, a
casual spot for a buffet breakfast or poolside lunch. And both provide
spa treatments at the Deep Nature Spa; during French Polynesia cruises,
overwater massages are available on the line's private motu, or
to view all departures and savings from Paul Gauguin Cruises.
In addition to its worldwide cruise operations, Royal Caribbean
cruise tours in Alaska and Western Canada
These land and sea vacations range from 10 to 19 nights and offer
guests an opportunity to travel beyond the coast to fully experience the
region's scenery, history and culture.
During the cruise portion, you'll sail through the glacier-filled Inside
Passage and stop at destinations like Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. The
land segments are fully escorted trips with planned activities, hotel
accommodations and comfortable transportation between destinations. You
can visit the wineries of British Columbia's Okanagan Valley and
beautiful Vancouver, explore Banff and Jasper national parks in the
Canadian Rockies or spot wildlife in Alaska's spectacular Denali
Top 10 Africa vacations
1) Kenya Highlights
8 days with SITA Tours
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Samburu National Reserve,
Aberdare National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at
$2,745. Departures from January 4 through December 28, 2015.
2) Okavango & Beyond
9 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins in Victoria Falls and ends in Johannesburg with visits to Chobe
National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary.
Starting at $1,810. Departures from February 14 through December 26,
3) Tanzania Camping Safari
8 days with G Adventures
. Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha
with visits to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and
Ngorongoro Crater. Starting at $2,149. Departures from January 2 through
December 25, 2015.
4) Dunes, Deltas & Falls Discoverer
18 days with G Adventures
Begins in Livingstone and ends in Cape Town with visits to the
Kalahari Desert, Etosha National Park and Fish River Canyon. Starting at
$3,149. Departures from January 3, 2015 through January 2, 2016.
5) Tanzania Highlights
8 days with Alluring Africa
Begins and ends in Arusha with visits to Serengeti National Park,
Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park. Save $300 per
Starting at $3,295. Departures from November 9, 2014 through
March 29, 2015.
6) South Africa: A World in One Country
14 days with SITA Tours
Begins in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town with visits to Kruger
National Park, Swaziland and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. Save up
to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $4,045. Departures from November 9
through December 28, 2014.
7) Kenya Lodge Safari
8 days with Intrepid Travel
Begins and ends in Nairobi with visits to Samburu National Park, Lake
Nakuru National Park and Masai Mara National Reserve. Starting at
$4,165. Departures from February 8 through November 15, 2015.
8) Wilds of Botswana & Victoria Falls
11 days with Monograms
Begins and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Central Kalahari
Game Reserve, Moremi Wildlife Reserve and Chobe National Park. Starting
at $4,299. Daily departures from January 4, 2015 through April 10, 2016.
9) Kenya & Tanzania: The Safari Experience
15 days with Globus
Begins in Nairobi and ends in Arusha with visits to Samburu National
Reserve, Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park.
Starting at $5,649. Departures from March 21, 2015 through March 19,
10) South Africa & Victoria Falls
9 days with Abercrombie & Kent
Begins in Cape Town and ends in Johannesburg with visits to the Cape
of Good Hope Nature Reserve, the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Victoria
Falls. Starting at $6,295. Departures from January 8 through December 3,
Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-291-3346.
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