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  • Win Roundtrip Ticket to Japan
  • Grand Hyatt Baha Mar 4th Night Free
  • AdventureSmith Alaska Early Booking Discounts
  • Milwaukee's Streetcar Free for 12 Months
  • Buena Park Salutes Our Military
  • Winter Rates at Bettoja Hotels
  • Early Bird Stay & Ski
  • Europe 2018 Early Bird Sale
  • Club Med's "Let Go Sale"
  • $499 Air with Grand Voyage Cruises
  • 10% Off IrelandWays.com Hiking Trips
  • Royal Tulips & Windmills Cruise on Sale
  • WOW air Flights from JFK $99
  • Topnotch Resort Ski Packages
  • Flying Etiquette
  • Ski City Super Pass
  • Kompas Early Bird Discounts
  • Strawberry Free London Tours
  • Holiday Shop and Skate Packages
  • Free Las Vegas Shuttle

  • Win Roundtrip Ticket to Japan

    "Taste of Japan" disseminates information on Japanese restaurants and cuisine culture worldwide, including recipes for staple Japanese dishes and explanations of signature Japanese ingredients. With the aim of spreading a love of Japanese food across the globe, the #TryTasteofJapan Photo Challenge was created.

    The challenge runs through Dec. 31, 2017. Add the hashtag #TryTasteofJapan to photos of Japanese food and post them to Facebook and Instagram. Seven participants will be selected by lottery to win prizes, including one roundtrip ticket to Japan, three meal tickets to Japanese restaurants overseas and three people winning Japanese food products locally, such as miso, rice crackers, powdered green tea, etc.

    The Taste of Japan website includes search functionality and ease of use, adding French, simplified Chinese and Thai to make the site viewable in six languages, and expanding information on approximately 2,500 Japanese restaurants and 150 Japanese food shops worldwide.

    This program is designed to certify overseas restaurants, bars and retailers which carry Japanese food and beverages as an official "Japanese Food Supporter" to promote Japanese food products or alcoholic beverages around the world.

    Certification badges are displayed on the website for shops accredited under the Certification System. Special pages have been added focusing on Supporter shops with refined search functions. Pages have been added for sharing trends, promoting understanding of Japanese food, and video recipe pages, making Taste of Japan a better resource for finding information on Japanese food. Design changes make the site more smartphone-friendly.

    To enter: Like and follow the official Taste of Japan Facebook page.

    Take photos at shops and restaurants listed on the Taste of Japan website,

    Use hashtag #TryTasteofJapan o photos posted on social media (i.e. Facebook, Instagram) and tag them with the shop/restaurant's location.

    After the campaign is over, winners will receive a direct message through Facebook or Instagram sometime in or after February 2018.

    You can post as many times as you like during the campaign period.

    Photos entered may be displayed on the Taste of Japan website and/or official Facebook account without prior consent of the participant. Entries are made with simultaneous consent to their public display on the official Taste of Japan accounts.

    Taste of Japan.


    Grand Hyatt Baha Mar 4th Night Free

    The new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar celebrates the season with Sunshine on Sale, offering a fourth night free. The resort, on the island of New Providence in Nassau, Bahamas, has ocean views and green coastal fairways.

    To take advantage of the Sunshine on Sale, stay three nights at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar and receive the fourth night free. Book by Jan. 2, 2018, for stays Jan. 2 through Feb. 28, 2018.

    Opened in April 2017, the 1800-room oceanfront resort sits along Nassau’s Northern Shore and is the first of three properties to open its doors at Baha Mar Resort.

    The Reserve is a luxury hotel within-a-hotel with a private entrance and check in, unobstructed ocean-view suites, personal concierge and butler services.

    Amenities include seven pools with in-pool cabanas surrounded by trickling rain screens, a swim-up aquarium filled with adopted nurse sharks, stingrays, tropical fish and marine life and an underwater marine cavern replica inspired by Dean’s Blue Hole.

    Baha Mar Resort shared amenities include a casino (with direct beach views), a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, and the ESPA spa.

