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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, February 2018 Issue

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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:
The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland


  • Upgraded Cape Town Pass
  • Budget Friendly NYC
  • First Responders Stay Free in 2018
  • Outdoorsy Expands to Canada
  • TravelCar Free Parking at Chicago O'Hare
  • West Virginia State Park Deals
  • Atlantis Beat the Winter Blues
  • Up to 60% Off at Occidental Xcaret
  • Value Yangtze Cruise & Panda Experience
  • 2018 UnCruise Savings
  • Colonnade Hotel Frosty Fridays
  • Encore European Tour on Sale
  • Hilton Honors New Benefits
  • Myrtle Beach Free Round of Golf
  • 10% Off South African Airways Vacations
  • Star Clippers ‘Catch the Wave’ Offers
  • New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers
  • Club Med Special Savings
  • Scenic Wave Season Deals
  • European Waterways Spring Savings

  • Upgraded Cape Town Pass

    With international visitor arrivals to Cape Town up by more than 25 percent, the revamped Cape Town Pass sightseeing card is set to make it easier and more affordable to discover South Africa's 'Mother City'.

    The Cape Town Pass is designed to save time and money while enjoying the attractions and tours of the coastal city. Launched in 2017, the pass expanded and offers entry to a wide range of Cape Town's top attractions, landmarks and tours, and discounts and exclusive offers at restaurants.

    Priced from $79 per adult and $55 per child (aged five to 15) for a two-day pass, the Cape Town Pass is an all-in-one ticket that comes with a free attractions guidebook and fast-track entry to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. A Cape Town Pass free smartphone app provides sightseeing tips and itinerary planning tools.

    All attraction and tour entry costs are included in the price of the pass, for savings on gate prices. On a three-day Cape Town Pass, costing $110 per adult, you can save $61 on the normal gate price of 10 popular attractions and tours, including Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, a half-day city tour, a bike tour and a sunset cruise. Save more money by adding the optional Travelcard, offering unlimited travel on the MyCiti bus network for three days.

      Attractions included in Cape Town Pass:
    • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway – Normally priced at $20 per adult.
    • Cape Point Nature Reserve - national park that Sir Francis Drake named the 'Fairest Cape in all the World'. Entry to Reserve and funicular are regularly $11 and $5 respectively.
    • Boulders Beach Penguin Colony - Africa's only penguins. Regular price $6.
    • Springbok Experience - interactive museum lets you try the skills needed to be part of South Africa's Springboks. Normally $6.
    • Groot Constantia - South Africa's most historic vineyard with wine tasting and cellar tour. Normally $8.
      Featured tours include:
    • Mile by Mile City Tour - half-day city bus tour takes in beaches, peaks, landmarks, history and diverse cultures.
    • Bikes 'n Wines - Explore Cape Town by bike or take a challenging early morning ride along the coastal route.
    • Yacoob Yachts - Sunset catamaran cruise with a glass of sparkling wine.
    • Two-day Cape Town Pass - $79 per adult, $55 per child (aged 5-15).
    • Three-day Cape Town Pass - $110 per adult, $70 per child.
    • Five-day Cape Town Pass - $135 per adult, $80 per child.
    • Seven-day Cape Town Pass - $150 per adult, $105 per child.
    • Children aged under five gain free entry to Cape Town attractions.

    The Cape Town Pass is available online, shipped globally, collected on arrival in the city or downloaded as a mobile ticket for smartphones via the Cape Town Pass app.

    Cape Town Pass.

    Budget Friendly NYC

    Winter is one of the best times to visit New York City on a budget. You can save money on hotel accommodations by booking rooms at Pod 39 and Pod 51 and spend more on experiences. Pod 39 and Pod 51 are offering three exclusive booking offers:

    Winter in NYC package - Book directly and save when you book by Mar. 31, 2018. Use code PODPERK for a five percent discount on the best flexible rate at either Pod 39 or Pod 51.

    Pay Now, Play Later in NYC package - Plan your NYC winter vacation through Mar. 31, 2018, and save when you pay in advance. Book with code PODPLAY, and receive 10 percent off the best rate and any free weekday Pod Walks.

