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Silversea's Galapagos

THIS IS SUCH EXCITING NEWS – TO BE ABLE TO EXPLORE THE AMAZING GALAPAGOS ISLANDS WHILE STAYING ON AN EXQUISITE SILVERSEA VESSEL AND ENJOY ALL THE LUXURY AND PAMPERING THAT SILVERSEA CAN OFFER YOU IS THE VERY BEST OF BOTH WONDERFUL WORLDS!! CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS AS THESE VOYAGES WILL SELL OUT VERY FAST.

The 100-guest Silver Galapagos. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today’s discerning travellers.

All accommodations are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies – and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler. Relax completely and leave the unpacking to your butler as you sail away on your unforgettable adventure. Like-minded guests from across the globe are your travelling companions, and the intimate ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.

Silversea
Announcing Our Premiere Voyage
HIGHLIGHTS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Guest lecturers, Dr. Paul D. Stewart and Richard Wollocombe
Expedition team including renowned zoologists, naturalists, writers and photographers
Premiere Lecture Programme supported by Royal Geographical Society
A memorable cultural experience at a local Ecuadorian school
Voyage hosted by senior executives of Silversea
Commemorative Silver Galapagos logo apparel
Commemorative “old world” chart of the Galapagos Islands
Hand-crafted sculpture by a local Ecuadorian artisan
DAYS VOYAGE FROM/TO SILVER PRIVILEGE
EXPLORER SUITE FARES FROM
SILVER PRIVILEGE
VERANDA SUITE FARES FROM
SILVER SKY*
AIR FROM
7 8404 Baltra to Baltra $5,950 $8,150 $1,100
* The Silver Galapagos Air Package from Quito to Baltra and return to Guayaquil, park entrance fees and immigration fees are additional costs and not reflected in the fares shown above. Please contact Silversea Reservations for pricing.
— SPECIAL GUEST LECTURERS —
PAUL STEWART DR. PAUL STEWART, Award-winning Zoologist, Writer, Producer and Photographer
Having earned his Doctorate from Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Dr. Stewart has won the national Prince Philip Zoology prize. He has written and photographed for wildlife magazines around the world, including his book “Galapagos — Islands That Changed the World.” He is also a multiple Primetime Emmy and BAFTA award-winning cameraman and producer across 40 countries.
RICHARD WOLLOCOMBE RICHARD WOLLOCOMBE, Renowned Wildlife Cameraman, Naturalist and Galapagos Resident Mr. Wollocombe is an Emmy and RTS award-winning cameraman with 15 years experience filming on land and underwater. His natural history filmmaking credentials include extensive work for Discovery in the South Pacific, as well as his award-winning Galapagos, voted best film at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. As a resident of the Galapagos, Mr. Wollocombe knows first hand the natural riches the islands possess.
BOOK A LUXURY EXPEDITION TODAY!
For more information, please call us

Silversea Cruise in South America

Notes on our South America cruise on board Silver Cloud 
Valparaiso to Fort Laderdale Feb 6-26,2013
Valparaiso
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Valparaiso is colorful and charming and a wonderful place to rest up from your long overnight flight to Santiago-11 hours from New York. Brightly painted houses climb the 45 hills and are decorated with even more colorful murals. It is also close to many
vineyards which make a great stop on your way from the  Santiago  airport.

Coqimbo, chile
The drive inland from Coqimbo, Chile into the Elqui Valley is totally breathtaking. The Andean desert mountainscapes give way to the fertile
vineyards which produce Chile's national drink, Pisco. 

Arica, Chile
Arica, Chile is in the amazing Atacama desert which stretches 600 miles along the coast of Peru and Chile. Awesome landscapes with no sign of animal or plant life stretch on forever. This is the driest place on earth. The mountains and the undulating colors are simply breathtaking.


Matarani, Peru

Arequipa, the "white city" is about a 2-hour drive from the port of Matarani, but the drive is totally spectacular. As you finally approach
Arequipa, the huge snow-capped Andean volcanoes come into view. In the town, the Plaza de Armas with the huge cathedral taking up one whole
side is most impressive. The stunning Santa Catarina Monastery, gives us some insight into how the wealthy daughters of the aristocracy spent
their time as nuns - along with their personal servants! This ia a beautiful colonial town well worth a stopover.

