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Tour Newsletter Dated October 17, 2016

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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In addition to being the largest seller of oceangoing cruises, Vacations To Go is the world's leading seller of river cruises. We also are among the top sellers of escorted tours and tropical resort vacations. If you browse our sites, you'll find travel options for every interest and budget.

From Caribbean cruises on megaliners to river cruises along the Rhine and Mississippi, and from escorted tours of Italy and Ireland to 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 throughout the travel industry, leaders in their segments, along with special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers.

Some of the cruise offers below 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 shore excursions.

Just click any link for more information.

American Queen Steamboat Company, whose elegant paddle wheelers sail multiday voyages on the Mississippi River and its tributaries as well as the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest, is now accepting reservations for its latest ship, the all-suite American Duchess. The smallest and most intimate vessel in the fleet, it will carry 166 passengers and begin cruising the Mississippi and other heartland waterways in summer 2017.

Like the 432-guest American Queen and the 237-guest American Empress, the American Duchess will resemble a classic 19th-century steamboat but boast all the comforts of contemporary cruising.

Every vacation with American Queen Steamboat Company includes complimentary wine and beer at dinner and bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees throughout the cruise. Meals feature regional specialties and locally sourced ingredients -- enjoy Gulf snapper, Dungeness crab, beignets and bananas Foster French toast, for example. The onboard dress code is "country club casual," and formal wear is not required.

Here are some money-saving offers from the company for our customers:

Save $800 to $1,800 per couple ($400 to $900 per person) off 2016 holiday cruises in certain cabin categories.

Save $100 to $800 per couple ($50 to $400 per person) off 2017 sailings.

Click here to see all deals and departures from American Queen Steamboat Company.

Norwegian Cruise Line emphasizes freedom and flexibility on board, where passengers can enjoy a relaxed vacation on some of the industry's most contemporary ships. For example, at dinnertime, guests eat when they want and with whom they want -- there are no fixed dining times or assigned seating.

Norwegian has reduced rates by up to 91% for Vacations To Go. Book an ocean-view cabin or higher on select sailings and choose two of the following free amenities: a beverage package for two, a specialty dining package that includes up to four meals for two guests, 250 minutes of Internet or prepaid gratuities. See dates and prices.

The line's newest ship and its largest to date is the 4,200-guest Norwegian Escape. Unwind in Jimmy Buffett's first Margaritaville at sea or catch a Broadway-style production of "After Midnight," a tribute to the Jazz Age. Stroll the Waterfront, an oceanfront promenade lined by restaurants and bars, or take on the challenging three-story ropes course in the Sports Complex.

The Norwegian Escape and several other vessels in the fleet feature The Haven, a top-of-ship section of accommodations with a private sundeck, pool and hot tub as well as 24-hour butler service.

Norwegian's itineraries range from three-night Bahamas jaunts to cruises of a month or more that meander through several sailing regions. Those looking for weeklong getaways will find plenty of options in the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, Bahamas and Mediterranean.

Click here for departures and dates for all Norwegian ships.

With more than 140 years of maritime tradition, Holland America Line offers classic cruising in destinations worldwide. Its 14 premium ships -- all of which sport the line's signature navy blue hull and teak wraparound decks -- are known for impeccable service and intriguing onboard programs.

Here's a great money-saving offer from Holland America for our customers: Save up to 89% and receive shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin. On Alaska cruise tours, also pay a reduced deposit and get a free beverage package and a dinner for two in the Pinnacle Grill specialty restaurant. Those who book suites also receive prepaid gratuities for two and a $200 Internet credit. Past guests may see discounted rates on select sailings. See dates and prices.

Holland America has partnered with BBC Earth to bring nature-based programs on board, like movie screenings and Q&A sessions hosted by filmmakers. The Culinary Arts Center schedules cooking demonstrations, while the Digital Workshop offers small-group instruction on high-tech topics.

Holland America's ocean liners sail to the glaciers of Alaska, transit the Panama Canal and visit destinations in Europe, Asia, Australia and more. They head to the warm sun and clear waters of the Caribbean, where most cruises include a day at Half Moon Cay, Holland America's private island.

The newest ship in the fleet, Koningsdam, launched in Europe in April. Next month, it will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for Caribbean sailings.

Click here to learn more about Holland America's ships and itineraries.

World-class cuisine, attentive service and unique itineraries have won many repeat guests for Oceania Cruises. The line's midsize ships visit more than 365 ports worldwide and pamper guests in an elegant, country club ambience at sea.

Oceania has six ships that carry either 684 or 1,258 guests; the latest, Sirena, debuted this spring. Onboard life is unhurried and 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 Marina and Riviera are home to Jacques, featuring dishes by master chef Jacques Pepin, who is the line's executive culinary director.