    The resort features nearly 20 food and beverage outlets with casual daiquiri and conch shacks, a swim-up bar with in-pool seating and airstream food trucks serving Caribbean fare.

    Grand Hyatt Baha Mar or 242/788-1234.

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    AdventureSmith Alaska Early Booking Discounts

    AdventureSmith Explorations will begin their Alaska cruise season earlier than ever with an increased number of vessels navigating Alaskan waters.

    Historically, small expedition vessels begin Alaska cruise routes in mid-May. In 2018, the first Alaska sailing is set for Apr. 14, 2018, aboard Wilderness Adventurer’s new Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise route.

    Some positioning cruises from Seattle will sail as early as Apr. 7, 2018. A benefit of cruising in April will be opportunities to see more wildlife. Sightings differ from spring into summer as do cruise rates. In the spring, moose, wolves and bears with cubs are active along with these 2018 savings:

    Select April and May cruises aboard the Wilderness & Safari small ship fleet are $400 off per couple when booked by Dec. 15, 2017.

    Select May sailings of Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness offer free airfare when booked by Dec. 30, 2017.

    Select April and May Treasures of the Inside Passage departures sailing from Seattle to Alaska offer free one-way airfare when booked by Dec 31, 2017.

    Select May and June land-based trips on the Kenai Peninsula and/or exploring Denali National Park offer a per person savings of up to $650.

    AdventureSmith or 877/620-2875 .


    Milwaukee's Streetcar Free for 12 Months

    The Potawatomi Hotel and Casino and the Forest County Potawatomi will sponsor Milwaukee's new streetcar, called “The Hop.” As part of the 12-year, $10 million agreement, Potawatomi will sponsor free rides for everyone for the first 12 months of operation.

    Currently under construction, the streetcar's Phase 1 line is expected to begin service in fall 2018, with a Lakefront Line to follow in coordination with the construction of The Couture development in 2019.

    The name “The Hop” was developed as part of a branding process with the help of a community input panel. The city hopes the name will become part of the local vernacular, emphasizing that destinations are just a quick hop away.

    Visit Milwaukee or 800/554-1448.


    Buena Park Salutes Our Military

    As a token of appreciation for their service, Buena Park, CA and attractions throughout Orange County, offer discounts and upgrades to active and retired U.S. military personnel in December.

    Military personnel and one guest can enjoy all the roller coasters and shows for free at Buena Park’s Knott’s Berry Farm through Dec. 15, 2017. Increase the fun by bringing up to six friends at a discounted rate.

    At the California Welcome Center in Buena Park, all active U.S. military receive a free collector’s pin and free maps, brochures and city guides.

      Military discounts include:
    • At Buena Park’s interactive dinner shows, the military ticket price is $35.11 per adult and $30.11 per child at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Use code “Military” when purchasing tickets.
    • The cabaret show Teatro Martini offers a $25 saving by using the code “Military”. Receive a free upgrade to Captain’s Seating for weekday shows.
    • The free Royalty package at Medieval Times upgrades you when you purchase discounted tickets on-base at the ITT/ITR or MWR office.
    • At Big Air Trampoline Park, military personnel jump free and up to four guests each receive $2 off.
    • Disneyland offers active military and spouses a savings of up to $147 when purchasing up to six multi-day park hopper tickets.
    • Explore presidential history at the Richard Nixon Library where active U.S. military receive free admission and veterans receive discounted admission of $10.
    • Take a guided tour of the Queen Mary and receive $4 off the admission.
    • The Lyon Air Museum offers $3 off the admission.

    Buena Park hotels offer military discounts and upgrades, free parking, no resort fees and select hotels offer free shuttle service to local attractions. Here’s the list of participating hotels.

    Offers are available year-round except where noted. Here is the full list of military discounts and complete details/exclusions for each promotion.


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    Winter Rates at Bettoja Hotels

    Family owned Bettoja Hotels offer winter rates at their three hotels in Rome. Winter rates and discount programs are offered through Mar. 15, 2018. Rates must be booked through the hotel and are based on one person, per night.

