This is the time of year when many subscribers call the Travel Office to book their annual cruises. We have excellent relationships with several small-ship luxury lines — including Silversea, Seabourn, Paul Gauguin, Un-Cruise and Hebridean Island Cruises — and we may be able to secure anything from a shipboard credit to a complimentary upgrade. Already, we are seeing unprecedented demand for two new riverboats on the Irrawaddy River — the Belmond Orcaella and the Sanctuary Ananda — so if your travel plans include Myanmar (Burma), it would be wise to act immediately. Summer canal barge charters in France also have perennial appeal, and some flexibility with dates may be necessary. The 2016 world cruises will also fill up in the near future. Regardless of the itinerary, the largest suites disappear first because there are so few of them. And travelers planning on a summer cruise in the Baltic or Alaska’s Inside Passage should reserve space as soon as possible, as these destinations sell out early every year.
Contact the Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 or [email protected].