    Five for $85 package - Book a total of five nights or more in February in any Pod Hotel (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Washington D.C.) and get an $85 per night rate.

    Both Pod 39 and Pod 51 offer room configurations with options including bunk bed pods to queen pods that accommodate travelers and groups. The properties include communal spaces such as a playroom with ping-pong tables, an extensive board game collection, and full bar. You can take in one-of-a-kind skyline views with free access to rooftop with reasonable eats at Salvation Taco and rooftop deck.

    Pod Hotels or 844/POD-ROOM.


    First Responders Stay Free in 2018

    St. James's Club Morgan Bay in St. Lucia salutes firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with its “First Responders Stay Free” invitation to the all-inclusive resort when traveling with friends and family age 12 and older. The offer for active and retired first responders is available for travel through Dec. 20, 2018.

    Based on a three-night minimum stay, the free stay for the first responder includes accommodations, all meals, snacks, beverages by the glass, activities, non-motorized watersports, taxes and fees. All-Inclusive rates for accompanying guests start at $200 per night. Children ages two to 11 are $72 per night, while children under age two stay free. There is a limit of one free first responder per room. Nightly rates vary by season, and this promotion is not combinable with other offers. During February 2018, a five-night minimum stay is required. Airfare is not included. Some blackout dates may apply.

    First responders will be required to provide proof of occupation at the time of booking.

    The resort, a member of the Elite Island Resorts collection of beachfront properties, offers four swimming pools, six restaurants and bars, and all-inclusive activities such as waterskiing, windsurfing, Hobie Cat sailing, yoga, Pilates and Caribbean dance classes.

    First Responders Stay Free promotionor 866/830-1617.

    Outdoorsy Expands to Canada

    Outdoorsy, the largest RV rental marketplace, launches to Canadians. Both RV owners and renters can travel across Canada or the USA in motorhomes, campervans, travel trailers and adventure vehicles facilitated through the Outdoorsy platform.

    Outdoorsy is mobilizing 16 million idle RVs around the world, so everyone can have access to outdoor recreational vehicle travel. We're empowering RV owners to realize life-changing financial benefits.

    Outdoorsy and Aviva Canada team up to bring an RV peer-to-peer marketplace to Canadians coast to coast.

    Aviva Canada has underwritten a $2 million third party liability insurance program in partnership with Outdoorsy and backed the company's launch in Canada.

    The partnership between Aviva and Outdoorsy introduces an insurance solution. RV owners can turn their parked RV into profit centers by earning extra income renting to other campers through Outdoorsy with insurance coverage included at no extra charge.

      The Outdoorsy platform offers RV renters the opportunity to:
    • Search and book a variety of RVs personally cared for by their owners that suit a variety of tastes and needs
    • Communicate directly with owners who want to share their knowledge and often assist with advice and road trip itineraries
    • Save money and enjoy more frequent vacations as RVing is a cost-effective way to travel
    • Travel fully insured and with automatic insurance coverage.
      RV owners hand, can:
    • Earn up to $46,000 per year renting their RV(s)
    • List their RV for free through a simple step-by-step process
    • Handpick pre-qualified renters through profiles, ratings and reviews and remain in complete control of who rents
    • Set rates and availability and accept bookings they are comfortable with
    • Receive secure payments made directly into their bank account
    • Be part of a community of other knowledgeable RV owners.

    To list your RV, rent an RV or to find out more, visit ca.outdoorsy.com.

    TravelCar Free Parking at Chicago O'Hare

    TravelCar, the airport parking and car sharing for travelers company expands its U.S. presence by adding Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Chicago is the third location for free airport parking and the option to earn money by renting out your car to other travelers while you are away.

    While shuttles, private transfers and buses are still common practice, they are expensive. TravelCar's low cost options, for the person parking at the airport and renting a car at the airport, means you can spend less on transportation needs and have more in their pocket.

    "Parking at O'Hare can cost as much as $17 a day. If you're traveling for a week, that can add up," said Ahmed Mhiri, CEO of TravelCar.

