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Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

I'm pleased to present terrific money-saving offers from Celebrity, Carnival, MSC, Viking and Silversea. Below you'll find our deep discounts as well as free shipboard credits, which can be used toward the purchase of items not included in the upfront cost of your cruise, like shore excursions, Internet packages and souvenirs from onboard shops.

Celebrity is offering our customers discounts of up to 82% and shipboard credits of up to $175 per cabin. Plus, book an ocean-view cabin or higher on select cruises and choose two of the following perks: 1) a shipboard credit of up to $300 per cabin, 2) free gratuities, 3) a free beverage package, which includes a variety of alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages or 4) unlimited Internet. Suites get all four perks. Book by November 21. See dates and prices.

Carnival is offering Vacations To Go customers huge discounts -- save up to 83% on a variety of departures for the rest of this year and in 2019. Book by November 17. See dates and prices.

MSC is offering our customers fantastic last-minute deals on 2018 departures, with exclusive pricing on select Caribbean cruises. Save up to 83%. Get free drinks on select sailings. See dates and prices.

Viking has provided discounts of up to 50% for our customers. Plus, pay reduced airfare from certain gateways on select cruises as follows (fares are per person): Fly from $199 for the Caribbean, including Cuba voyages; from $299 for the Panama Canal; from $499 for Alaska and Canada/New England; from $799 for the Mediterranean, Northern Europe and transatlantic; from $999 for Africa, Asia and South America; and from $1,799 for Australia/New Zealand. Book by November 30. See dates and prices.

Silversea is offering Vacations To Go customers big savings of up to 75%. Plus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $1,500 on select departures. Your Silversea fare includes onboard gratuities, complimentary beverages including wine and spirits and butler service. See dates and prices.

As always, these offers are for new bookings only and subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. 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 wife and I live in Chicago and have always wanted to spend Christmas on a cruise to someplace warm. Spending that week in the Caribbean is sounding really good right now, but have we waited too long to book? What kind of deal can we get?

A: Holiday cruises are very popular and sell out quickly. While you might not see as many of the tremendous discounts that we have at other times of the year (of 80% or more), there still are some great Caribbean deals for that time of year.

I priced weeklong Caribbean departures leaving on Saturday (December 22) and Sunday (December 23) and found the following discounted cruises for you. I recommend you book soon to get these rates.

Seven nights on Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas, departing December 22 from San Juan for St. Lucia, Antigua and more, from $539 per person -- save 75%. (FastDeal #39397)

Seven nights on the Celebrity Equinox, departing December 22 from Miami for tropical destinations like St. Maarten and St. Thomas, from $899 per person -- save 64%. (FastDeal #35756)

Seven nights on the Carnival Magic, departing December 23 from Miami for Cozumel, Roatan, Grand Cayman and more, from $744 per person -- save 55%. (FastDeal #16266)

Seven nights on Holland America's brand-new ship, the Nieuw Statendam, departing December 23 from Fort Lauderdale for Amber Cove, San Juan and the cruise line's private island, Half Moon Cay, from $849 per person -- save 53%. (FastDeal #12117)

To find more Caribbean departures within a specific date range, use our Custom Search tool.

Q: I go on a vacation with my best friend every couple of years, and we're thinking about a Caribbean cruise for our next trip. We're not too picky as far as ship and itinerary, but we're both on tight budgets -- can we save money if we're more flexible in choosing when we want to cruise?

A: In general, my advice for finding the best cruise price is to stay flexible in your travel dates and choice of ship and to start looking for deals within 90 days of departure. For the Caribbean, you'll be able to find plenty of great deals on a wide variety of itineraries and ships. The most popular page on our site is our world-famous 90-Day Ticker. Here, you'll find all the very best last-minute markdowns, including Caribbean sailings discounted by up to 82%.  

Q: For the cruises at, you show the discounted prices for four different types of cabins (inside, outside, balcony and suite). But when I click on the deck plans for many of these ships, I see that there are many different types of cabins listed within those four categories. For example, one ship I'm considering has seven different kinds of ocean-view cabins. How do I know which cabin is right for me?

A: Cruise lines usually price staterooms according to their location, like real estate. Generally, the price for a particular type of cabin goes up the closer you get to the middle of the ship, and the higher up you go in decks. Some cabins come with extra amenities that nudge them toward the higher end of the pricing scale, like spa cabins that feature in-room spa products, complimentary fitness classes, priority in booking spa appointments and access to the spa's thermal areas.

Our website will always display the least expensive cabin for each of the four cabin types -- inside, outside, balcony and suite. Your Vacations To Go travel counselor will be happy to discuss all of the available options for any cabin type you want, and price it for you. Often the difference in price is minimal for a more desirable cabin that is one or two decks higher, or closer to midship and the vessel's main attractions like restaurants, lounges and pools.

If you do have a specific ship and type of stateroom in mind, booking early ensures the best selection of cabin locations. Click here for links to deck plans and cabin types for all of our ships.

Q: I'm going to book my very first cruise soon, with Vacations To Go. I've researched a lot of cruises in the Mediterranean, where there seems to be a lot to see and do! Once I book my cruise, how do I select and purchase my shore excursions?

A: Congratulations on booking your first cruise! A wealth of sights, museums, cultures and cuisines awaits you in the Mediterranean, and a cruise is a fantastic way to sample an array of ports.

After you book your cruise, we'll send you a confirmation that will provide options for booking your shore excursions. For most sailings, this will include an opportunity to book your shore excursion through Vacations To Go at a discounted price -- you can save up to 40% over the cruise line's prices if you purchase your tours through us. You also can choose to book with the cruise line through a link we'll provide, or you can wait until you're on board the ship, though if you wait you may find that your first shore excursion choices are sold out.

I have scanned all the sailings in the next 90 days, and listed below are all the deepest discounts according to type of cabin.

Inside Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering inside cabins for at least 65% off.

Oceanview Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering oceanview cabins for at least 65% off.

Balcony Cabins

Click here to see all sailings offering balcony cabins for at least 60% off.


Click here to see all sailings offering suites for at least 55% off.

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 Royal Caribbean, departs San Juan Nov 24, balcony starting at $405, save 79%, FastDeal # 39393

2) Mexico, 4 nights on Carnival, departs Los Angeles Feb 4, starting at $189, save 78%, FastDeal # 33672

3) Caribbean, 10 nights on Princess, departs Fort Lauderdale Nov 27, starting at $539, save 51%, FastDeal # 26521

4) Bahamas, 7 nights on Norwegian, departs New York Dec 8, starting at $449, save 56%, FastDeal # 11674

5) Australia/New Zealand, 13 nights on Holland America, departs Auckland Dec 8, starting at $799, save 47%, FastDeal # 16691

6) Caribbean, 7 nights on MSC Cruises, departs Miami Dec 15, starting at $489, save 51%, FastDeal # 25133

7) Mediterranean, 7 nights on Costa Cruises, departs Barcelona Jan 7, starting at $433, save 67%, FastDeal # 36473

8) Cuba, 10 nights on Azamara Club Cruises, departs Miami Nov 24, starting at $3,499, save 24%, FastDeal # 15174

9) Caribbean, 7 nights on Seabourn, departs Barbados Dec 15, suite starting at $2,299, save 80%, FastDeal # 13450

10) Tahiti/French Polynesia, 7 nights on Paul Gauguin Cruises, departs Papeete Jan 19, oceanview starting at $2,545, save 62%, FastDeal # 15998

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 and I will respond the same day.

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Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO
Vacations To Go


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