Thursday, March 21, 2013
2014-2015 Cruises - On Sale 9 April 2013
Cunard’s 2014-2015 Cruise Programme features more Mediterranean cruises, new land tours, special Transatlantic Crossings, and celebratory events to mark the 10th Anniversary of flagship
Queen Mary 2.
New Mediterranean itineraries with more than 70 departure options from June to December 2014 with the choice of 7-, 14- or 21-night itineraries, as well as overnight stays in Istanbul and Venice.
Fares from $999*
Queen Victoria will sail a range of voyages to the Norwegian Fjords, the Baltic and the Mediterranean. Later in the season she will sail Around the British Isles rountrip from Southampton to Kirkwall, Greenock, Dublin, St. Peter Port and more.
Fares from $1,599*
Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 continues to offer a full Transatlantic Crossing season and will again venture to Northern Europe to Norway’s iconic towns including Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Andalasnes, Tromsø, Stavanger and more.
Northern Europe fares from $1,499*
Queen Mary 2 10th anniversary
2014 is her 10th Anniversary Year — we are celebrating with two special Birthday Crossings on the 9th and 16th of May. Select crossings also feature a call into Halifax, Nova Scotia to celebrate.
Fares from $1,199*
New Land Tours
New exclusive land tours including:
- New York: Exclusive Macy’s Fashion Breakfast
- London: England’s Christmas Capital
- London: VIP Royal Tour of London
- Hamburg: Berlin Highlights Tour
Cruised with Cunard Before?
World Club members enjoy a saving of 5% off launch fares^, available to past passengers who book by 31 August 2013 for all summer 2014 and winter 2015 voyages. Offer is not applicable to third-and fourth-berth passengers.
Cunard Line, operator of the most famous ocean liners in the world, sails legendary voyages including Transatlantic Crossings and World Voyages. Sailing the world’s oceans for over 170 years, Cunard was the first to operate a Transatlantic liner service between England and America and is the only company to provide regularly scheduled service today. Cunard was also the first to sail an around the world voyage in 1922. Cunard Line is the most iconic British liner company in the world sailing flagship Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria - Cunard honors its British heritage by maintaining traditions on board, including a traditional English pub, white-gloved afternoon tea service and Royal Nights themed formal balls
*Fares are per person, quoted in U.S. dollars, do not include air travel, are voyage only, based on double occupancy, apply to the first two guests in a stateroom and do not apply to singles or third/fourth-berth guests. $999 fare is based on a Inside stateroom (Category IC) for the 12 November 2014 QUEEN ELIZABETH 7-day Pearls of the Adriatic voyage; $1,199 fare is based on a Inside stateroom (Category ID) for the 15 December 2014 QUEEN MARY 2 7-day Transatlantic Crossing; $1,499 fare is based on a Inside stateroom (Category ID) for the 4 November 2014 QUEEN MARY 2 8-day Northern Discovery voyage and $1,599 fare is based on a Inside stateroom (Category IC) for the 20 July 2014 QUEEN VICTORIA 7-day Fjords and Waterfalls voyage. This offer is capacity-controlled, is subject to change and may not be combinable with any other public or past guest discount. Offer is available to residents of the 50 United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Government fees and taxes are additional, are subject to change, range from $17-$335 per person and may be higher for Canadian residents. Cunard reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $9 per person per day on all passengers if the NYMEX oil price exceeds $70 per barrel, even if fares have been paid in full. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Please refer to the applicable Cunard brochure for terms, conditions and definitions that apply to all bookings. Certain restrictions apply. Ship’s Registry: Bermuda. ©CUNARD 2013.
^ World Club Discount expires 31 August 2013 for all summer 2014 and winter 2015 voyages. Launch Fares are offering fares and may not have been in effect for the past 90 days or resulted in actual sales in all categories. Intermediate discounts may have been taken and fares may remain at discounted levels after this promotion.
Monday, March 11, 2013
Welcome to Royal Horticultural Society Garden Holidays
Millions of people love gardening and nearly everyone dreams of traveling. For that reason Collette Vacations has partnered with the renowned Royal Horticultural Society to create a collection of unique garden holidays. Now you can experience exclusive access to the world’s most extraordinary gardens with the thrill of exploring iconic destinations. Don’t miss out.
- For all bookings, we’re providing one year complimentary membership to the Royal Horticultural Society
- All tours are led by expert Collette tour guides, whilst certain departure dates will also have a specialist RHS tour leader for added horticultural depth.
- All tours have a strong horticultural slant. This may mean they offer private entry to public gardens, visits to private gardens, or the chance to see plants in their natural habitat.
- All tours are rich in cultural interest, so if by chance your traveling companion is slightly less horticulturally minded than you are, there will still be plenty for them to enjoy.
