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May 2019

Take Your River Cruise to the Next Level with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways, the river cruise line known for offering an array of active shore excursions on every sailing, is upping its on-board and on-shore fitness programs with the introduction of a dedicated Activity Manager on each of its seven European Star-Ships.

Beginning in April, when the river cruise season kicks off, the Activity Managers will oversee all EmeraldACTIVE shore excursions—which include guided cycle tours, urban and rural hikes, and canoeing trips—as well as daily on-board classes. New this year, guests can continue to meet their fitness goals on board with a selection of activities such as yoga and Pilates sessions, aqua aerobics in the heated indoor pools, and one-mile walks on the open-air track, all coordinated by the Activity Manager.

“In addition to coordinating the group fitness programs, the Activity Managers will also be available to assist guests with planning individual cycling tours or athletic walks in port,” said Lisa Norton, Vice President of Brand Management for Emerald Waterways US. “River cruisers of all ages are increasingly interested in active, health-conscious travel, and we’re committed to offering programming that delivers a wide variety of options.”

Emerald Waterways’ river cruises offer contemporary, deluxe ships, outstanding service and an incredibly inclusive pricing plan. Cruise fares include all transfers; all port charges; all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins replenished daily; continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapés and after-dinner sweet treats served in the top suites; complimentary Wi-Fi onboard the ship; most shore excursions as well as all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights, and transfers are also included.

Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways' eight branded Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia; the Adriatic Princess and Adriatic Pearl yachts in Croatia; and the MS Hamees on the Nile.

An experience of a lifetime awaits you when you set sail with Emerald Waterways to the world’s most beautiful rivers. Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning your next unforgettable getaway!

*Terms and Conditions: Restrictions apply. Contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions.

American Cruise Lines Names 3rd Modern Riverboat American Jazz

American Cruise Lines announces American Jazz as the name of the 3rd new ship in their revolutionary Modern Riverboat Series. American Jazz will be slightly larger than both the 1st and 2nd ships in the series, and it will feature the same advanced opening bow and retractable gangway seen on American Song and American Harmony. American Jazz is already well under construction at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Salisbury, MD and is on schedule to begin cruising the Mississippi in 2020. American Cruise Lines has 5 modern riverboats planned for the series and currently operates the newest and largest fleet of American-built cruise ships in the country.

In 2019, while work is underway on American Jazz, sister ship American Song is already sailing itineraries out West on the Columbia & Snake Rivers and American Harmony begins cruising the Mississippi River in August.

About American Cruise Lines: In 2018, American Cruise Lines celebrated its most award-winning year ever, winning 13 travel awards, including Condé Nast’s Readers’ Choice Award, for Top Small Cruise Lines; and Cruise Critic’s Cruisers’ Choice Award for Best River Line in the U.S. & Canada. American operates the largest and newest fleet of coastal cruise ships, Victorian-style paddlewheelers, and the only modern riverboats in the U.S. All ships are between 100-200 passengers and are built, crewed and registered in the U.S.A. With over 35 itineraries to 25 states, including many theme and holiday cruises, American cruises along the rivers, as well as the coastal and inland waterways of New England, Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, the Mississippi River system, and the Southeast.

American Cruise Lines’ international affiliate company, Pearl Seas Cruises, operates cruises on the Great Lakes, the Canadian Maritimes, to Cuba from the U.S., as well as Central & South America, and the Panama Canal.

What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant to learn more about setting sail onboard American Cruise Lines!

Exciting New Ship and Itineraries for Riviera River Cruises

Riviera River Cruises recently announced that it will launch the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer in spring 2020. The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will accommodate 167 guests on itineraries on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers and Dutch waterways.

The 443-foot Geoffrey Chaucer will be a state-of-the-art, all-suite ship featuring a unique yet exquisite blend of rich, sustainable hardwoods, gleaming brass, polished copper, sparkling glass, intricate wrought iron, and beautiful lighting. Amenities will include a panoramic observation lounge, main restaurant, fitness center, spa, wellness area, boutique, and sun deck. A more intimate second restaurant at the stern of the ship – The Bistro – offers an open kitchen with a chef ready to take special orders, as well as panorama windows that allow for al fresco dining.