    The three hotels are within walking distance to all major landmarks and convenient to the main train station where you can take the shuttle to and from Fiumicino Airport or a "high speed" train to Florence, Venice, Milan, Naples and other European cities.

    Mediterraneo, the Bettoja flagship property offers 43 singles rooms, 122 twin rooms, 36 double rooms, 38 superior rooms, five junior suites, and seven suites. All have air-conditioning, marble baths with hair dryer, mini bars, TVs, radios, direct dial phones, internet access and gym with spa. Winter rates are discounted 20 percent to €120.80 per person from the regular rate of €151 per person.

    Massimo D'Azeglio, the turn of the century hotel is home to Massimo restaurant and wine cellar and offers 34 singles rooms, 68 twin rooms, 50 double rooms and 32 superior rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with built in closets, marble bathrooms with hair dryers and internet access. Winter rates are discounted 20 percent to €158.40 per person from the regular rate of €198 per person.

    Atlantico Hotel, a small property with 10 single rooms, 41 twin rooms and 18 double rooms. Many rooms have wood floors and built in closets, all have air-conditioning, mini bars, TVs, radios, direct dial phones, marble bathrooms with hair dryers, and internet access. Winter rates are discounted 22 percent to €106.86 per person from the regular rate of €137 per person.

    The winter rate includes buffet breakfast, internet WI-FI, access to fitness area, daily newspaper, tax and service. The rate does not include the city tax of 6€ per person, per night. Children under 12 are excluded from the city tax.

    Another winter offer is an extra discount of up to 25 percent for early booking 30 days or more in advance. The early booking rate includes buffet breakfast, free internet WI-FI, free access to fitness area, daily newspaper, tax and service. The rate does not include the city tax of 6€ per person, per night. Children under 12 are excluded from the city tax.

    Bettoja Hotels or 800/783-6904.


    Early Bird Stay & Ski

    Snowbird Resort in Alta, UT rings in the upcoming ski season with deals for your winter vacation.

    Book a minimum of two nights lodging and get daily Snowbird adult lift tickets from $119 per adult. Kids, age 12 and under, ski free every night of their stay on this package.

    The offer is valid until Dec. 21, 2017 and valid for new bookings only and not available for groups. Rates are per person, per night, based on double occupancy and do not include taxes and fees. Rates vary depending on accommodations, lodge and dates selected.

    The offer is limited and maybe discontinued at any time. Minimum stay may be required over certain dates. Restrictions apply and not all dates are available.

    The Snowbird opening date depends on snow conditions. A reservation requires full payment at the time of booking. A $75 cancel fee is charged if cancelled anytime up to 15 days prior to arrival. Full Payment is non-refundable if cancelled within 14 days of arrival.

    Alta Ski Area upgrades can be purchased through the Ticket Office for an additional charge.

    Snowbird or 800/232-9542.


    Europe 2018 Early Bird Sale

    Back-Roads Touring has added 11 new itineraries to their 2018 tours. Take advantage of their Early Bird sale and save up to $500 per couple or five percent off all 2018 tours if you book and pay by Jan. 15, 2018.
      Tours include:
    • Highlights of Britain - 10 days from $2,754 per person, was $2,899
    • A Scottish Journey - eight days from $3,039 was $3,199
    • Battle of Britain - nine days from $3,419 was $3,599
    • Orkney & The Highlands - four days from $1,662 was $1,749
    • The Wonders of Wales - eight days from $2,678 was $2,819.

    Back-Roads Touring.


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    Club Med's "Let Go Sale"

    Club Med’s "Let Go Sale" has rates from $119 per person, per night, at select resorts in Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean.

    The "Let Go Sale" offers free room upgrades, up to $400 in air credits, waived single supplement fee and children under four years of age are free. The offer is valid on all new vacations booked by Jan. 9, 2018, for travel through June 23, 2018. When booking by Jan. 9, 2018, you receive early booking rates from $109 per person, per night, the best rate possible. The rate applies to 58 properties and you get the first pick of rooms and services for travel after June 23, 2018.

