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Princess Cruises Reveals Special Amenities for Youths, Teens Aboard new Royal Princess Debuting in June

December 29, 2012
Royal Princess youth centers will include new outdoor lounge and play spaces.

Royal Princess youth centers will include new outdoor lounge and play spaces.

Even the youngest passengers will enjoy the many special features aboard Princess Cruises’ new Royal Princess when the ship debuts in June. The line has just revealed the amenities just for kids and teens that will wow younger cruisers aboard the new ship.

Royal Princess will offer expanded space for youth centers that adds a new level to the onboard experience for young passengers. All age groups will find more space with dedicated outdoor areas, including a new teen lounge. Toddlers can also join the fun with a special fun area just for kids under 3.

“It’s always important to us that passengers of all ages have a great time onboard,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises executive vice president. “Naturally we’ve included features on Royal Princess to make every moment of the cruise memorable for our youngest passengers – we love hearing them tell their parents that they can’t wait to come back.”

The new areas for kids and teens are detailed in the company’s latest video previewing Royal Princess, available at princess.com/royalprincess.

Some of the fun that young passengers will find on Royal Princess includes:

Princess Pelicans (ages 3-7): The youngest age group will enjoy a great space for group activities like movie nights, a new mini air hockey table, a special area for arts and crafts programs, and a new indoor play structure. In addition, they’ll have a new outdoor play area, which includes toys, games, tricycles, and a new playground. These features add to the lineup of popular activities that kids love on Princess ships, including the Jr. Chef@Sea program, educational workshops, pajama and ice cream parties, and a Kid’s Fun Fair.

Shockwaves (ages 8-12): Junior passengers in the middle group will now have their own dedicated outside area complete with lounge chairs and a variety of fun games. Shockwaves kids will really get into activities geared for their age – like air hockey, skeeball, and exciting game stations. They’ll also find their own lounge with a giant TV, a DJ Booth, and arts and crafts tables with activities led by Princess’ youth counselors. Plus they can hang out and enjoy their own pizza and ice cream parties or kids-only dinners.

Remix (ages 13-17): The Remix area for teens will feature a Princess DJ booth loaded with cutting-edge tracks where music lovers can create their own playlist, kick back, relax, or dance to the latest club mix. In addition, there’s a new lounge area, perfect for meeting new friends, with games like foosball, skeeball and the latest video games. A brand new outdoor lounge fulfills a request from teens, and offers cool club lighting, contemporary seating, a great new wading pool, and of course music perfect for parties under the stars. Teens will also enjoy activities specially designed for their age group, including sports competitions, late-night movies, hip hop dance classes, teens-only “mocktail” parties, formal dinners, and the always-popular video game tournaments.

The 3,600-passenger Royal Princess is a new-generation ship currently under construction for Princess Cruises. Among the special features found on board will be a greatly expanded atrium, the social hub of the ship; a dramatic over-water SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-bottomed walkway extending more than 28 feet beyond the edge of the vessel; plush private poolside cabanas that appear to be floating on the water; the new Princess Live! television studio; a pastry shop; a special Chef’s Table Lumiere, a private dining experience that surrounds diners in a curtain of light; and balconies on all outside staterooms.

The ship’s 2013 maiden season will include cruises on the line’s signature Grand Mediterranean itinerary throughout the summer, followed by Eastern Caribbean cruises beginning in the fall. More information and video previews of the ship are available at www.princess.com/royalprincess.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

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Crystal Cruises Tops 2013 Condé Nast Traveler Magazine Gold List

December 29, 2012

Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted Crystal Cruises first in Service, Cuisine, and Design, and #1 overall, among all small-, mid-, and large-size cruise lines in the magazine’s 2013 Gold List. Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted Crystal Cruises first in Service, Cuisine, and Design, and #1 overall, among all small-, mid-, and large-size cruise lines in the magazine’s 2013 Gold List.

