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River Cruise Newsletter Dated April 15, 2014

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Vacations To Go is the world's largest seller of oceangoing cruises and river cruises, and among the top sellers of escorted tours and basic air-and-hotel packages. If you browse our sites, you'll find travel options for every interest and budget.

From Caribbean cruises on megaships to river cruises along the Danube, Mississippi and Mekong, and from safaris in Africa to tropical all-inclusive resorts, we're here to help you see the world at the lowest possible price, in whatever style you choose.

Today, I'll tell you about some of the best and most trusted companies throughout the travel industry, leaders in their segments, along with special discounts and deals for Vacations To Go customers. Some of the cruise line offers include free shipboard credits, which are as good as cash on board and can be used to pay for almost anything not included in the upfront cost of the cruise, including alcoholic beverages, boutique items, spa treatments and shore excursions.

Just click any link for more information.



American Queen Steamboat Company specializes in overnight sailings along America's most famous rivers, providing a unique perspective of the country's history, culture and natural beauty.

Refurbished for 2014, the American Empress serves as a floating boutique hotel as guests travel into the heart of the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The rolling hills, soaring mountains, deep canyons and open fields appear now just as they did to Lewis and Clark in 1805 -- magnificent and unimaginably beautiful.

The 432-passenger American Queen was built to resemble the paddle wheelers of the Mark Twain era and is the largest vessel on the Mississippi. The ship is filled with contemporary comforts, yet its staterooms and public areas reflect 19th-century elegance, with rich woodwork, antiques and Tiffany glass. Staterooms are outfitted in antebellum charm, and some have private verandas or French doors that open to the deck.

Every sailing includes a Champagne reception, complimentary bottled water and soft drinks throughout the voyage and complimentary wine and beer at dinner. There's also 24-hour room service available at no charge.

Click here to view all American Queen Steamboat Company departures, as well as all special promotions, such as this one: Companion cruises for free on select trips on the Columbia and Snake rivers.



Norwegian Cruise Line is known for its Freestyle Cruising concept, which emphasizes complete flexibility on board. Guests can choose to eat when they want and with whom they want. With a "resort casual" dress code, there's no need to bring the tux and evening gown, though optional formal nights are offered at least once on every cruise.

Norwegian's newest ships, Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway, take innovative cruising to a whole new level. From a spectacular entertainment lineup -- including a dazzling fireworks display at sea and the Latin-inspired dancing of "Burn the Floor" -- to more than two dozen dining experiences, these blockbuster vessels offers passengers an array of choices to tailor their voyage.

Norwegian is offering our customers terrific discounts -- save up to 80%. Plus, receive exclusive shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin on select sailings aboard the Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway and Pride of America (which sails year-round in Hawaii) in 2014. Book by April 20. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here for itineraries, dates and deeply discounted rates for all Norwegian Cruise Line ships.



Trafalgar offers one of the best selections of vacations around the world, delivering an incredible value and an authentic insider experience you just can't get traveling on your own.

For one price, you'll receive high-quality, centrally located hotels, transportation between cities by luxury coach, a Welcome Reception with drinks, daily breakfasts and many dinners. Admission to popular attractions is included -- and with preferential access, you won't wait in long lines.

Trafalgar's itineraries offer the perfect balance of included sightseeing, optional experiences and free time. Choose from several travel styles, including the popular Family Experiences. These hassle-free vacations are designed to help parents, kids and grandparents discover the world together. Enjoy fun-filled activities like visiting a gladiator school in Rome, experiencing cowboy life on a dude ranch in Wyoming or walking through a verdant rain-forest canopy in Costa Rica. Young travelers can save up to 10% off the company's vacations.

Trafalgar also is offering the following specials to Vacations To Go customers:

Save $400 to $500 per couple ($200 to $250 per person) off the air-inclusive price of guided vacations in Europe when you book by May 15.

Save up to 5% off itineraries in Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Mexico, the continental U.S. and destinations in Central America and South America. Book by April 30.

For a complete list of Trafalgar's trips, click here.



Celebrity Cruises sails in destinations worldwide with a fleet of ships ranging in size from the Celebrity Xpedition, which carries just 98 passengers on cruises of the Galapagos Islands, to five Solstice-class ships, which accommodate more than 2,800 guests.

The newest Solstice-class ship is the Celebrity Reflection. It has popular Solstice-class features, such as the AquaSpa and the Lawn Club, a top-deck expanse of real grass, as well as newer venues such as the Lawn Club Grill, an interactive, outdoor grill experience; The Alcoves, a cabana-style retreat; and the Art Studio, with hands-on instruction in subjects like painting and drawing.

The Solstice ships have proved to be so popular that Celebrity has "solsticized" its four Millennium-class vessels: Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium. They now boast such features as the Blu restaurant and AquaClass spa staterooms, which provide access to spa amenities.

Celebrity is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to 77%. Plus, book ocean-view and higher cabin categories on select sailings and receive your choice of one of the following three offers: 1) free drinks, including alcoholic beverages, 2) free gratuities or 3) shipboard credits of up to $300 per cabin. Book by April 30. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here for links to all of Celebrity's ships.



