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Newsletter Dated June 29, 2015

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Today, I'm pleased to present these terrific deals from Holland America, Carnival, MSC, P&O and Ponant. They include shipboard credits, which are as good as cash on the ship and can be used toward onboard purchases not covered in the cruise fare, like boutique purchases and spa treatments.

Holland America is offering our customers fantastic discounts, with savings of up to 85%. As a bonus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $250 per cabin on most upcoming sailings. Past guests may see better rates on select sailings. Book by July 7. Click here for dates and prices.

Carnival is offering our customers markdowns of up to 86% on a wide range of departures through next spring. Past guests may see better rates on select sailings. Click here for dates and prices.

MSC is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts -- save up to 71% -- on a wide variety of last-minute 2015 cruises. In addition, book a 2016 Caribbean cruise on the MSC Divina and receive the following extras: a shipboard credit of $100 per inside cabin, a shipboard credit of $100 and a beverage credit of $100 per oceanview cabin; a shipboard credit of $300 and a beverage credit of $100 per balcony cabin; and a shipboard credit of $400 plus an all-inclusive beverage package and dinner for two in a specialty restaurant per suite. Click here for dates and prices.

P&O Cruises, the most popular cruise line in Britain, is offering our customers last-minute discounts on select sailings, of up to 53%. Click here for dates and prices.

Ponant is offering our customers reduced rates on a variety of upcoming cruises. Plus, book any voyage departing before March 1, 2016, and receive a $200 shipboard credit per cabin. Click here for dates and prices.

As always, these offers are for new bookings only and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply.



Ten ships from eight different cruise lines currently are scheduled to embark on their maiden voyages between October 2015 and January 2017. Eight are new-builds, and one is an existing ship that will be refurbished and renamed.

As is always the case when new ships hit the market, all of this new inventory will ensure a continuing supply of deep discounts -- on virtually all ships -- for Vacations To Go customers, especially those who can wait to book within 90 days of departure.

Below are some highlights of each ship. I've included links to more information, departure dates and discounts. If you are interested in being among the first passengers to sail on any of these vessels, I recommend calling us as soon as possible. The early sailings of any new-build are generally in very high demand.

Norwegian Escape (4,200 passengers)
Norwegian

The 163,000-ton Norwegian Escape will be Norwegian's largest ship to date. It will boast the same creative features as its two latest vessels, the Breakaway and the Getaway, as well as new spaces, such as Jimmy Buffett's first Margaritaville at sea. Also on board: the biggest ropes course at sea, with 99 different elements to challenge guests. There also will be a kid-size course for young guests who want to test their skills.

The 5-star Escape will include the line's ship-within-a-ship concept, The Haven, comprised of 95 suites and a private restaurant, lounge, pool and sundeck. Also planned are a section of studio cabins for solo travelers and accommodations ideal for families and multigenerational groups.

The Norwegian Escape debuts October 29, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Viking Sea (930 passengers)
Viking Cruises

This 5.5-star ship will sport a modern Scandinavian design and be outfitted with two pools (including one cantilevered off the stern), a two-deck Explorer's Lounge at the bow and a Nordic-inspired spa (here, guests can go from the sauna to the "snow grotto," where snowflakes drift down from the ceiling through the chilled air). A theater will host enrichment lectures.

Restaurants will include alfresco dining and Manfredi's for Tuscan fare. All cabins will have verandas. Itineraries have been designed to maximize time in port, with the ship often staying until late evening or overnight.

The Viking Sea debuts April 3, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Koningsdam (2,650 passengers)
Holland America

The 5-star Koningsdam is the first vessel in Holland America's new Pinnacle Class. Standout features will include the Digital Workshop, offering small-group sessions in high-tech topics, and the Culinary Arts Center, where plasma video screens display the details of cooking classes.

Club HAL will entertain young cruisers ages 3 to 17; teens also have their own hangouts in The Loft and The Oasis. The Greenhouse Spa & Salon will invite guests to unwind amid thermal pools and heated ceramic loungers. Favorite Holland America dining spots, like the elegant Pinnacle Grill and Asian-inspired Tamarind, will be found on board, too. A dozen single cabins will be among stateroom choices.

The Koningsdam debuts April 8, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Ovation of the Seas (4,905 passengers)
Royal Caribbean

The 5-star Ovation of the Seas is the third vessel in Royal Caribbean's Quantum class, joining Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas. Unique features on board include RipCord by iFly, a simulated skydiving experience; the North Star, a glass-enclosed capsule at the end of a mechanical arm that lifts occupants more than 300 feet above the sea; and the Bionic Bar, where two robotic bartenders can shake or stir your favorite cocktail.

Other appealing features include interior staterooms that provide virtual views of real-time scenery on floor-to-ceiling HD screens, the no-kids Solarium retreat and roller skating and bumper cars at the SeaPlex.

The Ovation of the Seas debuts April 17, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Sirena (684 passengers)
Oceania

Oceania will acquire the Ocean Princess from Princess Cruises and give it a $40 million refurbishment at a shipyard in Marseille, France. Next year, it will launch as the 5.5-star Sirena and provide the destination-rich itineraries and casually elegant, country-club ambience that Oceania is known for, with a staff of 400 to care for 684 guests.

