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Holland America Line Amsterdam - 7 Night Mexico roundtrip San Diego. from $499, Oceanview from $599. $70 bonus amenities.
•  America's Vacation Center 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: One of the nicest ships making regular Mexico cruises!
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Holland America Line Volendam - 7 Night Glacier Discovery (Seward to Vancouver). Oceanview for the price of an inside! Only from $449
CruiseMates says: great price for an oceanview! Free Shore excursion included.
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Princess on Sale!
7 to 9-Night –Princess Cruises Super Sale for Caribbean and Mexico cruises from only $489 + Onboard Credits + Upgrades!
• CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: this limited offer gives you great last minute bargains
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Hawaii Bargain
Norwegian Cruise Line, 7-Night Hawaii Cruises from $699! Free Insurance, plus Free 3 Day / 2 Night Getaway!
• CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: absolutely the best way to see Hawaii
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Princess Alaska
$388 for 7 nights to Alaska on Princess! Oceanview from $435!
• CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: INCREDIBLE! Balcony cabins still available as low as $858 pp
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Europe Jewel!
12-night European cruise on Norwegian Jewel only $1249 pp! Istanbul to Barcelona.
• CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: one of the best prices on a full Med cruise we've ever seen
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Holland America!
5-day FLASH SALE on Holland America cruises! Europe on $799, Alaska $449, Canada - New England from $599.
• CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: incredible selection of bargains on this choice cruise line
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Royal Caribbean
Voyager of the Seas: 7-night Western Caribbean from Galveston includes all port fees & taxes. $649 per person, balcony $999.
• CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-913-7245
CruiseMates says: special rates on the original Royal Caribbean mega-ship
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7-night Hawaii Cruise Roundtrip Honolulu from $499
CruiseMates says: the best price on a Hawaiian cruise available
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Panama Canal
18-Day Panama Canal from $1,599 per person - San Diego to Miami
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: great price on this extensive cruise itinerary
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Western Caribbean
NORWEGIAN MAJESTY 7-night Caribbean, RT Charleston to Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Key West ONLY $469 pp
•  White Travel: 1-800-547-4790
CruiseMates says: Free-style cruising at a bargain price.
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Europe Package Pricing
12 Day Egypt & Greek Isles from $999: NCL Jewel to Piraeus (Athens) to Katakolon, Corfu, Alexandria, Iraklion, Santorini, Mykonos, Izmir and Istanbul. Low air add-ons available. Oceanview $1,099. Must Call
•  Destination Oceans: 1-800-374-3740
CruiseMates says: European cruise plus the Egyptian pyramids!
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NCL America in Hawaii, Pride of Aloha from only $549 pp! Free onboard coupon booklet.
•  America's Vacation Center 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: add-on savings booklet makes this a HOT deal!
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8-night Mexico Riviera
Carnival Spirit - 8 Night Mexican Riviera (San Diego roundtrip) from $539, Oceanview from $729, Balcony from $789!
CruiseMates says: The only regular Mexico cruise going all the way to Acapulco.
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Alaska on New NCL
7-night Norwegian Sun this summer in Alaska only $599; 3rd/4th passengers only $199!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Family cabin savings in Alaska are almost sold out.
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Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean, May/June cruise deals Blow Out! SAVE!
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Liberty of the seas from $699 pp!!
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Europe Bargain
12-night European cruise from just $1399 pp on Carnival Freedom.
• CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: brand new Carnival ship, travel plus fun for everyone
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New York Bargain
$399 Labor Day Cruise from New York!
• CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: Incredible New York bargain, cheaper than staying home
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Last-Minute Savings
Save up to 75% on cruises.
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America's Ambassadors

Our Image Abroad:
Did you know that travel and tourism generate $1.3 trillion in economic activity in the U.S. every year. That equates to $3.4 billion a day, $148 million an hour, $2.4 million a minute and $40,000 a second. Those figures come from the Travel Industry Association of America, and that is an impressive amount of money.

But sadly, it reflects a serious weakness in our tourism economy.

Attending a conference sponsored by the TIA,
I just learned that since 2001 tourism by visa-exempt countries, the Japanese and Europeans for example, coming to the United States is down an astounding 17%. That represents millions of people and billions of dollars in potential wealth that should be coming into America but is being spent mostly in Europe instead; despite the fact that Europeans have a huge currency exchange rate advantage with one Euro equal to 1.31 Dollars.

What is causing this imbalance? There are political arguments concerning world opinion about the U.S., but according to the UK Travel Barometer, since 2004, UK citizens are consistently attributing the top barrier to travel to the U.S. as entry procedures, from poor information about requirements to long visa processing times. Our worries about terrorism have resulted in practices by our Customs and Border Protection departments that many foreign nationals say are considerably daunting and unfair to them.

As Jonathon Tisch, chairman of the TIA says, "When an overseas traveler arrives in the United States, his first point of contact is a Customs and Border Protection Officer, and it could take up to two hours in line before this exchange even takes place. Being in the hotel business, I understand that you never get a second chance to make a first impression."

So, instead of making our daunting entrance procedures the "first impression" foreign nationals have of the U.S., make yourself their first impression of us, by reaching out to them in their homelands and encouraging them to come and visit. Let them know how welcoming we can be, as citizens of the United States. It's good for them, it's good for us, it's good for the U.S.

With so many cruisers going to Europe this summer, as well as Asia, Australia and elsewhere, I encourage all of you to remember that we are America's ambassadors. Offer a smile, polite conversation, and even an invitation to the locals to come and visit the United States.

Having just returned from Europe myself, I can tell you it is extremely crowded and expensive over there. There were already thousands of tourists from the USA over there as early as March this year, but also it is jam-packed with other European nationals taking advantage of the recently opened EU borders.

Some of the crowds I have seen in London and Paris the last few years are like Times Square on New Years Eve. Hardly conducive to sightseeing and family fun. So, let the Europeans know that it's a great time to visit the U.S. Why? not only because we are not nearly as crowded over here as the European capitals are this year. but the U.S. Dollar is extremely cheap, too.