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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter, I'll tell you about some of the innovative dining concepts and celebrity chef-inspired restaurants that cruise lines have introduced aboard their ships.

But first, here are some terrific offers that we've negotiated with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Carnival, Regent, Azamara and Cunard. 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.

Royal Caribbean is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts and newly reduced rates -- save up to 82%. Plus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin on select last-minute Caribbean and Bahamas cruises. Book by October 22. See dates and prices.

Celebrity has slashed rates by up to 78% for our customers. In addition, receive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin when you book an inside, ocean-view or balcony stateroom, plus get up to two of the following perks on select cruises: 1) an additional shipboard credit of $300 per cabin, 2) a free beverage package, which includes a variety of alcoholic or nonalcoholic beverages, 3) free gratuities or 4) free Internet. Book a suite and get shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin and all perks on select departures. Kids age 17 and under cruise free when sharing the same cabin with two adults on eligible sailings. Book by October 31. See dates and prices.

Carnival is offering our customers big savings on select sailings through February 2020 -- save up to 85%. Book by October 14. See dates and prices.

Regent has provided exclusive new discounts on a variety of upcoming voyages, for discounts of up to 86%. Plus, receive shipboard credits of up to $850 per cabin on select cruises. The upfront price of a luxury Regent cruise includes unlimited shore excursions, gratuities, unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits and unlimited Wi-Fi. See dates and prices.

Azamara is offering Vacations To Go customers discounts of up to 83%, with newly reduced, exclusive pricing on select sailings, plus exclusive shipboard credits of up to $500 per cabin on applicable departures. Azamara schedules longer stays and more overnights in port so that guests can experience more of the destination. Rates include gratuities, drinks and, on most cruises, a nighttime shore excursion called "AzAmazing Evening." Book by October 18. See dates and prices.

Cunard has provided discounts of up to 68% for our customers. Also receive shipboard credits of up to $800 per cabin and prepaid gratuities for two on select voyages. Suites also receive free beverages. Book by October 14. See dates and prices.

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.

Cruise lines have enlisted master chefs, Michelin-star winners, culinary television personalities and famed restaurateurs to help them elevate and expand the dining experiences aboard their ships, giving passengers more variety than ever. Here's a look at some of the standout culinary options at sea, from casual fare to fine dining. Certain restaurants may not be found on all ships across a line's fleet, and some incur an additional fee. Your Vacations To Go cruise counselor can tell you if a particular venue is aboard any ship that interests you, and if a surcharge applies.

Princess collaborated with Australian chef and Michelin-star earner Curtis Stone to create "Crafted by Curtis" dishes for the main dining room as well as the six-course menu of SHARE, where you can feast on green curry pork ravioli in lemongrass cream and toffee cheesecake. Los Angeles burger ace Ernesto Uchimura developed the Salty Dog Gastropub menu, which features the Ernesto, a patty of ground ribeye and short rib topped with grilled pork belly, cave-aged gruyere, caramelized kimchi, beer-battered jalapeno and charred onion aioli.

Celebrity has a pair of Michelin-starred chefs guiding its culinary program: Cornelius Gallagher oversees the line's fleetwide food and beverage operation, while Daniel Boulud serves as Celebrity's culinary ambassador. Boulud designed the signature dishes for Luminae, included for suite guests, and the Chef's Table by Daniel Boulud, which comes with a galley tour. Of smaller stature but no less impressive is Le Petit Chef, a tiny, animated 3D chef that is digitally projected onto tabletops and plates. Diners can watch the little culinary maestro "prepare" each course of the meal right before their eyes.

Oceania places a firm focus on its culinary program, appointing revered French chef Jacques Pepin as its executive culinary director 16 years ago (you can join him on a Jacques Pepin Cruise in the Mediterranean next October). His seagoing restaurant Jacques is modeled after a Parisian bistro and serves classics like bouillabaisse and chicken that's been slow-roasted on a rotisserie. At lunch in the main dining room, enjoy dishes on The Bistro menu inspired by Pepin's family recipes.

Windstar is the official cruise line of the James Beard Association, and it offers regionally themed James Beard Foundation Culinary Cruise Collection voyages with guest chefs and sommeliers. Anthony Sasso, a past guest chef, returns to Windstar to open the Spanish-themed Cuadro 44 aboard the line's three Star-class power ships next year. Meanwhile, James Beard Award-winning author, TV cook and grill master Steven Raichlen will debut the alfresco Star Grill for grilled, smoked and rotisserie specialties aboard the same vessels.

