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Lindblad Expeditions Introduces Alaska Promotions
For all 2019 Alaska bookings | Lindblad Expeditions

With a fleet of four ships in Alaska this summer, Lindblad Expeditions announced three new promotions for travel to the region. These offers include a prize drawing to win a free cruise, a deal for families traveling with children and a milestone celebration package.

Travel advisors who book any Alaskan expedition aboard one of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet ships will automatically enter the prize drawing to win one of three cruises for two. Advisors will earn two entries for every guest the book and a $250 gift card per cabin. The more cabins they book, the more entries they receive.

The three cruises an advisor can win are: Arctic: Land of the Ice Bears aboard National Geographic Endurance; Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness aboard National Geographic Quest; and Baja California and the Sea of Cortez aboard National Geographic Venture.

Lindblad Expeditions will also offer major discounts for families traveling with children. Those traveling with a child or grandchild to Alaska will receive 50 percent off for the first kid and a completely free trip for the second. Applicable for select departures of the eight-day Exploring Alaska’s Coast Wilderness, the deal is based on two full-paying adults bringing children 22 years and younger.

Finally, groups looking to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduations, retirements or any other occasion can now choose the Milestone Package. The offer includes a special in-cabin welcome gift, five percent off for groups of eight or more, a $150 gift card for on board purchases, a voyage DVD, a custom group photograph and a celebratory cake.

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Mandarin Oriental, Canouan Showcases Unplug & Unwind Offer
Valid January 7 through April 22, 2019 | Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s new Unplug & Unwind offers a means to relaxation. The hotel invites guests to begin 2019 in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state of body and mind with a visit to Canouan Island’s "decompression zone."

With travel on the resort’s private jet, unlimited golf on Canouan’s 18-hole championship course, tennis, water sports and treatments at The Spa, the Unplug & Unwind package strives to dispel any signs of daily stressors or separation anxiety from digital devices. Valid January 7 through April 22, at a starting rate of $4,500, Unplug & Unwind includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation in an ocean-view suite
  • Round-trip Resort Jet transfers between Canouan and St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia or Grenada
  • Two 90-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatments (targeting negative affects/stressors created by digital devices)
  • Unlimited golf (including club rentals)
  • Unlimited tennis (including equipment rental)
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Daily breakfast in Lagoon Café or Asianne restaurants 

This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers.  Additional nights of stay and/or additional guests may be added at prevailing rates. Guests can confirm the resort’s jet availability before booking their international flights.

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Dukes London Offers Up Valentine's Day Package
The package is applicable for stays between February 13 to 16, 2019. | Dukes London

Dukes London, which recently completed a multimillion-pound, top-to-bottom renovation, is inviting couples to celebrate Valentine's Day with a new package. This year travelers can let Dukes set the scene for two nights at London's most exclusive address, while wining and dining their beloved with a limited-edition, six course menu at the hotel's Great British Restaurant (GBR).

Couples can check into to one of the hotel's luxury rooms, where strawberries dipped in chocolate and a red rose await, before heading out to explore the famous sights of London. Nestled in a quiet cobbled courtyard in St. James's, Mayfair, Dukes London is located near Harrods, Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square only a few minutes away. Also, nearby are St James's Park and Green Park. Travelers can receive bespoke experiences, from a personalized box of chocolates to private shopping at one of the local Royal Warrant shops.

After a day exploring London, travelers can return to Dukes to have a drink at Dukes Bar. They can have a pre-dinner aperitif before experiencing an exclusive, six-course menu with a special-edition welcome drink and bottle of wine at GBR. Upon arrival at the restaurant, guests will be greeted with a Black Velvet or Raspberry Bellini, His or Her cocktails, which are included in the set menu. Available for one night only, Head Bartender Maria has also created the His or Her cocktail menu to celebrate the special day. Guests will have several options from the exclusive menu, paired with dishes including Scottish langoustine broth with seaweed bread, duck leg terrine, and chalk stream trout served with mussels and saffron potatoes. 

The Valentine's Day Package is priced at £985 and includes two nights with breakfast, amenities such as strawberries dipped in chocolate, and a six-course set menu at GBR with a bottle of wine on February 14. The package is applicable for stays between February 13 to 16, 2019.

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.

For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Focus on Mexico and you’ll see a destination weddings and honeymoons superstar. The reasons are plentiful. It’s a great value, especially with today’s strong dollar-to-peso exchange rate. It’s close to the U.S., with airlift continually on the upswing. Scenic settings provide romantic backdrops that include beaches, jungles, mountains and deserts. And the country’s rich culture maintains ties to ancient roots and puts a premium on hospitality. Read the Focus Series to find out more

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Carlton Tel Aviv Unveils New Art Package
Available until March 31, 2019 | Carlton Tel Aviv

As part of an ongoing series of experiential packages being offered by Carlton Tel Aviv, the luxury hotel announces this week the addition of a new art and design-focused package available until March 31, 2019. The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package connects guests with industry experts who personally guide them through the city's best in art, design and fashion.

Referred to as the "White City," Tel Aviv is known for its Bauhaus-style buildings in some neighborhoods, and graffiti-splattered streets in others. Galleries across the city attract world famous works and exhibitions by international talents, while homegrown designers have set up shop in fashion boutiques. Carlton Tel Aviv, recently named Israel's Leading Business Hotel for the fifth time by the World Travel Awards, is exposing guests to the city's full range of offerings.

The following experiences are included in the hotel's Tel Aviv Street Style package:

  • Three nights' stay in a single room category at Carlton Tel Aviv, including breakfast.
  • A gallery and street are tour led by local art expert and curator Sarah Peguine of Oh So Arty. Guests will visit Tel Aviv's galleries and studio spaces, getting the chance to meet local artists and explore some of the most in-demand exhibitions of the moment. The tour will also take guests to certain corners of Florentin to see works by street artists who have come from all corners of the globe. Tours do not run on Sundays, as galleries are closed.
  • A fashion Tour of Tel Aviv's designers, boutiques and studios with Galit Reismann of TLVStyle. This customized tour that will take travelers off the beaten track and right into the studios of emerging fashion designers. TLVStyle provides guests with insider insights about Israel's most promising up-and-coming fashion designers as well as its established industry veterans.