The Geoffrey Chaucer’s 88 suites will be a minimum of 183 square feet. It will accommodate 167 guests and 44 crew. Diamond and Ruby Deck suites will bring the French balcony inside with stunning views from floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows. Deluxe Balcony Suites on the Diamond Deck will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that open onto a small private balcony.

Riviera River Cruises also recently announced that it will offer two new itineraries on the Seine and Danube Rivers in 2020. The Seine, Paris & Normandy River Cruise will take guests from the iconic French capital to a D-Day beach and Monet’s garden, while The Vienna, Bohemia & the Treasures of the Danube River Cruise will take them from the seat of the Habsburg Empire to the Roman city of Regensburg and the medieval Cesky Krumlov castle.

Riviera’s award-winning cruises include spacious cabins and suites, fine culinary experiences from sumptuous breakfasts to four-course dinners featuring international classics and regional specialties, and expert-led excursions to classic sights and lesser-known places. Riviera offers 15 itineraries on 10 rivers and waterways, including exclusive departures for solo travelers, and its fleet is the youngest sailing in Europe, with 13 ships and none older than six years.

When you book select sailings with Riviera River Cruises by May 31, 2019, you can enjoy one or more of the following Expedia®> Extras:*

Expedia® Extras*

  • Free Beverage Package
  • Up to $500 Credit to Spend in Europe

Advisors and their clients will each receive a $500 Visa Gift Card per cabin booked on:*

  • Cruise the Heart of Europe River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures
  • Budapest to the Black Sea River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures

Advisors and their clients will each receive a $250 Visa Gift Card per cabin booked on:*

  • The Douro, Porto & Salamanca River Cruise, all July and August 2019 departures
  • The Blue Danube River Cruise, all July and August 2019 departures
  • Rhine Cruise to Switzerland River Cruise, all July, August and October 2019 departures
  • Burgundy, The River Rhone & Provence River Cruise, all July through October 2019 departures

Riviera guarantees exceptional value, promising never to add hidden surcharges or fees, or to artificially inflate or discount prices. Riviera also doesn’t automatically include gratuities or drinks, so the choice is up to guests.

To find out more about the new all-suite MS Geoffrey Chaucer or itineraries on the Seine and Danube Rivers in 2020, please contact your Vacation Consultant.

*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact your Vacation Consultant for full terms and conditions. Additional details for Advisor and clients offer: Incentive is valid for new 2019 bookings made by May 31, 2019. Client’s deposit must be received by May 31, 2019. Visa Gift Cards will be mailed two weeks before cruise departure. Not eligible on group bookings. Other terms and conditions may apply

Experience the Next Wave of Travel with Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises has just unveiled the easiest way to vacation with Princess MedallionClass. Unlock a world of possibilities onboard Princess, with easier everything – boarding, streaming content, delivered drinks, and finding your friends onboard. This experience elevates your vacation by delivering an enhanced level of personalization and guest services. This guest-centric approach to cruising, maximizes the level of guest personalization across every aspect of their cruise vacation – delivering an impeccable service so you can have the most relaxing vacation you’ve ever had.

It all begins with your OceanMedallion™ device:

This quarter-sized device, free for all guests, enables Princess MedallionClass™ experiences. Carry it with you everywhere, and enjoy all the experiences it unlocks – even your stateroom door!

Go from curbside to poolside in a breeze:

Get OceanReady® at home and receive an OceanMedallion in the mail prior to your departure. You’ll be surprised at how fast embarkation is and how soon you’re sitting by the pool and enjoying your vacation!

Find your friends, family and way around the ship:

You get turned around on your way to dinner, so you use your phone’s OceanCompass™ app for point-to-point directions. Later, you easily locate your kids and text with your husband for free.

Drinks and more delivered to you, wherever you are:

The book you’re reading is too good to put down, but you’re thirsty. You order your favorite drink and snack through the OceanNow™ app and look up to see a crew member headed your way with your order.

