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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, July 2018 Issue



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Illuminated fountains at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square,PA



  • Scottsdale Steals
  • Emerald Waterways up to $3,000 Off
  • Free Messaging Without WIFI
  • Trafalgar Tours Discounts
  • 30% Off Zanzibar Sailing
  • Two Gardens, One Ticket
  • The Palm Beaches Summer Savings
  • $20 Summer Room Rates
  • Spend Less with Red Roof
  • 8 Tips for Riding the Tube
  • Discounts to Wisconsin Dells
  • Paul Gauguin Cruises Special Offer
  • Family First Package
  • Cruising Norwegian Fjords
  • Trump Hotels Summer Break
  • Fly Free to the Outback
  • Cayman Islands Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee
  • Can You Save By Canceling, Rebooking Cruise
  • Hilton Discounts at Riverwalk Arts District
  • Discover Dominica for Less

  • Scottsdale Steals

    While the mercury climbs to triple-digit temperatures, Scottdale, AZ's resort rates drop as much as 60 percent, making summer prime time for deal-seekers. ItsThatHot.com is a one-stop source for planning a summer vacation. Scottsdale has something for every style. Here are a few deals.

    Fairmont Scottsdale Princess: Rates from $199. Book the “Best. Summer. Ever.” package and receive a $50 per night resort credit and free photo session (reservations required). Valid to Sep. 4, 2018.

    Hermosa Inn: Rates from $149 with the “Summer in Paradise” package. It includes a daily $25 food credit, poolside treats and two drink vouchers, upon check-in. Valid to Sep. 30, 2018.

    Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa: Rates from $169 and include a waived $39 resort fee, daily breakfast for two and four daily drinks. Valid to Sep. 3, 2018.

    The Phoenician Spa: Unwind at the spa with the buy-one, receive a second treatment of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off. Valid to Aug. 31, 2018.

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    Emerald Waterways up to $3,000 Off

    Emerald Waterways offers deals on eight- and 15-day river cruises in Europe, including itineraries on the Danube, Rhine and Rhone rivers.

    Here are some of Emerald’s best deals:

    Save $3,000 per person on select 15-day Splendors of Europe sailings between Amsterdam and Budapest. On select departures through October receive $3,000 off regular cruise fares and a free premium drinks package. Fares from $3,295 per person based on double occupancy.

    Save $1,500 per person on select eight-day Rhone, Rhine and Danube river cruises. On select departures receive $1,500 off regular cruise fares and a free premium drinks package. Pricing varies based on itinerary, with Sensations of Southern France from $1,595 per person, double.

    Save $300 and 50 percent off cabin upgrades on Festive Delights of the Danube with Mary Berry. This Christmas Market sailing features British baker Mary Berry, $300 off the advertised price and 50 percent off a cabin upgrade. The price starts from $1,995 per person, double, after discount.

    Emerald Waterways’ 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 sweets in the top suites; free Wi-Fi onboard; most shore excursions and all onboard and excursion gratuities.

    Emerald Waterways or 855/222-3214.

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    Free Messaging Without WIFI

    Pix Wireless offers its first 'World SIM Card,' with free messaging without the need for a WIFI connection or mobile data plan.

    The 'World SIM Card' can be used in more than 193 countries around the world and on 220 cruise ships.

    The smart SIM instantly connects to your favorite messaging applications, including: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Line, WeChat and Viber. The charge for one year is $29.99, which includes free SIM delivery.

    As well as messaging, you can make calls, send SMS, or use data. Users can 'top-up' the card online at discounted rates of up to 125 percent less than traditional roaming charges. There are no hidden fees, no contracts and no ongoing costs. You pay for what you need. Talk, text, and data loaded on a Pix World Sim never expire and free incoming calls are available in most countries.

    In some countries calls are provided at a reduced rate, by using a callback service. The company has partnered with more than 150 global 4G and 3G network operators to pass on savings to you.

    Simple to use, once inserted in to a smartphone or tablet Pix World works instantly using 4G LTE and connecting at a rate of up to 100Mbit/s.