Condé Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted Crystal Cruises first in Service, Cuisine, and Design, and #1 overall, among all small-, mid-, and large-size cruise lines in the magazine’s 2013 Gold List. Crystal’s Service and Design scores are not only its highest ever, the ultra-luxe line was also named a “superstar” in the U.S. magazine’s “Platinum Circle” for having made the Gold List every year for the past five years running. The full list appears in the magazine’s January 2013 issue and on its website.

Crystal earned its highest scores in years in all of the seven voting categories:

  • · Service: 97.7
  • · Cuisine: 96.5
  • · Design: 96.4
  • · Itineraries: 94.5
  • · Activities: 94.2
  • · Staterooms: 91.6
  • · Shore Excursions: 88.4

“Our highest-ever scores in Design and Service — tabulated in the same year we completed our $100 million, multi-year extreme ship makeover, and made so many service and product enhancements, like All Inclusive — affirms how much our guests appreciate our eye for contemporary design and our Six Star attention to detail,” says Crystal President Gregg Michel. “We are always looking at ways to rethink our product, while still continuing to deliver the sophisticated travel experience discerning world travelers have come to expect from the Crystal brand. It’s wonderful to know guests recognize our devotion to making their vacations extraordinary in every way.”

The Condé Nast Traveler Gold List selects the “gold standard” in travel with a carefully-reviewed roll call of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” (hotels, resorts, and cruise lines).

Crystal has been rated “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history, with the latest Gold List honors joining several others in the line’s size category from the U.S. magazine in 2012, including the top #1 and 2 Cruise Ships, #1 Cruise Ship Spa, and Readers’ Choice for Best Cruise Line, both in the U.S. and U.K.. With two dozen awards given this year by the travel industry, trade associations, the design community, cruisers themselves, and more, 2012 has been Crystal’s most decorated in years.

Luxury cruises of 5-108 days, up to early 2015, on the line’s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony, are available in the Mediterranean, Western Europe, British Isles, Scandinavia/Baltic & Russia, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, New England/Canada, Panama Canal, Caribbean, and a sumptuous World Cruise. Until December 28, all-inclusive, value-priced “Book Now” fares start at just $1,365 per person, double occupancy.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort Opens Gravity BagJump to Adventure Park

December 29, 2012
Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

Always looking to create a more innovative and unique experience for guests, Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has just opened the Coke Zero® Gravity BagJump as its latest amenity in the Adventure Park. The 50 feet by 50 feet by 11 feet deep bag is filled with air and acts as a safe and cushioned landing pad for jumpers, tubers, skiers and snowboarders.

BagJump™ is a versatile product that can be used all year round, from beginners to professionals, for Olympic level training or just for recreation; giving the feeling of “landing on a cloud” when jumping into it. In Crested Butte, the BagJump will act as a place for kids and adults to sled into on a tube and for skiers and snowboarders to test their freestyle skills. In the summer months, adrenaline seekers can free fall into the bag off an elevated platform.

“Adding the Coke Zero Gravity BagJump continues to fulfill our goal of adding new attractions to the resort for summer and winter months,” says Nick Herrin, the director of resort services for CBMR. “It is a safe, yet exciting experience for any age.”

The BagJump is part of the Adventure Park ticket for unlimited use and available for Platinum Season Passholders. The BagJump is now open daily from 1 – 5 p.m.

Skiers and riders will be required to go through a safety course to receive a stamp of approval in order to utilize the BagJump on their skis and boards.

“The Crested Butte facility is one of the best I’ve ever worked with,” adds Elliott Levitt, US Representative for BagJump. “I look forward to BagJump being a part of the operations in Crested Butte for many years to come.”

Crested Butte Mountain Resort is nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, just up the road from a small historic town. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, it remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit to Crested Butte. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. www.skicb.com

For more information about Crested Butte’s lodging, conference, meeting facilities, and special packages, call Crested Butte Vacations, (800) 600-2803 or visit the web site at www.skicb.com.

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Go-today Holiday Season Sale Features Dublin Escape Package from $799 if Booked by Dec 31.

