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River Cruise Newsletter Dated October 21, 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.

From Caribbean cruises on megaships to river cruises along the Danube, Mississippi and Mekong, and from escorted tours of Italy and Ireland to tropical all-inclusive resorts, 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.



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 AmaPrima 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 AmaPura. Explore the region's culture through onboard presentations like a traditional Burmese puppet show, and enjoy Asian-inspired treatments in the spa.

The new 124-guest AmaDara 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 Glühwein.

To see all offers and departures from AmaWaterways, click here.



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.

Click here for itineraries, dates and deeply discounted rates for all Norwegian ships.



Explore one of America's historic treasures, the Mississippi River, on a round-trip cruise from New Orleans with the American Queen Steamboat Company.

The river cruise operator is offering Vacations To Go customers 2-for-1 deals on two departures of Old-Fashioned Holidays, sailing December 13 and December 20: Companion cruises for free in certain cabin categories when you book and pay in full by October 31.

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 complimentary anytime.

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.

Click here to see all riverboat vacations with American Queen Steamboat Company.



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, such as Italian Sampler, Bavarian Highlights and 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 and flights.

Click here for all Globus deals and departures.

The Globus family includes three other brands. Monograms provides independent vacations around the world, with access to an expert Local Host in each destination. Cosmos designs budget-priced tours with more free time built into the schedule. Avalon Waterways 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, click here.



Celebrity Cruises 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 customers exclusive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin on all remaining 2014 cruises, based on availability.

Or, 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. Click here 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, click here.



"Destination Immersion" is the philosophy of Azamara Club Cruises, 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 cruises.

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 Scottish estate.

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.

Click here to see all dates and prices for Azamara Club Cruises.



Windstar Cruises was just named the world's best small-ship cruise line in the Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers' 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.

Click here to view our discounted Windstar departures.



Rocky Mountaineer, 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 beverages.

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 Coastal Passage 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.

Click here to view all of our Rocky Mountaineer rail getaways.



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 beaches.

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 islet.

Click here to view all departures and savings from Paul Gauguin Cruises.



In addition to its worldwide cruise operations, Royal Caribbean offers 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 National Park.



Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Old-Fashioned Holidays, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in New Orleans with stops in Oak Alley, St. Francisville and Baton Rouge. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,549. Departs December 20, 2014.

2) Romantic Rhine Valley and Holland (Tulip Time), 6 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Strasbourg and ends in Amsterdam with stops in Rudesheim, Cologne and Dusseldorf. Receive free shore excursions. Starting at $1,175. Departs March 28, 29 & 30 and April 1 & 3, 2015.

3) The Winding Seine Valley, 7 days with CroisiEurope. Begins in Paris and ends in Honfleur with stops in Les Andelys, Rouen and Caudebec. Receive free shore excursions. Starting at $1,490. Departs April 9 and May 1, 2015.

4) Glittering Danube, 5 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Begins and ends in Passau with stop in Kelheim, Nuremberg and Regensburg. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $1,649. Departs December 14 & 18, 2014.

5) Rhine Metropolises, 6 days with A-ROSA Cruises. Begins and ends in Cologne with stops in Antwerp, Amsterdam and Dusseldorf. Receive a free €350 (euros) onboard credit per couple. Starting at $1,865. Departures from March 28 through October 10, 2015.

6) Tulip Time Cruise, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Amsterdam with stops in Ghent, Antwerp and Maastricht. Save $1,300 per couple. Starting at $2,349. Departures from March 31 through May 1, 2015.

7) Paris to Normandy's Landing Beaches, 8 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Caudebec, Rouen and Conflans. Save $1,300 per couple. Starting at $2,449. Departures from March 24 through May 2, 2015.

8) Elvis, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Memphis and ends in New Orleans with stops in Vicksburg, Natchez and Baton Rouge. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $2,549. Departs December 6, 2014.

9) 14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague, 14 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Prague with stops in Vienna, Passau and Regensburg. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $2,599. Departures from May 21 through November 12, 2015.

10) Southern Culture, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins and ends in New Orleans with stops in Oak Alley, St. Francisville and Natchez. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $2,699. Departs February 28 and March 7, 2015.

11) Blue Danube Discovery, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins in Budapest and ends in Nuremberg with stops in Bratislava, Vienna and Passau. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,699. Departs November 3, 18 & 19, 2014.

12) Christmas on the Rhine, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Save 20% to 40%. Starting at $2,799. Departures from November 24 through December 28, 2014.

13) Bordeaux, Vineyards & Chateaux, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Bordeaux with stops in Bergerac, Saint-Emilion and Cadillac. Save $1,500 to $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $2,899. Departs March 15, 22 & 29 and April 5, 2015.

14) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Vernon, Caudebec and Les Andelys. Save $500 to $1,500 per couple off balcony staterooms. Starting at $3,199. Departures from April 9 through October 29, 2015.

15) Enchanting Danube, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins in Passau and ends in Budapest with stops in Linz, Melk and Vienna. Save $1,500 to $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,199. Departs April 5 & 19, 2015.

16) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris with stops in Vernon, Rouen and Honfleur. Save $1,500 to $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,249. Departs March 15, 22 & 29 and April 5, 2015.

17) Danube Waltz, 8 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Passau with stops in Vienna, Melk and Salzburg. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $3,349. Departures from March 22 through April 26, 2015.

18) Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Venice with stops in Padua, Bologna and Verona. Save $1,500 to $2,500 per couple off the air-inclusive price. Starting at $3,399. Departures from April 5 through May 17, 2015.

19) Portugal's River of Gold, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto with stops in Regua, Barca d'Alva and Salamanca. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $5,349. Departures from March 20 through April 28, 2015.

20) Imperial Jewels of China, 13 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Beijing and Shanghai with visits to the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the Three Gorges Dam. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $5,449. Departures from May 5 through August 25, 2015.

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