    TravelCar is an airport based parking and cars haring services. Founded in 2012, TravelCar operates in 50 countries and provides travelers free parking at airports, train stations and city centers in exchange for renting out their cars to other travelers. TravelCar also brokers parking spots at an extensive network of parking facilities through travel agencies and its website travelcar.com.


    Save $20 on Your Medical Travel.

    West Virginia State Park Deals

    During the quiet winter months West Virginia Parks offer lodging specials. When booking, use the booking code online and mention the code when calling the state park directly or the call center.

    Beech Fork State Park Cabins, 304/528-5794. The Wildlife Watchers deal, saves 20 percent when you book a cabin for two or more nights at Beech Fork State Park. The special applies to Sunday through Thursday night stays through Mar. 31, 2018. The offer may not be combined with other promos or discounts. Use code WILDLIFE17 when you book online, or when you call for reservations.

    Planning a visit in February 2018 to Blackwater Falls? Use code WINNER on Sunday through Thursday night reservations and the standard room rate will change to $50 per night plus applicable taxes.

    West Virginia State Park Deals.

    Atlantis Beat the Winter Blues

    Atlantis, Paradise Island, the newly updated, Bahamian resort on five miles of beach on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, has a winter deal.

    The "Warm up Your Winter" sale allows you to escape the cold.

    The special offer includes: Rates from $229 per night, with up to a $300 resort credit and daily breakfast for two. The offer is valid in The Beach, The Coral, The Royal and The Reef. The offer is not valid in The Cove and Harborside resort. Travel is valid to Dec. 23, 2018 and black-out dates include Feb. 8 to 10, and 15 to 24, Mar. 9 to 16 and Mar. 23 to Apr. 7, June 15 and 16, Oct. 5 to 7 and Nov. 16 to 23, 218.

    Atlantis features five properties in which to stay, from the Royal Towers, Beach and Coral Towers and the newly built Cove and Reef.

    Stays at Atlantis include daily access to Aquaventure, the resort's 141-acre waterscape, Casino, spa and fitness center, movie theater, and free Wi-Fi.

    Other resort amenities include: Atlantis Kids Adventures (AKA) for children ages three to 12 and CRUSH, a teen club; 18-hole golf course; duty free shopping; 40 restaurants and lounges; Dolphin Cay, the resort's 14-acre marine mammal habitat, education center and animal-rescue rehabilitation hospital.

    Warm up Your Winter sale or 800-ATLANTIS.

    Up to 60% Off at Occidental Xcaret

    Bookit.com offers a package with up to 60 percent off at the all-inclusive Occidental at Xcaret resort, not far from Cancun, Mexico. The seven-night package, which includes roundtrip airfare from NYC, starts from $1,059 per person based on double occupancy on select travel dates in February. The number of travel dates expands to March when the prices increases to $1,079 per person

    Prices for departures from other cities are available.

    The roundtrip airfare comes into play when you receive a free flight credit for travel through Apr. 30, 2018 when booking a hotel and flight package at participating hotels with Bookit.com.

    The all-inclusive Occidental at Xcaret, located adjacent to the eco-archeological Xcaret Park, features 11 restaurants and 10 bars including a swim-up bar, five swimming pools, an adults-only saltwater pool and a children`s pool. Included in the all-inclusive price is nightly entertainment, gym and solarium, two paddle and two lighted tennis courts, shuffleboard, archery, mini-golf and a kids club with daily activities for children ages four to 12.

    Bookit.com or 800/494-8016.


    Value Yangtze Cruise & Panda Experience

    Stunning China offers a 12 day Express Tour, tour code ETYP12, that includes a four night Yangtze River cruise. Spring departures with airfare from Los Angeles start from $1,599 per person, based on double occupancy. Spring departures with airfare from New York or San Francisco start from $1,699 per person based on double occupancy. The single supplement is an additional $399.

    The price includes international air, a four night Yangtze River cruise with private balcony, English-speaking guide, transportation between cities and to tourist sites, admission fees to attractions, accommodations in four star hotels, and two high-speed train rides.