December 20, 2012

Ready for a post-holiday season vacation? Go-today, a leading provider of vacation packages world-wide, has just launched a holiday season sale featuring five European vacations priced from under $1000 per person, when booked by Dec. 31. Travelers can beat the blues and add some urban intrigue this winter by hopping across the pond to explore Dublin, London, Paris, Rome, or Barcelona.

“This holiday season we want to give travelers the extraordinary gift of a European vacation,” said Paula McKay, President of go-today. “For a limited time some of our most popular packages to Dublin, London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona are on sale for under $1,000 per person!”

The holiday season sale features the Dublin Escape from $799 per person. The package includes roundtrip airfare to Dublin, four nights of hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees. Travelers can explore the Irish’s capital’s deep traditions, lively music, and stellar beer.

Go-today is also offering the London Escape, Paris Escape, Rome Escape, and Barcelona At Its Best from $999 per person. These packages also include roundtrip airfare, four or six nights of hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, and all taxes and fees. From Big Ben to the beaches of Barcelona, travelers will discover the allure of some of Europe’s coolest capitals.

The sale prices, including the Dublin Escape package, are available until December 31, 2012.

For more information about the Holiday Season Sale, or to make a reservation, visit www.go-today.com or call a travel expert at 800-227-3235 (6am to 6pm PT Monday – Friday and 7:30am to 4pm PT Saturday and Sunday).

Go-today was established in 1997 with a vision of offering affordable independent travel to Europe. Over the years, the company expanded to offer vacation packages to destinations world-wide.  The company is a division of Europe Express.

‘Season of Savings’ brings savings up to $1000 on Princess Cruises for bookings by Dec 21

December 18, 2012

The holiday season is also a “Season of Savings” at Princess Cruises as the line launches a new sale on cruises that runs through December 21. Passengers can take advantage of cruise deals with savings of up to $1,000 per person plus up to $100 onboard credit per stateroom.

The “Season of Savings” cruise sale includes some of the line’s most popular cruise destinations, including the breathtaking scenery of Alaska, intriguing European destinations such as the Greek Isles and British Isles, plus the fun in the sun of Hawaii from Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Caribbean cruises from both Ft. Lauderdale and Galveston.

In addition to cruise special fares, passengers booking balcony staterooms or above will receive an onboard credit of $50 (cruises up to nine days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer), and those booking interior or oceanview staterooms can get credits of $25 (cruises up to nine days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer).

Details of the more than 100 cruises on sale can be found at princess.com/sale.

Examples of the special cruise deals include:

  • Alaska cruise – 7 days: $1,249 balcony (was $1,449); $799 interior (was $949)
  • Hawaii cruise – 14 days: $1,690 balcony (was $2,690); $1,090 interior (was $1,790)
  • Greek Isles cruise – 12 days: $2,279 balcony (was $3,029); $1,579 interior (was $2,129)
  • British Isles cruise – 12 days: $2,544 balcony (was $3,094; $1,844 interior (was $2,194)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy and now include government fees and taxes. The “Season of Savings” sale runs from 12:01 a.m. PST on Thursday, December 13 through 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, December 21, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at www.princess.com.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise and tour company operating a fleet of 16 modern ships renowned for their innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all provided in an environment of exceptional customer service. Two ships are under construction and will join the fleet in 2013 and 2014. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess carries 1.3 million passengers each year to destinations around the globe ranging in length from three to 107 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE:CCL; NYSE:CUK).

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Say ‘I Do’ in Tropical Paradise with New Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Wedding, Honeymoon Packages

December 18, 2012

Whether looking for a picturesque sandy beach on which to exchange vows or a complete retreat for their first escape as husband and wife, couples will enjoy saying “I do” to the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon packages.