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    Trafalgar Tours Discounts

    Save up to 15 percent on the land portion of select worldwide trips from Trafalgar Tours when paid in full at the time of booking. Promotion code must be entered or mentioned at time of booking. Savings are not combinable with Early Payment Discounts. Save $200 per couple or $100 per person on flights booked with Europe guided vacations.

    All offers: Savings vary by departure, are not valid on all itineraries and/or departure dates, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Not combinable with all promotional offers, but may be combined with other brochure discounts. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, land only and are in US dollars for the departure dates only. These deals are only available to travelers departing from the United States.

    Here are some of the tours:

    July 29, 2018 Best of Italy tour - 13 days, 13 cities. Save 15 percent, was $3,625, now $3,081. Use code PPLMDE310.

    July 29, 2018 London Explore – eight days. Save 10 percent, was $2,650, now $2,385. Use code PPLMDE303.

    July 29, 2018 Capitals of the North – 13 days, five cities. Save 15 percent, was $3,575, now $3,039. Use code PPLMDE293.

    Aug. 3, 2018 Prague, Vienna and Budapest – 10 days, three cities. Save 12 percent, was $2125, now $1870. Use code PPLMDE306.

    Aug. 11, 2018 Highlights of Vietnam w/Cambodia - 15 days, six cities. Save 12 percent, was $3895, now $3507. Use code PPVIET18.

    Aug 12, 2018 Iconic Ireland and Ashford Castle – 10 days, five cities. Save 15 percent, was $3095, now $2631. Use code PPLMDE304.

    Aug. 13, 2018 Wonders of St. Petersburg and Moscow – seven days. Save 15 percent, was $2150, now $1828. Use code PPLMDE315.

    Aug. 24, 2018 Contrasts of New Zealand - 10 days, nine cities. Save 10 percent, was $3075, now $2768. Use code PPLMDE298.

    Sep 6, 2018 Contrasts of Australia – nine days, three cities. Save 10 percent, was $3150, now $2835. Use code PPLMDE299.

    Trafalgar Tours.


    30% Off Zanzibar Sailing

    Intrepid Travel offers 30 percent off its Zanzibar Spice Islands sailing adventure, code YSSZ.

    The discount applies to tours departing by July 31, 2018, on new bookings made and deposited by July 31, 2018. The discounted per person rate drops to $1,397, down from $1,995. The discount cannot be used with any other offer and does not apply to local payments, permits, and additional travel arrangements, international and local airfares.

    You sail north into the Zanzibar Archipelago to the Pemba Channel with spinner dolphins along the migration route of Humpback whales. Next is Pemba Island famous for its cloves. Or hike through the Ngezi Rainforest or visit the local fishing village of Mkia Ya Ngombe.

    Sail south towards Uvinje Gap with beach time, kayaking, snorkeling or relaxing on board. Then sail to Mesali Island, part of a conservation area with a restricted number of local fisherman so marine life is abundant. Cross the channel on the way back to Nungwi for the last night onboard.

    The trip includes five nights onboard the boat, five breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners.

    The majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat. A zodiac is used to transport you from the boat to the mainland, with landings at piers (dry landings) and on beaches (wet landings).

    This is on board a real yacht with living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters are compact.

    Intrepid Travel or 800/970-7299.


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    Two Gardens, One Ticket

    Explore 13 garden follies in Winterthur's first outdoor exhibition and the fountain display at Longwood Gardens with one admission ticket.

    Through Aug. 31, 2018, enjoy two du Pont gardens, located minutes apart in the Brandywine Valley outside of Philadelphia. For $34, see Longwood Gardens and Winterthur, including a guided tour of the Winterthur mansion, at a 20 percent saving.

    A 22-foot tall Needle's Eye floating in a pond, fake ruin of the Gothic Tower and a Faerie Cottage with a thatched roof are follies located throughout the Winterthur estate. A folly is an architectural construction, such as a gazebo or summerhouse, placed within the landscape to frame a view or pique curiosity.