    The tour starts in Suzhou, sometimes called the "Venice of the East," with a visit to Shan Tang Street, the Lingering Garden and a silk spinning factory. In Hangzhou, the tea capital of China, visit a tea house and learn about tea. Take a small boat ride on West Lake then drive to Shanghai to visit the Bund. Shanghai includes a visit to the Shanghai Museum and time on your own. Take the high speed train to Wuhan with time to relax before boarding a boat for the Yangtze River and Three Gorges cruise. Board another vessel to sail through the Goddess Stream, Wu and Qutang gorges. Take a high speed train to Chengdu, the home to the Giant Panda breeding and research center. Transfer to airport for your flight home.

    There is a three night Beijing extensions for $299 that includes three nights’ hotel accommodations, guided tours and a flight from Beijing to Shanghai. The two-night Xi'an Terracotta Army extension for $399 includes two nights’ accommodations’, guided tours, and high-speed train from Chengdu-Xi'an.

    Stunning China or 626/965-9999.

    2018 UnCruise Savings

    UnCruise Adventures, a small ship adventure cruise line, offers Alaska in 2018 at a lower rate. Save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple.

    With no more than 86 passengers, the two ships take you into remote areas of Southeast Alaska for off-the-beaten path trips. This deal features three Alaska itineraries, which are flexible so the ship’s expedition guides can maximize adventure, exploration and learning so no two trips are the same.

    The itineraries include:
    Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales: Hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord, skiff the iceberg gardens at LeConte Glacier and hike the Tongass National Forest. Visit the Tlingit village of Kake and whale watch in Frederick Sound. Departures May to August.

    Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers: Visit Glacier Bay National Park for a full day, float the river or bike in Haines and spot wildlife such as whales, Dalls porpoise, sea lions and black bears. Departures May to August.

    Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruises: Two full days in Glacier Bay National Park, visit the Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and explore Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm by skiff. Departures April, July and September.

    Every UnCruise ship carries its own adventure equipment for kayaking, hiking, beachcombing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, skiff excursions and wildlife searches.

    In 2018, the S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal gold rush steamer, will offer adventure activities with the addition of kayaks, paddle boards and skiffs on board. A custom built boat launch will be added to the S.S. Legacy for launching small craft. The Safari Endeavour carries 84 guests and features two hot tubs and massage rooms, in addition to a full suite of adventure equipment.

    Wave Season savings are available for new bookings made through Feb. 28, 2018. Use offer code “AK450+50” when booking. Cruises start at $3,995 (before savings) and include all meals and beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise and wellness amenities such as free massage. Port taxes and fees are additional. The offer is combinable with UnCruise’s Loyalty, Referral and Family Discoveries savings programs.

    UnCruise Adventures or 888/862-8881.

    Hilton Hotels

    Colonnade Hotel Frosty Fridays

    The mercury falling across much of the nation signals the return of Frosty Fridays at the Colonnade Hotel, in Boston, MA.

    The hotel’s signature package lets you pay just the temperature outside for Friday night and $289 for Saturday. If the temperature is 10 degrees Friday at 5 p.m., Friday night’s room rate is $10. If it’s 9 degrees, it’s $9 and so on.

      Frosty Fridays include:
    • Overnight accommodations for two
    • Choice of: admission and ice skating rentals for four at Boston Common Frog Pond or tickets for Old Town Trolley Tour
    • “Make your own” hot chocolate bar, with marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, caramel, milk
    • Free overnight parking in the Colonnade’s onsite garage
    • Add connecting rooms to make it a family affair, from $159 per night.

    Frosty Fridays is a two-night package with the first night rate determined by the National Weather Service’s reading of the outside temperature at 5 p.m. and special second night rate of $289. This package is subject to applicable taxes and is first come, first served based on availability.

    The package is valid for weekends through Apr. 8, 2018, subject to availability.

    Frosty Fridays at the Colonnade or 800/962-3030.

    Encore European Tour on Sale

    Teeming River Cruises has its Encore European Tour on sale. The 15 day river cruise on Nov. 5, 2018, starts from $1,799 per person and includes all taxes and port charges.

