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Newsletter Dated December 15, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

We're about two weeks away from the start of the cruise industry's "wave season," the time of year when cruise inquiries and bookings peak. Wave season lasts from January 2 to March 31, and here at ground level, it gets a little crazy, with our phones ringing nonstop seven days a week.

It's an abrupt change from the last two weeks of December -- the slowest two weeks of the year for the industry, in terms of new calls -- and a welcome one. Vacations To Go will have more than 600 cruise counselors standing by to help you on January 2.

Of course, they're also standing by to help you now, in case you want to call ahead of the rush!

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO

Today, I'm pleased to present these terrific deals from Celebrity, Norwegian, Cunard, Azamara and Cruise & Maritime Voyages. 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.

Celebrity is offering our customers savings of up to 70%. Book an ocean-view cabin or higher on select sailings and choose one of the following: 1) free drinks, including alcoholic beverages, 2) free gratuities or 3) a shipboard credit of up to $500 per cabin. Select European sailings qualify for two of the three offers. Book a Concierge Class balcony cabin or higher on any applicable itinerary and get all three amenities. Book by January 4. Click here for dates and prices.

Norwegian is offering Vacations To Go customers markdowns of up to 80%. In addition, book ocean-view, balcony or suite accommodations on most upcoming departures and select one of the following offers: shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin, the Ultimate Beverage Package (valued at $54 per person per day) or the Ultimate Dining Package, which includes unlimited dining at most specialty restaurants. Book a Hawaii cruise and receive both the shipboard credits and the dining package. Or, book a European voyage and pick any two of the three amenities. Click here for dates and prices.

Cunard is offering our customers free gratuities and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $1,000 per cabin on eligible departures. Past guests may see discounted rates on select sailings. Click here for dates and prices.

Azamara is offering Vacations To go customers fantastic discounts -- save up to 80%. Plus, get an exclusive shipboard credit of up to $1,500 per cabin. Book by December 22. Click here for dates and prices.

Cruise & Maritime Voyages is offering our customers fares reduced by up to 81% in the British Isles, Norway and more. Click here for dates and prices.

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

Eleven ships from eight different cruise lines currently are scheduled to embark on their maiden voyages between January 2015 and June 2016. Eight are new-builds, and three are existing ships 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.

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

This 5-star Quantum-class ship will have Family-Connected Staterooms that combine three different room categories to create a layout with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. Certain inside cabins provide virtual views of real-time scenery, and Studio Staterooms -- some with balconies -- have been designed for single travelers.

RipCord by iFly will offer a simulated skydiving experience, while the North Star will lift occupants more than 300 feet above the ocean for all-around views. The Solarium will provide a no-kids retreat, and the Vitality Spa will supply a range of health, beauty and relaxation rituals. For active pursuits, head to the SeaPlex, where roller skating, basketball and bumper cars will be on the agenda.

The Anthem of the Seas debuts April 22, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Norwegian Escape (4,200 passengers)
Norwegian Cruise Line

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.

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.

Koningsdam (2,650 passengers)
Holland America Line

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 finer 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.

The Koningsdam debuts February 20, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Britannia (3,647 passengers)
P&O Cruises

The new 5-star Britannia will be the largest ship ever built for the British market. Among accommodations are 27 single cabins, many with balconies. Amenities include four pools, a fitness center, a children's club and a teens-only deck area. The Oasis Spa will offer health and wellness classes, a hydrotherapy pool and a private villa with a whirlpool for exclusive pampering.

There will be 13 eateries, including an Indian restaurant from a Michelin-starred chef. Create your own culinary masterpieces in the onboard kitchen classroom, take in the views from the Crow's Nest lounge or sample the Champagne afternoon tea.

The Britannia debuts March 28, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Viking Star, Viking Sea and Viking Sky (928 passengers)
Viking Cruises

These 5.5-star ships will sport a modern Scandinavian design and be outfitted with two pools, a two-deck Explorer's Lounge at the bow and a Nordic-inspired spa. A theater will host enrichment lectures, while the piano bar will offer a cozy gathering place.

Restaurants will include outdoor eateries, the Chef's Table for a more intimate dining experience and the Italian Grill. All cabins will have verandas. Itineraries have been designed to maximize time in port, with the ship often staying until late evening or overnight. Cruise fares include shore excursions, WiFi and beer and wine with lunch and dinner.

The Viking Star debuts April 11, 2015 (the first few sailings have sold out). For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

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

The Viking Sky debuts June 24, 2016. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Le Lyrial (264 passengers)

This sleek, 5.5-star ship from French line Ponant will have contemporary interiors done in blues, grays and white. On board, guests will find two restaurants, several bars and lounges, a spa, a gym and a theater for lectures, live shows and movies.

Passengers can expect a relaxed and casually elegant onboard atmosphere. Le Lyrial will specialize in off-the-beaten-path itineraries to less-traveled ports; it spends its first season in the Mediterranean.

Le Lyrial debuts May 9, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Star Breeze and Star Legend (212 passengers)
Windstar Cruises

Windstar acquired three all-suite ships from Seabourn, with plans to refurbish and rebrand the vessels. The first of the 5.5-star ships to debut under the Windstar name was the Star Pride, which launched in May. The Star Breeze and Star Legend will follow next year.

Guests will find many of Windstar's signature experiences, like on-deck barbecues and an open-bridge policy. Passengers can be pampered in the WindSpa or use the complimentary water sports equipment of the onboard marina. Restaurants range from the alfresco Sky Bar & Grill to fine dining at AmphorA.

The Star Breeze debuts May 6, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

The Star Legend debuts May 25, 2015. For ship info, click here. For dates and prices, click here.

Azores (550 passengers)
Cruise & Maritime Voyages

This 3.5-star ship was rebuilt in 2013 and will sail in Europe for British line Cruise & Maritime Voyages. It sports a classic look, with a black hull and a promenade deck that circles the ship. Onboard activities also will lean toward the traditional: join deck games, see a cabaret act in the Calypso Show Lounge or read by the pool.

For meals, passengers can choose the main dining room or the buffet restaurant, which will have outdoor seating. Cruises of five or more nights will feature guest lecturers, and a program called "An Audience With ..." will invite cruisers to engage in casual Q&As with speakers and performers. Passengers on this ship must be age 16 or older.

The Azores debuts January 26, 2015. 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 Miami Jan 4, starting at $309, save 83%, FastDeal # 19671

2) Mexico, 7 nights on Princess, departs Los Angeles Feb 21, starting at $449, save 74%, FastDeal # 23283

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Miami Jan 4, starting at $379, save 79%, FastDeal # 25465

4) Panama Canal, 10 nights on Holland America, departs Fort Lauderdale Jan 2, oceanview starting at $599, save 70%, FastDeal # 21941

5) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Mar 22, starting at $529, save 63%, FastDeal # 37912

6) Hawaii, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Honolulu Jan 10, starting at $1,099, save 73%, FastDeal # 10462

7) Asia, 14 nights on Celebrity, departs Singapore Mar 22, starting at $1,199, FastDeal # 18400 (Celebrity does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

8) Mexico/Central America, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Galveston Jan 25, starting at $415, save 67%, FastDeal # 38456

9) Tahiti/French Polynesia, 10 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Papeete Jan 4, starting at $2,349, save 76%, FastDeal # 19844

10) Caribbean, 7 nights on Silversea, departs San Juan Feb 27, suite starting at $3,250, FastDeal # 21949 (Silversea does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

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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.

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Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go