Pisco, Peru
A short drive from the port took us to Pisco Airport where we boarded our 12-passenger plane for the exciting flight over the Nazca lines. The low flying plane gave us amazing views of the landscape then the pilots pointed out each figure and they performed acrobat maneuvers so that
passengers on each side of the plane got a good view. A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Lima, Peru
Ship offers a complimentary shuttle to the JW Marriott in Miraflores - great location 45 minutes from port. Traffic in Lima is horrendous.
Voyager Club excursion in colonial Lima with lunch Huaca Pucllana in Miraflores.
Visited the Barranco district the following day (by taxi from the Miraflores shuttle stop). Lovely colorful colonial area well worth a few
hours.
Salaverry, Peru
Nearby Trujillo is a lovely colonial city and the ship offers a complimentary shuttle ino town.
We elected to visit the Chan Chan archeological site from the Chimu empire built approximately 1100 A.D. This enormous UNESCO World Heritage
site represents the largest clay city in pre-Hispanic America.

Manta, Ecuador
The large, calm harbor at Manta, Ecuador  is filled with fishing vessels of every size from the one-man skiffs to giant cargo-ship sized tuna processing ships equipped with helicopters. This, after all, is the tuna capital of the world. Your can of Sunkist probably originated right here. A 30-minute ride on a "chivas bus" complete with a brass band on top, takes us to nearby Montecristi, the epicenter for making Panama hats. The ride was loads of fun with people waving and dogs chasing us along the whole route! Long, Pleasant, sandy  beaches emanate from both sides of the port but the town of Manta itself is unremarkable.

Panama Canal
Awoke at dawn to see all the ships great and small lined up in the Pacific awaiting their turn to enter the locks at Miraflores. Amazing to see the system of tying up to the "mules" actually highly powerful engines which tow the ship through the locks. Our ship had two at the front and two at the back following alongside on the tracks. On through the cut and into huge Lake Gatun. Three more locks and we are back at sea level on our way to the Atlantic. All along the way we see evidence of the huge expansion that is underway.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Opted for a 2-hour drive into the mountains to visit a working hacienda. Marvelous choice, so well done. Very busy port for bananas and
pineapple....Chiquita and Dole containers piled up for miles!

Sea days were occupied with cooking demonstrations by the chef, galley tour, wine tasting, team trivia competitions, bridge, putting, water
polo, lectures on the ports of call and South American history, culture, flora and fauna as well as resting up from all our excursions.


Not once during our stay in Chile, Peru, Ecuador or Costa Rica did we have a need for local currency. We used US dollars throughout (legal
tender in Ecuador and Panama).
I should add that with Santiago 2hours ahead of EST, Lima on EST, Costa Rica on CST and then back to EST, jet lag was non existent. The weather was perfection every day! 70's to 80's with no humidity until we hit the Gulf of Mexico on the last sea day. Hardly a cloud (even always
cloudy Lima was sunny) and not a drop of rain for 3 weeks! South America is definitely the place to be in February!

Silversea 4 to 7 day voyages from only $1,360

Jut look at these amazing prices for a Luxury All-inclusive Silversea Cruise. Add a few days at either or both ends and you have a wonderful vacation in just a short amount of time.
 