Deluxe line Azamara Club Cruises offers an immersive experience in its cruising destinations, with longer stays and more overnights in port. Its twin, boutique-style ships carry 694 guests each and provide a sophisticated yet relaxing onboard ambience.

Your Azamara fare includes a wide selection of free spirits, wines and beers available throughout the day in each ship's bars, lounges and restaurants. Gratuities, bottled water, soft drinks, teas and specialty coffees also are included. Butler service is provided to guests in suite accommodations.

One complimentary AzAmazing Evening is included on every voyage (except during trans-Atlantic crossings). For example, enjoy wine and dessert and listen to an opera singer at a chateau in France's Provence region, or take in an exciting samba show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Azamara is offering our customers big savings, with rates reduced by up to 73%. On select 2014 voyages, receive a free upgrade from an inside cabin to a balcony stateroom. Plus, balcony cabins for select 2015 departures have been significantly reduced in price. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here to see all dates and prices for Azamara Club Cruises.



Palace Resorts has seven beautiful, all-inclusive properties along the Yucatan coast of Mexico. You'll enjoy unlimited food and beverages, nightly entertainment and a variety of amenities and activities. Accommodations come with in-room double whirlpool tubs, liquor dispensers and minibars. It's all covered in your prepaid rate.

Moon Palace recently completed the $22 million renovation of 120 guest rooms, food and beverage outlets, a gym and more. This updated section, called Nizuc, now features an authentic Irish pub that provides a mouthwatering bar menu complimented by top-shelf liquor and beer.

A new mini-golf course and kids club have been added to the resort. The Playroom boasts 11 different game rooms -- including an Xbox room -- plus a beauty salon, arcade zone, full kitchen and creative area. Kids also have a theater with plush seating and concessions, playgrounds and a mini soccer field.

Right now, receive up to $1,500 in resort credits. These can be used toward room upgrades, spa treatments, golf outings, dolphin swims, scuba diving and more. The amount of the credit depends on the length of your stay: receive up to $1,500 per room for stays of five to eight nights, up to $750 for four nights and up to $500 for three nights.

Guests who do not use all their credits can roll them over to their next stay or give them to family or friends who are planning a Palace vacation. The balance must be redeemed within 12 months of the original stay.

And, kids 12 and under stay free when sharing a room with an adult at select Palace resorts. This applies to stays of three or more nights from June 1 through August 31 and is combinable with the resort credit offer.



Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a six-star line known for top-notch service, fantastic gourmet cuisine and wonderful enrichment programs. The upfront price of a Regent cruise includes all beverages, including wines, beers and spirits. Free prepaid gratuities also are included. There is no charge to dine in the specialty restaurants or for 24-hour room service; you even can enjoy in-suite dining served course by course during restaurant hours. In each port of call, Regent provides unlimited complimentary shore excursions.

Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner each pamper 700 guests in all-balcony, all-suite accommodations. The Seven Seas Voyager emerged from a drydock last fall with new interior decor and spruced-up exterior decks; meanwhile, the Seven Seas Mariner just completed its own multimillion-dollar refurbishment this month. The Seven Seas Navigator carries just 490 passengers in all-suite, ocean-view accommodations, most of which have private balconies.

Regent is offering our customers savings of up to 70% and exclusive shipboard credits of up to $800 per cabin on select voyages. In addition, receive free unlimited shore excursions, free prepaid gratuities, free unlimited beverages including fine wines and premium spirits and free unlimited Internet on select sailings (valued at $30 a day). Customers paying with American Express Platinum or Centurion cards qualify for an additional $300 to $500 in shipboard credits per cabin. Click here for dates and prices.

Click here for links to Regent's luxury ships.



Hurtigruten specializes in unique voyages along the beautiful coast of Norway. The company's first voyage departed Trondheim, Norway, in 1893. Today, the line has 11 ships that regularly navigate the iconic fjords and ports of the Norwegian coast between Bergen in the south and Kirkenes in the Arctic Circle.

Every Hurtigruten trip offers an abundance of history, culture, locally sourced cuisine, wildlife and spectacular scenery. You can choose a 12-day round trip or a shorter six- or seven-day one-way itinerary to some of the 34 Norwegian ports the line visits. Daily departures are available year-round, and each season provides a stunning backdrop to your journey.

On a summer sailing, experience the true meaning of the Land of the Midnight Sun. North of the Arctic Circle, the sun stays above the horizon around the clock. This is the most popular time to visit Norway's coast and take in the picturesque scenes of narrow passages, deep fjords, flower fields, cascading waterfalls and flowing rivers. Highlights include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Bergen's Bryggen District, Geirangerfjord, the Meridian Column (Hammerfest) and the Vega Islands.

Right now, Hurtigruten is offering Vacations To Go customers savings of up to 40% on eligible cruises departing this summer.

To view all Hurtigruten itineraries and discounts, including expedition cruises to Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland, Iceland and continental Europe, click here.



In addition to its worldwide oceangoing voyages, Holland America Line offers Alaska cruise tours. These package a sailing through the Inside Passage and along the Gulf of Alaska with a multiday exploration of some of the state's most popular inland sights. The tour portion includes your hotel accommodations, transportation to the tour destinations, baggage handling, some sightseeing and activities and the expertise of a Holland America Journey Host.

