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Newsletter Dated December 22, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

On behalf of the more than 750 employees at Vacations To Go, I'd like to start by wishing you a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season. Please note that our office will close early on Christmas Eve and will remain closed on Christmas Day.

If you are fortunate enough to be cruising this week, you might want to check out my personal tribute to Clement Clarke Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, so you'll know just what to expect.

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO



We've negotiated the following money-saving offers with Carnival, Oceania, Regent and Pullmantur. 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 -- you can use them for spa treatments and shore excursions, for example.

Carnival is offering Vacations To Go customers deep discounts of up to 87% in the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico. Past guests may see discounted rates on select sailings. Click here for dates and prices.

Oceania is offering our customers discounts of up to 76% off and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $1,550 per cabin. As a bonus, select voyages also qualify for free gratuities and free Internet. Click here for dates and prices.

Regent is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to 70% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $1,500 per cabin on applicable departures. Receive free unlimited shore excursions, free prepaid gratuities, free unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits and, on select sailings, free unlimited Internet (valued at $30 a day). Customers paying with American Express Platinum or Centurion cards can receive an additional $300 to $500 shipboard credit per cabin. Click here for dates and prices.

Pullmantur, which serves a Spanish-speaking clientele, is offering our customers discounts of up to 73% in a variety of cruising regions. Click here for dates and prices.

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



If you're looking for a post-holidays escape, it's not too late to book a great deal on a tropical cruise in January. Here are a few examples from our world-famous 90-Day Ticker, the industry's only comprehensive list of last-minute markdowns.

A 4-night cruise from Port Canaveral to Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas starts at $169 per person -- save 81%! Departs January 11 (FastDeal #38666).

A 7-night cruise from Houston to Cozumel, Belize City and the Banana Coast of Honduras starts at $269 per person -- save 81%! Departs January 24 (FastDeal #26228).

A 5-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Bahamian beaches starts at $199 per person -- save 87%! Departs January 12 (FastDeal #18490).



Last week I wrote about the Norwegian Escape in my roundup of upcoming new ships. Norwegian has since released a few more details about the 4,200-passenger vessel, which is scheduled to debut in October 2015.

Norwegian's largest ship will have the biggest ropes course at sea, with 99 different elements to challenge guests. Among obstacles are two planks -- 6-inch-wide beams that protrude 8 feet from the side of the ship. There also will be a kid-size course for young guests who want to test their skills.

The Aqua Park will have four multistory water slides, including the all-new Aqua Racer, a tandem ride where two people can race side by side down twisting tubes. The children's Aqua Park will be expanded, with a climbing structure, tube slide, water cannons, a rope bridge and other watery fun.

Also in the works: the line's first dedicated nursery for children age 2 and under and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles miniature golf course.

The Norwegian Escape will cruise the Caribbean from Miami. For dates and discounted prices, click here.



Eight Carnival ships are scheduled to visit the new Caribbean port of Amber Cove during its first season, starting in October. Tucked into the north shore of the Dominican Republic, near Puerto Plata, Amber Cove will offer beaches, snorkeling, scuba diving, horseback riding, coffee plantation visits and much more.

The first vessel to call at Amber Cove will be the Carnival Victory, which will spend the day there during a five-night sailing leaving Miami on October 3. Click here for details.

Amber Cove will have two berths to receive visiting cruise ships. Architecture will reflect the region's colonial history, with shops, a crafts market, restaurants and bars set around cobblestone plazas. It's near the Ocean World marine adventure park, and passengers also can opt to go into Puerto Plata to shop its art galleries, visit rum and cigar factories or walk along the beachfront promenade.

To view all Carnival departures that will visit Amber Cove, with discounts of up to 75%, click here.



More news from Carnival -- our customers who love the "Fun Ship" vibe of its ships will be happy to learn that the line plans to offer more long voyages of 10 to 14 nights in 2015-2016, primarily in the Caribbean. Departures are available from Galveston, Miami, New Orleans, San Juan and more.

Click here to see all Carnival voyages of 10 to 14 nights.



Icy Strait Point, featured on many Alaska itineraries, will build a 400-foot pier to accommodate cruise ships. Currently, arriving cruise passengers must take a tender ashore. Construction of the dock is expected to be completed by next August.

Icy Strait Point is on Chichagof Island toward the northern end of the Inside Passage. Among its attractions are walks through old-growth forests, kayaking in coastal waters, fishing excursions and a 5,330-foot zipline (said to be the world's longest). Nearby Hoonah is home to a large Tlingit community that hosts cultural performances.

To view all Alaska cruises that call at Icy Strait Point, click here.



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 Miami Jan 24, starting at $319, save 82%, FastDeal # 16693

2) Mexico/Central America, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Tampa Jan 10, starting at $329, save 73%, FastDeal # 13698

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Holland America, departs Fort Lauderdale Jan 25, starting at $499, save 57%, FastDeal # 14023

4) Australia/New Zealand, 9 nights on Celebrity, departs Sydney Jan 18, oceanview starting at $999, save 64%, FastDeal # 22034

5) Hawaii, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Honolulu Jan 10, starting at $1,049, save 74%, FastDeal # 10462

6) Mexico, 7 nights on Princess, departs Los Angeles Feb 28, starting at $449, save 74%, FastDeal # 23285

7) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs San Juan Feb 8, starting at $547, save 60%, FastDeal # 37838

8) South America, 12 nights on Azamara Club Cruises, departs Rio de Janeiro Feb 7, starting at $1,799, save 80%, FastDeal # 12698

9) Tahiti/French Polynesia, 10 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Papeete Mar 15, starting at $2,849, save 72%, FastDeal # 19940

10) Caribbean, 7 nights on Ponant Yacht Cruises, departs St. Martin Mar 14, oceanview starting at $4,380, save 26%, FastDeal # 21097

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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