I'd like to start today by sending best wishes to all the victims of
Hurricane Florence in my home state of North Carolina and in South
Carolina. As a child, my annual family vacation was always to one of the
hard-hit beach towns near where Florence made landfall, and I looked
forward to it all year long.
As I write this, at least 19 people have died and more are missing or
unaccounted for, hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses are
without electricity, and entire cities and towns are cut off from the
outside world due to impassable roads. The water is still rising in some
rivers and bays, and dams and levees in coastal areas are in danger of
It's been barely a year since the floodwaters of Hurricane Harvey began
to rise here in Houston, taking lives and property and livelihoods. The
800 Houston-based employees of Vacations To Go send our heartfelt
condolences to all who are dealing with the same in the Carolinas.
Vacations To Go will donate $100,000 to relief and recovery efforts in
the hardest hit areas in the Carolinas. We are vetting local,
long-established charities now and I will announce in next week's
newsletter where we sent our donation.
For today's newsletter, we've negotiated fantastic cruise offers with
Princess, Norwegian, Oceania, Crystal and Costa
. They include
shipboard credits, which can be used toward the purchase of items not
included in the upfront cost of your cruise, like shore excursions, spa
treatments and souvenirs from the onboard gift shop.
is offering Vacations To Go customers discounts of up to
68% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $85
on a variety of cruises. Plus, receive free gratuities on select
last-minute Hawaii sailings in 2018. Book by October
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is offering our customers discounts of up to
85% and shipboard credits of up to $365 per cabin. Plus, book an
ocean-view cabin or higher on select sailings and choose two of the
following amenities: 1) a beverage package for two, 2) a specialty
dining package that includes up to four meals for two guests, 3) 250
minutes of Internet or 4) a shore excursion credit of $50 per cabin, per
port. Book by September 30.
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is offering our customers big discounts of up to 79%.
Also receive shipboard credits of up to $900 per cabin on select
voyages. Book by September 30.
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is offering Vacations To Go customers huge savings on
select last-minute sailings -- save up to 78%. Also enjoy exclusive
shipboard credits of up to $650 per cabin. Kids age 17 and under sail
free on select dates. The upfront fare includes gratuities, fine wines,
Champagne, premium spirits and nonalcoholic beverages.
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And, save up to $2,000 per cabin on many Crystal river cruises
Europe through 2020. Book by September 30.
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has slashed prices by up to 84% for our customers, and kids
age 17 and under cruise free on select departures. Book a balcony cabin
or suite on certain Caribbean sailings and get free drinks. Costa offers
Italian-style hospitality, cuisine and entertainment aboard its ships,
which sail itineraries in destinations worldwide.
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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.
With less than three months until the launch of the new
has revealed more details about the groundbreaking ship
-- this time, unveiling the Grand Plaza that will serve as the heart of
A center for dining, drinking and live entertainment, the three-deck
space will contain specialty restaurants, Cafe al Bacio and the Grand
Plaza Cafe. A sleek, seven-ton chandelier comprised of 765 vertical
illuminated LED blades will be suspended over the Martini Bar, changing
color from night to day. Hanging three stories between flights of
stairs, an artwork known as The Pendulum will sway gently to the rhythm
of the ship moving on the sea.
The Grand Plaza was designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku; Jouin's
grandfather was a welder who worked on the construction of the S.S.
Normandie, a French liner built in the 1930s at the same Saint-Nazaire
shipyard where the Celebrity Edge is taking shape. A corridor leading to
and from the Grand Plaza will expose the bare hull of the Edge, a
reminder of the ship's beginnings complete with architects' markings and
The Celebrity Edge debuts on December 9 and will cruise the Caribbean
from Fort Lauderdale through April 2019.
for rates and dates.
I'm pleased to announce our
Rhine River hosted singles cruise
for August 10, 2019. Take in spectacular views of cliff-top castles,
terraced vineyards and postcard-perfect villages on a sailing from
Amsterdam to the Swiss city of Basel aboard the 138-passenger MS Monarch
Countess. The upfront rate for the nine-day trip includes your
river-view cabin, onboard meals, late-night snacks, unlimited wine and
beer with dinners, Wi-Fi in public areas of the ship and shore
excursions in each port.
Vacations To Go has hosted singles cruises on oceangoing cruise ships
since 2005. They are immensely popular -- we've booked more than 30,000
passengers on these fun-filled trips. Our Rhine River singles cruise
will include group excursions, mixers and "single-mingle" dining. A
Vacations To Go host will be on board to make introductions, organize
events and ensure that everyone has a great time.
The included excursions in port are led by local experts. A walking tour
of Cologne highlights its magnificent twin-spired cathedral, which took
six centuries to complete. In Koblenz, follow narrow lanes to
picturesque squares and Romanesque churches. The Alsatian city of
Strasbourg blends French and German cultures; guests will explore La
Petite France, a district filled with half-timbered homes dating to the
16th and 17th centuries.
for rates and information. Call soon if you'd like to join us, as space
has partnered with Rolling Stone to bring a
classic rock music club to sea. The Rolling Stone Rock Room will host
live bands performing iconic hits from four decades. It will be part of
the Music Walk aboard the
when it debuts on December 5, and it also will be added to the
that same month.
Other Music Walk venues include B.B. King's Blues Club, the Lincoln
Center Stage for classical recitals and Billboard Onboard for an
interactive music experience that incorporates trivia.
The Nieuw Statendam will spend winter sailing to the Caribbean from Fort
Lauderdale on trips of seven to 14 nights.
for discounted rates.
plans to homeport a ship year-round in Miami starting in
2023. The line received the first rights to negotiate the building of a
dedicated cruise terminal at PortMiami that could accommodate ships
capable of carrying 3,500 or more passengers, according to a resolution
approved by Miami-Dade County commissioners.
In addition to a having one ship in Miami year-round for four- and
five-night cruises, Disney will place a second one there seasonally for
three- and four-night sailings. The line currently has a
fleet of four ships
(two of which carry 4,000 passengers) and will build three more for
delivery in 2021, 2022 and 2023. At 140,000 tons, the new ships will be
bigger than Disney's two current largest vessels but will have the same
number of staterooms.
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
I want to share an article from the latest issue of
magazine, which details the work of the DFGF and
its Karisoke Research Center. To read the article in
Located in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, the Karisoke research
center works to protect 604 mountain gorillas roaming the jungles of
East Africa's Virunga Volcano region. Enduring cold and damp conditions,
teams of trackers and scientists rehabilitate injured gorillas and
conduct vital research on gorilla behavior and ecology. The DFGF also
provides needed jobs, health care and educational programs to local
For more information about what the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is doing to
save mountain gorillas -- and how other humans can help -- please visit
To read my trip reports from my safari in Rwanda and Uganda,
For a list of trips that visit Rwanda,
For a list of trips that visit Uganda,
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