The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package is priced starting at $1,685 for a single occupancy room and tours of up to two persons. It is available from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 excluding December 19, 2018 to January 2, 2019.

Photo courtesy of Carlton Tel Aviv

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New Cunard Deal Offers Free Upgrades on Several Cabin Categories
Available until February 28, 2019 | Cunard

Luxury cruise line Cunard announced its Upgrades on Us promotion. This new deal is available on select 2019 and 2020 voyages on all three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Cunard’s Upgrades on Us promotion is available on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossings including the Third Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing in July 2019 and the popular New England & Canada voyages, on flagship liner Queen Mary 2. The offer is also available on Caribbean, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia voyages on all ships, sailing between May 2019 and November 2020.

By taking advantage of the Upgrades on Us offer, guests have the opportunity to experience the ultimate levels of luxury across Cunard’s fleet. Those upgrading from Inside to Balcony will get to enjoy the sea air from the privacy of their own balcony, and those who upgrade from Club Balconyto Princess Grill will delight their palate with the gourmet cuisine of the Princess Grill Restaurant.

Book between November 29, 2018 and February 28, 2019; the Upgrades on Us promotion features:

  • Free upgrade from Inside to Balcony stateroom
  • Free upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill
  • Upgrade within Queens Grill categories
  • Grill Suite bookings receive Free Gratuities and Free Drinks Package 
  • Past guests receive Free Gratuities (in all categories) 
  • All guests receive 50 percent reduced deposit

Destinations and itineraries world-wide including:

  • New England & Canada: A seven-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Quebec with a rare overnight stay in Quebec City
  • Norway & Northern Lights: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip from Southampton, England, stopping in four different Norwegian ports
  • Eastern Caribbean: A 12-night Caribbean sailing on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York with stops in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as Barbados
  • Mediterranean Highlights: A 14-night voyage on Queen Victoria with roundtrip from Southampton, with calls in Spain and Italy
  • Singapore to Shanghai: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth, calling in Chan May and Ha Long Bay, with overnights in Hong Kong and Shanghai 
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The Lodhi Introduces ‘Splendid Sojourn’ Promotion
The Lodhi

New Delhi luxury hotel The Lodhi announced its new special promotion ‘Splendid Sojourn.’ The deal makes travel to iconic Indian landmarks easier than ever by providing transportation to guests at no additional cost.

Guests at The Lodhi will be able to visit the popular Golden Triangle of India and see either the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Guests will travel in style, with a car and driver provided to guests for free. The deal will be available for guests of The Lodhi until March 31, 2019.

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It sits on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra. The Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is another nearby architectural landmark. The palace is built from red and pink sandstone and has a unique exterior that looks similar to a honeycomb.

The Lodhi is centrally located in New Delhi, India. It is located on Lodi Road near the Lodi Gardens, an extensive parkland that houses historic tombs dating back to the 15th century. The property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It offers 48 rooms and suites that range in size from 1,350 square feet to 4,500 square feet. The property’s spa includes a Hammam, salon, gym, 50-meter lap pool, three tennis courts and two squash courts. The hotel’s Les Clefs D’Or Concierges is available to help create personalized excursions in and around the city.

Photo by somchaisom/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly Team Up for Puerto Vallarta Travel Deal
Available through April 30, 2019 | PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly

PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly are collaborating on a travel itinerary, which includes round-trip private jet travel to Puerto Vallarta via PrivateFly, a three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite at Casa Kimberly, a sunset champagne sail, spa treatments for two, five-star dining experiences and more. Pricing for this exclusive travel itinerary starts at $50,015.

Travelers will begin their getaway with a check-in experience at a private FBO lounge, where they will meet their flight crew. Once on board, guests can go to their private cabin and have customized VIP catering, such as champagne and caviar. For this trip, PrivateFly recommends booking a Gulfstream GIV, which features a fast cruising speed of Mach .8, and a cabin interior with reclining seating. 

Upon landing, PrivateFly will arrange a 1960s classic car or limo to pick up guests from the tarmac and wind through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta to Casa Kimberly. 

When arriving at the hotel, guest will be greeted with a Casa Kimberly margarita or a glass of champagne before being escorted to the Elizabeth Taylor Suite. The suite is accessed via a private elevator or hand-painted tile steps leading from the central courtyard. The suite is 2,500 square-foot and includes a private terrace, pool, jacuzzi, Taylor’s original pink marble heart-shaped tub, art and antiques throughout, with views stretching from the Sierra Madra Mountains to the waters of Banderas Bay. Casa Kimberly features nine suites in total, a pool, boutique spa and fine dining restaurant.

The full itinerary for two guests includes:

  • Round-trip private jet travel via PrivateFly
  • Three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite
  • Private mariachi serenade on the terrace with dinner in suite by The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar
  • Private yoga session on the terrace 
  • Chef tasting menu at La Cappella, which is located at Casa Kimberly’s sister hotel, Hacienda San Angel
  • Spa treatment for two at the CK Spa
  • Private sunset sail with a champagne toast

This itinerary will be offered through April 30, 2019 and the aircraft cost may vary based on the departure city, availability, group size and type of jet. 

Photo: Casa Kimberly Elizabeth Taylor Suite

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Scenic Announces Black Friday Deals on 2019 Voyages
These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018 on select 2019 sailings | Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

River cruisers can take advantage of Scenic’s just-announced Black Friday Sale offerings. More than three dozen sailings along the Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône, Saône and Seine are up for grabs, as well as six cruise/tour explorations of Egypt and Jordan; plus, a rare sale on two departures of Scenic-National Geographic Expeditions Holland & Belgium in Springtime sailings.