    A Club Med experience includes unlimited activities with a variety of water sports, regionally inspired cuisine, spa treatments and nightly entertainment, including dancing and performances.

      Below are select Club Med resorts for the "Let Go Sale":
    • Club Med Cancun Yucatán, Mexico - Revamped accommodations lined by three white sand beaches alongside the world's second largest coral reef.
    • Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, - The riverside resort is two hours from Miami or Orlando with four pools, including an adults-only and children's splash pool; professional coaching for tennis, golf, beach volleyball and fitness and dining with a healthy twist.
    • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - On the Caribbean Sea, with Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil with 25 recreational acrobatic and artistic activities for all ages to try, such as trapeze, aerial silks, high bungee, face painting and dancing. Club Med Zen Oasis is an adults-only section of the property with a private pool.

    Club Med or 800/258-2633.


    $499 Air with Grand Voyage Cruises

    Star Clippers offers more relaxed and less crowded cruises with their 12- to 17-night Grand Voyages. To further encourage sailing, Star Clippers offers $499 roundtrip airfare to Europe for all their 2018 Grand Voyages when booked by Dec. 15, 2017.

    Grand Voyages include no more than four days at sea on any one sailing, which means more time in port. Offered on the Royal Clipper and Star Flyer, these itineraries visit ports from the Greek Isles to towns dotting the Italian coast.

    The 12-night Lisbon to Cannes sailing stops in Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain, the Balearic Islands, Corsica and France on the Royal Clipper. The 17-night sailing on the Star Flyer from Malta to Las Palmas includes port calls in Sicily, Sardinia, Ibiza, Spain, Morocco and the Canary Islands.

    Prices start at $3,030 per person, single or double, for a 12-night sailing and $3,400 per person, single or double, for 17-nights.

    The $499 roundtrip airfare per person to Europe is valid from 12 airports including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York’s JFK, Philadelphia and Washington DC’s Reagan and Dulles airports.

    Star Clippers operates three sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper is the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.

    Star Clippers or 800/442-0551.


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    10% Off IrelandWays.com Hiking Trips

    IrelandWays.com would like to see you hiking in Ireland in 2018 and provide an early bird offer for this reason. Book your hiking in Ireland trip now to get 10 percent off.

    Reasons to go hiking in Ireland include: connect with nature, experience Ireland's hospitality and to take in the scenery.

    Three hikes are available.

    1. The Causeway Coast Way – Takes you to the causeway along rugged coastal paths where the giant Cu Chulainn roamed free.

    2. Dingle Way and Kerry Camino – On the Dingle Peninsula, hike along the Kerry Camino, from Tralee to Dingle, following in the footsteps of St. Brendan, which includes sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.

    3. Wicklow Way – The trails of the Wicklow Mountains take you to forest tracks and lakes.

    The 10 percent off offer applies to self-guided hiking and cycling tours and cannot be combined with other discounts.

    Standard packages include accommodation in selected properties, luggage transfers and holiday pack with walking notes, maps and practical information. Hotel upgrades are available in selected towns and cities as are airport transfers. Packages do not include flights, insurance or lunch.

    IrelandWays.com or 646/801-7951.


    Royal Tulips & Windmills Cruise on Sale

    Teeming River Cruises offers a sale price on its Mar. 22, 2018, eight day river cruise on the MS Royal Crown. Prices start from $1,199 per person, based on double occupancy and includes all taxes and port charges. Previous Teeming River cruise passengers receive $100 off per person.

    The eight day cruise sails from Amsterdam and stops at Lelystad, Kinderdijk, Rotterdam, Veere, Middelburg, and Arnhem in the Netherlands. It continues to Ghent or Bruges, and Antwerp, in Belgium before returning to Amsterdam.

    The cruise includes all meals onboard the ship including afternoon tea and midnight snack, a Captain’s Welcome and Farewell reception, free Wi-Fi, App City Walking Tour app in most ports, nightly port talks, live music onboard, daily housekeeping and evening turndown service, fitness center and all port taxes and fees.