On the land portion, you can travel via a comfortable, domed railcar to Denali National Park and Preserve, where you might spot grizzly bears, wolves, bald eagles and moose during your stay. Holland America cruise tours also venture to the Yukon, where guests visit historic gold rush towns, hear tales of early prospectors and ride the White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad.

Holland America is offering Vacations To Go customers exclusive shipboard credits of up to $200 per cabin on most upcoming Alaska cruise tours. Plus, past guests may see better rates on some sailings. Click here for dates and prices.



Here are this week's Top 20 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & the Mekong River with Bangkok, 16 days with Avalon Waterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok with visits to the Cu Chi Tunnels, Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $4,079. Departures from July 15 through December 26, 2014.

2) Music of the 60s, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in St. Louis and ends in St. Paul with stops in Hannibal, La Crosse and Red Wing. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,549. Departs August 16, 2014.

3) Parisian Winter Holiday, 8 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris with visits to the Palace of Versailles, Rouen and Auvers-sur-Oise. Save $600 to $900 per couple. Starting at $2,699. Departs December 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2014.

4) Christmas on the Rhine, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel with stops in Cologne, Heidelberg and Strasbourg. Save 30%. Starting at $2,699. Departures from November 23 through December 28, 2014.

5) Danube Holiday Markets, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Budapest and Munich with stops in Bratislava, Vienna and Salzburg. Save $600 to $900 per couple. Starting at $2,799. Departs November 30 and December 7 &14, 2014.

6) European Holiday Markets, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Nuremberg and Vienna with visits to Regensburg, Passau and the Wachau Valley. Save $600 to $900 per couple. Starting at $2,899. Departs December 1, 8 & 15, 2014.

7) Good Old Summertime, 9 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Memphis and ends in Cincinnati with stops in New Madrid, Paducah and Louisville. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions. Starting at $3,049. Departs June 13, 2014.

8) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Paris with visits to Giverny, Omaha Beach and Honfleur. Save $1,000 per couple. Starting at $3,099. Departures from July 31 through November 6, 2014.

9) Rhine Panoramic, 8 days with A-ROSA Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel with stops in Cologne, Koblenz and Strasbourg. Save up to $1,320 per couple. Starting at $3,169. Departs May 10 & 17 and September 13, 2014.

10) Enticing Douro, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Porto with stops in Barca d'Alva, Salamanca and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Save $500 per couple. Starting at $3,199. Departures from June 17 through August 19, 2014.

11) A Taste of Burgundy & Provence, 8 days with A-ROSA Cruises. Begins and ends in Lyon with stops in Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape, Avignon and Arles. Save up to $1,320 per couple. Starting at $3,569. Departures from May 24 through October 4, 2014.

12) Magical Rhine, 8 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Travels between Amsterdam and Nuremberg with stops in Cologne, Wurzburg and Bamberg. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $3,599. Departs May 19 & 26 and June 16, 2014.

13) Columbia & Snake Rivers, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Clarkston and Portland with visits to Sacajawea State Park, The Dalles and Astoria. Companion cruises for free, plus receive free shore excursions. Starting at $3,795. Departs June 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2014.

14) Highlights of Germany, 13 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins in Munich and ends in Zurich with visits to Neuschwanstein Castle, Regensburg and Strasbourg. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $4,339. Departs October 15, 2014.

15) Chicago to the Big Easy: Chicago to New Orleans, 16 days with Blount Small Ship Adventures. Travels between Chicago and New Orleans with stops in St. Louis, Columbus and Mobile. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $4,949. Departs May 15 & June 2, 2014.

16) Grand Christmas & New Year's Cruise, 13 days with Uniworld. Begins in Nuremberg and ends in Budapest with stops in Regensburg, Salzburg and Vienna. Save $1,000 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $5,099. Departs December 22, 2014.

17) Imperial Jewels of China, 13 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Beijing and Shanghai with visits to the Great Wall of China, the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian and the Three Gorges. Companion cruises and flies for free. Starting at $5,249. Departures from March 8 through November 1, 2015.

18) 15 Day Jewels of Europe River Cruise, 15 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins in Budapest and ends in Amsterdam with stops in Vienna, Regensburg and Cologne. Save up to $3,000 per couple. Starting at $6,145. Departs July 23, 2014.

19) Grand European Discovery, 15 days with Cruise & Maritime Voyages. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest with stops in Regensburg, Vienna and Bratislava. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $6,599. Departs May 26 & June 9, 2014.

20) Cruising the Seine plus Versailles, Paris and London, 14 days with Tauck. Travels between Paris and London with visits to Auvers-sur-Oise, Omaha Beach and Honfleur. Single travelers pay no supplement on river cruises in Category 1 cabins. Starting at $6,990. Departures from April 18 through October 22, 2015.

Customers in the US and Canada can call us toll-free at 800-510-4002. For a list of our other toll-free numbers worldwide, click here.

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Please e-mail me your comments, suggestions and questions at alanfox@rivercruise.com and I will respond the same day.

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO




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