Savings range from free roundtrip economy or premium flights on the European itineraries to free pre- or post-tour hotel stays in Egypt and Jordan to $500 per person savings on the Springtime sailings. Paying in full at the time of booking garners a €200 (approximately $228) per suite onboard credit (not available on Springtime sailings). These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018 on select 2019 sailings. They are combinable with most other Scenic savings and referral offers.

These eight- to 20-day cruises and cruise/tours are wide ranging: Amsterdam to Basel, Nuremburg to Budapest, Paris to Bordeaux, Amsterdam to Budapest, and Cairo to Amman. Sailing dates run from March through October 2019.

New onboard experiences and excursions give guests added variety including new active focus cruises in Bordeaux and South of France offering yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking; and the addition of the company’s Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience to all its ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône rivers.

Scenic also includes a river cruise guarantee, automatically covering every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, high/low water issues, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes, reimbursing approved claimants up to $750 per day with a maximum of seven days or $5,250 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.

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Star Clippers Announces BOGO Deal for 2019 Indonesia Voyages
Star Clippers

Tall ship cruise company Star Clippers introduced a Buy One Get One deal for its seven-night Indonesia voyages out of Bali. Visitors on select eastbound and westbound Bali departures in June, July and August 2019 will receive a free companion fare.

The company’s Indonesian voyages will call on a few of the country’s 17,000 islands. Satonda, a tiny and uninhabited isle, is surrounded by coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving. On Komodo Island, visitors can see seven- to nine-foot long Komodo dragons in their natural environment. Elsewhere on the island, guests can visit the black sand Lovina Beach or Pink Beach, one of only seven pink sand beaches in the world.

Fares for an inside stateroom aboard these cruises start at $715 per person when accounting for the Buy One Get One offer. The cost for the Owners Cabin, where guests receive butler service and have access to a whirlpool tub, is $1,685 per person with the deal. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Passengers on the Indonesian itineraries will sail on the 170-passenger Star Clipper. One of the company fleet’s three tall clipper ships, the boat will use wind charts to ensure the ship sails under wind power for as long as possible.

Tall ship sailing company Star Clippers has been in business for over 25 years. Its ships sail to ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Asia. It operates three ships: the 170-guest Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. Its newest ship, the Flying Clipper, will begin sailing in 2019.

For more information, visit Star Clippers’ website.

This deal was originally posted on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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Classic Vacations 101
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Register here to learn more about the Classic® Difference.

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Mexican Caribbean: What is Your Celebrity Travel Style?
Apple Leisure Group

You know your clients’ celebrity travel style. You may even have clients who are celebrities. But did you ever wonder about your celebrity travel style? Take this quick quiz to find out for when you venture to mega-star hot spot the Mexican Caribbean.

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Europe Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 1, 2018 | Various

DUKES LONDON 

DUKES LONDON is offering guests 40 percent off stays booked between Black Friday, November 23, and Cyber Monday, November 26. The recently refreshed hotel provides classic British hospitality that caters to the modern traveler with exclusive experiences, such as MarTEAni Afternoon Tea, Duchess Rooms designed for the female traveler, and a line of up festive holiday programming. The iconic hotel that just celebrated its 110th anniversary will be decorated with dazzling decorations. The deal is valid for travel from November 24, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (excluding New Year’s Eve).

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Set within 25 interlinked 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering 25 percent off nightly rates for guests traveling between January 1 and February 28, 2019. This visit also includes daily breakfast at Restaurant Jansz., and one complimentary cocktail per person at Pulitzer’s Bar. This offer is only available starting Cyber Monday through December 1, 2018 and with a minimum of two nights. 

Booking Code: CYBERMON

Azores Getaways

A Portuguese archipelago of nine diverse volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores is an ideal playground for nature and adventure enthusiasts looking for an affordable getaway. Azores Getaways is offering the Boston-to-Terceira travel deal between November 23 to November 27, 2018. For $499, travelers receive round-trip flights from Boston's Logan airport to Terceira for a seven-day trip that includes accommodations at a four-star hotel with breakfast.

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Caribbean Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 22, 2018 | Various

Here is a constantly updating list of Cyber Monday deals for Caribbean hotels and tour operators:

Atlantis Bahamas 

The resort on Paradise Island is celebrating the holidays with a special "5 Days of Savings," offering one surprise special deal everyday from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Travelers can check Atlantis' website for options which range from air and hotel savings, resort credit, a complimentary night and more. Booking window: Monday, November 26 for travel between November 26, 2018 - November 30, 2019. Valid for stays at The Beach, The Coral, The Royal, The Reef or The Cove.

Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)

Save 50 percent on all room rates when booking between November 21 and November 27, 2018 for travel dates that fall between November 22 through December 19, 2018 and January 6, 2019 through June 30th, 2019. Additional information on the deal can be found on Marigot Bay's website.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts 

With United Airlines (from Newark, NJ), Air Canada (from Toronto) and Sun Country Airlines (from St. Paul, Minneapolis) all launching new non-stop flights to St. Kitts by 2019, the Park Hyatt will be even easier to access in the new year. For Cyber Monday, get a fourth night free in one of the resort's suites. The package includes $300 resort credit (that can be used on an intimate dining experience at any of the resort’s three signature restaurants or on a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Caribbean’s first Miraval Life in Balance Spa) and is available to book through December 22, 2018 for travel through December 19, 2019 based on resort availability.