    Sailing on the MS Johann Strauss, the cruise starts in Amsterdam sailing on the Rhine to Dusseldorf, Koblenz, and Rudesheim. Transferring to the gentler Main River visiting Miltenberg, Wertheim, Wurzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg. In Austria there are stops in Linz, Wachau Gorge, Melk, Durnstein and Vienna. The ship sails downstream on the Danube to Bratislava and Budapest where you disembark.

    The cruise includes a Captain’s welcome and farewell reception, all meals onboard the ship including afternoon tea and midnight snack. A soda, beer and house wine package for beverages during lunch and dinner for the entire cruise is $179 per person and both occupants of the cabin must purchase the package. Additionally, free city walking tour apps are offered for most ports, free Wi-Fi, tech talks, nightly port talks, live music onboard, evening turndown, and onboard fitness center.

    Prices are cruise-only and flights and transfers to and from the airport are not included in the cruise fare. Gratuities and shore excursions are not included in cruise fare but may be purchased for an additional cost.

    Teeming River Cruises or 407/634-4551.

    Hilton Honors New Benefits

    Hilton updates its guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, making it easier to earn points and unlock rewards. Starting in April, Hilton Honors members receive new perks, including the highest elite point earning potential, the option to rollover nights and the opportunity to gift status.

    Starting in April, members will earn more points on hotel stays. All members will earn points the usual way with new elite tier bonus rates for Silver (20 percent), Gold (80 percent) and Diamond (100 percent) members.

    Members will earn 10,000 Bonus Points on every tenth night, once you reach 40 nights in a calendar year. It's not a limited time offer, no registration is required and there is no cap. The more you stay at Hilton, the more points you earn. For Diamond members, there is an additional 30,000 Bonus Points reward at 60 nights in one year.

    Silver, Gold and Diamond members can rollover qualifying nights earned beyond their current elite tier requirements to count towards their elite tier status the following year.

    Members staying 60 or more nights in a calendar year can gift Gold status to their favorite travel partner. Stay 100 plus nights and that gift gets upgraded to Diamond.

    While many changes begin in April, several benefits are already available. In addition to breakfast perks at a host of Hilton brands, Gold and Diamond Hilton Honors members can receive free Continental breakfast or a food and beverage credit at all of Hilton's luxury properties, including Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Members also have access to four new American Express cobranded cards.

    Hilton Honors.


    Hamilton Island

    10 Night China Trip w/Air $1,399

    Myrtle Beach Golf Trips gives a free round of golf to any golfer who requests a free vacation estimate. Golfers can fill out a "quick quote" online and get a voucher for a free round of golf to use on their next Myrtle Beach vacation.

    Myrtle Beach is home to almost 100 golf courses, an average temperature of 75 degrees, and the beach. Tee times fill up fast, especially in the spring. The sooner tee times are booked, the more likely you'll get your preferred time on your favorite courses.

    Myrtle Beach Golf Trips gives access to all the courses on the Grand Strand. Golfers can choose from Low country courses to challenging layouts.

    Myrtle Beach Golf Trips puts together golf experiences with multi-round tee time specials, and golf and lodging packages.

    Myrtle Beach Golf Trips or 866/694-2448.

    10% Off South African Airways Vacations

    South African Airways Vacations, the leisure division of South African Airways, offers 10 percent off their air-inclusive vacation packages to a variety of destinations throughout Africa. This special discount applies to all SAA Vacations packages booked by Feb. 28, 2018, for travel in 2018.

    Travel packages customized by SAA Vacations include roundtrip air transportation on South African Airways, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, sightseeing excursions, wine tours, and wildlife safaris plus extra amenities, such as personalized assistance throughout your journey.

    This discount is available for new reservations made by Feb. 28, 2018, for any air-inclusive package offered by South African Airways Vacations.

    South African Airways Vacations or 855/359-7228.

    Star Clippers ‘Catch the Wave’ Offers

    During wave season, Star Clippers offers promotions on select 2018 sailings across all three tall ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

    Wave season runs to Mar. 31, 2018, when cruise lines book a large number of cruise cabins. It’s a “wave” of bookings, something like Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

    Book a wave season special and receive a cabin upgrade of up to two categories, free pre-paid gratuities and $100 onboard credit per cabin to spend on anything aboard ship.