Oceania specializes in destination-rich itineraries, often scheduling overnight visits and port stays into the late evening. Its unique shore excursions -- like a collection of Culinary Discovery Tours -- delve into the culture and history of the sailing region.

Oceania is offering our customers huge discounts of up to 82% and shipboard credits of up to $1,000 per cabin. Plus, enjoy free unlimited Internet and your choice of either free drinks, an additional shipboard credit of up to $800 per cabin or up to four free shore excursions on select sailings. See dates and prices.

For more information about Oceania and its fleet, click here.

Providing superb service, gourmet fare and well-appointed staterooms, Crystal Cruises has won many "world's best" awards for its luxury vacations. Its two ocean liners, the 1,080-guest Crystal Serenity and 922-guest Crystal Symphony, offer multiple dining venues, full-service spas, supervised children's activities and enrichment programs that bring foreign diplomats, historians, authors, chefs and others on board for lectures.

It also has a yacht, the 62-passenger Crystal Esprit, which cruises warm-water itineraries in the Seychelles, Mediterranean and Middle East. This boutique ship has its own two-passenger submarine and a water-sports platform for snorkeling, kayaking, jet skiing and more.

Crystal is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts of up to 70% and shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin. On select departures, choose one of the following amenities: an additional discount of up to $1,000 per cabin, an air credit of up to $1,500 per cabin or an additional shipboard credit of up to $2,000 per cabin. Book by October 31. See dates and prices.

To see all of Crystal's oceangoing itineraries, click here.

This year, the company debuted its signature six-star experience on the rivers of Europe. Crystal River Cruises began its first Danube River sailings in July aboard the 160-passenger refurbished Crystal Mozart. The company is building four more ships that carry 110 travelers, and these will debut in 2017 and 2018 on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. To take advantage of Crystal's 2-for-1 offer on its European river cruises, click here.

All Crystal vacations include gratuities, fine wines, Champagne, premium spirits and nonalcoholic beverages in the upfront rate. River cruises also include butler service, airport transfers on embarkation and disembarkation days and a choice of complimentary shore excursions at every stop.

Star Clippers offers travelers an authentic sailing experience aboard its masted tall ships, the 227-passenger Royal Clipper and 170-passenger Star Clipper and Star Flyer. With billowing white sails, they operate under wind power whenever possible. Guests are invited to help raise the sails, visit the bridge and climb the mast to the Crow's Nest for spectacular views.

Vacations To Go customers can take advantage of this fantastic offer from Star Clippers: Save up to 65% and also receive a shipboard credit of $150 per cabin, free gratuities and a one-category cabin upgrade. Book by October 31. See dates and prices.

While they are modeled after famed 19th-century clipper ships, these mega-yachts provide an easygoing atmosphere designed to please contemporary cruisers. Relax at the Tropical Bar, hear a great story at the captain's daily briefing or join a navigation class -- a nod to the company's sailing heritage.

Star Clipper ships visit ports that larger cruise ships bypass, like Norman Island, a Caribbean haven for snorkeling, and Ponza, an Italian gem where pastel homes and an attractive harbor are tucked against volcanic cliffs.

The Royal Clipper and Star Flyer cruise the Caribbean in winter and spring and the Mediterranean in summer and fall. The Star Clipper will spend 2017 in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages offers leisurely cruises with a British accent. It has three vessels that carry 550 to 800 guests and two larger ones that accommodate 1,250 and 1,400 travelers. They operate as kids-free ships.

The fleet primarily sails in the British Isles, Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Canary Islands. Most cruises begin in British cities like London, Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Irish capital, Dublin.

Its small and midsize ships are accessible to unique ports of call like the Scottish town of Ullapool, where whitewashed cottages line the harbor; Seydisfjordur, a fishing village at the head of a long Icelandic fjord; and Honfleur, a picturesque harbor town in northern France.

You'll find a traditional cruising experience on board, with afternoon teas, dining in the main restaurant or at the buffet, a gym and pool, evening shows and late-night cabarets. The line schedules guest speakers and arts and crafts classes on trips of five nights or more.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is offering our customers savings of up to 77% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $3,000 per cabin on a variety of departures. Book by November 15. See dates and prices.

Click here to learn more about the ships and itineraries of Cruise & Maritime Voyages.

See Alaska's top sights by land and sea on a Celebrity cruise tour. These trips combine an ocean voyage through the Inside Passage and along the Gulf of Alaska with a multiday land tour that explores inland destinations in Alaska or Canada. The land portion includes your hotel accommodations, transportation and some guided sightseeing.

