Kurt von Schleicher
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February 2019

Mega Makeover For Perfect Day at CocoCay

Royal Caribbean will debut the Perfect Day at CocoCay in May 2019. This one-of-a kind vacation boasts ways to thrill and chill, all in the same day. Guests can conquer the tallest waterslide in North America, snap a photo from 450 feet up in a helium balloon, drink at the swim-up bar, or get a taste of Bora Bora in the only private overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. This is Perfect Day at CocoCay – on the Royal Caribbean®.

There are countless new ways to test your threshold for adrenaline. Zip line across the island at lightening-speed, conquer Daredevil’s Peak℠ – the tallest waterslide in North America – or brave the largest wave pool in the Caribbean. At Thrill Waterpark, you’ll cool off but not before you heat up your sense of bravery when you take on exciting waterslides. These attractions, and admission to Thrill Waterpark, are available for an additional charge. You can reserve activities once onboard, but heads up — the most popular attractions book up fast, so reserve them ahead of your sailing.

If a chill vacation is more your style, enjoy a dip in Oasis Lagoon – the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean – or unwind shoreside on dramatically enhanced beaches like South Beach or Chill Island beach – an expansive beach with plenty of ways to lounge. You can also head to the secluded Hideaway Lagoon beach, located just a ten-minute trail walk from the pier. If you purchase admission to Coco Beach Club, you’ll enjoy access to premium amenities, a tranquil infinity pool, and upscale Mediterranean fare at Coco Beach Club’s exclusive restaurant. This is also where you’ll find The Bahamas’ first overwater cabanas where you can soak up your private slice of endless horizon.

There are also many complimentary activities on Perfect Day at CocoCay, like Captain Jack’s Galleon, an interactive shipwreck complete with slides and water cannons. Oasis Lagoon — the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean. The biggest-ever Splashaway Bay, the aqua park for little explorers found on many Royal Caribbean ships, is coming ashore with even more gallons of fun. You’ll also find a range of complimentary dining options, like Skipper’s Grill and Chill Grill.

Soon you’ll be able to do all these things and more on CocoCay, a Royal Caribbean private destination in The Bahamas. It’s all part of a large-scale project that is transforming the private island into a destination unlike anything you’ve experienced. Think bigger, better, more unbelievable thrills, sprawling powdery beaches, and incredible new ways to kick back. Perfect Day at CocoCay is the first in a planned series of exclusive destinations around the world — the Royal Caribbean Perfect Day Island Collection. — and the adventure begins May 2019.

During our Sea the World Sale from February 1- 28, book a balcony or above stateroom for any 6-night or longer sailing and receive this Expedia® Extra*:

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  • One FREE Specialty Dining experience for two

There are so many ways to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay, from short Caribbean escapes onboard Mariner of the Seas® and Navigator of the Seas®, to longer sailings onboard game changing Oasis Class ships, Allure®, Harmony® and Symphony of the Seas℠. If you’re sailing from the Northeast, you’ll find plenty of options onboard Grandeur®, Adventure® and Anthem of the Seas®.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the Perfect Day at CocoCay! Contact your Vacation Consultant today and start planning a short vacation or longer getaway with Royal Caribbean that includes the coolest private island!

*Offer is valid for new, individual (FIT) and named group bookings made February 1, 2019 – February 28, 2019 for any 6 Night or longer sailing departing April 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019 (excludes China). Bookings on applicable sailings made in a balcony stateroom category or above will receive one complimentary specialty dining experience for two in a specialty restaurant. Offer is valid one per stateroom for two guests. Offer is valid for lunch for two, one per sailing, at Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, Jamie’s Italian or Sabor Modern Mexican; or dinner for two, one per sailing, at Chops Grille, Giovanni's Table, Samba Grill, Jamie’s Italian, 150 Central Park or Wonderland. Venues vary by ship. Reservations for specialty dining must be made onboard. Offer may be used on any day based on venue availability. Offer will not be accepted for specialty dining reservations that are made online prior to the cruise. Revenue items shown on specialty dining menus are not included in this offer and are available at an additional cost. Special dining events that take place in specialty restaurants are excluded from the offer. Offer cannot be used toward the purchase of specialty dining packages. Alcoholic beverages and sodas are not included, and are available at an additional cost. Specialty dining gratuities are included. This offer does not give guest(s) any priority for reservations, or if there is a wait to be seated in the restaurant. Not all ships feature specialty restaurants. Offer may not be combined with any other specialty dining offer. Individual reservations can be transferred into an existing group, assuming required criteria are met. Offer does not apply to Contracted Groups. Offer available in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. Additional restrictions may apply. We reserve the right to disallow any credit for inappropriately duplicative submissions, or those that are inconsistent with the terms and conditions of the offer. ©2019 Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Ships registry: Bahamas.

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Magic on land. Enchantment at sea. One lucky winner could enjoy a vacation for four on a Disney Cruise Line ship and at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, all in one unforgettable experience. Enter now for a chance to win from Expedia CruiseShipCenters!