Brides and grooms who choose either the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive for their marriage ceremony will also receive an added gift of savings. Once their wedding party books a minimum of 10 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights through participating vendors at the Divi Aruba, the newlyweds will receive a FREE honeymoon stay with an Oceanview room for up to 7 nights including:

  • · Accommodations for two with a spacious patio or balcony in an Oceanview room with a king- or queen-sized bed
  • · Candlelight dinner for two
  • · Complimentary bottle of champagne
  • · Free night first anniversary certificate
  • · Remembrance gift

Newlyweds whose wedding party books at least 20 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights at the Divi Aruba will also receive a free honeymoon stay of up to 7 nights with all of the above inclusions plus their choice of either a $1,000 credit toward the wedding package or a complimentary Essential Wedding Package. For the ultimate tropical Aruba wedding, the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Extravagant Wedding Package delivers one-stop shopping for all the couple’s matrimonial necessities. Planning the big day has never been easier with the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba’s new wedding and honeymoon microsite in the navigation bar of the properties’ homepages, which provides details about options at both properties and a “look book” of wedding photos plus a link to on-site wedding planners, Aruba Weddings For You.

In addition to all the features included in the packages, honeymooners staying at either the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba have all inclusive use of all facilities and services of both adjacent, oceanfront resorts, which offer numerous activities to entertain the happy couple when they are not simply enjoying the beach and each other. The Honeymoon Package is value-added with prices based on seasonal nightly rates and is available year-round.

Located just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba resorts are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby. Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties. All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of nine dining options, unlimited beverages at seven bars, the use of three freshwater pools and a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment. In addition, all guests may use the well-equipped Divi Winds Sports Center, which features a 30-foot outdoor rock climbing wall on the beach. The chic pool deck at Divi Aruba has become a central gathering place for guests of both properties to relax. The resorts also offer family and golf packages.

In 2012 alone, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba won a Travelocity Excellence Award, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an Apple Vacations Golden Apple Award and an MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Award. In previous years, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba resorts have received accolades from Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and were named among the 10 Best Affordable All-Inclusives in an article on Travel + Leisure’s website. Both properties received silver Earthcheck Certification in February 2011.

To book Wedding and Honeymoon Packages, visit http://www.diviaruba.com/weddings or www.arubaweddingsforyou.com. For reservations and more information about Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, contact your travel professional or 1-800-554-2008, 207-594-7888, visit the resorts’ websites at www.diviaruba.com or www.tamarijnaruba.com, read the news blog or follow the resorts on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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Horse Stamp Inn on Georgia Coast Winter Promotion Features Golf at Sanctuary Cove

December 18, 2012
The Horse Stamp Inn is nestled on 16 sprawling acres of the Georgia coast, with expansive pastures, rustic horse barn.
The Horse Stamp Inn is nestled on 16 sprawling acres of the Georgia coast, with expansive pastures, rustic horse barn.

The Horse Stamp Inn, inWaverly, Georgia, one of the newest and most distinctive bed & breakfast inns on the Georgia coast, is hosting a winter promotion that includes golf at the championship Sanctuary Cove, designed by Fred Couples and Davis Love III. The golf course sits on the Golden Isles of Georgia, representing one of the top semi-private golf facilities in the state.

From January 1 thru March 15, 2013, guests of the Inn who stay for a minimum of two nights (based on availability) will receive one complimentary round of golf, including cart. Sanctuary Cove Golf Course is only seven miles from the Inn and a perfect accompaniment to the luxurious and handsome Southern mansion (second person pays $35 to play).

The 5-bedroom Inn is nestled on 16 sprawling acres with expansive pastures, rustic horse barn and artesian fresh water pond. Owners Tom and Kris Hutcheson begin each day with breakfast prepared from fresh and locally produced ingredients. Guests can have breakfast served in their room or suite, choose to dine on the al fresco verandah or in the homey Inn kitchen.

The inn features oversized accommodations with exquisite rural country views, a private salt water swimming pool 16’ x 32’, a horse-friendly four-stall stable with tack/saddle room, a large chicken coop for fresh farm-to-table eggs, brick fire pit for bonfires, picnics and cooking fresh caught fish from the pond, and farm-to-table breakfast featuring family favorite dishes that also respect guests’ dietary needs.

Horse Stamp Inn, 2418 Horse Stamp Church Road, Waverly, Georgia 31565, 912.882.6280, www.HorseStampInn.com.

