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Christmas in September: Mediterranean Highlights by the Sea

It might be September, but it certainly feels like Christmas here at the Friendly Planet Travel office. That’s because I’m thrilled to announce the release of two new cruises: Mediterranean Highlights by the Sea and the Iberian Coasts Cruise. Not only are the prices on these trips incredible for the outstanding quality of travel, but they both have departure dates over the upcoming holiday season.

Want to do something with your family during the holidays that no one will ever forget? Leave the details to us. Today, I’m going to tell you all about the seven-day Mediterranean Highlights cruise for only $1,299 (and stay tuned for all the details on the Iberian Coasts Cruise).

How about spending Christmas Day exploring the ancient coastal town of Trapani, Sicily? Although most of the city has been modernized, much of Trapani’s architecture still reflects its medieval past and ancient heritage. Some of Trapani’s best preserved structures include the Annunciation Sanctuary, the Pepoli Museum, the Spedaletto Palace, and the Church of Saint Augustine. In additional to its rich history, Trapani’s westward position on the Sicilian coast affords some of the most spectacular views of the beautiful Mediterranean sunsets.

FP_Spain.jpgBut that’s just one day. Our Mediterranean Highlights cruise is a fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean aboard the M/V Louis Majesty cruise ship, Louis Cruise Lines’ newest, completely refurbished addition.

Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. We’ll visit fascinating ports of call in Spain, France, Italy, Tunisia, and Malta while enjoying superior accommodations every night aboard our cruise ship.

Travelers are free to explore themselves throughout the day in destinations such as Marseilles, France; Sicily, Italy; and Port Mahon, Spain (to name a few). Or, take advantage of some of the inexpensive tours we’ll be providing.

This is one of those Friendly Planet Travel packages that not even everyone at Friendly Planet can believe. I’ve told you about how our good relationships with our suppliers often translate into savings for us, which we of course pass on to you! Well this is the perfect example of that practice at work.

The $1,299 price includes roundtrip flights from New York, a six-night Mediterranean cruise, all meals aboard the cruise, and group transfers. Not only have we been given very special rates for Friendly Planet travelers, but we’ve gotten a free one-level upgrade in our pricing from our cruise supplier. That means when a passenger pays the lowest price (for an inside cabin), they’re getting an upgrade to the next level of inside cabin for free. This same upgrade policy applies when booking the already heavily-discounted outside cabins. If you’ve ever been on a cruise before, you know what a great deal this is!

FP_Italy.jpgAnd it’s affordable for the whole family. Children up to age 18 (maximum two children per cabin) can share with two adults for free. The only additional costs are the taxes on the cruise and their cost at the hotel in Rome.

We’ve also struck a deal for our single travelers, who often get slammed with hefty supplemental fees when cruising alone. We’ve negotiated discount rates for them, so the supplements will be lower than cruises usually charge. Stay tuned for more information about both the singles and children deals.

FP_Rome.jpgAnd finally, after the cruise docks at its final port-of-call in Genoa, we’ve included an optional, free two-night extension in Rome. The flight to Rome is, of course, also included, as well as all transfers. While in Rome, travelers will stay at the centrally located, 4-star Hotel Genova.

This year’s Mediterranean Highlights cruise takes place Dec. 19 to Dec. 28, with six additional departures throughout 2010. As I said, the perfect holiday trip for you and your family! And keep in mind that December in the southern Mediterranean is gloriously temperate; perfect for taking in the view from the ship’s deck, enjoying the full spa, and spending days touring.
 