    Wave offers for the 170-guest Star Clipper include seven-day sailings out of Phuket, Thailand, that start at $1,360 per person based on double occupancy. In Indonesia, seven-, 10- and 11-day sailings out of Bali start at $1,395 per person.

    The Star Flyer wave deals include the Caribbean, Mediterranean and a 20-day transatlantic crossing. Seven-, 11- and 14-day sailings in the Caribbean depart from St. Maarten, Montego Bay, Jamaica or Balboa, Panama start at $1,360 per person. In the Mediterranean, five- and seven-day itineraries out of Cannes, Athens and Barcelona start at $1,270. The 20-day transatlantic crossing from St. Maarten to Lisbon start at $2,350.

    Wave offers on the Royal Clipper include seven- and 14-day Caribbean sailings in the Windward and Grenadine Islands and Western Mediterranean itineraries out of Cannes, Rome and Malaga. Sailings start at $1,460 per person for a seven-day Caribbean sailing and $1,845 for a seven-day Mediterranean itinerary.

    Star Clippers or 800/442-0551.

    Seasonal Flight Deals. Book with SmartFares® & Get $15 Off - Use Coupon Code

    New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers

    The Department of State launched improvements on sharing information with U.S. travelers. These improvements will provide clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information worldwide. Under the new system, every country will have a Travel Advisory, providing levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4:

    Level 1 - Exercise Normal Precautions: This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel. Conditions in other countries may differ from those in the United States and may change at any time.

    Level 2 - Exercise Increased Caution: Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

    Level 3 - Reconsider Travel: Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

    Level 4 - Do Not Travel: This is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time.

    The Travel Advisories for each country replace previous Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts. An overall Travel Advisory level will be issued for every country, levels of advice may vary for specific locations or areas within a country. For instance, we may advise “Exercise Increased Caution” (Level 2) in a country, but to “Reconsider Travel” (Level 3) to a particular area within the country.

    Detailed Travel Advisories will also will provide clear reasons for the level assigned, using established risk indicators, and offer specific advice to U.S. citizens who choose to travel there:

    C - Crime: Widespread violent or organized crime is present in areas of the country. Local law enforcement may have limited ability to respond to serious crimes.

    T - Terrorism: Terrorist attacks have occurred and/or specific threats against civilians, groups, or other targets may exist.

    U - Civil Unrest: Political, economic, religious, and/or ethnic instability exists and may cause violence, major disruptions, and/or safety risks.

    H - Health: Health risks, including current disease outbreaks or a crisis that disrupts a country’s medical infrastructure, are present. The issuance of a Centers for Disease Control Travel Notice may be a factor.

    N - Natural Disaster: A natural disaster, or its aftermath, poses danger.

    E - Time-limited Event: A short-term event, such as an election, sporting event, or other incident that may pose a safety risk.

    O - Other: There are potential risks not covered by previous risk indicators. Read the country’s Travel Advisory for details.

    Travel Advisory will be reviewed and updated as needed, based on changes to security and safety information. U.S. embassies and consulates will now issue Alerts to replace the current Emergency Messages and Security Messages. Alerts will inform U.S. citizens of specific safety and security concerns in a country, such as demonstrations, crime trends, and weather events.

    The Department’s newly-redesigned hub for traveler information, will host all Travel Advisories, recent Alerts issued for each country, and an interactive map in mobile-friendly formats. Country pages on the site will continue to include all travel information currently available, including details about entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, transportation, and other relevant topics.

    To receive security and other updates while traveling, enroll your travel plans in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, and follow the department on Twitter (@travelgov) and Facebook.

    Club Med Special Savings

    Club Med offers a special, with savings of up to 45 percent off bookings if you book by Feb. 28, 2018. The special offer provides free room upgrades, up to $400 in air credit, waived single supplement fees and free stays for children under the age of four. The offer is valid on new bookings for travel through May 4, 2019.

    Club Med also offers an early booking offer for travel between August 2018 and May 2019. Through Feb. 28, 2018, book one of Club Med's beach resorts and receive early booking rates from $109 per person, per night, based on double occupancy for the best rate possible.

