Did you know that the US Travel Association has designated January 28th as National Plan for Vacation Day? Here's why this is important:
Last year my company partnered with Virtuoso - to quote them:
"Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies specializing in luxury and experiential travel, with more than 20,000 advisors. We partner with over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators, and more. Our advisors use their personal connections and firsthand expertise to craft bespoke trips for clients, including unique experiences, special values, complimentary perks, VIP treatment and rare access."
And how does this benefit you? Here are five ways:
First, A great travel advisor...takes it from ordinary to extraordinary. A Virtuoso travel advisor can secure special benefits that you can’t get on your own, such as complimentary breakfast, spa credits, and upgrades at hotels. But they also see the nuances in every trip. From big-picture aspects (where to go – and when) to the details that matter (booking the hotel rooms with the best views, where to get the most authentic pizza on the Amalfi Coast), your travel advisor knows how to plan a memorable trip.
Second, a great travel advisor knows the world. Just as you might use a financial planner, an interior designer, or personal shopper, it makes sense to entrust your most valuable asset – your time – to an experienced travel advisor. The best advisors spend a lot of time on the road themselves – scouting out hotels, deepening relationships with tour guides, and finding the best restaurants and things to do.
Third, a great travel advisor knows your travel style. A Virtuoso travel advisor understands what’s most important to you and your traveling companions. You may want to take a cooking class or a private tour, or you may not want to leave the resort pool! Perhaps you want to use travel to educate your kids, plan an unforgettable anniversary trip, or celebrate a milestone birthday with friends and family. Your Virtuoso travel advisor will have plenty of suggestions on what might work best for you.
Fourth, a great travel advisor expands your horizons. A great travel advisor will help you think creatively about where to go and what to do. Italy, France, and Hawaii will always be popular. But your advisor also knows the best ways, say, to see Chile, Portugal, New Zealand, and many other hot destinations – plus new ways to experience the places you’ve already visited. Together, you can plan your next dream trip or weekend getaway.
And Finally, a great travel advisor can handle anything. Have you ever been on a trip where everything went exactly as planned? Right – this almost never happens. Issues are bound to pop up, and your Virtuoso travel advisor is your personal help line and “fixer” who knows how to quickly turn things around for the better. When they follow up after your trip, you’ll surely have an answer to this question: “Where do you want to go next?”
WHAT IS WAVE SEASON?
The New York Times describes Wave Season as an "annual deal-making ritual," during which "cruise-goers can snap up savings that generally aren’t available the rest of the year." USA Today says: "wave season remains a peak time for cruise lines to include free upgrades, onboard credit, and other incentives." Wave Season coincides with the winter months after the new year when a full year beckons, and when those living in colder climates long to catch some rays, this time of year is typically one of the busiest for booking travel. During Wave Season, extra incentives or special promotions are offered to encourage would-be travelers to book. Offers may include upgraded staterooms, free air, reduced deposit amounts, beverage packages, prepaid gratuities, or generous discounts. While promotions are offered year-round, Wave Season offers to tend to provide travelers the most benefits and the best value. Wave Season promotions are provided by all sorts of cruise companies, from Ultra-Luxury to Expedition - and frequently apply to cruises scheduled through 2022. Booking early has its advantages - best choice of staterooms and extended-time period to pay for a trip. My consortia, Virtuoso LTD, has put together a helpful list of Wave Season offers, which I've summarized below. I'd love to help you plan a special trip AND a great value - please let me know when you're ready to book!
Wave Season Promotions
AmaWaterways - WAVE Triple Savings Promotion - on select 2020 sailings, up to $2,000 savings per stateroom plus stateroom upgrade and onboard credit. Offer expires 3/31/2020
American Queen Steamboat Company - "Rollin' On The American Rivers" - Opportunity to save significantly on staterooms; savings range from $400 - $5,800 depending on cruise date and stateroom category. Offer expires 3/31/2020
Azamara - Save up to 40% on select cruises between 4/14/2020 and 11/21/2021. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Celebrity - Sail Beyond Event - save up to $400 per stateroom and choose one: unlimited drinks, $150 onboard credit, unlimited wifi, or prepaid gratuities. Offer expires 3/4/2020
Crystal Cruises: Reduced deposit of $100 on 13 select Mediterranean cruises between April and August 2020. Offer expires 3/4/2020
Cunard: Upgrades on Us, Plus Free Drinks Package for Grill Suites, plus 50% reduced deposit and included gratuities on a wide range of sailings for 2020 & 2021. Offer expires 2/27/2020
Holland America - "View & Verandah" - Choose from 500+ sailings and receive Free Stateroom Upgrades, Free Onboard Spending Money (up to $500 per stateroom) free/reduced kid's fares, 10% off select shore excursions, 50% reduced deposit. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Hurtigruten - "The World is Waiting" - Save up to 30% on select 2020, 2021, and 2022 voyages to Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Central & South America, Norway, and the Northwest Passage. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions - Treasures of Japan - May 30 - June 7, 2020 sailing - $3,000 air credit based on double occupancy. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Princess - Best.Sale.Ever - $100 deposit, Premier Beverage Package, Unlimited WiFi, pre-paid gratuities. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Celebrate Luxury Perfected - receive up to $1,000 in onboard credit for select voyages in 2020 and 2021. Offer expires 3/31/2020
Royal Caribbean - 60% off second guest and kids sail free - Offer expires 1/31/2020
Seabourn - Signature Savings Event - for select sailings, offer may include suite upgrades, shipboard credit, internet package, 50% reduced deposit, and in Alaska, a free zodiac shore excursion. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Silversea - Bonus Savings Days - up to $1,000 in savings on select voyages. Offer expires 2/28/2020
UnCruise - 2020 Adventure Savings - Save up to $1,000 per couple for 7-day sailings on select voyages. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection - 100th Anniversary Celebration Event - Save up to 30% on select 2020 voyages. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Virgin Voyages - Sailor's Loot - Up to $400 in Onboard Credit. Offer expires 2/14/2020
Windstar Cruises - Small Ship Big World Savings - on select voyages; choose one: up to $1,000 in onboard credit, up to $300 airfare credit or unlimited wifi. Offer expires 2/28/2020