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ALASKA CRUISE DEAL: $600 Savings On New Heritage Adventure Cruises

Here’s a new small ship Alaska cruise with wallet-friendly savings from one of my favorite travel companies… 

Book a 2014 Alaska voyage with Un-Cruise Adventures aboard their new 88-guest S.S. Legacy by February 28, 2014 and receive adventure savings up to $600 per couple.

S.S. Legacy, Un-Cruise Adventures. 

Un-Cruise Adventures’ new replica coastal steamer S.S. Legacy sails back through history bringing alive the stories and characters from Alaska’s Gold Rush. The S.S. Legacy sails with crew in period costume and a team of Heritage guides charged with bringing characters and events from history alive through skits, impromptu vignettes, presentations and strolls on deck. Shoreside tours to points of historical interest are included. On board, guests enjoy the ambiance of an elegant coastal steamer with modern conveniences. Public spaces include an elegant Klondike Dining Room, Grand Salon with dance floor, wine bar and rollicking Pesky Barnacle Saloon. Wellness amenities include two hot tubs, sauna, massage room, fitness equipment and yoga on deck.

From June 15 through August 17, 2014 ten departures of a new Alaska’s Golden History cruise bring the Klondike Gold Rush alive. The weeklong cruise visits Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Haines and Skagway; Frederick Sound and Icy Strait are prime whale watching territory. An 11-night Gold Rush Legacy cruise between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse) will be offered in June and August.

Highlights include guided tours in port, whale watching, viewing glaciers in Glacier Bay, discovering native Tlingit culture and exploring scenic waterways by coastal steamer.



$700 Travel Credit on New Hawaii Itinerary from Un-Cruise Adventures

Explore Four Islands by Yacht with Un-Cruise Adventures.

My husband and I have sailed with Un-Cruise Adventures (formerly American Safari Cruises) in Alaska and Baja California and we are huge fans of their laid-back style of luxury adventure. With the addition of this new Hawaiian Island itinerary and early-booking savings (read on), I’m very tempted to set sail again. What about you?

What’s New:

Moloka’i takes center stage as the start or end point of Un-Cruise Adventures’ new Hawaii itinerary. A quieter, less-visited island, exclusive cultural activities are included for guests on Moloka’i with the vessel spending an evening at dock to allow for a full day of activities and cultural immersion. 

“Moloka’i is like stepping back in time to the Hawaii of yesteryear,” said Dan Blanchard, CEO and principal for Un-Cruise Adventures. “It’s incredibly scenic and values its culture and heritage which we’re proud to be able to share with our guests.”  

From November 2013 to April 2014, Un-Cruise Adventures’ 36-guest yacht Safari Explorer explores the Hawaiian islands on a new itinerary sailing one-way between Moloka’i and Hawaii, the Big Island or reverse. Weeklong Luxury Adventure cruises in Hawaii include activities and tours while exploring four islands—Moloka’i, Lana’i, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island.



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. 



LAST MINUTE TRAVEL DEAL: Summer Sale on 2012 Galapagos Yacht Cruise

We cruised the Galapagos with Ecoventura earlier this year and loved it. If the famed islands are on your travel wish list, check out this budget-friendly travel deal…

Book a Galapagos Yacht Cruise by Aug. 31st for Travel in 2012 or 2013 and save.

Sally lightfoot crab, the Galapagos Islands. ©Ellen Barone.

Environmentally friendly Galapagos cruise company, Ecoventura, is offering a special ten percent discount on some seasonal departure dates through mid-December 2012. In addition, guests booking a trip now for 2013 (excluding holiday weeks) can lock in 2012 cruise rates. This promotion can also be combined with a 5 percent Early Bird discount for selected departure dates 180 days out from booking date.

The 2012 seasonal departures that apply are July 29-Aug. 5, Aug 19-26, Sept. 2-9, Sept. 16-23, Sept. 23-30, Sept. 30-Oct. 7, Oct. 21-28, Nov. 4-11, Nov. 18-25, Dec. 2-9 and Dec. 9-16. 

Seven-night/eight-day cruise rates start at $3,550 per person, double occupancy before any discounts are applied. Additional discounts are available for children. All cruises run Sunday to Sunday. 



