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LAST MINUTE TRAVEL: Save up to $3100 with Free International Airfare with Grand Circle Cruise Line

Is Russia on your travel wish list for 2013?

Check out this new last-minute booking offer from Grand Circle Cruise Line’s for free round-trip international air fare from 22 U.S. gateway cities on 3 Fall 2013 departures on their 16-day Russia Revealed: Moscow to St. Petersburg river cruise. Offer ends August 27, 2013. 

Cruise Russia for less with Grand Circle Cruise Lines 

This Russia river cruise is among GCCL travelers’ top 3 most popular river cruises for 2013. In addition, two GCCL Russia ships, the M/S Tikhi Don and the M/S Rossia, were the highest ranked Russian river ships in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Top 100 Cruise Ships in the World.   

Here are the details:   

Russia Revealed: Moscow to St. Petersburg River Cruise 
Explores Moscow, Uglich, Goritsy, Kizhi, Petrozayodsk, Svir Stroi, and St. Petersburg 
16 days from $3195 per person (or $200 per day) 

SAVE up to $3100 per couple on three fall 2013 departures:  Free round-trip international air fare from 22 U.S. gateway cities includes airport transfers and government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges.  (Please note: visa costs are not included). 

Departure Dates & Prices: 



LAST MINUTE TRAVEL: Act Fast and Save Big with Grand Circle Cruise Line

I love it when an inside connection turns me onto exceptional savings on vacation experiences that I can pass along and share. 

Here are two last-minute deals offering incredible wallet-friendly discounts on March 2013 European river cruises that you won’t find anywhere else.

Combined savings are more than $3,000 pp, but you’ll have to act fast. Booking deadlines are January 17 and 21, respectively. Hope it helps get you Out There!

Special #1:

Old World Prague & the Blue Danube (2013) River Cruise Tour

Explores Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Austria: Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, Salzburg; Prague, Czech Republic

Regular price: 12 days from $2195

Special Discount: $1,000 pp for 03/07/13 departure (Book by: January 17, 2013 and please use code: TAAA 689)



Save Up to 66% Off Sailing Adventures in Costa Rica & the Caribbean

I was telling a friend recently how much fun Star Clippers’ tall ship sailing adventures are. Then I spotted this great travel deal and had to share…

Trade your scarves and shovels this fall and winter for balmy breezes and palm-fringed shorelines with a tropical getaway to the Caribbean and Costa Rica aboard a glorious tall ship. On select seven-night sailings from November through March aboard all three Star Clipper ships, guests can take advantage of exceptional savings and book a SetSail cruise-only rate starting at just $1,299 per person, double occupancy. That represents 66 percent off brochure rates. 


Bookings must be made by Nov. 15, 2012, to take advantage of these savings, so don’t wait until the snow starts to fall to reserve your cabin. 



Celebrate the Wine Harvest with French Country Waterways and 40% Savings


Oct. 9 and Oct 23 Sailings Take in the Upper Loire Valley and Central Burgundy – Special Prices Starting at $3,847

French Country Waterways, luxury hotel barge cruise operator, has announced special pricing on two of its popular itineraries – the Upper Loire Valley and Central Burgundy.  The six-night, October 9 and 23, 2011 sailings are priced at $4,547 and $4,687 (suites) per person, double, aboard the eight-passenger deluxe barge Princess, and $3,847 on the 12-passenger, all-suite Horizon II, respectively.  This amounts to savings of 40% off the Horizon II’s regular season fare of $6,495 when combining the 30% special with the $1,000 per person seasonal discount, and 30% off Princess’s fares of $6,495/$6,695.  Other October special savings dates are also available.



Galapagos Winter Break For Under $2000 From ROW Adventures

For those of you who don’t believe the old saying, “once in a lifetime opportunity,” this offer from ROW Adventures may make you want to reconsider…

Check out this wonderful 6 and 7-day trip aboard the M/S Encantada to the Galapagos Islands with adventure travel company ROW Adventures on highly-desirable winter vacation dates, December 24th and 28th. The 6-day trip is priced at just $1890 and the 7-day trip is only $2080 per person*. It’s the perfect way to spend your winter break. *Round-trip airfare from Ecuador to the Islands is included along with two hotel nights in Guayaquil. Booking deadline August 25, 2011.



Galapagos Islands Adventures - Up to 30% Off with Expedition Trips

Go eyeball-to-eyeball with the Galapagos marine iguana; witness the feeding frenzy of blue-footed boobies and snorkel with playful sea lion pups…the Galapagos Islands are an amazing adventure.

Check out these Galapagos cruise discounts of up to 30% with Expedition Trips, specialists in small-ship expeditions. 

