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Image How to Make the Most of Your Hawaii Vacation

How to Make the Most of Your Hawaii Vacation

Hawaii is America's tropical paradise, and a vacation to this beautiful destination doesn't have to break the bank. Check out our tips on how to make the most of your budget while enjoying a dream vacation!

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Douro River on AmaWaterways

The Douro river gives travelers a deep dive into the alluring country of Portugal. Each city is filled with rich culture and historic landmarks that are sure to impress. The Douro River valley offers a great selection of world-famous vineyards and wines to experience. Every port on your cruise offers a glimpse into the deep-seated culture of Portugal.

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Why You Should Choose A Luxury Cruise

Luxury cruising is the ultimate way to experience travel. Luxury cruise lines provide an all-inclusive experience for their guests. Avoid the hassle of signing off on every extra and pulling your wallet out for every drink. Peruse your stateroom mini fridge without fear of being up charged. Read more on why you should choose a luxury cruise!

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7 Destinations You Can Visit Now!

With the globe in various states of shutdowns, it feels impossible to know where you could even go right now. We sit at our desks dreaming of a tropical beach while we type mindlessly away at another email, not actually sure when we will get to see that beach in person again. Well, the answer is: sooner than you probably thought. 

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River Cruising in Africa: Pyramids and Safaris!

There are very few cruise lines offering itineraries in Africa, and those that do are limited to Southern Africa and Egypt. However, interest in Africa is growing, and it’s easy to see why. A river cruise in Africa promises to be like none other, with the chance to see more unique wildlife and ancient history than anywhere in the world. 

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Image The Top 5 Things to Know About River Cruising

The Top 5 Things to Know About River Cruising

Forget what you've known about cruise ships. Think not of massive ships conquering the waves on the open ocean while vacationers shoot through water slides. Instead direct your mind to a slower pace, a more intimate, personal experience. Think of a vacation where you can reap all the benefits of a cruise ship, while also visiting places most recently only accessible via land travel. 

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How to get the best couples cruise experience.

Thinking about taking your partner on a romantic getaway? We have found some of the most unique activities and adventures that will create lifetime memories! TravelPerks has outlined some of our favorite picks here but, if you don't see the perfect combination you call always call our travel experts who know the ins and outs of the cruise lines.

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Sail Away with these Money Saving Tips

Looking for ways to save money while planning your dream cruise? Whether you are brand new to cruising or an expert at all things onboard, TravelPerks is here to help. One of the most popular questions when it comes to cruising, “How do I find the best deal?” While there is no formula, here are some guidelines to follow for getting the best value out of your cruise!

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Spas at Sea - Relax and Unwind

Looking to unwind at sea? Wondering how to unwind during your day at sea? Trade the crowded pool deck for a serene seawater pool and deep-tissue massage in the onboard spa. Indulge in world-class treatments and experience elevated accommodations in these award-winning spaces.We'll be highlighting a few of the best spas at sea and the treatments they have to offer.

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Explore your Destination like a Local

You have finally chosen your dream vacation destination! Now, how do you plan everything? And how do you avoid stereotypical tourist culture? We are going to highlight some of the best ways you can explore like a local!

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Image Ditch the 'Tourist' Tag: A dive into How to Look and eat like a local in France

Ditch the 'Tourist' Tag: A dive into How to Look and eat like a local in France

France is known for its food and fashion. Depending on who you are, those things can rank very differently. We are going to take a shallow (noPun) dive in a little of both of those topics. The foodies will love it and the fashionistas will gain much needed tactile inspiration

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Discover your Luxury in Alaska on a Cruise

Often referred to as the "Last Frontier", Alaska is sure to impress all who visit her vast and diverse landscape. With 75% of its landscape inaccessible by car, an Alaskan cruise is the perfect way to travel. Experience the pristine wildlife, towering glaciers, and historical landmarks on your next Alaskan luxury cruise.

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Image Luxury Cruising in Alaska with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Luxury Cruising in Alaska with Regent Seven Seas Cruises

What separates a contemporary cruise from a luxury cruise is all in the details. Most luxury ships are all-inclusive, which means you will have more time to relax, and you can spend less time worrying about what you’re spending. We have incredible deals on luxury cruises through Alaska so you can visit the nation's last frontier this summer!

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What's Your Cruise Personality?

More and more cruise lines are catering to a wider audience, from families with kids, to adults-only ships. But not every cruise line will be the right fit for you. Before choosing a cruise, considering your vacation personality can help direct you to the right fit.

