River Cruise Newsletter Dated April 16, 2018
Dear Vacations To Go Customer,
In addition to being the largest seller of
Vacations To Go is the world's leading seller of
We also are among the top sellers of
tropical resort vacations.
If you browse our sites, you'll find travel options for every interest
on amenity-filled ships to river cruises along the
and from escorted tours of
safaris in Tanzania,
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 for oceangoing cruises and escorted tours, along with
special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers.
Some of the cruise 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 sailing, like spa treatments and
The specials below are for new bookings only and subject to
availability. Restrictions may apply. Past guests of some cruise lines
may see better rates on select sailings.
Just click any link for more information.
specializes in guided vacations worldwide, and the
upfront price of its trips include VIP entry to top sights, carefully
selected accommodations, the expertise of an accompanying Travel
Director and transportation aboard a luxury, air-conditioned
Our early booking offers from Trafalgar provide fantastic savings. They
must be booked by April 26
Save 10% to 15%
off select departures in Europe, the U.S., Asia and South America when
you book and pay in full.
Plus, save $300 per couple ($150 per person) off the air-inclusive price
South America vacations
when you book and pay in full.
Save with early payment discounts
on trips to destinations worldwide -- prices shown reflect discounts of
up to 5%.
Each Trafalgar vacation incorporates the company's signature Insider
Experiences: Be My Guest dining with local residents, Cultural Insights
that introduce you to the people and traditions, and encounters with
Local Specialists who reveal more about your destination.
Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle
for example, overnight at the regal estate that once belonged to the
Guinness brewing dynasty. During
Trafalgar guests learn how olive oil is made at the Morillo family's
hacienda in the Andalusian countryside before having dinner at the
to see all Trafalgar departures and deals.
Norwegian Cruise Line
, known for its fleet of innovative ships,
takes delivery of its 16th ocean liner this week in Bremerhaven,
Germany. The 4,004-passenger Norwegian Bliss soon will cross the
Atlantic to begin its inaugural tour in the U.S. and embark on a summer
season of Alaska cruising from Seattle.
The 5-star ship will have a laser tag course, aqua park and racetrack
where silent electric cars reach speeds of 30 mph. Relax in the Mandara
Spa or the observation lounge with 180-degree views, and head to the
Bliss Theater to catch the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys."
Norwegian has a fantastic offer for our customers on voyages across the
fleet: Save up to 83% and receive shipboard credits of up to $430 per
cabin. Book an ocean-view cabin or higher on select sailings and choose
two of the following: 1) a beverage package for two, 2) a specialty
dining package for up to four meals for two guests, 3) 250 Internet
minutes or 4) a shore excursion credit of $50 per cabin, per port.
Book by April 30.
See dates and prices
Several vessels, including the Bliss, feature The Haven, a top-of-ship
section with the line's most well-appointed suites. Haven guests receive
exclusive perks like 24-hour butler service, a private pool and priority
embarkation and disembarkation.
Norwegian's itineraries also showcase the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii,
Bermuda, Europe and more. Explore a new cruise destination, Cuba, on
trips from Miami and Port Canaveral.
to view Norwegian's ships and departures.
With more than 140 years of maritime tradition, Holland America
offers classic cruising aboard its elegant ships, which are
recognized by their signature midnight blue hulls. On board, you'll find
a high level of personal service, an array of restaurants and lounges, a
spa, fitness center and much more.
Guests can participate in engaging onboard programs as they cruise from
port to port. The line has partnered with America's Test Kitchen to
offer live cooking shows and hands-on classes, while the Digital
Workshop provides small-group instruction in high-tech topics. Holland
America works with BBC Earth to bring nature-based features like "Alaska
in Concert" on board, combining footage from the "Wild Alaska" TV series
with live music.
Our customers can save up to 77%, plus receive exclusive shipboard
credits of up to $250 per cabin across a variety of sailings. Book by
See dates and prices
Itineraries cover the globe, exploring the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe,
Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, South America and the Panama
The company provides a diverse selection of shore excursions in port.