Galapagos Cruise - National Geographic Endeavour - 10 Days

Highlights: 96-passenger expedition ship with excellent naturalist guides and educational program, kayaks, and glass-bottom boat. 

Guayaquil, Ecuador and Return - 10 Days 

Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour 


Save 30% per person (up to $2,640 off)

Learn more

Galapagos Cruise - La Pinta - 8 Days

Highlights: Comfortable, bright and modern ship with great guides and ample onboard amenities including pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. 

San Cristóbal Island and Return - 8 Days 

Aboard the La Pinta 

May - June 2011 

Save 25% per person (up to $1,850 off). 



Windstar 7-Day Caribbean Sailings from $999

Escape the winter blues for less with savings from Windstar Cruises. Enjoy 2-for-1 fares starting at $999 for select voyages departing Barbados and St. Martin. Offer expires January 31, 2011.

Southern Caribbean Explorations

Barbados - Barbados, 7-days

Category B staterooms from $999*, Savings up to 64%

January 23-March 27, 2011 on the Wind Surf



Caribbean Adventures

St. Martin - St. Martin, 7-days

Category B staterooms from $1,249*, Savings up to 64% 

January 22-April 2, 2011 on the Wind Spirit




About Windstar Cruises

Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts known for their pampering without pretense and their ability to visit the hidden harbors and secluded coves of the world’s most treasured destinations. Carrying just 148 to 312 guests, the luxurious ships of Windstar cruise to nearly 50 nations, calling at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas. For more information including rates and itineraries contact a professional travel agent or call Windstar at 1-800-258-7245. Visit Windstar Cruises online at


Windstar is a division of Ambassadors International Cruise Group, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ambassadors Cruise Group, LLC.




Princess Cruises Launches “Caribbean Super Sale”

This just in… 7 to 14 Day Caribbean Cruises Starting at $399


Princess Cruises has launched a new “Caribbean Super Sale” offering significant savings on select 2010 and 2011 voyages through the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Travelers can choose to sail among the sun-swept islands for seven to 14 days, with fares starting at just $399.

Tropical itinerary options and pricing (per person, based on double occupancy) available in the Caribbean Super Sale include:

  • Seven-day Classic Southern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess – starting at $399
  • Seven-day Western Caribbean on Crown Princess – starting at $449
  • Seven-day Eastern Caribbean on Ruby Princess – starting at $449
  • Seven-day Southern Caribbean Explorer on Caribbean Princess – starting at $449
  • Eight-day Bermuda & Eastern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess – starting at $549
  • 10-day Eastern Caribbean Voyager or Southern Caribbean Medley on Emerald Princess or Star Princess – starting at $749
  • 14-day Caribbean Collection on Grand Princess – starting at $999




Deluxe Cruising on a Limited Budget

Significant Mediterranean Deals Found on Fred. Olsen Cruises

If cruising the Mediterranean fits your idea of a vacation, then Fred. Olson Cruises offers a few budget-friendly itineraries that you should know about…

With value-charged rates starting from $117 per night – plus a $120 on board spending credit per cabin consider Fred. Olsen Cruises14-night “Splendors of Spain” (L1017) itinerary on the 1,350-passenger Balmoral. Port charges and taxes are also included in the price. This stylish vessel departs Dover on October 12, 2010, offering one of the most evocative panoramas in all of Britain: the massive white cliffs. The scenery continues, nonstop, past the Rock of Gibraltar, to the waterfront Mecca at Mahon (Menorca), the bustling seaport of Marseille (France), incredible Barcelona, historic Alicante, and the “open museum” of Malaga before returning to England.



Save $500 On A Crewed Yacht Vacation

Plan An Island Vacation & Save

Vacation between March 20 - May 8, 2010 in four of The Moorings’ most exotic destinations – Tortola, Canouan, St. Lucia, or Tahiti – and SAVE $500.* Book by February 28, 2010.

The all-inclusive vacation comes complete with a professional Captain with custom itineraries to exotic locales and unique destinations.

Click here to check availability & get more information.


I’m a huge fan of The Moorings. To get a feel for a Moorings vacation you can read about my British Virgin Islands sailing adventure with them or view photos from the voyage. Better yet, if you’ve sailed with them, please share your experiences using the ‘post a comment’ link below.


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JetBlue Sale - Sunny Destinations From $29*

Low-cost favorite JetBlue has just put a variety of sunny destinations on sale with flights starting at $29 each way for travel into October. Destinations include the Caribbean, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Mexico. These sale fares are the best available for nearly every route, with American, Delta, and US Airways matching fares on a few of the routes.