    Some of the follies are newly built structures based on classic and contemporary examples at estates elsewhere. Others are historic Winterthur garden structures. Together, they form an entertaining and fresh way to discover and experience the Winterthur Garden. Admission tickets include Enchanted Woods, a three-acre garden for children, and an introductory tour of the mansion.

    Longwood Gardens is one of the world's great display gardens and home to the most significant fountain collection in North America. The jewel of the fountain collection is the Main Fountain Garden. The legacy and vision of Longwood founder Pierre S. du Pont, the Main Fountain Garden combines classic landscape design with architecture, innovative technology, and extraordinary fountains.

    A hallmark of the Longwood experience since its debut in 1931, the Main Fountain Garden completed an extensive two-year revitalization in 2017. The fountain performances combine the garden's original fountain features with a new effects, including 1,719 swirling jets that can reach as high as 175 feet and 30 jets that combine water and flame.

    Winterthur and Longwood Gardens or 800/448-3883.


    The Palm Beaches Summer Savings

    Discover The Palm Beaches, in Palm Beach County, FL, offers a “Free Nights” hotel promotion. For a limited time, 13 hotels offer a free night, with prices from about $115 to $700 per night, a savings of almost 50 percent compared to winter rates. This diverse collection of hotels and resorts provides an opportunity to enjoy the experiences throughout the Palm Beaches.

    The following hotels and resorts offer free-night promotions, with a free extra night added to a stay at regular rates.

    Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn — West Palm Beach, 561/683-8810, ext. 452. Stay three nights at the regular rate and the fourth night is free, through Sep. 30, 2018.

    Boca Raton Resort & Club – Boca Raton, Book the best available rate for three nights and the fourth night is free through Oct. 31, 2018. Book 60 days before arrival using promo code “PBADPA.” at .

    The Brazilian Court Hotel — Palm Beach, 561/655-7740. Stay two nights and the third night is free, or stay three nights and the fourth night is free. Available through Sep. 30, 2018.

    The Breakers — Palm Beach, Sixth night free when you stay six consecutive nights in a premium guest room category or higher through Oct. 31, 2018. This offer is combinable with the Complimentary Daily Benefits.

    Casa Grandview — West Palm Beach, Sixth night free when you stay six consecutive nights in an Art Deco apartment, Nola or Savannah apartment through Oct. 31, 2018. This offer is based on availability. Use promo code “SUMMER.” Or receive one night free when you book a new stay of seven or more nights through Oct. 31, 2018. Use promo code “FV2.”

    The Chesterfield Palm Beach — Palm Beach, 800/243-7871. Every third night is free. Offer applies to all room types. Maximum of three free nights/nine nights total. Available through Dec. 31, 2018.

    Delray Sands Resort — Highland Beach, 866/943-0950. Stay two nights and the third night is free through Sep. 30, 2018, excluding weekends.

    Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach — West Palm Beach, 561/472-7000, ext. 723, use booking code “LKCC.” Stay three nights at regular rates and the fourth night is free. Available to Sep. 30, 2018, based on availability.

    Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa — Jupiter, 877/389-0571. Stay two nights and the third night is free, available through Dec. 20, 2018.

    PGA National Resort & Spa — Palm Beach Gardens, Stay two nights and the third night is free. Available through Sep. 30, 2018. Use the promo code “DIS3FR.”

    Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa — Palm Beach, 561/540-6440. Book best available rate for three nights and the fourth night is free. Available through Sep. 30, 2018, excluding arrivals on Wednesdays.

    Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place — Jupiter, Stay three nights, and the fourth night is free. Available to Sep. 30, 2018. Use promo code “H4NF25.”

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    $20 Summer Room Rates

    The Infusion Beach Club in Palm Springs, CA has a soft opening with a club membership program designed to attract summer guests. A full opening is expected in September. For a one-time $400 payment, members will be offered the best-available room through Sep. 1, 2018 for a $20 facility fee plus tax.

    While some restrictions apply, you can book room nights at $20, even on weekends.