Carnival presents the casual fare of Food Network staple Guy Fieri at the poolside Guy's Burger Joint, inspired by roadside burger shacks. Order off the menu or customize your burger at the toppings and condiments bar. Emeril Lagasse will kick it up a notch at his first-ever seagoing restaurant, Emeril's Bistro 1396, serving Creole specialties like duck and sausage gumbo aboard the new Mardi Gras, launching next August. The Mardi Gras also celebrates international street food at Street Eats, with tasty items like kebabs and satay.

Seabourn features The Grill by Thomas Keller, providing the chef, restaurateur and cookbook author with a seagoing showcase for his updated versions of iconic dishes like lobster thermidor and tableside preparations of classics like Caesar salad and ice cream sundaes. Keller is best known for his landmark Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry, and is the only American-born chef to have two restaurants with three-star Michelin ratings.

Royal Caribbean invites passengers to venture down the rabbit hole at Wonderland, where chefs unleash their imaginations to make eye-catching small plates like a garden of baby vegetables nestled in "soil and pebbles" or "liquid" olives. British chef Jamie Oliver created a Tuscan menu for Jamie's Italian, where the galley produces lamb chops grilled under a brick and freshly made pasta with black truffles.

Crystal showcases the cuisine of famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who has dozens of restaurants and hotels worldwide but only one seagoing concept, Umi Uma & Sushi Bar. Nobu himself trains Crystal's chefs in the preparation of his signature dishes.

Norwegian tempts cruisers to dig into a Cheeseburger in Paradise at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville at Sea, while the Supper Club hosts "Wine Lovers the Musical," where guests taste six wines during lunch while watching a musical comedy about wine and love. The Norwegian Encore, which debuts next month, will have Onda by Scarpetta, the first seagoing concept of a restaurant with locations in Miami, New York, London and more. Look for housemade pasta and signature seafood dishes here.

Holland America turned to its own award-winning master chef, Rudi Sodamin, for the line's first seafood brasserie. Called Rudi's Sel de Mer, it features whole Dover sole meuniere, salt crust-baked branzino and oysters on the half shell.

MSC partnered with award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi, known for his fusion of Japanese, Hawaiian and European cuisines, to develop Asian Market, which covers three types of venues: an Asian-fusion restaurant, a sushi bar and a teppanyaki grill. Spanish chef Ramon Freixa, whose Madrid restaurant boasts two Michelin stars, designed the small plates meant for sharing at Hola! Tapas Bar.

Silversea announced its S.A.L.T. -- or Sea and Land Taste -- culinary enrichment program earlier this year, with immersive culinary offerings on and off the ship. The S.A.L.T. Kitchen aboard the upcoming Silver Moon (due next August) embraces this dedication to regional culture and cuisine, adapting menus to reflect the sailing destination.

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 Holland America, departs Fort Lauderdale Oct 23, starting at $314, save 74%, FastDeal # 15435

2) Bahamas, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs New York Oct 27, starting at $329, save 80%, FastDeal # 20308

3) Caribbean, 7 nights on Royal Caribbean, departs San Juan Oct 27, starting at $424, save 70%, FastDeal # 20446

4) Mexico, 7 nights on Princess, departs Los Angeles Jan 18, starting at $519, save 46%, FastDeal # 31858

5) Caribbean, 7 nights on MSC Cruises, departs Miami Dec 20, starting at $399, save 75%, FastDeal # 10239

6) Transatlantic, 13 nights on Holland America, departs Rome Oct 31, starting at $474, save 64%, FastDeal # 12740

7) Mediterranean, 8 nights on Crystal, departs Rome Oct 28, oceanview starting at $2,680, FastDeal # 20673 (Crystal does not provide brochure rates for this cruise, so we are unable to show a savings percentage.)

8) Africa, 14 nights on Oceania Cruises, departs Cape Town Jan 6, starting at $2,799, save 79%, FastDeal # 41925

9) Tahiti & South Pacific Islands, 7 nights on Paul Gauguin Cruises, departs Papeete Dec 7, oceanview starting at $3,045, save 50%, FastDeal # 22049

10) Middle East, 7 nights on Crystal, departs Dubai Dec 16, suite starting at $3,985, save 52%, FastDeal # 11599

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Alan Fox
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