Get ready for the best vacation you have ever gone on, with an open world of possibilities onboard. This is the vacation you deserve, and one that you won’t need a vacation from! To get more information about Princess’ MedallionClass, contact your Vacation Consultant today to find out how you can ensure access to this experience.

Book Early and Save Big on Fall and Winter Travel with Apple Vacations!

There’s no better time than now to get a head-start on your upcoming fall or winter vacation! Until May 30, you can book early and save big on 2019/2020 deals to some of the most amazing resorts. Your all-inclusive Apple Vacation’s package includes everything you could ever wish for - round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, in-resort transfers, along with meals, drinks, entertainments, and gratuities, are all included!

Until May 30, book an Exclusive Nonstop Vacation Flight Package or Scheduled Air Package to select resorts and enjoy this Expedia® Extra:*

Expedia® Extra*

  • Up to $150 savings per booking

Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts

Time to unplug and hit the reset button through the tranquility of Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resorts. Zoetry combines luxury with holistic wellness to offer the utmost blissful experience, known as The Art of Life®, so you can take a break from life itself and return feeling absolutely brand new.

Zoetry’s Endless Privileges® redefines what it means to be all-inclusive by offering endless food and beverage options – including sparkling wine and healthy gourmet cuisine, above-and-beyond service levels and amenities inside your graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped suites, and even a 20-minute wellness experience or fitness consultation so your body, mind, and soul is truly taken care of.

Zoetry wants you to experience a new level of holistic well-being. At their resorts, you’ll discover how wellness is redefined through unique health, fitness, nutrition, and spa approaches. Along with luxurious spa treatments like Thalassotherapy – the use of seawater as a form of therapy – and rich body wraps or romantic couples massages, Zoetry also offers amazing experiences that will re-invigorate your soul. Take part in a Temazcal ceremony to purify your mind, or attend a Naturalismo art pairing tour that pairs art, food, and cocktails made from the same ingredients for a grand cultural experience. You can also enjoy a variety of wellness treatments that will renew your body in any way that suits your needs, such as Tai-Chi classes, acupuncture, Mayan healing products, aromatherapy, physiotherapy, and much more. Stress is a thing of non-existence at a Zoetry Wellness & Spa Resort!

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Looking for a family-friendly retreat? Dreams Resorts & Spas offer luxurious accommodations and exciting activities that are perfect for couples or couples with children. While you love spending time with your kids, we know you might want some alone time to enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment or indulging in a romantic dinner. Not to worry – Dreams Resorts & Spas is here to help you perfectly balance both!

While you’re making your way through 30 different revitalizing treatments to choose from, the kids will be having a great time on their own in the Explorer’s Club or Core Zone Teens Club. For younger toddlers that are not yet old enough to join either clubs, Dreams offers babysitting services so you can still have your worries taken care of and still enjoy your alone time! Or perhaps you’re looking for a family spa day – Dreams Resorts & Spas has that covered too. Services for teens and children include delicious and pampering treatments like chocolate body wraps, strawberry hydrating facials, papaya soothing facials, or a chocolate mint exfoliation!

Your stay Dream Resorts & Spa is promised to be a perfect balance between exciting and thrilling, and extremely relaxing. Slot in an exciting activity between your relaxing spa treatments. Enjoy Themed Nights for a whole night of spectacular entertainment. Root for your team during Football Night, laugh with your favorite comedy film at Movie Night, or sing your heart out at Karaoke Night. With a variety of entertainment, you’ll never experience a dull moment! Beyond Themed Nights, there’s also an array of indoor and outdoor activities that will keep you busy. Hop on an ocean trampoline, challenge your family to a board game, work up a sweat at a dance lesson, or challenge your mind at the monster chess board.