Early Booking Travel Credit Offered on American Safari Cruises’ Yacht Adventures in Hawaiian Islands and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés

Advance planning for a winter escape to warmer climes pays off for travelers booking an un-cruise adventure with American Safari Cruises. The line is offering travel credits of $500 per couple on its yacht in the Hawaiian Islands or $300 per couple in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés aboard the newest addition to the fleet, the Safari Endeavour.

The 86-guest Safari Endeavour will spend its first winter exploring wildlife rich Sea of Cortés on weeklong Baja’s Bounty expeditions roundtrip La Paz, Baja, Mexico. Transfers are included from either Los Cabos or La Paz airports. Highlights include snorkeling with sea lions, water sports activities, and viewing dolphins and whales. Guests making a new reservation by September 30, 2012 receive a $300 travel credit per couple.

The 36-guest Safari Explorer embarks on its second season of Hawaiian Islands cruises sailing seven-night inclusive Hawaiian Seascapes adventures between Hawaii, the Big Island and Lana’i with two days of activities on Moloka’i. Flexible yacht itineraries focus on the leeward side of the eastern-most Hawaiian Islands. A $500 travel credit per couple is offered on Hawaii sailings. Both travel credit offers are for new bookings made by September 30, 2012 for travel November 2012- April 2013.



Antarctica in 2012 Just Got A Whole Lot More Affordable

For years, Antarctica - the “blue continent” at the bottom of the world - has topped my travel wish list.

With ten departures, and savings up to $8,200, these Antarctic cruise deals from Quark Expeditions, the leader in Polar adventures, might be just the ticket to getting there in 2012. 

Save up to 40% on this 12-day Antarctic adventure that begins and ends in Ushuaia, Argentina. Like adventurers of old, the voyage crosses the Drake Passage to explore the breathtaking Antarctic Peninsula and the mysterious South Shetland Islands. Passengers meet up with at least four different species of penguin, countless seals and “big ice” in all its Antarctic splendour.There’s also a full slate of adventure activities, including kayaking, camping, mountaineering and cross-country skiing. February 10-21, 2012, from $6,354 per person.

Quark Expeditions (888) 892 0334.



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.




Antarctica Cruise: Save up to 60% Per Person

Ring in the New Year with 60% Savings on an 11-day Antarctica Cruise with Expedition Trips. 


Experience the wonders of the Antarctic with Expedition Trips, specialists in small ship expedition cruises, while taking full advantage of the luxurious all-inclusive lifestyle afforded by the 132-passenger Prince Albert II, a purpose-built expedition ship designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. This voyage offers passengers uncompromising service including the most spacious suites and comfortable common areas of any expedition ship.


Summary: Antarctica is the modern explorer’s final frontier. Hear the cries of penguins multiplied by the thousands, watch leopard seals and sea lions perfectly at ease in the company of visitors, feel the unspeakable magnificence of a whale breaching from beneath cold ocean waters. Astounding animal encounters – opportunities found nowhere else on earth. 


Highlights: Luxury expedition ship with 5-star service, fantastic cuisine, and experienced naturalist guides. Most cabins have a veranda.


Offer Details: Expedition Trips offer exclusive savings up to 45-60% per person off regular cruise rates. [No discount on the charter airfare ($800 - $850) included in cruise rate. No discount on port charges in 2011 ($100).] Offer based on availability and subject to change.
Applicable Dates: 1/5/2011 (45% off), 2/11/2011 (45% off), 2/21/2011 (45% off), 12/12/2011 (50% off), 1/3/2012 (60% off), 1/30/2012 (60% off), 2/9/2012 (60% off), 2/19/2012 (60% off), 12/3/2012 (60% off), 12/13/2012 (60% off) 


About Expedition Trips: With over 50 years experience, leading and planning expeditions worldwide, Expedition Trips offers exciting adventure travel and cruises on small-ship expeditions to Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska and beyond. For more information, call toll-free (877) 412-8527 or visit



Save Up to $3,000 On An Antarctica Cruise With Lindblad Expeditions

Visiting the “White Continent” aboard an Antarctica cruise is topping my Bucket List these days. This voyage with Lindblad Expeditions has it all: the impossible beauty of Antarctic ice, over 100,000 king penguins in South Georgia and the Falkland’s human history and amazing albatross colonies. 