Attention golfers: Tee up for the Mediterranean Golf Cruise with Chuck Cook

Here at Friendly Planet Travel, we’re in the business of making people happy. And now, every duffer’s dream has just come true. Vacationers aboard our Mediterranean Golf Cruise, now have the opportunity to lower their handicap on ship and on the green with lessons from internationally renowned golf guru Chuck Cook.
The 10-day cruise aboard the MSC Sinfonia includes stops at ports of call in Italy, Spain, Monaco, and Tunisia, as well as all airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, many meals, touring, and more for $2,099. May’s Golf Cruise is booked solid, but spots are still available for 2009’s last departure date in October.
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And while you’re experiencing the marvels of the Mediterranean, you can cruise to a better golf game, too, under the expert guidance of Chuck Cook. The championship teacher will be conducting personal and group lessons on deck and on courses in Italy and Spain, capped with a nine-hole game at Golf Club Naples. Cook’s lessons are open to golfers of all experience levels, and you can sign up anytime onboard the ship.
The MSC Sinfonia embarks from Florence, Italy and docks at a new city each day, including Montecarlo, Monaco; Valencia and Ibiza, Spain; Tunis and La Goulette, Tunisia; and Catania and Naples, Italy, while it circles the Mediterranean Sea, ending back at Florence on the ninth day.
On their last night of the trip, vacationers enjoy deluxe hotel accommodations in Florence, located ideally within a short distance of many of the city’s major attractions, as well as the best shopping and dining in the "birthplace of the Renaissance."
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In true Friendly Planet Travel style, the low $2,099 price includes all ports of call, airfare, fuel surcharges, great hotels, transfers, some meals, touring, and more. Book by May 27th to enjoy savings of up to $600 per couple included in the deal price. And there are no extra fees or surcharges if you choose to pay by credit card.
Once you book, choose from three superb golfing packages, starting at $434. Not sure which package is right for you and your travel mates? Talk it over and book right up to the last minute onboard the MSC Sinfonia.
This cruise was created with golfers in mind. But of course, you don’t have to be a golf pro to have fun aboard the MSC Sinfonia. As always, this cruise was designed with all the Friendly Planet Travel features our vacationers expect, without compromise. Where else could you cruise through some of the most magnificent waters in the world while working on your slice in the morning, and dining on delectable paella in a town like Valencia in the afternoon?
For more information, take a look at the Mediterranean Golf Cruise page on our Web site, or drop us a line.

See the world, change your life

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I always say that seeing the world is the only way for people to understand it. And unless you experience a different culture for yourself, you’ll never truly grasp it. Traveling changes you forever; whether you’re touring ancient temples in Thailand, digging a well for a family in Borneo, or sipping wine in Italy.
And once you catch the bug — like so many of our vacationers have — you’re a traveler for life. That’s why I was thrilled when this particular customer testimonial rolled in last week. As always, here it is, completely unedited:
“I’ve been on six tours with Friendly Planet so far, and I have to say that those tours have opened up my understanding of the world. The thing about travel to foreign countries is that it changes you, leaving you with a much better understanding of the world, long after you’ve returned. Each tour I’ve been on has been exciting and different, even repeat tours to the same destination. One of the great things about the FP tours has been the amazing diversity of people on each tour; I’ve met everyone from newlyweds to retirees, all looking for adventure. Most of my fellow travelers on FP tours have tended to be well-read, well-traveled, and not fussy at all. They’ve come to taste the amazing foods and walk the amazing streets, not to buy trinkets and eat at McDonalds. Not surprisingly, many of us keep in touch long after the tours are over, and I’ve met more than one “repeater” on the trips to China. And I’m always surprised to find how nice the hotels are. One more thing is that going on these tours is really a good use of your time overseas, since you don’t have to waste time with paperwork, check-ins, deposits, etc. You just go have a drink or walk around the block and come back to pick up your room key. The guides are always funny, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. And there’s always plenty of time to explore on your own. Thanks again for the great experiences. I’ll be back in April to re-visit Thailand!
– Jeff Jenkins, Boca Raton, FL”

MSNBC features Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean Cruise

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MSNBC picked up Wednesday’s Budget Travel article featuring our Western Mediterranean Cruise. Hop on over to MSNBC to see more information on how you can experience a Friendly Planet Travel cruise to Spain, Italy, Portugal, and Gibralter for just $1,799 if you book by March 27!

Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean cruise showcased on Budget Travel

Budget Travel, which finds the best real travel deals every month, highlighted Friendly Planet Travel’s Western Mediterranean Cruise on their Web site today.
The writers at Budget Travel dig deep when looking for the real deals out there. They look for the hidden costs, fine print, and true dollar value of these trips. We already know our vacation packages are some of the best of the best, but it still feels good to see it in print.
Take a look at the overview on Budget Travel now. Thinking about booking? You can reserve your own spot on the next cruise on our online booking engine, or shoot me an e-mail for more information.

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Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a full-service company that specializes in tour packages to exotic worldwide destinations at affordable prices.   More about Peggy

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