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River Cruise Newsletter Dated March 20, 2017

Dear Vacations To Go Customer,

In today's newsletter I'll highlight two river cruise companies: Scenic, which refers to its luxury sailings throughout Europe and Asia as "truly all-inclusive," and its sister brand Emerald Waterways, which is known as a more affordable option that provides a great value in European river cruising.

Let's start with money-saving deals from both companies.

The following Scenic air offers must be booked by March 31. In addition to these terrific promotions, Scenic is currently offering its 2018 cruises at 2017 prices.

Fly for free from select gateways on certain 2017 and 2018 river cruises when you book eligible cabin categories on cruises in Europe and Asia.

Fly for free in premium economy from select gateways on applicable 2017 European river cruises when you book certain cabin categories.

Receive $1,000 to $2,000 per couple ($500 to $1,000 per person) in air credit on select 2017 departures on the Irrawaddy, Mekong and European rivers.

Receive a free 200 euro onboard credit per couple (100 euro per person) on 2017 sailings in Europe and Asia. This offer is combinable with select promotions.

Click here for more great Scenic offers.

Emerald Waterways is offering savings of $500 to $1,000 per couple ($250 to $500 per person) off its 2018 departures, as well as the following deals in Europe for 2017 travel. The Emerald offers below must be booked by March 31.

Fly for free from select gateways or receive $2,000 per couple ($1,000 per person) in air credit on certain 2017 river cruises in higher cabin categories.

Fly from $795 per person from select gateways or save $1,200 per couple ($600 per person) off the cruise price of select 2017 sailings.

Save $2,000 to $3,000 per couple ($1,000 to $1,500 per person), plus receive a free premium drinks package on 2017 departures.

Receive a free 200 euro onboard credit per couple (100 euro per person) on 2017 cruises. This deal is combinable with select promotions.

Scenic offers a "truly all-inclusive" river cruise, where the upfront price covers the following: all meals, unlimited beverages, all gratuities, transfers, Wi-Fi, in-suite butler service, a variety of shore excursions and the use of electric bicycles ashore.

Its Scenic Space-Ships have suites with private verandas. The balconies can be transformed into sun lounges -- if the weather turns chilly, push a button and a glass pane will rise to create an enclosed space with full riverside views.

The Scenic ships offer several dining venues. The casual River Cafe serves light meals, snacks and gelato, while the Crystal Dining Room hosts full breakfasts, lunches and dinners. The intimate Portobellos for Italian fare (or L'Amour on French river cruises) provides some of the ship's best views from its location at the front of the ship, along with five-course meals paired with regional wines. Table La Rive, reserved for guests in certain suites, presents a six-course tasting menu.

On land, passengers enjoy Scenic Enrich experiences that provide unique cultural or historic highlights (like dinner at the Burmester Cellars, a port wine purveyor founded in 1750, on Douro River cruises in Portugal). Scenic FreeChoice offers several options for sightseeing, from easygoing outings (perhaps a canal cruise or museum visit) to active pursuits like hiking and biking.

Scenic Tailormade is designed for those who wish to explore European cities and towns on their own. You'll be given a handheld GPS device loaded with interactive maps, commentary and touring options (including cycling routes) to help guide you through your personal excursion. The device also can be used while you're sailing, as it describes passing landmarks.

Emerald Waterways has a fleet of young ships in Europe with contemporary interior designs. The earliest were built in 2014, and three more will debut this year. Among the innovative features you'll find on board are a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof (this space converts to a movie theater on certain nights), as well as balcony suites that open to the outdoors -- the upper part of the window can automatically slide down to let in the fresh air.

The upfront rate of an Emerald Waterways vacation includes meals, guided excursions, gratuities and transfers. Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are served at lunch and dinner, and tea and coffee are available at any time. Borrow one of the onboard bicycles to explore in port, or take advantage of the complimentary Wi-Fi.

Emerald Waterways explores the Rhine, Danube, Main, Mosel, Douro, Saone and Rhone, plus the waterways of the Netherlands and Belgium, on itineraries of eight to 21 days. Travelers visit fascinating cities, medieval towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and world-famous landmarks.

The line arranges special experiences, like afternoon tea with a Slovakian family in their Bratislava home or a Provencal-style dinner on the Rhone hosted by a local chef. EmeraldACTIVE shore excursions are offered, too, such as a guided bike tour in the Wachau Valley along the Danube or a nature walk in the Black Forest.



Here are this week's Top 10 Scenic and Emerald Waterways Cruises. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability.

1) Danube Delights, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $2,245. Departures from June 1 through October 20, 2017.

2) Jewels of the Rhine, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $2,245. Departures from April 8 through October 28, 2017.

3) Legends of the Moselle, Rhine and Main, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Begins in Nuremberg and ends in Trier. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $2,245. Departs August 24, 2017.

4) Rhine-Main Discovery, 8 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Nuremberg. Save $2,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $2,345. Departs July 15 & August 5, 2017.

5) 8 Day Gems of the Danube, 8 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Budapest and Nuremberg. Fly for free in premium economy. Starting at $3,445. Departures from April 3 through July 26, 2017.

6) 8 Day Rhine Highlights, 8 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Zurich. Fly for free in premium economy. Starting at $3,495. Departures from May 8 through August 16, 2017.

7) Splendors of Europe, 15 days with Emerald Waterways. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Save $3,000 per couple, plus receive a free premium drinks package. Starting at $3,895. Departures from April 6 through October 19, 2017.

8) 11 Day Gems of the Seine, 11 days with Scenic Cruises. Begins and ends in Paris. Fly for free in premium economy. Starting at $5,945. Departures from April 30 through July 19, 2017.

9) 15 Day Jewels of Europe, 15 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Budapest. Fly for free in premium economy. Starting at $6,345. Departures from April 3 through October 18, 2017.

10) 15 Day Romantic Rhine & Moselle, 15 days with Scenic Cruises. Travels between Amsterdam and Basel. Fly for free in premium economy. Starting at $6,745. Departures from April 17 through September 18, 2017.

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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