Bequia Beach Hotel (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Bequia Beach Hotel is giving guests six days (November 22 - November 28, 2018) to take advantage of their "Spa and Stay" packages:

  • 25 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking)
  • 30 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking, non-refundable)

Curtain Bluff (Antigua)

Set between two white-sand beaches, Curtain Bluff is offering 20 percent off on minimum five-day stays from now until August 17, 2019. Includes all meals, drinks and activities (such as snorkeling, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding, Hobie cats and more) and complimentary VIP airport pickup.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (St. Lucia)

Sugar Beach will offer up to a 30 percent discount on stays in a Luxury Cottage or higher room category on bookings made November 22 through Cyber Monday. Guests will also receive a $50 resort credit. The discount is available for travel from January 2 to February 14, 2019 and April 20 to October 31, 2019 (blackout dates apply).

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Journese Offers Bonus TRIP Points for New Bookings With Select Hilton Brands
November 5 - December 28, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019. | Journese

Journese has announced a new travel advisor incentive, offering 500 Bonus TRIP Points for every confirmed Journese booking at Conrad, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide. Bookings must be made November 5 through December 28, 2018 for travel through December 31, 2019, and is combinable with all resort promotions, such as complimentary nights, special room rates, resort credit and complimentary daily breakfast.

According to Journese, each Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand it has partnered with provides guests with upscale amenities, signature service and authentic experiences in the most sought after destinations. Many of the Hilton brand partners also offer real-time rates and room inventory, and bookings can be combined with all classes of air service, enriching excursions including private options, car rentals and private transfers.                 

Designing expertly curated getaways and handcrafted itineraries, Journese continues to provide expertise, value and authentic journeys with boutique concierge service and an extraordinary worldwide portfolio.

For further details on Journese’ exclusively four- and five-star portfolio and promotions, travel advisors can contact a destination specialist at 800-442-9244.

Photo courtesy of BerlinRosen

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Magellan Jets Offers New Members Trip to Top 2019 Sporting Events
From now until December 31, 2018 | Magellan Jets

Magellan Jets announced that it will offer new members a trip to one of 2019’s major sporting events. Those who purchase a 50-hour membership on a Super-Mid or Heavy Aircraft can choose between a travel package for two to the "Big Game," the Masters or the Kentucky Derby.

The Big Game VIP Package offers an all-inclusive food and beverage experience three hours before the game, a meet-and-greet experience with N.F.L. legends and access to pregame entertainment. During the game, participants will have seat options on the 40- and 50-yard lines within the first 35 rows in an area reserved for club seat holders. Those who choose this package will gain access to the field after the game as well as private bars and fine dining.

New members may also choose the Masters Package. This deal includes a four-day grounds pass, access to an off-site VIP location with American buffet breakfast, lunch buffet, salad bar and a carving station; cold hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon; and full service premium bars with specialty drinks.

Those interested in the Kentucky Derby can choose the Biggest Horse Race of the Year Package. Participants will receive gourmet food and drink, be able to visit the Trophy Room on the fifth floor and will have a first-hand view of the finish line from a private balcony. Those who choose this deal will be given access to the paddock area where they can see horses, jockeys and trainers. This package also comes with tickets to the Barnstable Brown Party, an exclusive event with famous celebrities in attendance.

Photo from Getty Images

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Jamaica Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Reports from various sources indicate that Jamaica continues to be one of the most popular destinations for American couples planning to be wed outside the United States. The island nation hosted about 5,000 destination weddings last year alone. With most marriages in the U.S. falling within the Millennial demographic, we reached out to several 30-and-under travel advisors to get their take on Jamaica as a destination, as well their resort recommendations for weddings and honeymoons.

In the pages ahead you’ll find more of what makes Jamaica a popular wedding and honeymoon destination, including accommodations news, adventures for couples to share and more.

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Bianca Sands on Grace Bay Offers Free Night When Booking Four
Available until December 20. | Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

Until December 20, guests at Bianca Sands on Grace Bay, located in Turks & Caicos and managed by Trust Hospitality, receive the fifth night free when booking a total of four nights. Food is also included, as hotel guests also receive a welcome gift, including a Bambara Rum Cake, a bottle of Bambara Rum for two and a turkey.    

Bianca Sands’ guests can arrive at a fully stocked kitchen with items of their choice including fresh produce, wine and beer, as well as a private Chef Dinner experience for a Thanksgiving holiday meal with family and friends indoors or in al fresco setting. The team at Bianca Sands can provide a grocery list request form prior to the guests’ arrival. Guests can also enjoy the flavors of Provo’s international restaurants located within walking distance of the resort serving holiday meals combined with authentic island dishes.

Luxury accommodations at the resort include studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom oceanfront suites, as well as a penthouse suite. Suites have a fully equipped kitchen, in-suite dining service, and luxury bed linens.

For multi-generational families or groups of friends needing a little more space to call their own, the resort has a four-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath penthouse suite with views overlooking Grace Bay beach. This suite comes complete with a kitchen, gym, a children’s room equipped with two twin bunk beds, full access to all the resort amenities and additions such as a private chef upon request and a concierge to assist with the guest’s festive needs.

Guests of Bianca Sands can experience the surroundings of Turks & Caicos’ Grace Bay Beach, as well as enjoy the resort’s newly renovated infinity swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, Italian inspired courtyard, poolside bar, fitness center and lighted tennis courts. The resort’s concierge can recommend a variety of recreational adventures such as scuba diving and snorkeling trips, parasailing, Sunset cruises, wake boarding, kayak and island excursions.

There are direct flights to Providenciales from major U.S and international carriers including Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, New York, and Chicago. 

Photo by Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

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Regent Announces Special Youth Rates, Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs
Special rates and packages available until December 15, 2018. | Regent Seven Seas Cruises

With the majority of the 2018 Alaskan cruise season complete, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is gearing up for the 2019 season. Regent is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Alaska is the premier cruise destination market in the United States, according to Travel Leaders Group’s 2018 Travel Trends Survey, a statistic consistent with Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) predictions. In total, Alaska saw seven percent passenger growth this year. Responding to this traveler demand, Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner is offering 17 Alaskan voyages from May 16 through September 30, 2019, ranging from seven to 12 nights. During the voyages, Seven Seas Mariner cruises the Inside and Outside Passage, visiting ports in Anchorage, the Icy Strait (Hoonah), Juneau, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell, as well as the majestic Hubbard Glacier.