The Gardens of London
featuring the Centennial RHS Chelsea Flower Show
8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2849*
The Beauty of Britain
9 Days • 10 Meals
Starting at $2349*
Floral Wonders of South Africa
with optional 3-Night Victoria Falls Post Tour Extension
15 Days • 23 Meals
Starting at $3799*
featuring the Azores and Lisbon
10 Days • 15 Meals
Starting at $2249*
New Zealand’s Garden Route
with optional 2-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
19 Days • 27 Meals
Starting at $4999*
Gardens of American History
10 Days • 14 Meals
Starting at $2749*
Historic Gardens of America’s Northeast
8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2699*
Eternal Gardens of Rome
7 Days • 8 Meals
Starting at $1999*
Gardens and Villas of The Italian Lakes
10 Days • 12 Meals
Starting at $3299*
The Beauty of Japan
13 Days • 19 Meals
Starting at $6249*
Gardens of The Loire
8 Days • 9 Meals
Starting at $2549*
Friday, February 22, 2013
Explore the Intricacies of Manifest Destiny as
You Journey West on the Tennessee & Mississippi Rivers
“And that claim is by the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”
- John L. O’Sullivan
In the mid-nineteenth century, it was clear to the world that the relatively new nation known as the United States of America would soon be, if it were not already, the most powerful nation in the world. O’Sullivan’s argument that Oregon belonged to the United States rather than Great Britain as a matter of Manifest Destiny gained quite a bit of popularity.
While the concept was certainly not new, the Louisiana Purchase having occurred decades prior, O’Sullivan’s writing justified the sense of entitlement many Americans were feeling. Even at its inception, Manifest Destiny was rife with controversy which only seemed to fan the flames as the idea spread throughout the United States. Manifest Destiny fueled decades of westward expansion for the young nation: the annexation of Texas, the Mexican-American war, and the acquisitions of Alaska, Oregon and Hawaii. The socio-political effects of Manifest Destiny have certainly left their mark in the history books, and you may be surprised how frequently the philosophy can still be seen in foreign policy today.
Let notable historians Robert W. Merry and Dr. Steven E. Woodworth be your guides to the Manifest Destiny philosophy on our September 20-28, 2013 journey from Chattanooga, Tennessee to St. Louis, Missouri. Merry is currently Editor of The National Interest, with an impressive resume in political journalism including the Denver Post, National Observer, The Wall Street Journal and Managing Editor for Congressional Quarterly Inc. Merry’s writing skills are not limited to reporting. He also authored many critically-acclaimed books including New York Times Best Seller A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. Dr. Steven E. Woodworth has been author, co-author or editor of 31 books. An expert in Civil War history, Dr. Woodworth will explain the role Manifest Destiny played in the bloodiest war in U.S. History.
Our September 20-28, 2013 journey is the ONLY Chattanooga departure this season and is not to be missed. Fares start at just $2,495 and limited staterooms remain.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
SAVINGS UP TO $3,700 PER STATEROOM
7-NIGHT CRUISES FROM $1,379 PER PERSON
CHRISTMAS ON THE RHINE
7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam or reverse
With visits to festive Christmas Markets in Basel, Strasbourg, Speyer,
Heidelberg and Cologne
U.S. Departure Dates: December 8 & 19, 2013
Starting from $1,499 per person
Optional 4-night land program in Zurich & Lucerne for $1,040 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,249 for one stateroom
CHRISTMAS TIME CRUISE
7-night cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest or reverse
With visits to festive Christmas Markets in Vienna, Budapest,
Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau and Linz
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 24 & 27,
Dec. 6, 8, 11, 13, 17, 20, 22 & 25, 2013
Starting from $1,379 per person
Optional 2-night land program in Prague for $460 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,069 for one stateroom
BLUE DANUBE DISCOVERY
7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg
U.S. Departure Dates: Nov. 17 & 20, 2013
Starting from $1,439 per person
Optional 2-night land program in Budapest & 3-night land program
in Prague for $1,150 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,159 for one stateroom
CHRISTMAS ON THE DANUBE
7-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen
U.S. Departure Date: Dec. 22, 2013
Starting from $1,499 per person
Optional 3-night land program in Prague for $690 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,249 for one stateroom
MAGNIFICENT CHRISTMAS CRUISE
14-night cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam
U.S. Departure Date: Dec. 17, 2013
Starting from $2,879 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $4,319 for one stateroom
VIETNAM, CAMBODIA & THE RICHES OF THE MEKONG
7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Land Start Dates: Dec. 10 & 24, 2013
Starting from $1,619 per person
Optional land program in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Siem Reap & Ho Chi Minh
City for $1,999 per person plus Intra-Asia airfare of $300 per person
Solo Traveler Special: Cruise starting from $2,429 for one stateroom
Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. Whether you join us on the great waterways of Europe, Russia, Africa or the storied Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia, you are sure to capture an experience of a lifetime with an AmaWaterways river cruise vacation.