    Shore excursions, flights, gratuities and transfers to and from the airport are not included. These may be purchased for an additional cost. Soda, beer and house wines with lunch and dinner are priced at $99 per person for the cruise and both occupants of cabin must purchase the package.

    Teeming River Cruises or 407/634-4551.


    WOW air Flights from JFK $99

    WOW air, Iceland's affordable transatlantic airline, begins service to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) this spring, with the inaugural flight scheduled Apr. 26, 2018. You will be able to travel from JFK to Reykjavik and WOW air's additional 22 cities abroad, daily throughout the summer. Additionally, the airline is extending service out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with 13 flights per week starting May 2018.

    $99 one-way tickets from JFK for travel to Paris, Amsterdam, London Stansted, Frankfurt, Dublin, Copenhagen and Berlin will be available.

    To celebrate the new route, special prices will also be available out of the following US cities:

    From Newark, Cleveland and Cincinnati to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Dublin, Copenhagen and Berlin via Iceland.

    From Miami to Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Copenhagen via Iceland.

    From Boston and Pittsburgh to Paris, Amsterdam, London, Brussels, Dublin, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Stockholm via Iceland.

    The fare is based on lowest one-way WOW Basic fare booked on online and includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges. The flights are available for travel April to June and September and October 2018. The offer applies to a limited number of seats on selected flights, only when booked on a return trip.

    Launched in November 2011, WOW air connects 38 destinations across North America, Europe and the Middle East with the Icelandic capital.

    WOW air.


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    Topnotch Resort Ski Packages

    Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT offers the Ski for Free and Ski and Stay packages this ski season.

    The Ski for Free package is available until Dec. 15, 2017, and includes one free lift ticket, shuttle service to and from the mountain, and overnight equipment storage in the Topnotch ski chalet for free. Rates start at $199 per night. Additional lift tickets are available for an additional charge.

    The Ski & Stay package, available until Mar. 31, 2018, includes one lift ticket to Stowe Mountain Resort per adult and child for every room night booked, overnight accommodations, shuttle service to and from the mountain and free ski valet and boot warming.

    Packages are subject to availability, restrictions and blackout dates apply.

    Topnotch Resort or 800/451-8686.


    Flying Etiquette

    British Airways polled 1,500 travelers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Italy to address the biggest plane etiquette dilemmas facing fliers. The airline translated frequent flier feedback into an unofficial rulebook for how to successfully navigate your next flight.

    British Airways took to the streets of London and New York for reactions to some of the biggest areas of contention. Should you take your shoes and socks off? Who owns the armrest? Should you engage in pillow talk with your seat mate? What are the rules about waking a sleeping neighbor?

    Who really owns the armrest? 67 percent of all travelers surveyed say the proper etiquette is to take one armrest and leave the other for your neighbor. When it comes to being in the middle seat, British (47 percent) and American fliers (42 percent) are more likely to try and claim both armrests for themselves whereas close to half of all the respondents from Italy, France and Germany politely said the middle armrests should go to whomever asks for them.

    Does the Shoe Fit? Travelers overwhelmingly agree it’s unacceptable to remove your socks in-flight, with 87 percent saying it shouldn’t be done. Removing shoes is more acceptable; with 59 percent of all travelers surveyed saying it is fine to kick them off. When traveling through Italy, be aware Italians are the most opposed to wardrobe changes, with 75 percent saying it’s unacceptable to remove shoes.

    The Climb Over: How to get by your neighbor? When the person in the aisle seat is sleeping and you need the restroom, 80 percent of travelers say it’s okay to wake your neighbor for a toilet break, but 40 percent say you can do so only once per flight. A third of all travelers said they would step over a heavy sleeper to get out but were torn on which way to climb across. Americans were split down the middle but global etiquette dictates you make a face-to-face exit (the marginal winner at 54 percent).

