Cruise Line Offers Free Buffet to Federal Employees

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We are currently in the longest government shutdown in history, and while many in the travel industry are pressuring lawmakers to end the shutdown, some are offering a helping hand in the meantime.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is providing a free lunch buffet and an afternoon of fun for federal workers aboard one of their ships between January 21 and January 31 (unless the shutdown ends before that time).

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The only days the deal is not available are Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

Unfortunately, not every federal worker in the U.S. will be able to take advantage of the deal, since the participating ships, the Grand Celebration and the Grand Classica, are located at the Port of Palm Beach at 1 East 11th Street in Riviera, Florida.

To join in, federal workers just have to make a reservation with the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Customer service desk at 800-374-4363. When they arrive at the pier, they’ll need to provide their federal ID at the visitor check-in.

While it doesn’t make up entirely for a lack of a paycheck, those who take advantage of the deal will enjoy a filling lunch and an afternoon aboard a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ship which may just be enough to escape from the government shutdown nightmare for a few hours.

Amtrak Offers 30 Percent Savings on Long Distance and State Trains

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WHY IT RATES: Travel agents and advisors working with clients who prefer rail travel should consider the Amtrak savings promotion.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

It’s time to sit in comfort, and not traffic for your spring, summer and holiday travel with Amtrak’s latest flash sale on long distance and state supported trains, exclusively available at

Starting Monday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 31, customers can take advantage of the low prices from the sale, celebrate “National Plan for Vacation Day” on Tuesday, Jan. 29,and book travel across the entire national network on some of Amtrak’s most popular trains, including the Adirondack, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Downeaster, Lake Shore Limited, Lincoln Service, Silver Service/Palmetto, Wolverine and more from Monday, March 11 through Monday, July 8, with no blackout dates.

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Since the sale is valid during the spring and beginning of the summer, customers can leverage this sale for their Memorial Day and Fourth of July travel and other spring and summer trips. With large spacious seating and no middle seat on its trains, Amtrak customers can relax and ride the rails to visit the most popular cities in the country for their travel, whether it’s to catch a baseball game, experience a summer music festival, explore a new city, relax at the beach, or to enjoy an outdoor biking or hiking adventure.

Being able to easily travel from downtown to downtown, Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi, the freedom to use phones and electronic devices at all times (no “airplane mode”), the ability to travel with small pets on many trains, large spacious seats with ample leg room, no middle seat, and one of the most generous baggage policies in the travel industry, applicable for two personal items and two carry-on bags.

All prices will be automatically discounted from the standard fare price. No discount code is needed; prices are as shown and can’t be combined with other discount codes. Sale prices are available exclusively for one-way Coach Class fares; upgrades to Business Class or First Class are not permitted. Seating is limited; seats may not be available on all trains at all times. Fares are subject to availability. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.

SOURCE: Amtrak press release.

Blue Sky Tours Announces Exclusive Resort Offers

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WHY IT RATES: Travelers can save big on trips to Hawaii with Blue Sky Tours.—Codie Liermann, Associate Editor

Blue Sky Tours kicked off its biggest sale of the yeara Whale of a Saleoffering exclusive offers on select hotels and a $200 promo code with code BESTWHALE19 on bookings made through January 24, 2019. Vacationers can also take 25 percent off their Alamo car rental. Travel dates are through September 30, 2019.

Vacationers can receive exclusive hotel offers like free nights, daily breakfast, triple promo code savings and food and beverage credits at popular resorts like Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui and Hilton Waikoloa Village.

A full list of resorts, offers and restrictions can be found on VAX VacationAccess.

January through March is peak whale watching season in Hawaii. Lucky vacationers can spot whales from their resort balconies or from the beach, or for a sure sighting, through a whale watch excursion.

About Blue Sky Tours

Blue Sky Tours, a leading wholesaler to Hawaii and the South Pacific, has been selling custom designed vacation packages since 1981.

Blue Sky Tours offers superior depth in Hawaii product in airlines, hotels and condominiums, cars and activities, as well as a “peace of mind” protection waiver, commission protection and comprehensive during-travel insurance. Blue Sky Tours sells ONLY through travel agents.

SOURCE: Blue Sky Tours press release.