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Newsletter Dated December 5, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Let's start today's newsletter with some great money-saving offers that we've negotiated with Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Cunard, Seabourn and Azamara. In addition to deep discounts, they include free cabin upgrades and shipboard credits, which are as good as cash on the ship and can be used toward onboard purchases not covered in the cruise fare, such as shore excursions and spa treatments.

Royal Caribbean is offering our customers huge discounts -- save up to 85% -- plus kids 12 and under sail free on a variety of upcoming voyages. Also receive shipboard credits of up to $100 per cabin. Book by January 4. See dates and prices.

Holland America has reduced rates by up to 85% for Vacations To Go. In addition, get free upgrades within cabin category and shipboard credits of up to $600 per cabin on select departures. Book a suite and also receive free gratuities. Past guests may see better rates on select sailings. See dates and prices.

Cunard has this great offer for our customers: Get a free upgrade from an inside cabin to a balcony cabin on select sailings, pay a reduced 50% deposit and receive a shipboard credit of up to $500 per cabin on select sailings. Past guests also receive free gratuities. See dates and prices.

Seabourn has reduced its six-star cruises by up to 85% for Vacations To Go customers. On select sailings, get shipboard credits of up to $1,000 per cabin and pay a reduced 50% deposit. The upfront price of a Seabourn vacation includes open bars, fine wines at lunch and dinner and gratuities. Book by December 20. See dates and prices.

Azamara is offering our customers savings of up to 77%. Also enjoy shipboard credits of $500 per cabin on nearly every sailing. Book by December 19. See dates and prices.

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



Carnival's newest and largest ship, the Carnival Vista, arrived at its new home port of Miami last week. The vessel will sail year-round Caribbean itineraries of six to eight nights to destinations like Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman, Curacao and St. Kitts. We offer these departures at discounts of up to 77% -- click here for dates and rates.

Among the features of the Carnival Vista are the first IMAX theater at sea, an onboard brewery and Family Harbor cabins that accommodate up to five people.



American Queen Steamboat Company will launch a new all-suite ship on the Mississippi River and other heartland waterways next year. Carrying 166 passengers, the American Duchess will be the most intimate vessel in the fleet.

It joins the 432-guest American Queen, which also sails the Mississippi, and the 237-passenger American Empress, which embarks on Columbia and Snake river voyages in the Pacific Northwest.

Our customers can take advantage of savings on all ships with this offer: Save $100 to $800 per couple ($50 to $400 per person) when you book and pay in full by December 31.

Click here to see all departures from the line.

The ships of American Queen Steamboat Company resemble classic 19th-century steamboats but boast all the comforts of contemporary cruising. Rates include complimentary wine and beer at dinner and bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees throughout the trip.

In February, the American Queen will cruise three music-themed itineraries of four to eight nights, round trip from New Orleans. Depending on the departure, they call at destinations like Baton Rouge, Natchez and the Oak Alley and Nottoway plantations in Louisiana.

Accommodations on the American Duchess include 550-square-foot Loft Suites that feature dining and lounging areas, a bathroom and balcony downstairs, and a bedroom and second bath on the upper level. Itineraries include a Mark Twain tribute, Chicago blues cruises and round-trip holiday voyages from Nashville.



Princess Cruises will pay a $40 million fine after pleading guilty to federal charges of illegally discharging oil-contaminated water into the ocean and then covering it up. According to federal prosecutors, it's the largest penalty for a case of this kind.

As part of the plea agreement, 78 ships across eight brands of parent company Carnival Corp. will submit to a five-year environmental compliance program.

The case came to the attention of authorities in 2013, when a ship's engineer aboard the Caribbean Princess alerted investigators that oily bilge waste was being dumped off the coast of Great Britain. It was later learned that the illegal practice had been taking place aboard the ship since 2005, and officers and crew conspired to cover it up. Similar activity was discovered on four other Princess ships.

"We are extremely disappointed about the inexcusable actions of our employees who violated our policies and environmental law," said Princess in a statement last week. "Although we had policies and procedures in place, it became apparent they were not fully effective. We are very sorry that this happened and have taken additional steps to ensure we meet or exceed all environmental requirements."



Holland America has won an Alyeska Award from the Alaska Tourism Industry Association for its new Denali Square complex at the entrance of Denali National Park. The award is presented to a business or organization for outstanding contributions to the state's travel industry.

Denali Square is the dining, entertainment and retail hub of 60-acre McKinley Chalet Resort, where guests stay on Holland America's Alaska cruise tours.

For a full list of prices and dates, click any month:

May cruise tours in Alaska
June cruise tours in Alaska
July cruise tours in Alaska
August cruise tours in Alaska
September cruise tours in Alaska



If you're thinking of taking a cruise and traveling solo, you probably already know that cruise lines charge an extra fee for an individual booking a cabin intended for two. Typically, the cruise line starts with the per-person rate based on double occupancy and adds 50% to 100% to the price for a single traveler -- the dreaded single supplement.

The good news? Vacations To Go has found or negotiated low or no single supplements on hundreds of prime cruise departures. These great solo deals are updated daily and listed on our site. Click here to see our Singles Discounts ticker now.



I have scanned all the sailings in the next 90 days, and listed below are all the deepest discounts according to type of cabin.

Inside Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering inside cabins for at least 65% off.

Oceanview Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering oceanview cabins for at least 65% off.

Balcony Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering balcony cabins for at least 60% off.

Suites

Click here to see all sailings offering suites for at least 55% off.



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 Feb 12, starting at $479, save 62%, FastDeal # 13069

2) Middle East, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Dubai Feb 13, starting at $399, FastDeal # 33586 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs New Orleans Jan 29, starting at $479, save 75%, FastDeal # 21408

4) Mexico, 7 nights on Princess, departs Los Angeles Feb 11, starting at $549, save 68%, FastDeal # 22997

5) Caribbean, 11 nights on Azamara Club Cruises, departs Miami Mar 10, starting at $1,999, save 67%, FastDeal # 13478

6) Bahamas, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs New York Feb 26, starting at $479, save 75%, FastDeal # 21504

7) Mediterranean, 7 nights on Costa Cruises, departs Rome Feb 9, starting at $449, save 65%, FastDeal # 37782

8) Caribbean, 7 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Miami Feb 18, balcony starting at $2,099, save 69%, FastDeal # 13561

9) Norway, 14 nights on Cruise & Maritime Voyages, departs Amsterdam Mar 13, starting at $1,459, save 71%, FastDeal # 13794

10) South America, 14 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Miami Mar 7, starting at $2,899, save 74%, FastDeal # 14244

For the best last-minute cruise specials in the next 90 days, please visit our world-famous 90-Day Ticker.
To search for discounts of up to 82% on cruises departing more than 90 days from now, click here.

To save up to 40% with escorted and independent tours, 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.

Once you've found a FASTDEAL, call us toll free at 800-338-4962 (US and Canada) and a cruise counselor will attend to your needs. Customers from the UK, please call toll free 0-800-098-8546. All other international customers, please email or call us at +1-713-974-2121.

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

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go


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