4 to 7 day european getaways from just $1,360
For time-pressed travellers, a 4 to 7 day getaway is the perfect way to sample the unrivalled luxury of Silversea. And it’s a great way to build loyalty. Once they experience the pampered indulgence and all-inclusive lifestyle of a Silversea vacation, they’ll be sure to return for more.
FEATURED 2013 VOYAGES 
DATE DAY VOYAGE SHIP FROM/TO FARES FROM
11 Mar 5 2307B Silver Wind Lisbon, Day at Sea, Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia, Barcelona $1,560
16 Mar 4 2307C Silver Wind Barcelona, Monte Carlo , Livorno (Florence), Rome $1,360
16 Apr 7 5309B Silver Spirit Lisbon, Partimao, Cádiz (Seville), Málaga (Granada), Day at Sea, Ibiza, Valencia, Barcelona $2,730
14 May 4 2314A Silver Wind Rome, Corsica, Calvi, Livorno (Florence), Monte Carlo $1,590
18 May 5 2314B Silver Wind Monte Carlo, Day at Sea, Sóller, Ibiza, Valencia, Barcelona $2,170
25 May 7 5314B Silver Spirit Athens, Katakolon (Olympia), Corfu, Kotor, Dubrovnik, Sorrento, Rome $2,810
9 Jun 6 1318A Silver Cloud Southampton, Honfleur, Ootende, Antwerp, Amsterdan , Hamburg $2,610
15 Jun 4 1318B Silver Cloud Hamburg, Transit Keil Canal, Warnemünde (Rostock), Helsingborg, Copenhagen  $1,830
 Overnight in Port
VOYAGE FARES INCLUDES
• All ocean-view suites – most with private verandas
• Butler service for every suite
• Complimentary fine wines, champagne and spirits
• In-suite bar with complimentary beverages
• Open-seating dining in The Restaurant
• Choice of speciality restaurants
• In-suite dining served course by course
• Onboard gratuities included
• Transportation to local town (most ports)
book your  ocean-view suite or for more information, kindly contact us

Wine Cruise with Holly Howell

New World meets Old World! 

Holly Howell, Certified Sommelier through the Master Court of London and award-winning Finger Lakes wine writer, invites you to join her on a fun-filled, educational and very tasty wine tour of the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam. Traveling on the award winning AmaWaterways aboard the elegant AmaCello river ship you will see where it all started.

Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Gruner Veltliner, Lemberger, and Pinot Noir – all of the grapes that have found their niche in New York State originated right here in Europe.  As we travel down the magnificent Rhine… through Alsace, France and into the Rheingau of Germany… we will be sampling those mouthwatering Rhine wines alongside some of our Finger Lakes favorites.

A one-of-a-kind experience that will ultimately connect you to a unique part of our own local wine history.  Come along and enjoy the ride — with in-depth wine seminars, private wine tours, chef-inspired cuisine and the beauty of one of the most breathtaking waterways of Europe. November 15-22, 2013.

Enjoy our exclusive group benefits:

$250.00 per person discount on published rates

$100.00 per person on board credit

Contact us today for more details.

Springtime Savings

 

Uniworld The world’s only authentic boutique cruise line

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To complement the spirit of springtime renewal, you’ll sail on luxurious boutique ships designed with your every comfort in mind. From the fine amenities found in elegantly appointed riverview staterooms and the delicious cuisine that puts us at the forefront of river cruising, to the charming personalities of our staff, you’ll sail in stylish luxury and comfort as you discover the peaceful rhythm of springtime in Europe.
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Amsterdam to Frankfurt | 8 Days

Experience Dutch flower culture at its height. Sip a glass of Riesling as you cruise through the UNESCO-designated Rhine. Celebrate the best of these regions’ nature, art, and history during the peaceful time of spring.
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Amsterdam to Antwerp | 10 Days

All things that come to mind when we think of the Netherlands and Belgium-colorful canals, whimsical windmills, vibrant tulips, rich maritime history, and the art-Rembrandt, Rubens, and Vermeer-are yours to experience in all of their real-life glory.

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SAVE up to $1,000 per couple
on 2013 Springtime Boutique River Cruises
Call Iannazzi Enterprises for more details!

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*Savings listed in US dollars. Actual savings vary by program and may be less. Pay-in-Full Savings is not combinable with the Early Booking Savings or any other promotional offers, and requires full payment at time of booking. Subject to availability. Capacity controlled. Other restrictions may apply. Uniworld reserves the right to withdraw or change offers at any time.

Wines Around the World - With Holly

Wines Around the World – With Holly

Join your favorite sommelier, wine educator and wine journalist, Holly Howell as she takes you on these magical journeys to explore the wonderful world of wines.