In Alaska, spend time in Denali National Park, Fairbanks or the Alyeska Resort in the Chugach Mountains. Or head to stunning locales in the Canadian Rockies, like Jasper and Banff national parks.

Celebrity's cruise tours last nine to 19 nights (the 19-night version incorporates land touring in both Alaska and Canada). Departures are available from Seattle, Vancouver, Anchorage and Fairbanks.

Our customers can save up to 57% on Celebrity's Alaska cruise tours. Book an ocean-view cabin or higher on sailings in 2017 and choose one of the following perks: 1) a shipboard credit of up to $500 per cabin, 2) free gratuities, 3) a free Classic Beverage Package that includes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages or 4) unlimited Internet. Book a suite and get all four perks. See dates and prices.

The all-inclusive properties of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts are located on beautiful, sandy beaches in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Each resort is known for great food, attentive and friendly service and a wide variety of activities.

An IBEROSTAR vacation is easy to budget, as the upfront rate includes accommodations, all meals and beverages, nonmotorized water sports and extensive recreation and entertainment options.

Take advantage of complimentary sea kayaks and snorkeling gear, indulge in spa treatments, play a round of golf or lounge by large, sparkling pools. Kids can play in children's clubs and splash parks. You'll find a variety of on-site dining options, from casual alfresco restaurants and buffets to venues that specialize in Japanese or Italian fare.

Pay reduced rates at most IBEROSTAR Resorts when you book by October 31. This offer is valid for stays of three nights or more between November 1, 2016, and April 15, 2017. The discounts are factored into the rates provided when you use the Find A Deal quote tool on our website.

If you prefer a no-kids setting for your escape, check out the IBEROSTAR Grand Resorts, which offer luxurious, all-suite accommodations and personalized butler and concierge service.

Here are this week's Top 15 Tours. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Easy Pace Italy, 11 days with Insight. Begins in Rome and ends in Venice. Save up to 10%. Starting at $2,565. Departures from April 8 through October 14, 2017.

2) Jewels of France, 8 days with CostSaver by Trafalgar. Begins and ends in Paris. Receive a $500 per couple air credit. Starting at $1,195. Departures from April 1 through October 7, 2017.

3) Irish Highlights, 7 days with Brendan. Begins and ends in Dublin. Save up to 10%. Starting at $1,255. Departures from April 9 through October 22, 2017.

4) Prague, Vienna and Budapest, 10 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Prague and ends in Budapest. Save up to 10%. Starting at $1,733. Departures from April 14 through October 20, 2017.

5) The Best of Spain, 9 days with Globus. Begins in Madrid and ends in Barcelona. Save 10%. Starting at $1,869. Departures from March 4 through October 28, 2017.

6) Heart of Wales and England, 8 days with CIE Tours. Begins in London and ends in Windsor. Save $280 per couple. Starting at $1,948. Departures from April 8 through October 14, 2017.

7) Enchanting Canyonlands, 7 days with Insight. Begins in Phoenix and ends in Las Vegas. Save up to 10%. Starting at $2,093. Departures from January 21 through October 21, 2017.

8) Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park, 7 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Calgary. Starting at $2,349. Departures from June 23 through September 2, 2017.

9) The Classic Spring Voyage Roundtrip, 12 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Bergen. Save up to 25%. Starting at $2,396. Departures from April 1 through May 31, 2017.

10) Majestic Alaska, 8 days with Trafalgar. Begins in Fairbanks and ends in Anchorage. Save up to 10%. Starting at $2,498. Departures from May 15 through September 4, 2017.

11) The Plains of Africa, 14 days with Collette. Begins and ends in Nairobi. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $4,419. Departures from January 19 through April 27, 2017.

12) 12 Day Galapagos Experience Cruise, 12 days with Celebrity. Begins and ends in Quito. Starting at $5,899. Departures from November 4, 2016 through December 21, 2018.

13) Splendors of Italy, 15 days with Uniworld. Begins in Milan and ends in Rome. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $6,449. Departures from March 31 through November 3, 2017.

14) The Frozen Land of the Penguins, 13 days with Hurtigruten. Begins and ends in Ushuaia. Save up to 25%. Starting at $8,970. Departs November 15, 2017 and January 2 & 14, 2018.

15) Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent, 11 days with Quark. Begins and ends in Buenos Aires. Save $3,000 to $7,000 per couple. Starting at $10,595. Departs December 3 & 21 and March 5, 2017.

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-680-2858. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

For savings of up to 82% on ocean cruises, click here.
For river cruises up to 50% off, click here.
For discounts of up to 50% at hotels and all-inclusive resorts, click here.
For the lowest rates on Africa safaris from budget to luxury in quality, click here.

Please email me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@tourvacationstogo.com and I will respond the same day.

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Alan Fox
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