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Newsletter Dated July 21, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I'm pleased to announce that Vacations To Go has won the Super Service Award from Angie's List, which collects ratings and reviews on service-oriented companies, including travel agencies. The award "honors excellence" from service providers who maintain superior ratings and reviews on Angie's List throughout the year. It is the highest honor given annually to the top 5% of qualifying businesses.

Finding the lowest price for your vacation while providing the highest level of customer service in the industry is our No. 1 priority, and I'm proud of the 750 dedicated employees who have helped Vacations To Go earn this award.

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO



This week, we've negotiated money-saving offers with Carnival, Seabourn, Azamara and Ponant Yacht Cruises.

They include shipboard credits, which are as good as cash on board and can be used to pay for almost anything not included in the upfront cost of the cruise, including boutique items, spa treatments and shore excursions.

Carnival is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts on sailings through the end of the year -- pay as little as $36 per person, per night. Plus, receive a free two-category upgrade within cabin type on certain departures. Past guests may see additional discounts on select sailings. Book by July 27. Click here for dates and prices.

Seabourn is offering our customers terrific savings of up to 83% on select cruises through 2015, plus certain voyages qualify for reduced deposits and shipboard credits of up to $1,000 per stateroom. Click here for dates and prices.

Azamara is offering our customers discounts of up to 78%, plus receive shipboard credits of up to $600 per cabin on select sailings when you book by July 31. Click here for dates and prices.

Ponant is offering Vacations To Go customers markdowns of up to 75% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin on a variety of upcoming voyages. Click here for dates and prices.

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



American Queen Steamboat Company specializes in overnight sailings along America's most famous rivers. Every cruise includes complimentary wine and beer at dinner, bottled water, soft drinks and specialty coffees throughout the cruise.

The company is offering Vacations To Go customers some fantastic 2-for-1 offers on last-minute departures and holiday sailings when you book by July 31. Click here for dates and prices.

The 432-passenger American Queen sails the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers. The modern-day paddle wheeler is filled with contemporary comforts, yet staterooms and public areas reflect 19th-century elegance.

In the Pacific Northwest, the 237-guest American Empress serves as a floating boutique hotel as guests travel the Columbia and Snake rivers, through a magnificent panorama of rolling hills, soaring mountains, deep canyons and open fields.

You can extend your vacation with a post-cruise city stay in Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, Portland or Spokane. These packages include two hotel nights, two full American breakfasts, transfers and sightseeing tours -- visit Graceland in Memphis, for example, or the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument north of Portland.

Other savings from American Queen Steamboat Company include early booking discounts on 2015 voyages and waived single supplements on last-minute 2014 departures. Click here to see all specials and departures.



New smoking policies: Smoking soon will be banned on stateroom balconies across the fleets of Carnival and Norwegian. For Carnival, the new policy goes into effect on voyages departing October 9 or later. For Norwegian, it starts with sailings on or after November 1.

Smoking in staterooms, most public areas and on guest balconies now is widely prohibited throughout the industry, although many ships have designated smoking zones. Among the major cruise lines, only Holland America, Costa and Seabourn (certain ships and stateroom categories) still allow guests to light up on their verandas.

To see detailed smoking policies for all the cruise lines we represent, click here.



Disney Cruise Line has raised the minimum age for infants sailing aboard its ships. For cruises that start after January 1, 2015, children must be 6 months old on most itineraries. The new minimum age for trans-Atlantic, Hawaiian and Panama Canal itineraries will increase to 1 year of age.

The former minimum age was 12 weeks.

Guests with existing reservations to cruise in 2015 with a child between the ages of 12 weeks and 6 months (or 1 year for the applicable regions mentioned above) still will be permitted to sail. All new bookings must comply with the new age limits.

You can find all Disney departures by clicking here.



New ships: Two major cruise lines have placed orders with shipbuilders. Royal Caribbean announced that it has commissioned a fourth Oasis-class ship from STX France, for delivery in 2018. The news was revealed at the keel-laying ceremony for a third Oasis ship -- due in spring 2016 -- at the builder's shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

The two vessels will join sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

Meanwhile, the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany will build two more 4,200-passenger Breakaway-class ships for Norwegian, with delivery scheduled for 2018 and 2019. These are in addition to two ships ordered earlier by the line, the Norwegian Escape debuting in fall 2015, and an unnamed ship for spring 2017.

You can sample the Breakaway experience on two ships already afloat: the Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway.



Starting in 2015, all Windstar voyages will feature an exclusive, complimentary onshore event for guests. Called "Private Events," the experiences are designed to give passengers a unique introduction to the destination. For example, enjoy dinner under the stars amid the splendid ruins of Ephesus, attend a private Champagne reception at Monaco's Grand Casino or attend a folk dance performance on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Click here to view all Windstar departures and rates.



Vacations To Go is an official corporate sponsor of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGF). Founded by famed gorilla researcher Dian Fossey in 1978, the organization is dedicated to the conservation of critically endangered mountain gorillas and their habitats.

I want to share an article from the latest issue of Vacations magazine, which details the work of the DFGF and its Karisoke Research Center. To read the article in Vacations, click here.

Located in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, the Karisoke research center works to protect 480 mountain gorillas roaming the jungles of East Africa's Virunga Volcano region. Enduring cold and damp conditions, a staff of 70 trackers rescues and rehabilitates injured gorillas and conducts vital research on gorilla behavior and ecology. The DFGF also provides needed jobs, health care and educational programs to local communities.

For more information about what the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is doing to save mountain gorillas -- and how other humans can help -- please visit GorillaFund.org.

For a list of safaris that include gorilla trekking, click here. To read my trip reports from my safari in Rwanda and Uganda, click here.



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 Miami Sep 7, starting at $279, save 84%, FastDeal # 15229

2) Alaska, 7 nights on Princess, departs Vancouver Aug 30, starting at $399, FastDeal # 34155 (Princess does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Galveston Sep 28, starting at $448, FastDeal # 19332 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

4) Australia/New Zealand, 8 nights on Celebrity, departs Sydney Oct 22, starting at $569, save 67%, FastDeal # 14847

5) Caribbean, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Houston Oct 25, starting at $469, save 66%, FastDeal # 26193

6) Canada/New England, 7 nights on Carnival, departs New York Sep 27, starting at $409, save 79%, FastDeal # 15654

7) Bermuda, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Boston Oct 24, starting at $569, save 68%, FastDeal # 20552

8) Transatlantic, 12 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Fort Lauderdale Sep 1, oceanview starting at $799, FastDeal # 15402 (Royal Caribbean does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

9) Alaska, 14 nights on Holland America, departs Vancouver Aug 3, starting at $999, save 59%, FastDeal # 33360

10) Mediterranean, 7 nights on Silversea, departs Athens Aug 4, suite starting at $2,840, FastDeal # 14855 (Silversea does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

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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