    Located in the Palm Springs North End District, the resort is close to attractions and is in walking distance to downtown. Formerly the Monroe Hotel, the 62-room property has undergone a two-year renovation. Each room has wood accents, club furnishings and soft bedding. Outside amenities include a 5,500 square foot pool area with mountain views, electronic cabanas with louvered roofs and privacy shades, turf daybeds, and a pebble beer garden.

    Infusion Beach Club or 760/799-9969.


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    Spend Less with Red Roof

    The summer travel season provides the opportunity to explore all America has to offer. Red Roof makes it easier to sleep and spend less. With travel perks, including a Stay 3, Get 7,000 Points summer promotion for RediCard members, innovative technology, a dedicated rewards program and Red Hot Deals, Red Roof wants to set you up for success.

    Through Aug. 31, 2018, take advantage of Red Roof's Stay 3, Get 7,000 Points promotion. Registration for the promotion is free and any RediCard member who registers and stays three separate times this summer will receive 7,000 RediCard points, good for a free night. If you are not a member, join RediCard for free and then register for the promotion prior to booking your trips.

    Don't worry about leaving your four-legged friends at home because pets stay free at Red Roof with no hidden fees. For military and government employees and seniors, Red Roof knocks 10 percent off room rates. Additional deals are available at specific properties at Red Hot Deals.

    Redroof Inn or 800/733-7663.


    8 Tips for Riding the Tube

    The London Underground, also known as the Tube, stretches across London and connects with stations nationally and internationally. It’s comprehensive, but also packed and chaotic. Despite the Tube’s faults, it’s the fastest and most economical way to get around London. Make sure to get your Oyster card, a plastic smartcard to travel on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus services and most National Rail services in London.

    London Perfect, a vacation apartment rental and sales agency offers eight tips for riding the London Underground that will make your Tube journeys smoother.

    1. Avoid rush hour. Everyone is racing to get to their destination. Travel during other periods is less stressful and will restore your faith in the service.

    2. The right side on the escalator. Stand in the right side on the escalator. Go as far as you can go, then allow experienced commuters to run up the escalator on the left. Only join them if you can guarantee traveling at warp speed.

    3. Get the app before riding the London Underground. Someone calculated which carriage to stand in so that you can be sure of the quickest journey on the Underground.

    4. Look through the free papers. After rush hour, at either end of the day, is a great time for taking a seat and looking at what happened in London the night before. If celebrity gossip is not your thing, check out London’s coming events. There are good guides inside most of the free papers. Plus, they often have deals for restaurants or theater tickets.

    5. A pocket map is a must. You will get lost riding the London Underground; it’s a given. But, the little pocket-size paper maps at stations are handy, so nab one. A map comes in handy when trying to figure out if you’re in the right place. It takes a while to get to know the Underground, so keep trying new routes.

    6. How about an alternative map? Get an arty, alternative map of the Tube, a Dr. Who Tube map or a literary map. The list goes on. These are great to collect as travel mementos, keep your eye out for different ones when riding the London Underground.

    7. Stay near a well-connected Tube station. You will understand how important and convenient it is to be near a well-connected Tube station. One of the best areas to stay in London is Kensington and South Kensington. Both have direct Tubes to Piccadilly, Knightsbridge, Kings Road and the Theatre District. You’ll have so much of London right outside your door.

    8. Visit the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Complete with old Tubes, buses and trains, and knowledgeable staff.


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    Discounts to Wisconsin Dells

    A trip to Wisconsin Dells, WI doesn't have to break the bank. Families can save as much as 35 percent on attractions by buying a package of Passport Tickets up front. The idea is the more you do, the more you save. A 15 percent discount is offered by purchasing tickets to two of the area's leading attractions. The savings grow as more attractions are added to the package.

    With a little planning ahead, families map out the activities they want to do. Tickets are purchased in one bulk transaction to get the savings, and tickets can be used any time during the 2018 season. Choose from a list of 13 activities in the Passport program, including shows, go-carts, waterparks, mini golf and duck and boat tours.