Seven Seas Cruises is introducing special youth rates on Alaska sailings and a special limited-time package that saves guests up to $6,000 when they combine their Alaska voyage with a pre- or post-cruise land program.

Expert-Designed Alaska Experiences

Regent’s 2019 Alaskan voyages will feature guest lecturer Terry Breen, a renowned, published Alaska specialist who has been sailing the Inside Passage for over 20 years. During the voyage many immersive excursions are offered for guests to explore Alaska that are included in the voyage’s one all-inclusive price, such as:

  • Mendenhall Glacier River Float, allowing guests to experience Alaska’s natural beauty on a rafting adventure down the Mendenhall River, with views of floating icebergs and mountain peaks.
  • Tongass Rainforest Nature Hike, where the flora, fauna and history of the world’s largest temperate rainforest is on display as one of Earth’s vital ecosystems.
  • Ocean Raft Adventures, an ocean rafting adventure in Sitka, where guests board an Adventure Raft, flying over ocean swells at speeds up to 50 mph. Along the way, seabirds, whales and sea otters appear en route to the ravaged volcanic coastline of Kruzof Island.
  • Spasski River Valley Wildlife And Bear Search, observing bears, deer and bald eagles in their natural habitats from an elevated observation area in the remote Spasski River Valley.
  • Craft Beer And Spirits Tasting Adventure, offering the chance to sample a selection of beers and spirits at a brewery and a distillery, both of which use glacial water and local ingredients to produce beverages. 

Regent also offers pre- and post-voyage land programs for Alaskan cruises. A new-for-2019 Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program is a five-to-six-night experience that takes guests on a train ride through towns and cities of the Pacific Northwest, along the Canadian Rockies so guests soak-up scenery from custom-built glass-domed carriages, complete with award-winning five-star dining. Now, Regent announced a new Ultimate Alaska package available on 15 voyages next year allowing guests to save up to $6,000 off the combined package fare when they book an Alaskan voyage along with the Ultimate Rocky Mountaineer Land Program by December 15, 2018.

Alaskan Voyages For Families

To encourage family travel during this peak Alaska booking season, this week Regent Seven Seas Cruises is announcing that 17-an-unders can sail free on select 10- and 11-night Alaska voyages, and for $499 on select seven night Alaska voyages in 2019. Young travelers experience Regent’s Club Mariner Youth Program aboard all 2019 Alaskan sailings; children ages five to 17 can participate in a range of specialized enrichment activities that educate youth on Alaskan culture, wildlife and nature, and includes games and movie nights. Each program is designed and supervised by youth counselors.

Reservations

All-inclusive Alaskan fares start at $5,299 per person, which include roundtrip airfare, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, Wi-Fi, fine wines and spirits, and a host of other amenities.

Photo by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Europe Luxury 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

We asked Millennial travel advisors to tell us about any unique hotels they’ve visited that they feel fit in very well with their locale. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of their Europe accommodation choices fall into the luxury category. Here is a sampling.

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Caribbean Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The Caribbean has a wealth of attributes that can inspire or amplify romance. Whether your couples are planning a destination wedding, a honeymoon, anniversary celebration or simply a romantic getaway, there are plenty of hotels to meet their needs. Read on to help you find your clients a place to stay that they will fall in love with.

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The Reverie Saigon Debuts the “Suite Dreams” Package
The “Suite Dreams” package is bookable for stays up until February 28, 2019. | The Reverie Saigon

With more business and leisure travelers looking for home-away-from-home style accommodation on their travels, The Reverie Saigon has opened up its luxury residential-style suites for one-night stays (previously there was a three-night minimum) and launched a “Suite Dreams” package that is bookable for stays up until February 28, 2019.

The Reverie Residence’s residential-style suites range from classic to contemporary in style, which are well suited for both business and leisure travelers. The suites offer views of the Saigon River and surrounding city skyline, Italian furnishings, premium bedding and marble-lined bathrooms with deep soaking tubs. In addition, each come with separate living rooms and fully equipped kitchens, as well as complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and minibar (re-stocked daily).

Rates for the “Suite Dreams” package start at $540 for a one-bedroom residential-style suite (single or double occupancy) but close to half of this value, $250, is returned to guests in the form of a daily credit. The daily credit can be accrued during multi-night stays but is not transferable, shareable between rooms and has no cash value. The unused balance will expire upon checkout.  

The credit can be used on a number of services including:

  • Airport transfers in one of the luxury house cars
  • Access to the Reverie Lounge
  • Meals at any of The Reverie Saigon’s restaurants and bars
  • Spa or beauty treatments at the spa
  • Dry-cleaning and laundry
  • Butler service
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Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Travel Agent University

Like you, our clients look to us for the unique and authentic.  Localized, immersive experiences aren’t just terms we added to our sales materials a couple of years ago. To us, unique and authentic aren’t a marketing strategy. For over 40 years, we’ve created distinctive hotels and resorts that capture the spirit of the destinations we are proud to call home. We strive to harmonize with each property’s local culture and environment–it’s the reason we got into the game. To pay homage to our communities. To connect through curiosity. To experience high touch, hand-crafted hospitality. Take the Noble House Hotels & Resorts course today!

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Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

The diversity of Pacific Mexico sells itself. Natural beauty, varied ecosystems, rich culture and history have all made distinctive marks on the coast. The mountains meet the ocean in Pacific Mexico. And in Baja California Sur, they meet the desert as well. Read all about it in the Mexico Pacific Coast 2018 Focus Series! 