Seek brown bears in Alaska, spend time at a family farm in the Irish
countryside or join a guided bike ride through Barcelona, for example.
Most Caribbean cruises include a day at Half Moon Cay, the line's
private island, with a pristine beach, surfside cabanas, water sports
and horseback riding.
to learn more about Holland America's ships and itineraries.
is known for its luxury vacations aboard
beautifully appointed ships. The 980-guest Crystal Serenity and
848-guest Crystal Symphony sail worldwide, while a 62-passenger yacht,
the Crystal Esprit, provides a boutique ambience in the Caribbean and
Crystal is offering our customers discounts of up to 72% and exclusive
shipboard credits of up to $2,515 per cabin on select cruises.
Gratuities, fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and nonalcoholic
beverages are included in the rate.
See dates and prices
The Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony have multiple dining venues,
spas and enrichment programs that bring diplomats, historians, chefs and
more on board. Computer University@Sea schedules lessons in digital
video editing and Web page design, while the Creative Learning Institute
presents classes led by specialists in their fields, like tai chi with a
martial arts master.
The Crystal Symphony completed extensive redesigns last year; the
Crystal Serenity will be similarly refurbished this fall.
At 280 feet long, the Crystal Esprit sails to out-of-the-way shores.
It's outfitted with a two-passenger submarine and a water-sports
platform with water skis, Jet Skis and snorkeling equipment. Two
complimentary excursions -- one culturally inspired, one adventurous --
are provided in many ports.
To learn more about Crystal's oceangoing cruises,
The company also offers river sailings in Europe:
Crystal River Cruises
has a fleet of four new all-suite, all-balcony vessels (for 110 guests)
and the 160-passenger Crystal Mozart. They navigate the Danube, Rhine,
Main and Mosel rivers.
Since its launch in 2002, Oceania Cruises
has gained a following
of loyal passengers who tend to book early to ensure their spots on its
ships. In fact, while most of our customers book their cruises 60 to 90
days in advance to secure the best rates, Oceania enthusiasts book an
average of eight months ahead of departure.
They are drawn to the deluxe line's world-class cuisine, personalized
service and destination-rich itineraries. Oceania's midsize ships often
stay in port until late evening, or even overnight in cities such as
Kyoto, Havana and Monte Carlo.
Oceania is offering our customers discounts of up to 82%, plus shipboard
credits of up to $800 per cabin on select
departures. See dates and prices
On ships that carry 684 or 1,258 guests, onboard life is relaxed. Attend
a lecture by a noted historian or former ambassador, or get a massage in
the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Dining venues range from a poolside grill to
the sophisticated Polo Grill steakhouse. The larger Marina and Riviera
are home to Jacques, featuring dishes by Jacques Pepin, the line's
executive culinary director.
Guests can pick up a few kitchen skills of their own in classes at the
Culinary Center aboard Marina and Riviera. In select destinations,
Oceania offers chef-led Culinary Discovery Tours that visit local
markets and restaurants and include cooking demonstrations.
To see Oceania's ships and rates,
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
is one of only four six-star cruise
lines, and it's the most all-inclusive of them all. The upfront fare
includes unlimited shore excursions, gratuities, Wi-Fi, unlimited
beverages including fine wines and premium spirits, in-suite minibars
that are replenished daily, meals at specialty restaurants and 24-hour
room service, with dinners served course by course during restaurant
Regent is offering Vacations To Go customers big discounts of up to 84%
and shipboard credits of up to $1,200 per cabin. When you factor in the
cost of all the included items on a Regent cruise, the price offers an
See dates and prices
The luxury line is known for its impeccable service, enrichment programs
and well-crafted itineraries that call at more than 450 destinations
worldwide. The vessels carry 490 to 750 guests and have pools,
libraries, spas, fitness centers, show lounges and a variety of
restaurants. All accommodations are suites, and almost all have private
Regent just released itineraries for a brand-new ship coming in February
2020, the 750-passenger Seven Seas Splendor. It will reflect the same
luxury and style of its sister ship, the Seven Seas Explorer, which
debuted in 2016.