A National Geographic Photographer is aboard everyNational Geographic Explorervoyage, to offer advice and assistance to photographers of all skill levels. READ MORE

Travelers who book by June 30 can receive up to $3,000 off on select 2010 departures. Plus, complimentary charter airfare (round-trip between Santiago & Ushuaia - a $750 value) is offered on select 2010 departures. Call 1-800-EXPEDITION or email  to find out if there are special rates that you may take advantage of. Learn more>>




Ring in the New Year with Currency Discounts from Wildland Adventures

Check this out…Wildland Adventures Offers 2009 Trips at 2008 prices!

Click here for the full scoop.

Just to whet your appetite, here’s a sampling of great deals on selected Wildland Galapagos cruises,with savings up to $1600 per cabin.

Discount $1600 per cabin
A full week of incredible voyaging in Darwin’s magical isles, plus 3 nights in Quito.
Departing Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 2, Mar 9, Apr 13, Jun 15, Jun 29, Jul 6, Aug 3, Nov 23

Discount $1200 per cabin
A 4-day cruise by luxury yacht, plus time to explore colonial Quito.
Departing Feb 16, Feb 19, Mar 2, Mar 5, Apr 13, Apr 16, Jun 15, Jun 18, Jun 29, Jul 2, Jul 6, Jul 9

Discount $1200 per cabin
Ecuador’s beautiful highland haciendas, the fascinating Otavalo Market, and a Galapagos cruise aboard a luxurious yacht .
Departing Feb 16, Feb 19, Mar 2, Mar 5, Apr 13, Apr 16, Jun 15, Jun 18, Jun 29, Jul 2, Jul 6, Jul 9



Celebrate Darwin's Galapagos and Save $2,300 on Eco-Friendly Adventure Cruising

Mark the beginning of the Charles Darwin anniversary year with unprecedented savings of $2,300 per person on select Abercrombie & Kent Galápagos departures between January 8 - February 5, 2009 including Wonders of the Galápagos, Wonders of Peru & the Galápagos and Signature Peru & the Galápagos journeys. Independent travellers may apply these savings to any Tailor Made journey to the Galápagos.

Commemorate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his seminal work On the Origin of Species in the same places that inspired him. January is the time of year when land birds are nesting and green sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Adult marine iguanas become brightly coloured in preparation for mating season. Experience the natural world just as Darwin did — to a degree that’s virtually impossible anywhere else.



Sail the South Pacific and save 50% with Abercrombie and Kent

Ever dreamed about dropping everything and sailing off into the perfect South Pacific sunset? Now’s your chance… and with this deal you can bring your favorite traveling companion for free on select ‘Clipper Odyssey’ voyages – that’s a 50% savings per person!

Or if you really feel like leaving it all behind, travel solo and your single supplement is waived.

Choose from the following ‘Clipper Odyssey’ departures:

- New Zealand by Land & Sea – A Family Voyage: Dec 17, 2008 – Jan 3, 2009

- Lost Islands of the Pacific: Feb 16 – Mar 5, 2009

- Voyage to Melanesia: Mar 2 – 20, 2009

- Voyage to Micronesia: Apr 9 – 26, 2009




Celebrate Darwin’s 200th Birthday In “The Enchanted Islands” Alongside Tortoises, Iguanas, Sea Lions and Penguins With International Expeditions

Since inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos has gone from an uninhabited island chain to a global hub of ecotourism.  To kick off the year of Darwin’s 200th birthday, International Expeditions is celebrating with $500 per person — $1,000 per couple — savings on its January 2 and 16, 2009 voyages.  Like all Galapagos Islands departures with the world leader in nature travel, these will bring guests face to face with some of the most interesting and accessible wildlife anywhere.

During the intimate 10-day Galapagos cruise, guests come just inches from giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals.  International Expeditions’ renowned naturalist guides — all Galapagos National Park-certified with top “Naturalist Level 3” designations — lead talks about the islands’ highly diverse and rich ecosystems featuring desert landscapes, lush highland forests, volcanic soils and nutrient-rich waters, and discussions on conservation practices to protect this fragile environment.

International Expeditions’ 32-passenger M/V Evolution navigates the islands, and unlike larger vessels, the expedition ship is small enough to access some of the most compelling sites, like Genovesa (Tower) Island, home to red-footed booby and frigatebird colonies.  The ship’s pangas (landing craft) are used several times a day and with space for all to go easily and quickly ashore, there’s no queuing up.  Accommodations aboard the Evolution are spacious and comfortable, with a host of amenities including an observation deck, sun deck and canopied bar (a superb place for whale watching).  Complimentary snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks are available for use on a variety of excursions.