It will sport four open-seating restaurants (including Oceania's signature Toscana and Polo Grill), eight lounges and bars and a Canyon Ranch SpaClub. About 70 percent of the staterooms will sport private balconies.

The Sirena debuts April 27, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Carnival Vista (4,980 passengers)
Carnival

Carnival's largest ship will debut with some brand-new seagoing features, such as the first IMAX theater on a cruise ship, the line's first onboard brewery and the Kaleid-O-Slide, where you can jump into a one- or two-person inflatable raft for a twisting, turning trip down a waterslide. At the SkyRide, passengers can pedal hanging recumbent bikes along a track suspended 150 feet above the ocean.

New staterooms will be rolled out on the 4.5-star ship. Havana Cabanas will have patios -- complete with hammocks and lounge chairs -- that face the Deck 5 promenade. Family Harbor cabins accommodating up to five people will be situated in a dedicated family zone that has its own lounge stocked with big-screen TVs and games; it also will serve daily breakfast and snacks.

The Carnival Vista debuts May 1, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Harmony of the Seas (5,200 passengers)
Royal Caribbean

The 5-star Harmony of the Seas will be the third of the Oasis-class ships. Like sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, it will boast seven unique neighborhoods, such as Central Park (planted with live trees and plants) and the Royal Promenade (an interior boulevard flanked by eateries, lounges and shops).

Passengers can take on the challenges of the FlowRider surf simulators, 43-foot-high rock-climbing walls and a zipline that's nine decks up in the air. If it's relaxation you seek, check out the yoga classes, the treatments at the Vitality Spa, the no-kids haven of the Solarium and the 10 whirlpools, two of which overlook the ocean.

The Harmony of the Seas debuts May 29, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Seven Seas Explorer (750 passengers)
Regent

Regent calls the 6-star Seven Seas Explorer the "world's most luxurious ship." Guests can expect king-size beds and high-quality linens, large bathrooms and spacious verandas -- the line reports that these will be the largest balconies in the industry. Accommodations range from 307-square-foot Veranda Suites to the stunning 3,875-square-foot, two-bedroom Regent Suite, which will boast an in-suite spa retreat with sauna, two ceramic heated loungers and treatment area.

Specialty restaurants include the Paris-inspired Chartreuse, Prime 7 steakhouse and the Pan-Asian Pacific Rim; the ship also will have the line's first culinary instruction center. The Constellation Theater will evoke the golden age of Hollywood, while the Observation Lounge will pay tribute to the Roaring '20s.

The Seven Seas Explorer debuts July 20, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Seabourn Encore (604 passengers)
Seabourn

The Seabourn Square will be the social hub of the 6-star Seabourn Encore, encompassing a library, sitting area, computer center and European-style coffee bar. The spa will have a fully equipped gym, personal trainers, steam and sauna rooms and a full range of treatments. The Club will be the spot for music, dancing and entertainment, and a marina at the stern will provide complimentary kayaks, pedal boats and windsurfers.

Famed chef Thomas Keller -- the culinary force behind three Michelin-starred restaurants, and someone who has developed an array of dishes for the cruise line -- will introduce his new, seagoing signature restaurant to the Seabourn Encore. In addition, the Patio Grill will provide casual poolside dining and The Restaurant will serve as the main fine-dining venue. All of the ship's staterooms will have verandas.

The Seabourn Encore debuts January 7, 2017. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Viking Sky (930 passengers)
Viking Cruises

Rated 5.5-stars, the Viking Sky offers state-of-the art amenities as well as comfortable accommodations that all boast private verandas. Carefully designed with guest experience in mind, this ship offers two pools, including a glass-backed Infinity Pool, a theater that will host full-length films as well as enrichment talks, and a two-story panoramic Explorer's Lounge - the perfect location to relax and enjoy the scenery.

The unique enrichment program onboard provides lectures from experts in history, music, art and cuisine, carefully selected to enhance each itinerary.

The Viking Sky debuts February 25, 2017. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.



Here are today's Top 10 Cruises, brand-new specials from the world's best cruise lines. Click the FastDeal # for details.

1) Caribbean, 7 nights on Carnival, departs San Juan Sep 6, starting at $399, save 77%, FastDeal # 14621

2) Alaska, 7 nights on Princess, departs Anchorage Aug 8, starting at $449, save 79%, FastDeal # 27162

3) Canada/New England, 7 nights on Holland America, departs Quebec City Jul 18, starting at $449, save 73%, FastDeal # 14680

4) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Fort Lauderdale Aug 30, starting at $524, FastDeal # 26405 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

5) Alaska, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Anchorage Aug 21, starting at $499, save 64%, FastDeal # 16293

6) Caribbean, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Miami Aug 22, starting at $699, save 53%, FastDeal # 23443

7) Mediterranean, 9 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Rome Oct 12, starting at $699, save 66%, FastDeal # 26386

8) Bermuda, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Bayonne Aug 23, starting at $819, save 59%, FastDeal # 14366

9) Greek Islands, 11 nights on Croisières de France (CDF) , departs Marseille Sep 26, starting at $818, save 61%, FastDeal # 12436

10) Baltic, 12 nights on Holland America, departs Copenhagen Aug 7, starting at $1,149, save 71%, FastDeal # 30593

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