Regent's itineraries span the globe, from Alaska, the Caribbean and
eastern Canada to Europe, Asia and South America.
to view Regent departures and rates.
Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
merges the adventure of
expedition cruising with high-end ship experiences that provide superb
dining, accommodations and service. The French line offers intriguing
itineraries to all seven continents. Whether you're exploring the
penguin colonies and stunning glaciers of Antarctica, cruising above the
Arctic Circle or snorkeling in the Seychelles, you'll enjoy a casually
elegant onboard setting, French-inspired cuisine and five-star
Our customers can save up to 42% off Ponant's voyages. As a bonus,
receive shipboard credits of $600 per cabin on all departures. Book
by May 16.
See dates and prices
Ponant launches the first ships of its new Explorers class this year. Le
Laperouse and Le Champlain -- and four more ships due in 2019 and 2020
-- will carry 184 passengers.
Guests will be able to immerse themselves in fascinating underwater
worlds in an innovative public space on board called the Blue Eye, a
multisensory lounge that lies beneath the waterline. Portholes allow
guests to take in the views -- you might catch dolphins frolicking in
the bow waves -- while digital screens project scenes filmed by
underwater cameras. High-tech hydrophones placed beneath the keel will
capture the sounds of the ocean.
The sophisticated ships also feature two dining venues, a main lounge,
pool with alfresco bar and theater. Hydraulic platforms with
adjustable heights will allow easier boarding of Zodiacs for
to learn more about the upscale expedition cruises of Ponant.
Cruise aboard a modern-day tall ship with Star Clippers
provides an authentic sailing experience in the Caribbean, Mediterranean
and Asia. With billowing white sails, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper
and 170-passenger Star Clipper and Star Flyer operate under wind power
whenever possible. They call at ports that larger ships can't reach and
provide the amenities and ambience of a private yacht.
Our customers can save up to 75% off a Star Clippers cruise and receive
shipboard credits of $200 per cabin ($100 per person). On certain
voyages, kids ages 3 to 17 sail free in select staterooms with one or
two adults in the same cabin. Finally, solo travelers pay no single
supplement on select Star Clippers sailings.
See dates and prices
The line has announced a new Greek Islands itinerary aboard the Star
Flyer for summer 2019. Called "Mamma Mia Highlights," these weeklong
cruises sail round trip from Athens and feature islands where the movie
and its upcoming sequel were filmed. Explore the picturesque old port of
Skiathos, for example, and climb up to the tiny Agios Ioannis chapel,
perched on a rocky outcrop more than 300 feet above the Aegean Sea in
Skopelos. There are only four departures of this cruise --
for dates and deep discounts.
For more information on the ships and voyages of Star Clippers,
The Alaska cruise tours of Princess Cruises
allow passengers to
go beyond the coast to fully experience the region's scenery, history
and culture. These land and sea vacations range from 10 to 15 nights and
combine an Alaska sailing aboard an amenity-filled ship with touring and
Princess is offering our customers exclusive rates on these vacations --
save up to 55%.
See dates and prices
During the cruise portion, you'll navigate the glacier-filled Inside
Passage and stop at destinations like Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan;
ships also spend time cruising Glacier Bay National Park, where
passengers should be on the lookout for humpback whales, orcas and
The land segments are fully escorted trips with hotel accommodations and
comfortable transportation by rail and motorcoach. They visit such
destinations as Denali National Park and the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska,
and Banff and Jasper national parks in the Canadian Rockies.
Cruise & Maritime Voyages
offers leisurely cruises with a British
accent. It has two vessels that carry 550 and 800 guests and two larger
ones that accommodate 1,250 and 1,400 passengers. They operate as
The line has reduced fares by up to 77% for Vacations To Go customers.
In addition, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $400 per cabin
on most departures. Book by May 31.
See dates and prices
The fleet primarily cruises in the British Isles, Northern Europe and
Mediterranean. It also offers several
which are longer cruises that cross the Atlantic and visit more than one
A 25-night December 17 cruise on the Magellan from Amsterdam stops in
Lisbon and the Canary Islands before sailing across the sea to Caribbean
destinations like Barbados and Antigua, ending in Cozumel. On January 5,
the Columbus begins a 50-night trip in London, heading to the Caribbean
and through the Panama Canal to Acapulco; it then spends time in French
Polynesia and New Zealand before arriving at the dock in Sydney.