    Pillow Talk: To chat or not to chat? 83 percent of travelers agree that a quick hello and a smile is appropriate behavior. 42 percent of U.S. travelers say it’s unacceptable to share personal stories and the polite way to get out of a conversation is to thank the person and put on headphones. U.K. travelers recommend taking a toilet break with the hope a chatty seat mate gets the message. Italians are a more talkative group, with 80 percent thinking small talk is appropriate and half of French respondents viewed a flight as a potential way to meet a new friend.

    The survey revealed some other interesting preferences when it comes to sleeping next to a stranger:

    66 percent say they won’t nudge a snoring neighbor, instead they will try to ignore it and turn up the volume on their entertainment. However, 20 percent of U.K. travelers are willing to give their neighbor a shove and pretend it was an accident.

    67 percent of all travelers say a pillow helps them sleep better on a plane. Noise is also a concern with 45 percent of Americans stating they need noise-cancelling headphones to fall asleep. Italians and the French are more concerned about having an eye mask to get some shut eye. Germans are the most likely to bring a comfort from home and have a routine planned out to sleep well in flight.

    When it comes to switching seats, 53 percent find it only appropriate to do so after confirming it is okay with the cabin crew. Brits are the most likely to find a new seat, with 38 percent saying they will do so right after takeoff, once the seatbelt sign has been turned off.

      British Airways’ inflight experience team has a variety of tips to help with a peaceful flight:
    • Switch iPads, phones and laptops to night mode or dim the brightness on the screen to help your own eyes adjust and reduce impact on others.
    • Prepare your own environment to minimize external environmental factors – eye shades, ear buds or headphones, a lot of thin layers of clothing to easily adjust to the temperature.
    • Look for relaxation music and calming TV channels to unwind. Avoid coffee and consider herbal tea instead.
    • Keep your feet warm with an extra pair of soft, comfortable socks. Cold feet can inhibit sleep.
    • Consider light snacks such as bananas or nuts to aid in restful sleep.

    British Airways.


    Ski City Super Pass

    Salt Lake City’s multi-day Super Pass gives you a deep discount on lift tickets and you can customize your Pass for three to 10 days. You can use your Pass at any of Ski City's four resorts - Alta, Solitude, Brighton, or Snowbird and bypass the ticket line, giving you faster access to the mountain. Every Super Pass comes with free transportation to and from the resorts on UTA ski buses and TRAX light rail. And a Super Pass gets you equipment rental discounts at participating rental locations.

    Your Pass may only be used at one resort per day, with the exception of Brighton and Solitude, which can be skied on the same day.

    Purchase anywhere from three to 10 days of skiing; one- and two-day Super Passes may be purchased as part of certain hotel packages.

    Pass may be activated any time during the 2017-2018 ski season and is is valid any day during the 2017-2018 season. The Pass is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

    When your Pass is activated on the first day of use, it must be used within a 14-day window.

    An adult three-day pass is $276, four day pass is $368, five day pass is $450, six day pass is $540, seven day pass is $616, eight day pass is $704, nine day pass is $792, while a 10-day pass is $880.

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    Kompas Early Bird Discounts

    Kompas Holidays International’s 2018 cruises marks its debut of the new 18-cabin M/S Stella Maris that will sail the Adriatic Coast and Croatia.

    To mark the debut of the M/S Stella Maris as part of the Kompas fleet, the company offers an early booking discount on selected April and May cruise departures for a savings of $300 per person or $600 per cabin for bookings received by Dec. 15, 2017. The specially-rated departures are eight-day Adriatic cruises from Dubrovnik to Porec scheduled between Apr. 28, and May 26, 2018.

    Kompas is the only small ship cruise company to sail the Dubrovnik/Porec and Porec/Dubrovnik route in 2018. Stops include Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Sibenik’s Saint James Cathedral and the Euphrasian Basilica of Porec; stopping on the island of Mali Losinj; the National Parks of Mljet, Brijuni, and Kornati. Fully-escorted sightseeing programs will also take you to the island of Korcula, Marco Polo’s birthplace and the island of Hvar, famous for its lavender fields.

