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River Cruise Newsletter Dated August 29, 2016

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

Crystal Cruises, a company that has won many "world's best" awards for its superb six-star oceangoing voyages, launched Crystal River Cruises this summer. The new division will operate luxury river cruises in Europe aboard a fleet of five river ships.

The 160-passenger Crystal Mozart debuted in July on the Danube. Its notable features include a pop-up bar on the top deck, a spa with an indoor pool and fitness center and in-suite iPads that you can use to order room service, book shore excursions, control the temperature in your cabin and more.

The company has recently redesigned its plans for the upcoming Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel. Originally planned as 84-passenger ships that would sail in France, they will now carry 106 passengers -- like the Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler -- on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. All four ships will be deployed over the next two years.

Voyages will focus on longer stays and overnights in port and will feature more daytime cruising than normally seen on river cruise itineraries. Fares include meals featuring regional specialties, unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, butler service, gratuities for the onboard staff and a choice of complimentary shore excursions at every stop. Guests also will find the elegant, well-appointed suites and highly personalized service that are hallmarks of a Crystal vacation.

To take advantage of Crystal's 2-for-1 offer on its European river cruise departures, click here.

To see a comprehensive list of deals on Crystal's ocean-going cruises, click here.



All of our river cruise operators have released their 2017 departures, and there is still time to take advantage of some great early booking promotions. I've listed a few of these below.

Fly from $299 per person from select gateways on AmaWaterways sailings when you book by August 31.

Fly from $495 per person from select gateways, plus companion cruises for free on Viking river cruises when you book by August 31.

Save 10% off CroisiEurope cruises. Book by August 31.

Companion saves 50% off Gate 1 river cruises when you book by August 31.

Save $1,100 to $3,500 per couple ($550 to $1,750 per person) off Uniworld cruises when you book and pay in full by September 2.

Fly from $495 per person from select gateways on certain Emerald Waterways departures when you book by September 2.

Save $200 to $1,000 per couple ($100 to $500 per person) off American Queen Steamboat Company river cruises. Book and pay in full by September 30.

Fly for free from select gateways on Avalon voyages.

Fly from $495 per person from select gateways on Scenic departures when you book certain categories.



Among the newly released river cruises are some brand-new itineraries. They include Holiday Rhine River Cruise from Adventures by Disney, Active Discovery on the Danube from Avalon, Rhine - Main Discovery & Munich from Uniworld, Paris to the Swiss Alps from Viking and Columbia & Snake Rivers Wine Cruise from American Queen Steamboat Company.

Click here to see a complete list of new voyages that will be making their debut in 2017, along with every accompanying discount and deal.



There's still space available on our 2016 Christmas markets cruises in Europe. Most of these special trips take place along the Rhine and Danube. In cities and towns along the route, guests are given time to browse the festive outdoor markets that are set up in city squares and in front of cathedrals.

Taking place from late November through December, the holiday bazaars are a much-loved tradition, where merchants sell handcrafted ornaments, toys, candles and woodcarvings, as well as local treats like grilled sausages, roasted chestnuts and gingerbread.



Here are this week's Top 15 River Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Paris & Normandy, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Begins and ends in Paris. Fly from $299 per person from select gateways. Starting at $3,099. Departures from April 6 through November 9, 2017.

2) Short Break in Venice, 5 days with CroisiEurope. Begins and ends in Venice. Companion saves 40%. Starting at $1,175. Departs September 30 and October 8, 12 & 20, 2016.

3) Mark Twain, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Begins in Alton and ends in Red Wing. Save $1,000 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $1,799. Departs July 24, 2017.

4) 9 Day Danube River Cruise, 9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Travels between Budapest and Munich. Save $1,400 to $2,000 per couple. Starting at $1,999. Departures from October 15 through November 12, 2016.

5) 9 Day Rhone River Cruise, 9 days with Gate 1 Travel. Begins in Marseille and ends in Lyon. Save $2,000 per couple. Starting at $1,999. Departs October 22, 2016.

6) Holiday - Christmas Markets, 8 days with American Queen Steamboat Company. Travels between Memphis and New Orleans. Save $1,000 per couple, plus receive free shore excursions and more. Starting at $2,149. Departs December 5, 12 & 19, 2016.

7) Vietnam, Cambodia & the Riches of the Mekong, 8 days with AmaWaterways. Travels between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap. Save $1,500 per couple. Starting at $2,599. Departures from September 12 through December 26, 2016.

8) Castles Along the Rhine, 8 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $2,649. Departures from March 15 through November 15, 2017.

9) Enchantment of Eastern Europe, 10 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Bucharest and Budapest. Fly from $995 per person from select gateways, plus receive a 200 euro per couple onboard credit. Starting at $2,995. Departures from April 15 through September 14, 2017.

10) Tulips & Windmills, 10 days with Uniworld. Travels between Amsterdam and Antwerp. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,149. Departures from March 25 through April 24, 2017.

11) Magical China & the Yangtze River, 12 days with Avalon Waterways. Begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai. Save 5%. Starting at $3,489. Departures from April 3 through October 16, 2017.

12) Lisbon & Secrets of the Douro, 11 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto. Fly from $995 per person from select gateways, plus receive a 200 euro per couple onboard credit. Starting at $3,940. Departures from May 17 through September 20, 2017.

13) Paris & Impressions of the Seine, 10 days with Uniworld. Begins and ends in Paris. Fly for free from select gateways. Starting at $3,999. Departures from April 6 through November 8, 2017.

14) Elegant Elbe, 10 days with Viking River Cruises. Travels between Berlin and Prague. Fly from $100 per person, plus companion cruises for free. Starting at $5,748. Departures from March 10 through November 10, 2017.

15) Christmas Markets Along the Danube, 11 days with Crystal River Cruises. Begins and ends in Vienna. Companion cruises for free. Starting at $6,870. Departures from November 22, 2016 through December 10, 2018.

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

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

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Sincerely,

Alan Fox
Chairman & CEO


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