You'll find a traditional cruising experience on board, with afternoon
teas, dining in the main restaurant or at the buffet, lounges, bars,
libraries, wellness centers, pools, evening shows and late-night
cabarets. The line also schedules guest speakers and arts and crafts
to view all itineraries with Cruise & Maritime Voyages.
Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises
. All prices are per
person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.
Colors of Provence
8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Arles and Lyon. Save $500
to $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $3,099. Departs July 26, August 2
& 9 and November 15, 2018.
The Romantic Rhine Valley and the Rock of the Lorelei
6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Strasbourg. Save $242
Starting at $1,600. Departures from May 5 through
October 13, 2018.
Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg River Cruise
8 days with Riviera River Cruises. Begins and ends in Cologne. Starting
at $1,639. Departures from May 1, 2018 through October 23, 2019.
Enchantment of Eastern Europe
9 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Bucharest and Budapest.
Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple.
Starting at $2,360. Departures
from May 13 through October 8, 2018.
Lewis and Clark
9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Pittsburgh and
ends in Louisville. Save $800 per couple.
Starting at $2,599.
Departs July 21, 2019.
Wonders of Egypt
10 days with Insight. Begins and ends in Cairo. Save $100 per
Starting at $2,725. Departures from May 20 through December
Through Central Europe and the Balkans - Lake Balaton, the Sava & the Danube
11 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Budapest. Save $580 per
Starting at $2,900. Departs May 20, 2018.
Paris & Normandy
8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris. Save 10%.
Starting at $2,999. Departures from March 24 through November 4,
8 Day Rhine Highlights
8 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Travels between Amsterdam and
Zurich. Save $2,500 per couple.
Starting at $3,595. Departures
from May 2 through October 22, 2018.
Columbia & Snake Rivers
8 days with American Cruise Lines. Travels between Clarkston and
Portland. Save $600 to $1,200 per couple.
Starting at $3,725.
Departures from June 13, 2018 through September 22, 2019.
8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel.
Fly from $299 to $399 per person, plus companion cruises for
Starting at $3,998. Departures from May 1, 2018 through
December 20, 2019.
Rhine & Moselle Delights
11 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Basel and ends in Amsterdam.
Save $500 to $1,000 per couple.
Starting at $3,999. Departs May
30, July 18, October 24 and December 22, 2018.
The Mighty Mississippi
16 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Minneapolis and
ends in New Orleans. Save $1,200 per couple.
Starting at $4,399.
Departs August 11, 2019.
Golden Myanmar & the Alluring Irrawaddy
14 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Yangon. Save $1,000
Starting at $5,419. Departures from September 19 through
December 18, 2018.
Highlights of Vietnam & Cambodia and Mekong Cruise
16 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Hanoi and Siem Reap.
Fly for free from select gateways or save $3,000 per couple.
Starting at $5,695. Departs February 4 and April 1, 15 & 26, 2019.
Wonders of the Danube
8 days with Crystal River Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Linz.
Save $4,100 to $5,280 per couple.
Starting at $5,860. Departures
from March 31 through November 17, 2019.
Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River
13 days with Uniworld. Travels between Lisbon and Madrid. Save
Starting at $5,899. Departures from April 12 through September
15 Day Jewels of Europe
15 days with Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours. Travels between Amsterdam
and Budapest. Save $4,000 per couple.
Starting at $6,395.
Departures from May 9 through November 7, 2018.
14 days with Tauck. Travels between Paris and Nice. Single travelers
pay no supplement in Category 1 cabins.
Starting at $6,590.
Departures from June 6, 2018 through October 14, 2019.
Grand European Tour
15 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and
Budapest. Fly for free from select gateways, plus companion cruises
Starting at $9,598. Departures from May 11, 2018 through
November 6, 2019.
Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-510-4002.
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