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Newsletter Dated September 27, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Last Monday, Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas left the Meyer Werft shipyard and made its slow and steady way to the North Sea via the Ems River. Meyer Werft is located inland, in the German city of Papenburg, to shelter its shipbuilding projects from North Sea storms. Since 1795, vessels constructed at Meyer Werft have followed this river route to the ocean. The Quantum, at 168,666 tons, is the largest ship to ever make the trip. For a few hours, it traveled along a channel with only 2 to 3 feet of clearance on either side.

It was a delicate operation, carefully timed to the tides and the weather. Bridges along the river were opened or had parts removed, wind speeds reached no more than 20 knots and tidal barriers were closed to ensure enough depth of water under the hull.

And to make it even more interesting, the ship moved backward (it's easier to maneuver stern-first), with the assistance of two 9,000-horsepower tugboats. At one nerve-wracking moment, the ship squeezed through a railway bridge with only inches to spare.

The Quantum of the Seas now rests in the Dutch seaport of Eemshaven, where it will receive its final touches and undergo sea trials. It launches in November; click here to see departures.

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO



Here are some fantastic offers from Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Pullmantur. They include free shipboard credits, which can be used toward onboard purchases not covered in the cruise fare, like shore excursions, spa treatments, photos and boutique purchases.

Royal Caribbean is offering our customers a limited-time sale on departures, with discounts of up to 76%. Plus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $350 per cabin on nearly every cruise and cruise tour from now through 2016. Book by Wednesday, October 1. Click here for dates and prices.

Seabourn is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to 85%. In addition, select voyages qualify for shipboard credits of up to $750 per cabin. The upfront rate of a Seabourn cruise includes open bars throughout the ship, fine wines at lunch and dinner and gratuities. Click here for dates and prices.

Pullmantur is offering our customers rates reduced by up to 71%. Plus, this is your last chance to book before the line changes its all-inclusive pricing policy. Rates that include all carbonated beverages, water, juice and coffee, and most alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and liquor, will only be offered for select Caribbean and South American voyages booked by October 2 and select European sailings booked by October 19. Click here for dates and prices.

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



There are many incredible cruise deals out there right now, and Vacations To Go customers are seeing some of the best values in years. Many cruise lovers are using these low rates as an opportunity to trade up in the level of accommodations, from inside to ocean-view, ocean-view to balcony, or balcony to suite. It's quite possible to enjoy the extra space and luxury of a suite at the same price you might have paid in the past for a balcony or even a non-balcony ocean-view -- on the same ship.

Here are a few great deals on suites that are available as I write this newsletter:

A 4-night Caribbean cruise with Princess, departing from Fort Lauderdale on November 6; suites starting from $399 per person -- FastDeal #16816

A 5-night Bahamas and Caribbean cruise with Princess, departing from Fort Lauderdale on November 3; suites starting from $399 per person -- FastDeal #25556

A 7-night Caribbean cruise with Norwegian, departing from Miami on December 7; suites starting from $599 per person -- FastDeal #25457

A 5-night Caribbean cruise with Carnival, departing Tampa on November 15, suites starting from $609 per person -- FastDeal #29054

A 5-night Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean, departing Fort Lauderdale on November 17; suites starting from $675 per person -- FastDeal #30700

A 7-night Caribbean cruise with Norwegian, departing Houston on October 18; suites starting from $689 per person -- FastDeal #26192

Suite size and amenities -- and other perks that come with them -- vary quite a bit from suite to suite and ship to ship.

For example, guests staying in Carnival's Cloud 9 Spa Suites have private access to the ship's spa area and also have priority when making spa appointments.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers a complex of Villas and Suites called The Haven with access to a private sundeck with a pool, hot tub and fitness area. Guests in these suites also receive 24-hour butler and concierge service, priority boarding of tenders in ports of call and priority embarkation and disembarkation.

In Celebrity's Penthouse Suites, you'll find a baby grand piano, a private veranda with whirlpool and a guest bathroom.

The Presidential Family Suites on Royal Caribbean accommodate up to 14 passengers in four bedrooms. There also are four bathrooms. The balcony has a whirlpool, wet bar and dining area.

Royal Caribbean's AquaTheater Suites on the Oasis-class ships feature wraparound balconies that overlook the Boardwalk "neighborhood" and the unique AquaTheater. Each also has an outdoor dining area and bar.

Guests in the Penthouse Suites aboard Crystal enjoy in-suite afternoon tea service and pre-dinner cocktails and canapés. They also can opt to have meals from the specialty restaurants served course by course in their suite, which has dining and living areas separated from the bedroom.

Passengers staying in Neptune Suites and Pinnacle Suites on Holland America receive exclusive access to the Neptune Lounge, equipped with a large-screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and concierge service.

Princess Suites have upgraded balcony furniture and bath amenities and a walk-in closet. Guests can enjoy priority disembarkation at tender ports, complimentary laundry service, nightly delivery of canapés and an extended room service menu.

The Penthouse Spa Suites aboard Seabourn's three 450-guest ships offer unlimited access to the spa's Serene Area (with heated lounges and steam baths) as well as in-suite spa products and a minibar stocked with fruit juices, flavored waters and healthy snacks.

The starting suite price appearing on our site will be the rate for the least expensive suite still available on that sailing, which in some cases may be a mini-suite or junior suite. These smaller suites may not include all of the extra services and amenities available to guests staying in larger suites.

However, we offer the lowest price you'll find on every category of suite, and our cruise counselors can check availability and provide a price and list of amenities and perks for any type of suite that interests you.

Please note that there are only a few suites in the top categories on each ship, and they are frequently among the first staterooms on the ship to sell out.

For a look at the very best deals on suites during the next 90 days, with discounts of 60% or more, click here.

For a list of outstanding bargains on balcony cabins in the next 90 days, with discounts of 60% or more, 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 Nov 16, starting at $219, save 88%, FastDeal # 12919

2) Bahamas, 4 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Oct 27, starting at $179, save 59%, FastDeal # 25913

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Fort Lauderdale Dec 14, starting at $449, save 70%, FastDeal # 25202

4) Mediterranean, 10 nights on Norwegian, departs Rome Nov 12, starting at $419, save 78%, FastDeal # 26016

5) Caribbean, 7 nights on Princess, departs Houston Nov 30, starting at $399, save 75%, FastDeal # 24286

6) Mexico, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Los Angeles Nov 15, starting at $559, save 68%, FastDeal # 38440

7) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Nov 2, starting at $409, save 64%, FastDeal # 20603

8) Australia/New Zealand, 8 nights on Celebrity, departs Sydney Oct 22, starting at $579, save 66%, FastDeal # 14847

9) Bermuda, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Boston Oct 24, starting at $649, save 64%, FastDeal # 20552

10) South America, 14 nights on Holland America, departs Buenos Aires Nov 10, starting at $999, save 78%, FastDeal # 20285

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.

To send a copy of this newsletter to a friend or friends, click here.

Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go


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