    For example: A family of four, with two adults and two children, who would like to see the Tommy Bartlett Show, jump at Knuckleheads Trampoline Park, take an Original Wisconsin Ducks ride and spend a day at Noah's Ark Waterpark, would normally pay about $328, before tax, for the four attractions. By bundling the four-attraction-purchase through the Passport to Savings program, the family receives a 25 percent discount, for the total price of about $246 – an approximate savings of $82.

    If that family decides to buy six attractions, they would save 35 percent. Full price for the six attractions would be about $467, with the Passport discount, the total package price drops to $303, an approximate savings of $163.

    Passport to Savings tickets can be purchased when you arrive in Wisconsin Dells. There are six ticket booths throughout the community. Or buy ticket packages ahead of time online. The web site includes a detailed pricing and savings grid with all ticket pricing levels mapped out for easy planning.

    Advanced online orders must be placed at least three days prior to the arrival date. The pre-paid ticket package can be picked up at the WILL-CALL window at the Tommy Bartlett Show ticket office. All tickets must be purchased together, and in similar quantities, in order to receive the discount.

      The more you see, the more you save. Purchase Tickets to:
    • Six attractions, save 35 percent
    • Five attractions, save 30 percent
    • Four attractions, save 25 percent
    • Three attractions, save 20 percent
    • Two attractions, save 15 percent.

    A special Passport to Savings deal extends to lodging partners. Stay at one of the designated properties and receive 25 percent savings to one or more of the 13 attractions. Check out the lodging partners tab on the Passport to Savings website.

    All Passport to Savings ticket purchases are final and are not subject to refunds.

    Passport to Savings or 608/254-2525.


    Paul Gauguin Cruises Special Offer

    Paul Gauguin Cruises, operator of the m/s Paul Gauguin, offers up to $500 shipboard credit on balcony staterooms and suites on select voyages during the line's "Live Large On Our Small Ship" promotion when booked by July 31, 2018. As an additional bonus, deposits have been reduced to $250 per person. Port, security, and handling charges of $139-$285 per person are additional.
      Shipboard credit on select sailings varies by balcony stateroom or suite category:
    • $300 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom, categories C and D
    • $500 shipboard credit per balcony stateroom/suite, categories B and above.
    • The shipboard credit can be used at the spa, purchasing a souvenir in La Boutique or booking a shore excursion.
      Eligible sailings include select dates for the following itineraries:

    • Tahiti & the Society Islands seven nights
    • Society Islands & Tahiti seven nights
    • Society Islands & Tuamotus 10 nights
    • Cook Islands & Society Islands 11 nights
    • Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands 14 nights.

    Additionally, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers savings of 50 percent off standard all-inclusive cruise fares on all voyages, plus included airfare from Los Angeles.

    Paul Gauguin Cruises or 800/848-6172.


    Family First Package

    The Palms Hotel and Spa in Miami Beach offers a summer Family First package from $220 per night.
      The package includes:
    • Discounted accommodations in rooms with two double beds or oceanfront family connecting combo that is two connecting rooms with one king bed and two double beds
    • Daily breakfast buffet for the family
    • Daily $25 food and beverage credit (applicable to regular menus)
    • Kids Welcome Surprise.

    The Family First package is available for stays through 2018, subject to availability. Rates are based on double occupancy and stay restrictions apply. Room types restricted to double double and Family Connecting Rooms only. Breakfast is included for everyone booked for these room types. The Food & Beverage credit will be applied to 1 guest check per day, requires a minimum spend of $50 and is not applicable to taxes, service charges, or gift shop purchases, special menus and may not be redeemed for cash. Food and Beverage credit is not cumulative and must be used per day otherwise it expires. No refunds, rollovers or credits will be given on unused portion.

    The Palms Hotel & Spa or 800/550-0505.


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    Cruising Norwegian Fjords

    You don’t need to take a full-blown multi-day cruise to see the fjords in Norway.

    Rodne Fjord Cruise Line offers day trips through some of western Norway’s most striking scenery, with mountains rising from the fjords and waterfalls. Their boats have sundecks and kiosks offering refreshments, including beer and wine.