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Hawaii Romance 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Hawaii is rich with resorts, activities and sites well suited for romance travelers. From honeymoons, weddings or even just a getaway for two, the naturally breathtaking views of the islands provide a picturesque backdrop for lovers. Here are some recent developments on that front.

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SAA Vacations Offers Complimentary Luxury Hotel Upgrades
Travelers must book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. | SAA Vacations

South African Airways Vacations (SAA Vacations), the leisure division of South African Airways, has announced complimentary luxury upgrades to five-star accommodations in Cape Town and in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve for travelers who book the “Best of South Africa” package by September 30, 2018. 

The “Best of South Africa” package upgrade special includes five-star accommodations in Cape Town at the Taj Cape Town located in the heart of the “Mother City” and the exclusive Becks Safari Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve. In addition to accommodations, the package includes round-trip air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington-Dulles on South African Airways, airport transfers in South Africa, a Cape Peninsula tour, Winelands tour, safari activities and airport meet and greet services by a SAA Vacations representative. 

In all, the package includes:

  • Roundtrip international economy class air transportation from New York-JFK Airport or Washington Dulles to Cape Town on South African Airways
  • Four-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Taj Cape Town, including breakfast
  • Three-nights’ accommodation at the five-star Becks Safari Lodge, including all meals
  • Daily breakfast in Cape Town
  • Full-day Cape Peninsula tour
  • Cape Winelands tour
  • Twice daily safari game drives
  • Airport transfers in South Africa with meet and greet by South African Airways Vacations’ representative upon arrival in South Africa

This five-star upgrade is available for new reservations made by September 30, 2018.

The Taj Cape Town is a luxury hotel situated near shops, restaurants and nightlife in the “Mother City”. The hotel offers 176 rooms, each individually appointed with classical furnishings, flat-screen televisions and marble bathrooms with rain showers and an oversized bathtub. Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, spa access, and free shuttles to Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred waterfront. 

Becks Safari Lodge combines luxurious living with distinct design nestled within the South African Bushveld. Each air-conditioned safari suite offers views of either the Makhutswi River or a popular waterhole, providing ideal game viewing. Amenities include private verandahs, premium bedding, coffee and tea facilities, and an infinity pool. Daily game drives in open safari vehicles provide the opportunity to view South Africa’s “Big Five” followed by evenings watching the sunset over the Drakensberg Mountains.

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Seabourn Announces Savings via “Set Sail Event”
The events runs through November 13, 2018, for select voyages departing in 2018 through May 2020. | Seabourn

Seabourn has unveiled the Set Sail Event, which offers travelers added value and a number of amenities on select voyages. The events runs through November 13, 2018, for select voyages departing in 2018 through May 2020.

The event benefits may include the below and vary by voyage:

  • Complimentary three veranda suite-category upgrade
  • Complimentary 300-minute Internet package per person
  • Up to $750 per person air credit
  • Up to $500 per suite shipboard credit
  • 50 percent reduced deposit
  • Up to 15 percent savings on select Combination Cruises

Guests who book a Penthouse or Premium Suite on select voyages will also receive:

  • Complimentary Unlimited Internet package per suite
  • Up to $1,500 per person air credit
  • $1,000 per suite shipboard credit

Seabourn’s Set Sail Event applies to select worldwide cruises in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Antarctica and Patagonia, Alaska, Atlantic Crossings, Arabia and India, Asia, Canada and New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, South America, and more. Visit Seabourn’s website for a complete listing of voyages, savings and amenities.

Air credits and other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.

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Ocean-Going Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

As cruise selling agents sail into the second half of 2018, the horizon is clear for robust cruise sales. But the cruise seascape always brings swells and bigger waves too. Being proactive in your sales game and knowing what opportunities to tap are critical for retailers. Here are key trends and events to watch through the end of 2018 and beyond.

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Africa & The Middle East Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

With an increase in visitors, new air routes, and exhilarating hotel and lodge development, it’s a good time to recommend travel to East and Southern Africa to clients. Travel to the Middle East has held steady over the last four years, thanks in part to a stronger than average interest by Millennials, with Matures (born before 1946) not far behind. Discover what's new in these destinations in the Africa & The Middle East Focus Series.

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Tour Operator 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s no secret that the consumer has changed in terms of what they want from a trip. Today’s traveler no longer wants to feel like a tourist, like a stranger in a strange town. The desire these days is to fit in like a local and to take part in activities that convey the emotion of what it would be like to live in the place they’re visiting. Or, at the very least, to feel like a very privileged guest who has been granted access to see the sights in a most respectful way. Here are some take-aways from a recent Tour Operator Roundtable we conducted that should help you sell your services to Millennials and other experiential travelers.

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Welcome to St. Kitts
Recorded on July 31, 2018 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Attend this webinar to discover the latest new additions in St. Kitts, and learn about the St. Kitts loyalty program with cash awards for logging on productivity. 

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Discover Abu Dhabi - Your Extraordinary Story
Recorded on July 31, 2018 | Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority

Captivating culture, breath-taking luxury, exhilarating adventure and the warmth of Arabian hospitality await you in Abu Dhabi. Discover tourism assets, new developments, and an overall insight into Abu Dhabi’s tourism products and services, with a particular focus on culture and heritage attractions alongside cruise, golf and entertainment segments. 

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Experience New Luxury & All-Inclusives in Saint Lucia & Barbados
Recorded on July 24, 2018 | Windjammer and Ocean Hotels

Why sell Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia and Ocean Hotels Group, Barbados? Attend this webinar to learn why and earn a chance to win a 3-night stay for 2 at Windjammer, Saint Lucia or Sea Breeze Beach House, Barbados.

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Rail Europe Outlines Seven Late-Summer Deals
Last offer available until September 17 | Rail Europe

European train ticket distributor Rail Europe provided the details on seven deals for travelers visiting late this summer. Offers include various discounts between 15 and 50 percent off certain passes, as well as a two-for-one promotion.