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Gift of Travel that Gives Back: Travcoa Offers Series of African ‘Hand-to-Hand’ Itineraries that Give Back to Community

December 13, 2012

From education to cultural awareness and preservation, travel enriches the lives of everyone it touches. This holiday season, Travcoa, the world leader in luxury travel, is presenting a series of African itineraries that belong to the ‘Hand-to-Hand’ portfolio – journeys which showcase the abundance of African hospitality while contributing to communities throughout each journey.

“Our Africa ‘Hand-to-Hand’ journeys contribute to social enterprise-supported projects that fund education, health, self-reliance, and conservation initiatives,” stated Jerre Fuqua. “These trips are ideal for couples and families interested in sharing a meaningful experience as a holiday gift this year.”

Each of the finely-crafted journeys to Africa feature world-class accommodations and support organizations that contribute to community building projects:

Grandeur of Zimbabwe & South Africa Independent Journey – 18 days from $18,995 per person
In Zimbabwe, Singita Pamushana supports the Malilangwe Trust, an organization that feeds 19,000 children per day in adjoining villages. In South Africa, guests visit the inspiring Uthando Project in the townships of Cape Town, and participate in an interactive tour on a range of topics, including the environment and the care and protection of children, women and the elderly.

Travcoa makes a contribution to Uthando’s projects on behalf of each guest. Also, Singita Sabi Sand sponsors the “Growing to Read” program, which enhances early education efforts, and Singita Lebombo supports the School of Cooking, an organization that develops culinary skills in communities bordering Kruger National Park.

Pure Kenya Independent Journey – 11 days from $5,695 per person
This journey visits the Kalama Wildlife Conservancy where guests stay at Saruni Samburu. The lodge uses all guest revenue to cover operating costs of the conservancy and fund community projects. Guests also visit the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife and the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which rescues orphan elephants and rhinos and reintroduces them to the wild. Travcoa adopts an elephant in each guests’ name.

Grand Safari: Kenya & Tanzania Escorted Journey – 15 days from $10,990 per person
During this journey, guests stay at Governors Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp built the region’s first Bio-Gas Project to help the Maasai people conserve the woodlands, rather than use resources for cooking fuel. Travcoa provides a contribution to this project on behalf of each guest. This journey also visits the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, as well as the Amboseli Elephant Research Project.

For more information on Travcoa’s Africa ‘Hand-to-Hand’ journeys, to request a brochure, or to make a reservation, please contact a travel agent or a Travcoa Journey Consultant at 1-800-992-2003, email info@travcoa.com or visit www.travcoa.com.

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Holiday Deals, Events and Activities Abound at Mount Snow, Vermont

December 13, 2012

The Green Mountains of southern Vermont provide the quintessential setting for a holiday experience, and Mount Snow has the deals to make it affordable along with a host of events and activities to make it fun for the whole family.

$59 Last Minute Ski and Stay
Skiers and riders can get a night of lodging and a day of skiing for less than a lift ticket starting the evening of Sunday, December 16 through Thursday, December 20. Based on double occupancy at Snow Lake Lodge, no minimum night stay.

Holiday Jumpstart Package
Designed to provide an affordable getaway before the actual holiday week, the Holiday Jumpstart Package is available December 19 -25. Book two nights lodging and two days of skiing and get the third night and day free. The package starts at $227 per person.

Great Holiday Getaway Package
Available December 24 through January 1, the Great Holiday Getaway Package offers good value during a timeframe that most resorts typically fetch top-dollar. Stay at Snow Lake Lodge, conveniently located on Mount Snow property just a short shuttle ride to the slopes. Ski and stay rates start at $139 per person, per night.

Other Ways to Save
Purchase lift tickets at least seven days in advance online and save 10% on the cost. Reserve equipment rentals in advance online and save 5%.

The Fan Fare Card provides discounts on lift tickets every visit to the ticket window. The card costs $79, and the cardholder gets 50% off midweek non-holiday, 25% off weekend non-holiday and 10% off holiday lift tickets.

Holiday Week Activities
There will be a number of free family-friendly activities going on during the day starting December 22 and 23, then picking back up December 26 through January 1 including arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, s’mores, movies, face painting and more.