Two magical Disney vacations in one

Create the ultimate Disney vacation by combining the magic of Disney Cruise Line and the enchantment of Walt Disney World Resort. Set sail for the perfect balance of high-seas adventure and theme park magic on your next family getaway by adding a stay at the Walt Disney World Resort before or after an unforgettable experience onboard Disney Cruise Line. With close proximity to Walt Disney World Resort, combining a cruise adventure departing from or arriving in Port Canaveral to your Walt Disney World Resort vacation has never been more convenient and hassle-free.  Experience all the magic that Disney has to offer by combining all the attractions, excitement and entertainment of the theme parks with an immersive onboard experience as you sail alongside your favourite Disney characters to some of the most stunning destinations in the world!

Walt Disney World Resort

Make memories that will last a lifetime when you enjoy a getaway at the Walt Disney World Resort. Great for multigenerational vacations, Walt Disney World Resort will bring your entire family together with amazing experiences to share. With everything from world-class attractions in four theme parks and two water parks to full service spas, golf courses, and character dining, there’s no shortage of entertainment for every member of your family. Plus Disney Springs with its eclectic mix of unique boutiques, one-of-a-kind eateries and jaw-dropping entertainment. Let the vacation magic continue 24 hours a day at one of 26 themed Walt Disney World Resort hotels that vary in price and amenity, guaranteeing something customizable to every vacationer’s needs. Whatever the activity, there’s plenty of magic to go around that will bring every member of your family together for a truly magical vacation!

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Disney Cruise Line

Continue the enchantment with a vacation on sea when you set sail before or after your stay at Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy a cruising experience unlike any other onboard one of the Disney Cruise Line ships, with endless entertainment for adults and children alike! When you set sail with Disney, you’ll experience an unforgettable vacation that boasts fun and leisure for each and every member of the family so that no one ever has to compromise. Whether it’s relaxing “me” time for adults, imaginative activities for the kids or thrilling entertainment for the whole family, a Disney cruise invites everyone to enjoy their favourites – and share in the magic together. Plus, most cruises that sail to the Caribbean and The Bahamas visit Disney Castaway Cay, a tropical island paradise created just for Disney Cruise Line Guests. Here, everyone in your family will find fun and relaxation just for them. There are beaches just for adults, as well as beaches for the entire family. Even kids have their own fun water spaces with twisting slides, water cannons and more.  With Disney Cruise Line, you’ll find adventure, relaxation and everything in-between for every member of your family. Contact your Vacation Consultant or click here to enter now!

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Embark on a Mississippi River Cruise

Experience the historic authenticity of the Mississippi River aboard the celebrated American Queen® or the new American Duchess™ and discover America from the indescribable perspective of the river with the river cruise line’s variety of Mississippi River Cruise itineraries ranging from five to 23 days.

American Queen Steamboat Company offers the most inclusive river cruise experience in North America with pre-cruise hotel stays, wine and beer with dinner, shore excursions in each port and tantalizing, regionally-inspired cuisine. The lower region of the Mississippi exposes you to centuries-old shaded oak trees, elegant antebellum plantations and Civil War memorials – it’s like taking a step back in time. The upper region of the Mississippi reveals the inspiration behind Mark Twain's famed literary classics while acquainting you with storybook American towns, vibrant cities and indigenous wildlife.

Experience authentic America on the Mighty Mississippi itinerary on American Queen, sailing June 23, 2019, and August 11, 2019, or on American Duchess sailing August 18, 2019. This incredible voyage sails from Minneapolis or St. Paul, to New Orleans or vice versa. Traveling on the Mighty Mississippi and its tributaries aboard an iconic paddelwheel riverboat will have you transported back in time to an era of leisurely, and romantic travel.

Racing on the River is a new itinerary on American Duchess, sailing July 7, 2019, from Memphis to Pittsburgh. Discover the charming attractions of quaint ports that have long been guest favorites, from artsy Paducah, Kentucky, to picturesque Marietta, Ohio, where you can learn about the Golden Age of steamboating. Get in the spirit in Maysville, Kentucky, by taking part in a 5K walk/run. This voyage includes a special opportunity to learn about horse racing in a lecture focused on the Kentucky Derby. Another lecture traces the history of steamboat racing, and that excitement will come to life in a good old-fashioned race on the river as the American Duchess challenges the Belle of Cincinnati.

Book select 2019 American Queen Steamboat voyages by March 3, 2019, and receive one of the following Expedia® Extras*:

Expedia® Extras*

  • Up to $500 air credit per person on all categories on American Duchess, or Category C or above on American Queen
  • Up to $150 air credit per person on Category D or E on American Queen, or all categories on (excludes CS) on American Empress

Climb aboard an iconic steamboat and explore a slice of American history on their Mississippi River cruises. Offering a unique on-the-river perspective, American Queen Steamboat voyages create the perfect getaway for nature and history lovers alike. Enjoy their richly appointed paddlewheelers and steamboats that offer beautiful staterooms and suites, restaurants and spacious decks for watching the river sights go by.

There is no better way to see America than from the perspective of the river, for the river has played a tremendous role in the shaping of America, and the lives of the people who inhabit it. Contact your Vacation Consultant today and cruise amidst the charms, and gracious style of an American Queen Steamboat vessel.