Passengers who book by August 6 for travel through December 9 can receive up to 30 percent off Eurostar Standard Premier tickets. The rail company connects over 100 destinations around Europe, including London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Thalys, one of the high-speed trains, will provide up to 48 percent off Premium class summer travel. The rail line links France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, transporting passengers to a total of 17 cities and making 50 roundtrips each day. The offer must be booked by August 27 for travel through September 2.

Travelers who book by July 30 can receive 15 percent off a first class Eurail Global Pass. Usable for up to 11 months after purchase, Eurail’s passes can provide between five flexible days within one month to three continuous months. Children ages four to 11 can receive free passes if purchased at the same time as an adult’s.

Trenitalia is offering two different deals: Visitors to Venice can receive 50 percent off train tickets if they book by August 30 and those looking to make multiple stops throughout Italy can buy Eurail Italy passes at a 20 percent discount. The offers are available until August 31. Similar to the other Eurail deal, children 11 and younger can receive free travel if their passes are bought at the same time as an adult.

Those looking to see the Munich Oktoberfest can buy 10- and 15-day Flexi and Consecutive German Rail passes at a 20 percent discount. With the festival beginning September 22, the offer covers travel from August 1 to September 30 if booked between August 1 and 30. Children aged six to 11 may travel free if their pass is bought with an adult’s.

Lastly, visitors to France and Spain this fall may buy two First Class France-Spain High Speed tickets for the price of one. The rail provides transportation to 21 cities. Passes must be bought between August 28 and September 17 for travel between September 14 and January 7, 2019.

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Iberostar Hotels & Resorts: Let It Shine
July 11th, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Iberostar

Join this webinar and learn about Iberostar's stunning, all-inclusive resorts in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, as well as our exciting plans for the future. 

Upon course completion, you’ll be preregistered as an Iberostar StarAgent and be eligible for special rewards and incentives. Register now for a chance to win a 3-night complimentary stay for 2 adults.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Travel Agent University

The St. Vincent and The Grenadines E-Learning Program aims to give you all the information you need for a sublime island experience, and we hope to do so by immersing you in the character, culture and flavor of our places and people.

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Experience the Cunard Difference
Recorded on July 10, 2018 | Cunard

Learn more about how Cunard is a one of a kind cruise experience and contemporary in every facet. We will share with you all the special event cruises, exciting onboard experiences and enrichment, along with the exquisite destinations  -- now including Alaska, that you will find Only on Cunard℠. Register now!

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Ecoventura Offers 25 Percent Off Galapagos Sailings This Fall
Ecoventura

Ecoventura, a small luxury cruising company in the Galapagos, is offering 25 percent off special departures this fall. Additionally, the company is hosting a series of themed yoga-, photography-, culinary- and biology-themed departures.

Travelers can save up to 25 percent off MV Origin sailings in September when they book now through July 30. Valid for departures:

  • September 2 – 9 (Proceeds benefit the Charles Darwin Foundation)
  • September 23 – 30 (Hosted by Jack Grove, a marine biologist and professional naturalist)
  • September 30 – October 7 (Hosted by Jack Grove)

To book, visit www.ecoventura.com. Rates with the discount on the MV Origin are approximately $11,775, a savings of almost $4,000.

Themed Cruises

This fall, set sail on an expedition through the Galapagos on Ecoventura’s MV Origin, named after Charles Darwin’s "Origin of Species." Guests abroad the 10-cabin sustainable mega-yacht can select from four specialty itineraries, offered for a limited time only, including a nature, yoga, photography and culinary themed departure. 

From September 23 – October 7, for example, explorers can learn about ocean conservation with marine biologist Jack Grove. He’ll accompany the group on all land and sea excursions, from swimming with Galapagos green turtles to watching the blue-footed boobies as they dance around to attract a mate. Grove will also host evening lectures where guests can ask questions and engage with fellow passengers. 

Guests on the September 12 – 23 sailing can enjoy the Ecuadorian flavors of local celebrity chef Juan Carlos Ordoñez. Guests can also enjoy a photography themed cruises (November 4 – 11 and 11 – 18) with lessons by Mauricio Torres, or a health and wellness-themed sailing with yogi Gustavo Plaza (December 2 – 9 and 9 – 16). 

With only 10 cabins, travelers are encouraged to book now to reserve their spot and save up to 5 percent off.

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The Lodhi, New Delhi Offers Three Nights for Price of Two
Offer available until September 30, 2018 | The Lodhi, New Delhi

The Lodhi in New Delhi announced its newest offer: Guests who stay three nights will only need to pay for two. The deal is available until September 30.

The "Stay 3, Pay 2" deal includes a drink when the guest arrives, Lodhi breakfast for two at the Elan restaurant and a 20 percent discount on food and soft drinks. 

Travelers looking to relax can visit the property’s spa and salon. With the special offer, guests can receive a 20 percent discount at either. Visitors can access The Lodhi’s gymnasium, 50-meter lap pool, tennis courts, squash courts and group yoga sessions. Participants will also receive a 20 percent discount on recreation.

The promotion also allows parents to bring along a child for free. The hotel will provide a complimentary extra bed for kids under 12. Subject to availability, visitors may also check in as early as 8 a.m. and check out as late as 9 p.m.

Located in India’s capital, New Delhi, The Lodhi offers a central location for visitors to venture out into the city. On Lodi Road, near Lodi Gardens, the hotel offers easy access to the vast park area and its tombs as old as the 15th century. Visitors looking to stay on the property can also enjoy easy views of the city from expansive balconies or visit the hotel’s private plunge pool.

The Lodhi, New Delhi is a member of The Leading Hotels of The World. The hotel is located a 40-minute trip away from the Indira Gandhi airport.

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AmaWaterways Offers Savings for AmaMagna’s 2019 Inaugural Season
AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways announced a special offer providing savings of up to $800 per person to guests booking AmaMagna’s SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube river in 2019.