Terms & Conditions: Rates listed are in U.S. dollars; reflects applicable savings; based on double occupancy in Cat. E (Mekong - Cat. C) and vary per departure. Total savings listed is based on double occupancy. Offers are valid on new FIT reservations booked from January 22 to February 28, 2013. 40% discount is based on the cruise only price as listed in the brochure and excludes Cat. L Suites on the Mekong. Land program, airfare, port charges and gratuities are not included in the price listed. Solo traveler offer includes 40% discount on the cruise fare and single supplement. Promotions are limited to availability and are not combinable with any other offers. Availability is limited on each cruise and the offer is subject to change or discontinuation without notice, offer is capacity controlled. Specific terms and conditions apply to each offer; please ask for details. Other restrictions may apply. CST#2065452-40.
Experience Living History for just $243 per day
EMBARK ON A CIVIL WAR JOURNEY
Experience 12 Days of Living History
Whether you are a casual observer of Civil War history or an enthusiastic re-enactor, you can satisfy your interests this September with our Civil War Journey. Bobby Horton will provide musical performances of period songs and hymns. Barry Meadows and Al Stone will be onboard portraying Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, respectively. George Buss is a renowned Abraham Lincoln tribute artists who has been featured on several television specials and made many public appearances. He will join you on this journey to reenact the 16th president’s famous speeches. Finally, famed historians Dr. James “Bud” Robertson and Brian Steel Wills will provide commentary to highlight important sites with entertaining lecturers and discussions along your itinerary.
Civil War journey fares begin at $2,920 per guest.
That is our best value for the 2013 season at only $243 per day!
12-Day Journey: September 11-22
Jackson, Mississippi to Chattanooga, TN
Day 1: Hotel Stay – Jackson, MS
Arrive in Jackson at your leisure and sleep soundly in your luxury hotel. Tomorrow morning your full American breakfast is complimentary before your luxury motorcoach transfers you to your Vicksburg tour.
Day 2: Vicksburg, MS + Memphis, TN Hotel Stay
Visit the site of the epic battle of Vicksburg. The battlefields, statues and monuments along with commentary by your knowledgeable guide will bring the scene to life as you have never before experienced. Lunch is included and you will depart for Memphis in the afternoon, arriving at your luxury hotel in the early evening.
Day 3: Memphis, TN
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis today. This afternoon, you will board the American Queen to begin your voyage. The Premium Choice Tour “The Bluff City & Elvis” is a great way to get around to the must-see sights in Memphis, including the world-renowned home of Elvis Presley, Graceland Mansion.
Day 4: Mississippi River Cruising
Enjoy life onboard the largest, most opulent riverboat in the world, and take in an enlightening lecture from one of our acclaimed Civil War historians.
Day 5: New Madrid, MO
The battle and siege of New Madrid, Missouri, tells the story of the importance the river systems played in Civil War strategy as major supply routes for equipment and soldiers.
Day 6: Paducah, KY
Paducah was occupied by Federal forces for much of the Civil War. It’s location offered full control of the junction of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.
Day 7: Tennessee River Cruising
Enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and plains of Tennessee, along with the bounty of onboard entertainment and activities.
Day 8: Florence, AL
The history in Florence goes back even farther than the Civil War. The Florence Indian Mound is the highest mound in the Tennessee Valley region, and a nearby museum showcases some of the artifact left behind by the areas early native American inhabitants 10,000 years ago. Pope’s Tavern is a popular Civil War landmark, having served as a hospital for Union and Confederate soldiers.
Day 9: Decatur, AL
The Blue and Gray Museum of North Alabama hosts the largest collection of privately owned Civil War items in the nation.
Day 10: Tennessee River Cruising
The Tennessee River Gorge is one of the most scenic stretches of river in America. Before Hales Bar Dam was built in 1913, it was almost one of the most treacherous.
Day 11: Chattanooga, TN
Today you arrive in Chattanooga, but your journey is not yet over. Discover the last Confederate stronghold in Tennessee to fall to Union forces. Chattanooga was valued for its railroad junction stretching North to Nashville and Knoxville and running south to Atlanta. Lookout Mountain, overlooking Chattanooga and the Tennessee River also provided natural strategic advantage, as its name denotes. Tonight, enjoy a luxury hotel stay to allow a full day of exploration.
Day 12: Hotel Stay – Chattanooga, TN
After your restful hotel night, a full American breakfast is also complimentary. Visit or revisit any attractions before returning home.