* Offer expires March 31, 2019, or when no valid cabins remain. $500-per-person air credit applicable for American Duchess on all categories sailing: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 6/16, 6/23, 9/8, 9/15, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22; American Queen Category C or above sailing: 6/9, 6/16, 7/14, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/22. $150-per-person air credit applicable for American Queen Category D or E sailing: 6/9, 6/16, 7/24, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/22; American Empress on all categories sailing: 4/28, 5/12, 6/9, 6/23, 7/7, 8/4, 8/18, 9/1, 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/17. Air credit will be shown as an additional discount on the cruise invoice. Airfare does not have to be purchased in order to receive the credit. Valid on new, paid-in-full bookings made between January 2 and March 31, 2019. Singles booked in double-occupancy cabins will receive double the discount. Not valid on group bookings or existing reservations. Cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Promotional fares and amenities are capacity-controlled, may vary by sailing and may be withdrawn without notice. Cruise fares quoted are in U.S. dollars, are per person and do not include government taxes and fees, port charges, gratuities, insurance, personal expenditures or transportation costs incurred while traveling to and from embarkation ports. Not responsible for errors or omissions. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Call for details, and mention Offer Code 2019 Savings.

Enjoy an included tour of a lifetime with AmaWaterways!

On an AmaWaterways river cruise, you don’t just pass through a destination — you experience it. Each one of their itineraries is crafted with a paramount goal in mind: connecting you to the essence of life in each place you visit. Choose from a range of included excursions, such as exclusive Special Interest Tours immersing you further into the local culture. Savor Sachertorte and Sekt in Vienna or learn how to cook quintessential French cuisine in Provence. Active adventurers may join one of the many guided biking and cycling tours. Imagine cycling through Normandy’s inspiring countryside, the birthplace of impressionism, or hiking up to fortified castles for the stunning views in magnificent cities like Budapest and Prague. With AmaWaterways, the choice is yours.

Every year, AmaWaterways seek out new opportunities for their guests to experience local culture in a unique way through their Interest Tours. These tours are specifically designed to give small groups the chance to be even more immersed in a destination. If you have ever wanted to indulge in Belgian waffles and chocolate in Antwerp, try your hand at knotting a pretzel in Wertheim, or go to a bratwurst and beer tasting in Nuremberg, these tours are perfect for you.

With AmaWaterways’ Guided Bike Tours, you have the option of exploring Europe’s amazing sights like the locals do. Being the first river cruise line to carry an entire fleet of complimentary bicycles on board means that you can experience biking alongside enchanting riverside pathways and in city centers. Whether you feel like joining one of their exclusive guided bike tours, or want to go discover on your own, there are many ways for you to explore on two wheels during your cruise.

The beauty of Europe doesn’t just lie in the architecture and landmarks – there is also breathtaking scenery to be seen. With AmaWaterways’ Guided Hiking Tours, you’ll be able to hike off the beaten path to some very captivating destinations like the Dürnstein Fortress, where it is said that Richard the Lionheart was once held captive.

With so many options to choose from, there will always be something new for you to discover with AmaWaterways’ included tours. What are you waiting for? Contact your Vacation Consultant today and start planning your next unforgettable getaway of a lifetime!

Terms & Conditions: Rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a Category E stateroom (Mekong - Category C). Promotional rate is valid on select departures for new FIT bookings made from February 1 – 28, 2019. Savings are per stateroom, based on double occupancy; Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Onboard credit amounts to $300 per stateroom (solo travelers receive half) on select 2019 departures. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change/termination without notice. Port charges, stateroom upgrades, land programs, roundtrip airfare, and gratuities are additional. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. CST#2065452-40.

Where You’ll Need to Go Next with Collette

Collette is proud to showcase their new tours for 2019 and 2020, displaying the fresh, exciting and engaging new travel experiences that are guaranteed to wow. They have journeyed across the globe to show travellers both new experiences, and new perspectives of the familiar.

Everyone is a little bit different and at Collette, they like to make sure that their travellers can choose the “Travel Style” that’s right for them. Whether you’d like to hit all the iconic must-sees on a whirlwind-tour, relax on a river cruise, or enjoy something in between, Collette has somewhere new for you to go. Our new addition of tours also includes additions to their Exploration Tours. On an Exploration Tour, travellers will head off the well-known path and appreciate all the extraordinary moments held in the everyday. It’s time to wander, to wonder, and to awaken your soul. It’s time to experience small group travel, reinvented.

Whether you want to be swept away by the allure of golden beaches and lush hillsides in Spain, meet up with a local foodie for a culinary cultural adventure and explore the influences of Jewish, Italian, and French cuisine in Montréal, or stand in awe of the beauty and majesty of America’s wild side, Collette has dedicated their talents to creating new experiences. Some of their new tours include: The Novelties of Northern Spain, Experience Colombia, Classical Greece, Bluegrass Country & the Smoky Mountains, and Spotlight on Montreal.

Contact your Vacation Consultant today and inquire about specific dates, and view new tour itineraries, and start planning your next adventure with Collette!

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