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Source: Smarter Travel



Generous Savings Of Up To $2,000 On Uniworld’s 2010 All-Inclusive Europe River Cruises

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offers generous savings for planning ahead with their 2010 Pay-In-Full and Early Booking Discount programs.

Couples who book a 2010 Uniworld all-inclusive Europe river cruise and pay-in-full for their trip before September 30, 2009, can save up to $2,000 ($1,000 per person) on select programs in Europe ( And those who simply would like to place a deposit on a 2010 river cruise can save up $600 per couple ($300 per person) by booking and depositing by November 30, 2009.



Last-Minute Summer Steals on Greek Cruises

Variety Cruises’ last-minute sales to Greece are perfect for savvy summer vacation shoppers waiting for the best deals to roll out. And airfare finds to Greece make it an enticing season to travel.

Here are three great reasons to set sail and cheer “Opa!”.

Summer Offer: $750 reduction per person; two free nights at a four-star Athens hotel (room only); free ½ day sightseeing tour of Athens. Starting at $1,540 per person, per week.
Perfect for first-timers to Greece! Discover the best of the Aegean Islands, Crete and Continental Greece with seven nights on the fabulous Harmony V or G mega yachts. Available for select sailings through October 30, 2009.

Summer Offer: $750 reduction per person; two free nights at a four-star Athens hotel (room only); free ½ day sightseeing tour of Athens. Starting at $1,540 per person, per week.
Seven nights on the mega yacht Harmony G or Harmony V in the breathtaking Cycladic Islands, including sites of Kusadasi, Ephessus and the lesser known island gems of Patmos and Samos. Available for select sailing dates through October 16, 2009.

Summer Offer: $300 reduction per person on select sailings. Starting at $1,150 per person, per week.
This thrilling cruise heads southeast of mainland Greece on the M/S Galileo through a collection of off-the-beaten-path islands, including Poros, Kimolos, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Kea and Sounion. Available for select sailing dates through October 23, 2009.



Mothers Sail Free in May with Discovery Cruise Line

Cruise line extends Mother’s Day gift to include the entire month

Discovery Cruise Line, which offers cruise service between South Florida and Grand Bahama Island every day of the week except Wednesdays, announced that during the month of May, Mothers and Mothers-in-Law will sail free on a Fun Day cruise when accompanied by a full fare paying adult. The offer is good for new bookings from Fort Lauderdale only.



Make your vacation dollars go further

In every economy the smart money goes somewhere. With Holland America’s new Vacation Stimulus Plan, the smart money goes cruising. Because there’s never been a better time to get more, pay less and sail away from it all on the cruise you’ve always wanted to take, check out these deals from Holland American Line.


7-Day Alaska Cruises from $499 per person*
Experience the beauty of the Inside Passage and Alaska’s Glaciers and discover charming port cities of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan.
Book by February 28, 2009.



7- to 14-Day Caribbean Cruises from $549 per person*
Carefully crafted itineraries offer choice Caribbean cruise experiences, many including stops at our award-winning private island, Half Moon Cay. With three regions to choose from, plan your perfect escape - a Caribbean cruise vacation.
Book by February 28, 2009.


10- to 12-Day Mediterranean Cruises from $999 per person*
From the wonders of ancient Egypt, Italy, Greece and Turkey to the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea and the French Riviera, our Mediterranean cruise vacations have something for everyone.
Book by February 28, 2009.








Top 10 Ways to Save on Luxury With Crystal Cruises in 2009

While a Crystal Cruises vacation is inherently loaded with inclusive value, the luxury line is sweetening the cruise savings for 2009 and beyond. From getting there to being there, Crystal’s significant savings promotions range from upgraded and complimentary air travel to family incentives, extended land programs and dollars off.

“This is the broadest scope of savings opportunities we’ve ever offered,” says Bill Smith, senior vice president, sales and marketing. “Even the most affluent travelers are seeking strong value now. Discerning cruisers also place high importance on brand, reputation and consistency of product delivery, which is continually validated by the unprecedented number of consumer and industry awards Crystal has earned in the past year alone.”

The top 10 ways to save in 2009 include:

1. Save Now, Save Later

Guests booking and sailing on any 2009 Europe, transatlantic or Crystal Symphony Asia cruise can realize significant savings on these sailings, and also save 20% on virtually any 2010 voyage, excluding the World Cruise and its segments.

2. Asia Stateroom Upgrades and Penthouse Savings

Crystal is offering complimentary two-category stateroom upgrades and up to $2,000 per person for Penthouse accommodations with Crystal Symphony’s spring cruises in China & Japan and Southeast Asia. The two cruises between Hong Kong and Beijing also feature an inclusive three-night land stay in Beijing.

3. Free One-Way Air with Panama Canal Cruises