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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

This week, I'm pleased to present a fantastic Veterans Day Sale with terrific offers that we've arranged with five cruise lines: Princess, Cunard, Holland America, Seabourn and Carnival. Below you'll find special deals for sailings in Alaska, Europe, the Caribbean and more.

In addition to deep discounts, these offers may include free amenities or 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 shore excursions and spa treatments. Please note that some rates on our site may not be eligible for free amenities or shipboard credits.

And to all veterans, we thank you for your service.

Princess is offering our customers huge discounts -- save up to 60% with special pricing on select sailings. Plus, receive shipboard credits of up to $485 per cabin on select cruises. Book by November 16. See dates and prices.

Princess provides exceptional service and intimate public spaces on ships that carry 670 to 3,000-plus passengers. Onboard offerings include wine tastings, yoga and tai chi classes and the Discovery at Sea program, which includes stargazing experiences and talks by destination experts.

Cunard has reduced rates by up to 66% for Vacations To Go customers, plus get shipboard credits of up to $1,000 per cabin and prepaid gratuities for two on select departures. Suites also receive beverages. Book by November 16. See dates and prices.

Cunard recalls the glamour of the golden age of ocean travel, with white-glove service and well-appointed staterooms. Passengers enjoy world-class spas, a variety of restaurants and lounges and the award-winning Cunard Insights enrichment program with notable guest lecturers.

Holland America is offering our customers special discounts on certain departures, for savings of up to 75%. Also receive shipboard credits of up to $600 per cabin on select sailings, and free gratuities on applicable European departures. Book by November 17. See dates and prices.

Holland America boasts 146 years of seafaring heritage, and its elegant, midsize ships travel to nearly 100 countries. You'll find gracious service, fine cuisine and enrichment programs such as hands-on cooking classes developed by America's Test Kitchen and activities curated by BBC Earth.

Seabourn has provided big discounts and exclusive pricing on select last-minute voyages -- save up to 76%. In addition, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $1,750 per cabin on a variety of sailings in 2020. See dates and prices.

Seabourn is a luxury line with a fleet of yacht-like ships that call at lesser-known ports and harbors. They provide spacious, ocean-view suites (many with balconies), casually elegant atmospheres and retractable marinas for complimentary water sports like kayaking. The upfront rate includes fine wines, premium spirits and gratuities.

Carnival is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts, for savings of up to 84%. See dates and prices.

Carnival delivers fun-filled vacations at a terrific value. Its ships offer day-to-night activities: There are deck parties, comedy clubs, water parks, mini-golf courses and sports courts, as well as children's programs, no-kids Serenity decks, fitness centers and spas.

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



I receive several hundred cruise-related questions every week from my readers, so today I'd like to share a few inquiries and answers.

Q: My husband and I want to take a Mediterranean cruise next year to celebrate our 10th anniversary. It will be our first trip to Europe. Can you help us plan a special onboard celebration with the cruise line?

A: Yes! When you book your cruise with us, your travel counselor will gladly note anything you might want to celebrate during the voyage, and they'll find out what the cruise line can offer to recognize your special occasion.

Click here to learn more about our Mediterranean cruises. Or, use our Custom Search tool to search for voyages by departure date, departure city, length of sailing, cruise line and more. Happy anniversary!



Q: What is the best way to find last-minute deals at your site?

A: If you're flexible on ship and travel dates, check out our world-famous 90-Day Ticker. It is by far the most popular page at VacationsToGo.com. Here, you'll find all the very best, last-minute bargains, with discounts of up to 82%.

We've been publishing this list since 1984, when our company opened its doors and we first convinced cruise lines that they should take whatever they could get for an unsold cabin rather than let it sail empty. We are the best in the world at locating last-minute cruise deals and frequently sell them out before other travel agencies even hear about them.



Q: What do I do if something urgent comes up before or during my cruise?

A: Your Vacations To Go travel counselor is ready to address any issues that may arise as you plan and enjoy your vacation. They will remain your personal Vacations To Go contact from when you make your booking until you return home, and hopefully for your future trips, too.

You will receive detailed contact information for your counselor so that they can respond to all questions or concerns. If your counselor is unavailable when you contact us, their voicemail or email reply will include instructions about whom to speak with in their absence. It's our top priority to look after you when you need us!



Q: Are cruise booking deposits refundable?

A: There has been a general move away from refundable deposits. They may still apply in some cases, but the policies vary depending on the cruise line and the specific fare you choose, as well as how far in advance you make the booking. When you make your travel plans with us, your travel counselor will be sure to verify whether or not your deposit is refundable, and confirm any applicable cancellation deadlines.



Q: How do cruise ships get their ratings?

A: Ship ratings are based on industry standards for onboard amenities, the level of service (room steward, waiters, reception desk, etc.), food quality and presentation and the condition of the vessel's accommodations and public areas. But there are other important factors as well, such as the feedback and surveys from returning customers who've traveled on a ship and the personal experience of our more than 800 employees.

Our ratings range from 1 to 6 stars, with 6 stars representing exceptional quality in every way. As a general rule, we do not represent or recommend any ship rated less than 3 stars.

You can see all of our ship ratings by clicking 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, 10 nights on Holland America, departs Fort Lauderdale Nov 24, starting at $439, save 71%, FastDeal # 15032

2) Bahamas, 4 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs Port Canaveral Dec 2, starting at $249, save 60%, FastDeal # 28942

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on MSC Cruises, departs Miami Jan 18, starting at $469, save 66%, FastDeal # 31983

4) Australia & New Zealand, 10 nights on Norwegian, departs Sydney Dec 1, starting at $319, save 61%, FastDeal # 11285

5) Caribbean, 7 nights on Carnival, departs Galveston Jan 25, starting at $489, save 81%, FastDeal # 40621

6) Mexico, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs Los Angeles Dec 1, starting at $499, save 56%, FastDeal # 12354

7) Caribbean, 7 nights on Celebrity, departs San Juan Dec 14, starting at $499, save 62%, FastDeal # 31118

8) Mediterranean, 7 nights on MSC Cruises, departs Rome Feb 2, starting at $509, save 50%, FastDeal # 26723

9) Asia, 14 nights on Celebrity, departs Hong Kong Jan 4, starting at $649, save 75%, FastDeal # 32399

10) Tahiti & South Pacific Islands, 7 nights on Paul Gauguin Cruises, departs Papeete Jan 4, oceanview starting at $2,845, save 58%, FastDeal # 11920

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 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.

If you enjoy our newsletter, please forward this email to family and friends.

Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Executive Chairman
Vacations To Go



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