The new year dawns with an amazing array of travel relaxation, exploration and inspiration. And our Expedia expert travel consultants are ready to put all the pieces together for you with exceptional Expedia prices and concierge service. Plus, we are now in Wave season, when cruise lines offer their biggest promotions of the year. The key question is: What travel would you like to take this year (or next)? There are many spectacular options:
RIVER CRUISES: We are experts in this hottest segment of travel, with six members of our team taking a river cruise in 2017. We believe this is the most exceptional way to experience certain parts of Europe, such as the Rhine River, where consultant Jane Shobe is hosting a group in September. With your floating boutique hotel delivering you to one charming destination after another, you have more time to immerse yourself into the culture. Plus time to relax aboard with excellent fresh and local cuisine and time to soak in the 360-degree view atop the ship as you float past castles and vineyards. If you have yet to try this, we can’t recommend it enough. If you have, it’s time to look for your next river. Get a sense for this experience from this post.
ALASKA CRUISE TOURS: You know the 49th state is big, but you might not know how awesome it is. Unless you have been there. If you have not, you should know that his destination consistently exceeds expectations as pictures can not do justice to majestic eagles, massive glaciers, impressive whales and other natural wonders surrounding you. The best way to experience this is a cruise tour that combines the archipelago accessible by sea with exploration of the vast land mass highlighted by impressive Denali National Park. We particularly love Celebrity’s cruise tour packages that come with Expedia discount pricing and through Jan. 31 two perks ($300 onboard credit, beverage package, unlimited internet, prepaid gratuities). Suites offer even more bang for the buck with all four amenities, more spacious accommodations, a private restaurant plus other amenities.
TAHITI & THE SOUTH PACIFIC: This paradise is more accessible than many Southern Californians realize. Non-stop flights from LAX are 8 1/2 hours. A Paul Gauguin cruise allows you to visit several idyllic islands in luxury at a considerably lower cost than land resorts. Talk about overwater bungalows! This one floats from one awesome lagoon to another and includes two all-day private island parties along the way. Plus, Paul Gauguin’s Polynesian crew members ensure that cultural immersion occurs on ship and ashore. Ask us about our exclusive Expedia group pricing. Learn about the experience at this post.
NEW SHIPS: Innovation in the cruise industry marches on unabated. Norwegian Bliss, a ship custom-built for Alaska and displaying hull art by Orange County’s Wyland will launch as the first brand new ship on the West Coast in many years. You can experience Bliss on a 7-day Alaska cruise out of Seattle during the summer, a 7-day Mexico cruise from Los Angeles during October or repositioning cruises through the Panama Canal and between Los Angeles and Seattle. Elsewhere, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean are adding innovative ships to their Florida fleets while highly acclaimed Viking Ocean continues its impressive expansion. Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas displaces its 2-year-old sister ship as the largest at sea with 10-story water slides, rock-climbing walls, Broadway shows and a plethora of other exciting features. Celebrity’s Edge ushers in revolutionary ship design that brings focus on the ocean to more public spaces. Viking’s clean, destination-focused ocean ships continue to visit more ports and more regions.
HOMEPORT LA: Cruise lines are adding more opportunities for Californians to cruise without flying. New round-trip Alaska (12 days) and Panama Canal (19 days) cruises from LA have proven popular additions to existing no-fly cruises – 7-day Mexico, 15-day Hawaii, 28-day Hawaii-South Pacific and 11-day around the world. Not flying means you’re on vacation right away and all of your money is going toward your cruise experience. There also are great one-way cruises to and from LA including Panama Canal, South America and Australia. View the full compliment of Homeport LA cruises here. Call us at (949) 201-4246 to find your perfect adventure without going to the airport.
HOSTED GROUPS: You may want to travel with a fun group from our community in a group hosted by one of our travel consultants. In addition to the Rhine River Cruise mentioned earlier, we are hosting groups on a 9-day Baltic Sea cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway in July and a 10-day Alaska Cruise Tour on the Celebrity Millennium in July. When you join one of our hosted groups, you receive unbeatable preferred pricing, the security of your local host from our team and the added enjoyment that comes with traveling in a group.
So give us a call today to start planning your next adventure. (949) 201-4246.