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Newsletter Dated February 1, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Let's start today's newsletter with these terrific offers for our customers from Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Regent, Azamara and P&O. They include our signature deep discounts and exclusive shipboard credits that are available only to Vacations To Go customers. These shipboard credits are as good as cash and can be used for onboard purchases not covered in your cruise fare, such as shore excursions and spa treatments.

Royal Caribbean has slashed rates up to 85% for one week only. Plus, our customers receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $400 per cabin on select departures. Book by February 7. See dates and prices.

Holland America is offering our customers huge savings of up to 83% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $750 per cabin on nearly all sailings. Past guests may see better rates on select departures. Book by February 15. See dates and prices.

Regent is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to 74% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $900 per cabin on nearly all voyages, including Alaska cruises on the Seven Seas Mariner. Book by February 15. Regent fares include unlimited shore excursions, gratuities and unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits and, on select sailings, unlimited Internet (valued at $30 a day). See dates and prices.

Azamara is offering our customers discounts of up to 79% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $200 per cabin. For a limited time, prices have been reduced for ocean-view and balcony cabins on select 2016 sailings; also receive unlimited Internet for one device, a $400 shore excursion credit per cabin, a premium beverage package and a wine and cheese platter for two. Book by February 8. See dates and prices.

P&O Cruises, the most popular cruise line in Britain, is offering our customers exclusive shipboard credits of up to $3,200 per cabin on select sailings in the Caribbean and Europe. See dates and prices.

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

Cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe provide a terrific way to explore the continent's many cultures and historic landmarks. Each day of your voyage brings intriguing new sights -- like magnificent Gothic cathedrals, fabled palaces, Old World cities and picturesque harbor towns laced with narrow, cobblestone streets.

We've secured the deepest discounts available for European cruises -- you can save up to 85% on Mediterranean departures, for example.

Today I'll provide some tips to help anyone heading in that direction find a great cruise at a great price. Click any link below for a complete list of options.

Mediterranean cruise itineraries typically range from seven to 14 days and are most numerous from late April through October, though several ships stay in the region year-round. Many sailings visit Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

Below, I've organized our Mediterranean cruises by the most popular departure ports:

Monte Carlo

Due to the cool climate, the cruising season in Northern Europe is short, from May through August. Itineraries generally range from seven to 14 days, and most sail in the Baltic Sea to legendary port cities like St. Petersburg, Stockholm and Copenhagen. There also are cruises that concentrate on the British Isles or the Norwegian Fjords.

Here are the most common departure ports for Baltic cruises:


And below is a list of common departure ports for cruises bound for the British Isles:


Several cruise lines now offer European itineraries with overnight port calls in such destinations as Venice, Barcelona and Stockholm. Below is a list of popular cities -- click any city to see itineraries that feature overnight stays there.

St. Petersburg
St. Tropez

While many of Europe's top cities are easily accessible by cruise ship, other great places such as Seville, Paris, Budapest and Zurich are not. A few cruise lines offer cruise tours that combine a Mediterranean or Northern Europe cruise with a land-based tour. Cruise tours allow you to spend some extra time in a cruise's departure or arrival port or visit some of those terrific inland destinations.

For a complete list of 2016 Europe cruise tours and every discount available, click here.

Unlike the Caribbean and Mexico, where it's generally best to book within 90 days of departure for the best price, Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises should be booked a bit further in advance, especially for the peak June to August period. If you wait until the last minute, you will likely have difficulty finding airline tickets at a good price, or at all.

If you're planning to cruise the Mediterranean or Northern Europe between now and the end of August, or if you hope to take a cruise tour in Europe this year, I recommend booking soon, and no later than the end of March, for the best price and selection. If you are planning to take a Mediterranean cruise that departs after the end of August, and you are flexible about date and ship, I recommend waiting until about 120 days prior to departure to book, as rates for some sailings will drop between now and then and air should not be a problem.

For anyone traveling from North America, I recommend arriving one or two days in advance. This will ensure that you don't miss your ship departure due to airline delays, and it will afford you time to get over jet lag and do some sightseeing before boarding the ship or beginning the tour. Most cruise lines offer pre-cruise hotel packages, which our cruise counselors can arrange.

Additionally, we can assist with airfare in conjunction with any of our Europe cruises or cruise tours through the cruise lines' air/sea programs. In most cases, you'll find that the cruise line's airfare is competitive with, or less than, what you can find on your own -- especially for European trips that begin in one city and end in another.

Here's a list of specialty cruises, discounts and resources we offer. Some are available only to certain types of travelers, and others are available to all Vacations To Go customers. Click the links below for more information:

Age 55+ Rates
EMT Discounts
Firefighter Discounts
Grand Voyages
Hosted Singles Cruises
Interline Rates
Military Rates (U.S. and Canadian)
Past Passenger Rates
Police Discounts
Teachers' Rates
Travelers with Special Needs

Discount programs like these can be issued or withdrawn at any time by the cruise line, and are not normally combinable with one another. Always tell your Vacations To Go cruise counselor if you qualify for a military or interline discount, are a past passenger of the line you are calling about, or if anyone in the cabin will be 55+, so that he or she can make sure to check for any additional discounts to which you may be entitled.

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 May 1, starting at $459, save 61%, FastDeal # 23223

2) South America, 14 nights on Norwegian, departs Buenos Aires Mar 26, starting at $559, save 81%, FastDeal # 22336

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs Miami Feb 20, starting at $599, save 63%, FastDeal # 30095

4) Mexico, 10 nights on Princess, departs Los Angeles Mar 14, starting at $599, save 45%, FastDeal # 34092

5) Australia/New Zealand, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Brisbane Mar 6, starting at $599, save 54%, FastDeal # 17318

6) Bahamas, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Galveston Apr 2, starting at $509, save 71%, FastDeal # 32511

7) Caribbean, 7 nights on Star Clippers, departs Barbados Feb 20, starting at $1,350, save 59%, FastDeal # 16187

8) Mediterranean, 7 nights on Crystal, departs Venice Apr 17, oceanview starting at $1,965, save 68%, FastDeal # 21281

9) Alaska, 10 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs San Francisco May 10, starting at $2,299, save 73%, FastDeal # 18146

10) Northern Europe, 7 nights on Ponant Yacht Cruises, departs Lisbon May 9, oceanview starting at $2,940, save 20%, FastDeal # 10770

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 and I will respond the same day.

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Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go


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