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Image Virgin Voyages Launches- The New Era of Luxury Cruising

Virgin Voyages Launches- The New Era of Luxury Cruising

The cruising industry has been upended this month with the launch of Virgin Voyages. Luxury cruisers now have more options than ever before with the Scarlet Lady’s debut.

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Why You Should Use a Travel Agent to Book a Celebrity Cruise

WHY BOOK WITH TRAVELPERKS AND NOT DIRECT? 

We are unbiased experts who share information that the cruise lines and resorts won’t. Our services are completely complimentary to you! Save yourself the hassle and time, allow us to plan your perfect vacation!

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A French River Cruise for Everyone

Why not take your next vacation to France on a French river cruise? In this post we'll break down many of your options, no matter who you are, and what you enjoy. There is truly a French cruise for everyone, from wine tasting to rooftop camping. And if a guided cruise with river cruise experts (us) is on your bucket list, come along with us in 2021 for the France trip of the century!

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Image 5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Next Cruise

5 Ways to Stay Fit and Healthy on Your Next Cruise

If healthy eating and an active lifestyle are important to you even while on vacation, you don’t have to pass up a cruise. Traditionally thought of as a place to belly-up to the buffet and eat your weeks-worth of calories in one day, cruises these days are beginning to appeal to a wider audience, including health-conscious travelers. 

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Image 10 Shocking Drinks From Around the World

10 Shocking Drinks From Around the World

For many, vacation means letting loose with a favorite beverage in hand. From alcoholic, to just plain bizarre, we’ve compiled 10 of the most interesting drinks from around the world. Next time you visit a new place, consider trying a drink unique to the area. You might just learn a thing or two about the place you’re visiting.

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Image The 5 Coolest River Cruise Ships in Europe

The 5 Coolest River Cruise Ships in Europe

If you want to travel to Europe but are intimidated by the logistics involved with so many countries and languages, then a river cruise might be perfect for you! On a river cruise everything is pre-planned by English-speaking agents and reps, meaning you will have more time to enjoy the ride, and your vacation, and less time feeling frustrated by planning!

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Image Who's Who in Alaskan Cruises- 6 Major Players

Who's Who in Alaskan Cruises- 6 Major Players

If you're thinking about taking a cruise to the final frontier, you’ll need to consider more than you would in other parts of the world. Alaska can be drastically different depending on the time of year you visit, and the best time to visit is shorter than other destinations. We'll help you navigate all the different aspects that go into choosing the right Alaskan cruise.

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Alaska - Escape Close to Home

With travel still predominantly on hold, staying close to home is the name of the game. With everyone dreaming of a European summer, it can feel disappointing to consider another road trip to a national park. Toss out your preconceived notions of close-to-home vacations and start exploring a trip to Alaska.

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Image The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The Ultimate Guide to Cruise Deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Black Friday has become an annual tradition where hundreds of people crowd into department stores pushing and stepping on each other in order to score the deal of the season. Why not skip the madhouse this holiday season, and instead book yourself a family vacation that is sure to make family memories that will last much longer then junk in the garage? 

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Viking River Cruises is Coming to the United States!

This Just In- The Luxury Liner Viking River Cruises is Coming the United States!

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Hurricane Willa and the 2018 Awards Conference on the Norwegian Bliss

Hurricane Willa redirects the 2018 Dream Vacations conference, but the weather couldn't dampen the awards ceremony, where TravelPerks again took home a slew of awards!

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RiverCruisePerks.com Has Launched

RiverCruisePerks.com has launched! Behind the scenes, the minions at TravelPerks Dream Vacations, have been busily working to create a new home base for the growing river cruise sector.

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Halloween Themed Cruises

Have you ever considered taking and holiday themed cruise?  A holiday frequently forgot about when planning a cruise is Halloween, even though most cruises celebrate the day of with costume contests and trick-or-treating.  If Halloween is your thing, consider a Disney or Carnival cruise as those lines celebrate the holiday for much longer.

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Our Favorite Ship Godmothers

Every cruise ship has a Godmother but one now even has a Godfamily. Is the tradition of ship Godmother's evolving?

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The Travel Club Sails the Douro River

Did you know TravelPerks has a travel club? Each year the TravelPerks Club embarks on fabulous vacations personally-escorted by Gary and Theresa, owners of Dream Vacations TravelPerks. 