    The express ferry is the easiest and fastest way to get from Bergen to the village of Rosendal. The two-hour trip is available year-round. The roundtrip price is about $70. This is where you’ll find Hardangerfjord, scenic cliff Trolltunga and Folgefonna National Park with the country’s third largest glacier. You can buy a package, including a boat ticket, admission, guided tour and lunch to Barony Rosendal Scandinavia’s smallest castle. https://www.baroniet.no/en/fjordcruise-to-rosendal/ You can extend your trip with an overnight stay at the Barony Rosendal Home Farm Bed and Breakfast as your return ticket is valid for 14 days.

    Cruise Lysefjord Fjord and see Preikestolen, also known as Pulpit Rock. You also cruise by Vagabond’s Cave and Hengjane Falls on this three-hour roundtrip cruise from Stavanger. Cruises take place year-round where you can look out the big windows in the main cabin or stay out on deck. During the spring, summer and fall travel season, the cost is about $64 for adults and about $37 for children ages four to 15. Children under age four sail free and the family fare for two adults and up to four children is about $171.

    Rodne Fjord Cruise Line.


    Trump Hotels Summer Break

    Plan summer weekend getaways with all Trump Hotels destinations offering the “Summer Break” and receive 20 percent off when staying three or more consecutive nights including a Sunday night. The offer is available when booking and staying through Sep. 3, 2018.
    • Properties include:
    • Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
    • Trump International Hotel Las Vegas offers up to 25 percent off when booking here
    • Trump National Doral Miami
    • Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C.
    • Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery (Virginia).

    Trump Hotels or 877/902-9529.


    Fly Free to the Outback

    Tourism Northern Territory will cover the cost of flights to the Outback for travelers visiting from the United States. Their "Fly Free to the Outback" campaign gives U.S.-based travelers the opportunity to book an Australian vacation through one of 11 participating wholesale operators to earn free one-way flights from an Australian gateway city to Darwin, Alice Springs or Uluru (Ayers Rock). You must spend at least two nights in the Northern Territory.

    You must book a trip by July 31, 2018 for travel by Dec. 31, 2018. The promotion applies to all passengers on any single booking. One promotional fare per passenger, per itinerary.

    To redeem, book with Down Under Answers, Aspire Down Under, Goway, Qantas Vacations or About Australia.

    Tourism Northern Territory.


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    Cayman Islands Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee

    With an unpredictable hurricane season, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism continues to give you peace of mind with the its "Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee." It’s a promise by on-island partners to cover any cancellations made prior to arrival and compensation if vacation time is cut short due to inclement weather during a Cayman Islands getaway.

    The Worry Free Guarantee includes a full refund of accommodation fees at participating hotels, condos and villas island-wide, with a maximum one-night penalty at most for cancellations made up to 48 hours prior to check-in as soon as a hurricane watch is issued by authorities.

    Many properties on-island offer a free replacement stay throughout the summer months, allowing you to rebook for the same duration as the initially-booked stay, regardless of how many days were affected by a hurricane or storm.

    Hotels, condominiums and villas across Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are participating in the Worry Free Hurricane Guarantee. This program is available only through participating hotels and resorts. For detailed property guarantees, visit the individual property web sites or contact them directly.

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    Can You Save By Canceling, Rebooking Cruise

    If you find a better deal on your cruise fare after booking, you may think that there's no hope of saving the money already paid. According to an analysis by digital cruise advisor Cruisewatch, there is still a potential to save a significant amount of money.

    Research by Cruisewatch.com shows that prices on cruises can drop significantly as the departure date nears. "Most cruisers tend to book trips four to six months in advance," explains Markus Stumpe, CEO of Cruisewatch, "but it could be very beneficial for them to cancel and then rebook their cruise at fares reduced up to 71 percent." This is particularly true if the chosen cruise offers less-strict fee structures.

    Generally, cruise lines break down into three cancellation categories: soft, moderate, and strict.

    Lines like Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Star Clippers, offer "softer" fees, and may charge only a 25 percent cancellation fee on average at least 30 days before departure.