    The eight-day programs aboard the 36-passenger M/S Stella Maris for 2018 are priced from $1,760 to $2,078 per person, based on two sharing a cabin.

    Scheduled departures take place Apr. 28 through Oct. 20, 2018 with the exception of the Aug. 25 and Sep. 29 departures, which are sold out.

    The new M/S Stella Maris is outfitted with LCD TV, air-conditioned cabins furnished with queen-sized or twin beds with windows or portholes and en-suite bathrooms. The ship features a salon/restaurant, swimming platform and outdoor showers, free Wi-Fi and direct internal telephone communication from cabins to the bar.

    The 160-foot long M/S Stella Maris and Kompas’ other small ships, the M/S Adriatic Queen, M/S Arca, M/S Desire, the M/S Karizma, and the M/S Prestige, allows them to move into the ports of the Croatian Islands.

    Kompas Holidays International or 954/771-9200.


    Strawberry Free London Tours

    Strawberry Tours of London offers free informative and fun tours.

    On all 12 walking tours, you decide how much you want to tip, should you want to, at the end of the tour, depending on your enjoyment.

    Tours include laughs through fun facts and anecdotes and include under-the-radar attractions. Strawberry Free London Tours pride themselves in being more entertaining than your history teacher.

    Plus Strawberry Tours has a 10 percent promise, which means that 10 percent of the tips given on all tours will be donated by the guide to a local charity.

    Though tours are free, you must register for the tour of your choice online.

    Strawberry Tours also offers free tours in Europe, the Americas, Asia Australia and Africa.

    Strawberry Free London Tours.


    Holiday Shop and Skate Packages

    Two San Francisco hotels, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square and the Parc 55 San Francisco, a Hilton Hotel, offer Holiday Shop and Skate packages, valid to Jan. 15, 2018.

    Both packages are priced from $220 per night, based on double occupancy, and feature two tickets to the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink and Bloomingdale's shopping benefits that include a 15 percent off savings certificate, a signature gift with a $500 purchase, package delivery to the hotel and an At Your Service personal shopping appointment and/or beauty consultation.

    Hilton San Francisco Union Square or 415/771-1400.

    Parc 55 San Francisco or 415/392-8000.

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    Free Las Vegas Shuttle

    The autonomous vehicles of the future are being tested in Las Vegas. The debut of the self-driving shuttle bus included an accident hours after it was put into operation.

    The accident involved the self-driving shuttle and a semi-truck. It was a minor collision and the human driver of the semi-truck was at fault. The truck, making a delivery backed into shuttle, which was stopped, explained a spokesperson for AAA, which sponsors the shuttle’s free operations in Las Vegas. The truck driver was cited. The shuttle did what it was supposed to do, its sensors registered the truck and the shuttle stopped to avoid the accident. Unfortunately the delivery truck did not stop and grazed the front fender of the shuttle.

    To November 2019, the minibus shuttle that is fully electric and has seats for eight passengers, offers free rides to visitors in exchange for being surveyed about the experience and reactions to driverless cars.

    In addition to a few shuttle, Las Vegas has free trams that run from Bellagio to the Monte Carlo hotel every 10 minutes 24 hours a day and a tram with non-stop service on the southbound trip from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay that operates 24 hours a day. The same tram on the return (northbound) trip provides a stop at the Luxor.

    Designed by Navya and sponsored by AAA and the French mass transportation company Keolis, the goal of the autonomous shuttle is to provide data on how driverless cars interact with traffic and how the public views autonomous technology.

    Traveling a loop of a little more than half a mile around Fremont East at 15 mph, the vehicle navigates with Lidar (light detection and ranging) technology, GPS and cameras and communicates with "smart city" stoplights to improve traffic flow. It was originally tested in Las Vegas on closed streets.

    AAA sees the shuttle as an attraction not a transportation option. If it proves successful, there may be a stable of driverless vehicles traveling along Las Vegas Boulevard, from Fremont Street to the Strip, the airport and beyond.


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    The Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, P.O. Box 877, Logan OH 43138, edited by Nicki Chodnoff, is published monthly.

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