Friday, December 28 is the Torchlight Parade and Fireworks Extravaganza starting with Mount Snow’s ski and snowboard pros descending the Canyon trail in a brilliant torchlight glow followed by a spectacular fireworks display. All Main Base Area retail outlets will be open late along with 1900’ Burger, Cuzzins Bar and Grill and Station Tap Room.

Monday, December 31 features the first of three Grommet Jam events of the season. This educational and fun event for young freestylers age 12 and under starts with 90 minutes of terrain park instruction from Mount Snow’s ski and snowboard coaches in the Grommet Park at Carinthia, followed by a friendly competition with winners going home with gear from event sponsors. Registration is $40 per participant and the field of 70 fills up fast; advance registration is available at online.

New Years Eve
The Snow Barn New Year’s Eve Party features a live performance from one of Mount Snow’s favorites, The Jeff Tuohy Band. The 21+ party will also have light appetizers and a champagne toast at midnight. Admission is $25.

New Years Eve Family Dinner and Grand Dance Party at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel will start out with a bunch of family-friendly fun including a magician, live music from Wyld Nights, a magician, party favors and buffet dinner. There will be an early champagne toast at 9:45 p.m. for folks that want to call it a night early, then after 10 p.m. a new seating will take place with a buffet dinner and the Grand Dance Party begins with DJ Rafael. Adult admission is $70, kids age 5-12 are $35.

Ski and Snowboard School
The Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School is still taking reservations for the popular holiday week timeframe for kids lessons, age 4-14 years old as well as the new Burton Riglet program for young riders age 3-6. Make reservations online at http://www.mountsnow.com/learn-to-ski-ride or call toll free, 800.889.4411.

To make reservations for the holiday week, call toll free, 800.245.7669 or to book online, visit www.mountsnow.com.

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Travcoa’s Arctic Itinerary Shines with Northern Lights, the ICEHOTEL and Old World Charm

December 9, 2012

Travcoa, a leader in luxury travel, invites travelers to celebrate this magic with an enchanting arctic adventure to the snow-covered terrain of Finland and Sweden.

Departing March 7, 2013, guests on Travcoa’s 15-day Lapland’s Magical Northern Lights & Reindeer Safari Escorted Journey will explore the cities of Helsinki and Stockholm; cross the Arctic Circle; cruise on a powerful icebreaker; and travel by dogsled, snowmobile, and reindeer-pulled sleigh through pristine wintry wilderness.

Highlights of the trip include viewing the Northern Lights, a stay in Sweden’s remarkable ICEHOTEL, and participation in the colorful traditions of the annual St. Maria’s Day celebrations.

“This journey showcases the breathtakingly beautiful aspects of northern Sweden and Finland that few travelers ever see,” stated Jerre Fuqua, President of Travcoa. “Guests will not only witness the most spectacular Northern Lights in 11 years as the auroral activity cycle peaks, but will also be able to discover the old-world charm of historic cities, people, and culture of this intriguing northern region.”

The St. Maria’s Day celebrations in Hetta, Finland bring travelers and Scandinavia’s indigenous herders, the Sámi, together for a day of traditional dance, local delicacies and reindeer racing. Throughout the journey, guests will enjoy the finest accommodations, including the world-renowned ICEHOTEL located in a small Swedish village just north of the Arctic Circle.

Lapland’s Magical Northern Lights & Reindeer Safari Escorted Journey is priced from $14,390 per person and is limited to a maximum of 18 guests.

For more information, to request a brochure, or to make a reservation, contact your travel agent or a Travcoa Journey Consultant at 1-800-992-2003, email info@travcoa.com or visit www.travcoa.com.

About Travcoa:
Travcoa has been leading luxury adventures and in-depth explorations of the world’s most interesting destinations since 1954. The company offers three types of travel experiences around the globe: small-group Escorted Journeys with comprehensive itineraries guided by professional Travel Directors; pre-designed and priced Independent Journeys for guests who prefer private travel on a date of their choice; and Tailor-Made Journeys crafted to individual guest specifications.

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