    Moderate lines, including Viking Cruises, Windstar Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, MSC Cruises, Costa Cruise Line, Hurtigruten Cruise Lines, Cunard, Crystal Cruises, SeaDream, Princess Cruises, and Disney Cruise Line, offer a little more wiggle room, though they also charge about 90 percent for cancellations occurring within 30 days of departure. However, cancellation fees average only 15 percent 90 days or more before departure.

    Strict lines, on the other hand, like Oceania Cruises, Ponant, Azamara Club Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea Cruises, and Seabourn tend to offer little or no refunds unless you cancel at least 120 days in advance. Within the last 60 days you normally have to pay a 100 percent fee.

    To illustrate the potential savings, take this possible real-world situation: Someone books a cruise on Celebrity Eclipse 150 days before departure and pays a total of $5,000. Forty days before departure, this person sees an offer on the same ship with a savings of 40 percent. The cancellation fee on Celebrity is 20 percent or $1,000. In this instance you can rebook and save money.

    Cancellation fee structures for most cruise lines are often strict and difficult to understand and multiple factors influence each policy. The length of the cruise, how far in advance you're able to cancel, destination, cabin type, or cruise category can all contribute to the final cancellation fee. Booking special deals may mean higher cancellation fees. In most cases, deposits paid are also non-refundable. Often you will need to draft a formal written document in order to cancel the cruise.

    If the cancellation fees are prohibitive, there may be alternatives for recouping the difference in prices. Some cruise lines offer onboard credit as reimbursement for price differences, or significant upgrades where available.

    One way to determine whether it's worth it to cancel and rebook your cruise is look at your cruise line's cancellation policy. If you're still in the planning stages, you are likely comparing prices, policies, and packages. This time-consuming process is a must for those looking for the best deals. Using online tools can help save time in the short term, and money long-term.

    Use Cruisewatch cancellation calculator to see fees and rebooking options at a glance.


    Hilton Discounts at Riverwalk Arts District

    This summer, guests at Hilton hotels or resorts receive discounts at the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Available through Sep. 30, 2018, the offers are for activities at the District. Florida residents who book a Fort Lauderdale Hilton property can save up to 12 percent this summer.

    The experiences require a 48-hour advance notice at each venue, except Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Reservations must be made online here. Upon arrival, you must show either your Hilton keycard or Hilton digital key on your phone.

    To take advantage of these offers, you must book online here.

    Here are some of the venues at Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District.

    Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
    Historical Walking Tour — Hilton guests save $5. Held on Fridays at 9 a.m.,
    New River Mock Archeological Dig — Hilton guests save $5. Held on Fridays at 10 a.m.

    NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale Free Scavenger Hunt for Families — Hilton guests save $2 on Museum admission.
    Art of Wine & Food — Hilton guests save $15. Wine tastings held Aug. 2 and Sep. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

    Broward Center for the Performing Arts – free Campus Tour for Hilton guests Fridays at 10 a.m.

    Historic Stranahan House Museum – free ghost tours for Hilton guests on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.,

    Bonnet House Tours — free "Life & Gift" book when mentioning you are a Hilton guest upon check-in at Bonnet House.

    Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District.


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    Discover Dominica for Less

    Discover the Caribbean island of Dominica and save when you book four nights and pay for three. Plus you get $100 in on-island coupons.

    You must book the offer by July 31, 2018, for travel through Dec. 15, 2018. Black-out dates are Oct. 15 through Nov. 8, 2018. Use Promo Code DOM2018 when booking. The offer is valid for travelers from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Caribbean and French West Indies. The $100 discount on Ferry Service is valid for travelers from France and Germany.

    On-island coupons are redeemable for 15 island activities including dining, car rental, horseback riding, island tours, underwater experiences and spa services. Coupons are available for a maximum of two adults per room that are 18 years or older.

    Participating hotels include: Atlantique View Resort, Bayport Residence Inn, the Champs, Chez Ophelia, Wanderlust Caribbean, Fort Young Hotel, Pagua Bay House, Picard Family Guest House and Tamarind Tree.

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