Couples Resort

Write the next chapter of your love story at Couples Resorts in Jamaica! Couples Resorts features four oceanfront hotels designed to induce romance and is the perfect setting for a magical wedding or honeymoon. Whether you plan on holding your romantic day in a garden gazebo, in an intimate treehouse, on an oceanfront, or private island, there are a number of unreal venues to choose from.  No detail is ever too small at Couples Resort. Wedding planning is part of the all-inclusive perk at Couples Resort. Watch Kenisha Dell, Tia Rooney, and Andrea Bruce work their magic and plan the wedding of your dreams.  This dynamic trio has earned the trust of couples year after year and can create the most fairytale-like experience for you and your loved one.

Just looking for a romantic getaway to spend some quality time together? No problem either! Couples Resort offers an array of fun and romantic activities that will guarantee amazing new memories to cherish. Enjoy unlimited premium brand spirts along with 24-hour dining options that features authentic tropical flavors and handcrafted menus that will delight your taste buds. In-room dining options are also available, so you can have a cozy meal in bed! Hop on a thrilling adventure of the undersea world together with unlimited scuba diving. Witness majestic sea creatures, colorful coral reefs, and feel the warm tropical water no matter what your experience level is! Nightlife at Couples Resorts is also unmatched with Caribbean rhythms to dance to, piano sing-alongs, and beach bonfires for an incredibly beautiful evening along the water. Whether it’s a special occasion or just an excuse to getaway from every day life, the Couples Resort experience will surely re-ignite your love life and provide you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Whichever resort you decide, an unforgettable vacation is calling your name with Apple Vacations. Contact your Vacation Consultant today to start planning!

Warm Welcomes, Unique Itineraries, Local Lore

CIE Tours is the premier operator for Irish and Britain vacations, backed by 87 years of experience and an impeccable reputation. Their tours and people exemplify the best of Irish hospitality: warmth, approachability, natural storytelling, and immersion in local culture. Now, they’ve extended that same Irish DNA to brand-new destinations around the world, beginning with Iceland and Italy.

From all-inclusive guided vacations to customized private driver experiences and self-drive adventures, their tours are curated to appeal to all —honeymooners, bucket-listers, solo travelers, families and those seeking to connect with their heritage. They balance famous icons with local haunts and immersive cultural experiences. And throughout, their expert guides provide the backstories and deep intel that simply can’t be gleaned from a book. 

More than 50,000 travelers each year choose CIE Tours, and collectively give them a 95% customer satisfaction rating. Here are five reasons why:

  1. Since 1932, CIE Tours has been creating distinctive and memorable travel experiences in Ireland and beyond.
  2. Breadth and depth. We have more than 50 guided vacations to choose from—from weekenders to epic journeys. You can also customize a private driver experience or self-drive adventure leveraging their expertise.
  3. They’ll immerse you in local culture—you won’t just see their destination, you’ll live it.
  4. Deep local knowledge. Their local guides and drivers are at the heart of any CIE Tours vacation. Sharing their personal knowledge of each destination, they make the trip singularly memorable and enlightening for guests. 
  5. All-inclusive. Every aspect of a CIE Tours itinerary is included – no hidden costs and no upselling on tour.

Experiences to Wow Your Friends

CIE Tours goes beyond the tried and true—with new ways of experiencing some of the classics. Here’s just a sampling:

  • Outer Hebrides: Scotland’s Gaelic West goes beyond the popular Isle of Skye to explore seven Scottish islands in 11 days.
  • Irish Foodie Tour is an epicure’s dream that includes everything from a Dublin cooking class to seaweed foraging and a whiskey and chocolate pairing.
  • Patrick’s Day in Dublin: The Wearing of the Green puts you in the center of it all with exclusive parade access for the experience of a lifetime.

Please contact your Vacation Consultant for CIE Tours’ latest promotions. There are still great deals for 2019 travel and 2020 tours will be available for sale from June!

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Franchise Partners Set Sail at National Conference

Each year, Expedia franchise owners come together to connect with fellow franchisees, travel industry executives and corporate team members. This year’s National Conference took place on a seven-day round-trip Eastern Caribbean sailing from New Orleans, aboard the Carnival Dream. Read more about the value of national conference for Expedia Franchisees here.

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