With this offer, guests can upgrade from a base category stateroom to a more spacious 355-square-foot SB suite with a supplement of $2,999 per person. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites include full outside balconies, open seating areas and bathrooms complete with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks. Six Grand Suites (474 square feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710 square feet) provide more amenities with separate seating areas and spacious bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.

All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes the following:

  • A welcome gift including a bottle of champagne
  • A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service

At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna offers a total of 98 staterooms – most of which are suites measuring between 355 and 710 square feet. Complementing the Main Restaurant and the Chef’s Table Restaurant will be two new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar Restaurant, named for AmaWaterways’ late co-founder Jimmy Murphy, and the Al Fresco Restaurant, with retractable windows and outdoor seating. 

Passengers can also enjoy a complementary daily excursion program including escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes lead by a trained Wellness Host. Additional highlights include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services and a Water Sports Platform.

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Jamaican All-Inclusive Introduces 15% Commission
Recorded on June 27, 2018 | Couples Resort

Couples Resorts, a couples-only boutique brand in Jamaica, has refined the word all-inclusive while still making it affordable. Attend this webinar and learn about a course to become a certified Couples Ambassador and begin earning 15% commission. It’s time to take your partnership to the next level with Couples Resorts. Register now!

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The World of Crystal
June 22, 2018 | 2pm ET / 11am PT | Crystal Cruises

Join Carmen Roig, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, for an intimate exploration into The World of Crystal. Gain insight from The World’s Most Awarded Luxury Cruise Line as to how the onboard experience is delivered, its distinct experiences, endless entertainment and enrichment onboard.

Join us on June 22 and learn why no one does it like Crystal -- and one lucky attendee will win a $250 gift card. Register here!

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2019 France Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

From Paris to Provence, Brittany to Bordeaux, there are accommodations in France to suit every client’s wants and needs. Discover what's new in the Focus Series!

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Alpina Gstaad Announces New Package for the Gstaad Menuhin Festival
The package will be available for stays from July 13 to September 1. | The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad is offering a two-night package from July 13 to September 1 to celebrate the 62nd Gstaad Menuhin Festival, a music festival held every summer. The festival will have performances of works from Brahms, Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Wagner, all made accessible by the hotel’s "Menuhin in Motion" package, which includes tickets to a performance in addition to two nights of luxury accommodations.

The theme of this year’s Festival is “The Alps,” with music composed in mountain settings amidst soaring peaks. Sixty-seven concerts will be performed in 11 venues, including seven medieval churches.  On July 14, Paul McCreesh will conduct Haydn’s Seasons, and compositions that Brahms wrote on the shores of Lake Thun will be performed for the first time in their entirety on July 31. Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” Symphony, played by violinist David Garrett and the Mariinsky Orchestra from St. Petersburg under the director of Valery Gergiev, will be on August 25.

Since last year, Jaap van Zweden, who has been named the new director of the New York Philharmonic for the 2018-19 season, has led the Gstaad Festival Orchestra. Under his direction, the festival will kick off in the 13th Century Saanen Church with violinist Daniel Hope, winner of the 2015 European Cultural Prize for Music, and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra performing Vivaldi and Max Richter.

Some highlights from this year’s program are:

  • July 19 – Pianist Sir András Schiff playing Mozart with violinist Yuuko Shiokawa
  • July 26 – Gala Baroque Orchestral Concert with countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and soprano Emöke Barath singing Händal
  • July 30 – World premiere of works from Peter Eötvös and Francisco Coll performed by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and cellist Sol Gabetta
  • August 10 – Pianist Hélène Grimaud performing Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jaap van Zweden conducting the Gstaad Festival Orchestra  
  • August 18 – Jonas Kaufmann, the award-winning German operatic tenor, performing “Wagner in the Mountains” including Valkyrie with the Gstaad Festival Orchestra
  • August 31 – The Alps in Italian Opera: soprano Olga Peretyatko and tenor Juan Diego Flórez featuring works by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini

The Alpina Gstaad's "Menuhin in Motion" includes accommodations in a Deluxe Room Schönried with daily breakfast and an Alpina Culinary Credit, two tickets to a concert, and a two-day Gstaad card. Rates for the two-night package start at about $2,005 for two people. The rate for single occupancy is approximately $1,450.

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Couples Resorts Specialist
Travel Agent University

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to book this successful brand that has been catering to couples and romance for more than 35 years. At all four Jamaican oceanfront resorts—two in Ocho Rios and two in Negril, guests will find virtually everything included. 

 
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Florida Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

From the Panhandle to the Keys, Florida is dotted with a great number and variety of family-friendly hotels and resorts. In addition to amenities for all ages, they are convenient to fun activities, be it a great beach, a theme park, a wildlife reserve or other adventures. Here are some of the most recent developments on the Sunshine State’s accommodations front for you to share with your multi-generational clients.

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River Cruise 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

River cruising is a hot commodity for travel advisors desiring to increase earnings. Discover what's new in river cruising in the Focus Series!

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Caribbean Family 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

For clients planning to take their first family vacation outside the continental United States, especially those living on or near the East Coast, the Caribbean offers many advantages. For starters, flight times are shorter; even the southernmost islands are only three hours from Miami. Read all about updates in the Caribbean in the Focus Series!

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London 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Year after year in survey after survey, London lands in the top three of favorite European cities to visit, jockeying for position with Paris and Rome. Among the advantages the British capital has over its French and Italian counterparts, especially with first time transatlantic travelers, is a shorter flight time and, beyond some delightful differences in some word meanings, no language barrier. And, of course, there is no shortage of iconic attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to the Coca-Cola London Eye, shopping at Harrods, and the West End theaters, where “Hamilton“ and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” are the hottest tickets. Read more in the London 2018 Focus Series!