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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I'm pleased to present some money-saving offers that we've negotiated with Celebrity, Norwegian, Seabourn, Disney and MSC. They include free 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 spa treatments, shore excursions and bar purchases.

Celebrity is offering our customers these two fantastic deals, which must be booked by February 28:

Save up to 80%, plus receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $325 per cabin on 2018 Caribbean sailings and a variety of other departures. In addition, book an ocean-view or balcony cabin on select sailings and choose two of the following perks: 1) an additional shipboard credit of up to $300 per cabin, 2) free gratuities, 3) a free beverage package including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages or 4) unlimited Internet. Suites get all four perks. See dates and prices.

Vacations To Go customers also can receive an exclusive additional discount of up to $2,000 per cabin on top of our already fantastic deals -- up to 81% off -- on Celebrity's small-ship expedition cruises of the Galapagos Islands, a wildlife sanctuary 600 miles west of Ecuador. See dates and prices.
 
Norwegian has reduced rates by up to 84% for our customers. Also receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $390 per cabin on all 2018 cruises and cruise tours, including Caribbean voyages on the Norwegian Getaway, select four-night sailings to Cuba and a variety of departures from New York. Book an ocean-view cabin or higher on select sailings and choose two of the following amenities: 1) a beverage package for two, 2) a specialty dining package that includes up to four meals for two guests, 3) 250 minutes of Internet or 4) a shore excursion credit of $50 per cabin, per port. Book by February 19. See dates and prices.
 
Seabourn is offering our customers big discounts -- save up to 86% off its six-star cruises. Also receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $400 per cabin on select sailings as well as a 50% reduced deposit. The upfront price of a Seabourn cruise includes open bars, fine wines at lunch and dinner and gratuities. See dates and prices.
 
Vacations To Go is offering our customers exclusive discounts of up to $1,000 per cabin on Disney cruises across the fleet, plus pay a 50% reduced deposit on select sailings. Book by February 15. See dates and prices.
 
MSC has reduced rates by up to 75% for Vacations To Go, plus kids age 11 and under cruise free on select voyages. Certain departures also qualify for shipboard credits of up to $150 per cabin. See dates and prices.

As always, these offers are for new bookings only and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Past guests of some cruise lines may see better rates on select sailings.



One of the hottest trends in travel is taking the entire family to sea. I'm not talking about just the immediate family -- cruise ships have been the best vacation venue for parents with kids since the first megaliners launched more than 20 years ago with video arcades, designated kids areas, planned activities and youth counselors.

No, I'm talking about the mother of all family get-togethers, the multigenerational, extended-family reunion. With grandma and grandpa, aunts and uncles, adult children, college students on breaks, teens, pre-teens and toddlers -- even in-laws.

Far-flung relations from different states or countries, running the gamut of tastes, interests and physical capabilities, are finding vacations at sea are just the ticket to a great reunion.

I've arranged three of these reunions for my own extended family over the years, and I have fond memories of them all. On our first trip, when my son was only 2 years old, we all met in Miami for a sun-and-fun cruise to the warm Caribbean. A few years later, we reconvened in beautiful Vancouver for a more active and adventurous Alaska Inside Passage cruise. And several years after that, we explored the history, culture, architecture and food of great European cities on a cruise of the Mediterranean.

For that third trip, I coordinated our flights so that we all connected in the Atlanta airport and flew together to the departure port in Barcelona, making the trip less stressful for those in our group who had never been to Europe.

When I recall these trips, I vividly remember how stress-free they were. Unlike the classic out-of-town reunion, no one is the "host" and no single person is responsible for keeping everyone happy and entertained. The list of possibilities for fun and excitement is far greater on a cruise than anywhere else.

If a floating family reunion is on your horizon, here are some things to keep in mind.

First, if you will need eight or more cabins, you may qualify for a "group" discount. Most cruise lines require at least eight double-occupancy cabins for this rate, but occasionally the requirement drops to as low as five cabins, especially on six-star, luxury lines.

Second, we recommend you book early in order to qualify for group discounts and to be assured that there will be space for your entire group. Most cruise lines offer group rates starting a year or more prior to departure.

Third, cruise groups often qualify for special perks or freebies. These can include a cocktail party, bon voyage gifts or shipboard credit, which can be used for anything on board -- from souvenirs and specialty dinners to spa treatments and shore excursions. As an added bonus, families also can reserve onboard space for private gatherings.

Finally, if your group books at least eight double-occupancy cabins through our Group Department, one member of your group will cruise for free (this does not include air or port charges).

To read about lines that offer kids-only facilities and activities -- and find your perfect family getaway at the best price -- click here.

And when you're ready to book your cruise, we have a Group Department that specializes in bookings of five or more cabins. They are experts in handling family reunions, church and civic groups, alumni associations, business conferences and seminars at sea. To speak to someone in our Group Department, call 800-514-9986.



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 Celebrity, departs San Juan Apr 14, starting at $499, save 64%, FastDeal # 26045

2) Bahamas, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs New York May 5, starting at $499, save 70%, FastDeal # 36270

3) Transatlantic, 14 nights on Princess, departs Fort Lauderdale Apr 3, starting at $616, save 53%, FastDeal # 34299

4) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Galveston Mar 4, starting at $629, save 57%, FastDeal # 32212

5) Mediterranean, 8 nights on Azamara Club Cruises, departs Lisbon Apr 20, starting at $1,699, save 63%, FastDeal # 15770

6) Alaska, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Anchorage May 18, starting at $599, FastDeal # 19105 (Celebrity does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

7) Bermuda, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Boston Apr 27, starting at $599, save 40%, FastDeal # 29304

8) South America, 7 nights on Ponant, departs Montevideo Mar 15, oceanview starting at $1,640, FastDeal # 21331 (Ponant does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

9) Caribbean, 10 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Miami Apr 26, oceanview starting at $1,699, save 76%, FastDeal # 10240

10) Tahiti/French Polynesia, 7 nights on Windstar, departs Papeete Mar 1, oceanview starting at $1,999, save 64%, FastDeal # 12517

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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