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Image An MSC Cruise for Every Personality and Lifestyle

An MSC Cruise for Every Personality and Lifestyle

It’s MSC Cruises bonus month and we’ve searched high and low
to find a cruise to satisfy every lifestyle and every taste. 

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Image Bucket List Cruises You Need to Experience

Bucket List Cruises You Need to Experience

From new cruisers to veterans, everyone should get a chance to experience these awesome itineraries!

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Image Wanderlust for One: 8 Destinations for Solo Travelers

Wanderlust for One: 8 Destinations for Solo Travelers

To help you, the lone wanderer, we’ve compiled a list of some of the safest (and
coolest) international destinations for solo travelers.

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Image The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year

The Secret to Maximizing Your Vacation Time This Year

“So much to do, so little time.” While the phrase may sound like it perfectly describes our lives, research shows there actually is time.

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Travel Apps That Make Vacations More Enjoyable

A good travel app can make things a whole lot easier, and we’ve gathered some of the essentials here just for you!

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Image Wine Lovers Rejoice! AMA Waterways 2018 Wine Cruises

Wine Lovers Rejoice! AMA Waterways 2018 Wine Cruises

AmaWaterways is uncorking an impressive number of
wine-focused itineraries this year.

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Image Ditch the 'Tourist' Tag: Dress Like a Local in 10 European Cities

Ditch the 'Tourist' Tag: Dress Like a Local in 10 European Cities

So you’re on your way to Europe and you’re wondering what to pack?
Of course there is something to be said for just being comfortable, but what about the more fashion-forward travelers?

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Image Sailing Through History- Cruises Then & Now

Sailing Through History- Cruises Then & Now

Cruising was a lot different back in the day. From glorious old pre-war steamers to the modern floating cities, we explore just how cruising has changed over the years...

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Image The Truth About Cruising: 7 Myths Busted

The Truth About Cruising: 7 Myths Busted

We set the record straight on 7 common misconceptions about cruising!

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Image 6 UNESCO Sites to Visit (While You Still Can)

6 UNESCO Sites to Visit (While You Still Can)

For the more adventurous, culture-conscious traveler, here is a collection of cultural sites that should be explored and enjoyed sooner, rather than later.

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10 Reasons to Choose Princess for your Alaskan Cruise

Seasoned cruisers know...if you want to cruise in Alaska, it's hard to do better than Princess. Here's why:

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Nosh in the Netherlands: 7 Places to "Adventure Eat" in Amsterdam

Nothing says food culture like helping yourself to a little local fare while on vacation in a strange land. Thanks to our friends at Hungry Birds, we’ve compiled a list of Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets for foodies!

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How to "Remove" Tourists from Your Travel Photos

Easily remove those pesky tourists from your photos, resulting in a landmark that appears vacant and pristine.

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Image 21 Travel Hacks You Definitely Need to Know

21 Travel Hacks You Definitely Need to Know

Traveling (especially internationally) can be a daunting task. Make things a little easier on yourself by following these 21 travel hacks, and spend more time actually enjoying your vacation!

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Image Off The Beaten Path...7 Hidden Hotspots to Visit in Europe

Off The Beaten Path...7 Hidden Hotspots to Visit in Europe

Whether you're a seasoned traveler, or just looking for something a little out of the ordinary, there are plenty of things to do and see "off the beaten path" in Europe!

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2017 Best of Britain Tour Early Bird Discount

Book this tour by 9/1/16 and save $100 per person with our special Early Bird Discount!

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4 Grown Up Spring Break Destinations

Spring Break is no longer just for college students! Read about some exciting destinations for enjoying your grown up Spring Break.

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Image 4 Reasons You Should Be Using A Travel Agent

4 Reasons You Should Be Using A Travel Agent

Here are four great reasons why you should be using a travel agent.

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Image Top Ten Reasons You Should Travel With Our Oregon Travel Club

Top Ten Reasons You Should Travel With Our Oregon Travel Club

Here are ten reasons why you should travel with our fabulous Oregon Travel Club!

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Image Top 5 North American & Caribbean Winter Getaways

Top 5 North American & Caribbean Winter Getaways

We picked the top 5 winter getaways in North America and the Caribbean. Time to start packing!

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CruiseOne - SmithPollin Group Wins Awards at National Conference

CruiseOne - SmithPollin Group received three awards at the 2015 CruiseOne & Cruises Inc. National Conference.

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