    From arrival to departure, a Club Med getaway includes: land and water activities, gourmet cuisine, spa treatments and nightly entertainment.

    Here is a sampling of the Club Med resorts with the limited time sale:

    Club Med Cancun Yucatán, Mexico - Mayan culture and activities for all ages. Snorkel in the world's second largest coral reef, explore Mayan gems and wakeboard through a mangrove lagoon.

    Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, - Sports oriented and home to Club Med Academies, with sports instructors and premier equipment. The resort offers an 18-hole golf course, adults-only infinity Zen pool, and sports oriented treatments and massages.

    Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic - Activities and experiences include Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, interactive recreational acrobatic and artistic activities, over-water dining and an on-property barbershop.

    Club Med or 800/258-2633.

    Scenic Wave Season Deals

    Scenic all-inclusive cruises have multiple Wave Season deals.

    On the discovery yacht Scenic Eclipse, you received early-bird fares – up to 10 percent off regular fares - on 13 itineraries between September 2018 and July 2019. You also receive deposit protection, an early payment discount of up to $1,000 per couple, and free airport transfers to and from your home on itineraries longer than 10 days. Free roundtrip air is offered on the 15-day “South America to Canary Islands” transatlantic sailing in 2019. Scenic Eclipse offers are for new bookings made by Feb. 28, 2018.

    With Scenic’s Europe river cruises, “Choose Your Savings” is a new program that offers a choice of free roundtrip airfare, up to $1,500 per person fare savings, or a two-category balcony suite upgrade on any European river itineraries. Bookings on “Choose Your Savings” must be made by Feb. 15, 2018.

    The Scenic river Space-Ships offer private butler service, unlimited beverages and spirits with mini-bar re-stocked daily, private balcony staterooms with Sun Lounge technology – where the open-air balcony converts to an all-weather lounge with a push of a button.

    All Scenic river cruises include tips and gratuities, all meals with multiple dining options, all drinks, local guides, transfers, all activities plus Scenic Enrich events.

    Scenic or 844/788-7987.


    European Waterways Spring Savings

    European Waterways jump-starts its spring 2018 hotel barge cruising season by offering up to 20 percent off cabins and charters in Burgundy, France.

    The offer is available for select departures in April. Eligible hotel barges include L'Impressionniste, La Belle Epoque, L'Art de Vivre, Finesse, and Renaissance. They offer a variety of excursions that introduce you to the wines, culinary traditions, historical architecture, and cultural heritage of the region. Prices start at $3,592 and are based on double occupancy. Cruises must be booked by Feb. 19, 2018, to be eligible and other restrictions may apply.

    Spring is a good time to visit Burgundy. Warming temperatures are good for sightseeing and cycling alongside the canals. The hillsides bloom with flowers, and town folks set up their open-air shops in market squares.

    Paris is also a prominent spring destination. European Waterways offers free transfers from the city center to some of their hotel barges in Burgundy, making it a convenient way for you to extend a Paris vacation with a cruise in Burgundy.

    All barge cruises in Burgundy have daily excursions that include wine tastings, cultural tours and meals prepared by on-board chefs. The meals feature the wines and gastronomic traditions unique to the region.

    Among the vessels offering spring specials are the 12-passenger L'Impressionniste which cruises in Southern Burgundy between Fleurey-sur-Ouche and Escommes, visiting medieval villages and Beaune, the local 'wine capital'. The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque cruises in the north between Venarey-les-Laumes and Tanlay and visits Noyers-sur-Serein and Flavigny sur Ozerain, location of the film 'Chocolat'.

    The eight-passenger L'Art de Vivre cruises the Canal du Nivernais and River Yonne, with visits to the hilltop basilica in Vezelay. The eight-passenger Finesse cruises in southern Burgundy between St-Julien-sur-Dheune and St-Jean-de-Losne with tours of Autun, famous for its 12th century cathedral. Renaissance, an eight-passenger vessel, cruises in the Upper Loire and western Burgundy between Chatillon-sur-Lore and Montargis. Itinerary highlights include cruising across the aqueduct at Briare, built by Gustave Eiffel.

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