November 15-22, 2012

The Enchanting Rhine From Zurich to Amsterdam on the AMACello

On this fantastic program enjoy 4 nights in beautiful Switzerland before boarding the luxurious river ship, AMACello in Basel and cruising along the Rhine through the German and French Alsace region and on to Cologne and Amsterdam. Highlights include winery visits and wine oriented shore excursions, fine dining with wine tastings, lectures and wine pairings with your on-board hosts Barry and Kim Wiss from Napa Valley, Holly Howell and Gary Murphy, Vice-President of AMAWaterways. Holly will host this itinerary again in November 2013.

May 7-18, 2013

Wines of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and British Columbia

San Francisco to Vancouver on the Regatta

 

 

Sleek, elegantly charming, Regatta is the Flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet. With just 684 guests, Regatta offers every luxury you expect. Four unique, open seating restaurants await with menus designed by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, along with 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. On this magical journey, explore with Holly some very special wineries of the Northwest USA and Canada as well as visiting America’s last frontier, Amazing Alaska. For a limited time, enjoy 2 for 1 cruise fares plus free airfare!

 

For more information on these adventures with Holly, contact Trisha Iannazzi at 585-624-1285

Fabulous new River Ship!

AmaWaterways - Leading The Way In River Cruising
AmaCerto Welcomed to the Family
Meticulously-designed AmaCerto Christened by
CLIA President Christine Duffy

AmaWaterways is extremely proud of its newest ship, the AmaCerto, christened on May 16, 2012 in the scenic German town of Vilshofen. Select staff, VIP guests, townspeople and local dignitaries gathered along the banks of the Danube for a special blessing and christening ceremony, with the ship’s godmother, Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) President Christine Duffy, doing the honors. In keeping with maritime tradition, Ms. Duffy smashed a bottle of Champagne against the AmaCerto’s bow, prompting enthusiastic cheers and applause from onlookers.

“Christine Duffy is a prestigious godmother and we are thrilled to have our AmaCerto under her guidance,” said AmaWaterways President and Co-Owner Rudi Schreiner. “The AmaCerto was designed with the passenger in mind.  AmaCerto is the most innovative ship available and we enjoyed celebrating its christening with the Vilshofen locals.”

AmaCerto

The festivities began with the “Triumphal March from Aida” as stilt walkers entertained the crowd, school children handed out colorful balloons, and the AmaCerto gloriously sailed into view. Vilshofen Mayor Georg Krenn extended a warm welcome to guests, followed by remarks from Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways Executive Vice President and Co-Owner Kristin Karst, and Christine Duffy. There was a special blessing of the ship; a performance by a children’s dance group; moving renditions of “Ave Maria” and “Hallelujah” by soprano Heidlinde Schmid, and an opportunity for guests to sign the town’s commemorative Golden Book.

As Ms. Duffy christened the ship in an explosive froth of Champagne, delighted onlookers released their balloons and a 10-gun salute sounded from a brigade of Vilshofen soldiers dressed in traditional Bavarian garb.

AmaWaterways’ new AmaCerto is a deluxe 164-passenger vessel that incorporates the most advanced river cruise ship design including Twin Balconies in the majority of its spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 350 sq. feet.  Passengers will enjoy gourmet dining with free-flowing local wine at the multiple fine dining venues available on board. The AmaCerto also features a heated sun deck swimming pool with a ‘swim-up’ bar; fitness center and spa; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system in all staterooms plus Wi-Fi. For passengers wanting to explore the serene paths along the rivers, the AmaCerto offers a fleet of bicycles on board.

We can’t wait to book your journey on this amazing ship!!!

 

COMPLIMENTARY STAYS IN PARIS AND LISBON WITH AMAWATERWAYS

We are so excited that our favorite River Cruise company will FINALLY have a fabulous new ship on the magnificent Douro River. This is one of the most scenic and wonderful experiences you will ever have.  Also the new Seine itinerary in France is super wonderful! Call us now before they all sell out!

AmaWaterways - Leading The Way In River Cruising
Introducing The Seine & Douro for 2013
Special Inaugural Season Savings
Complimentary land program in Paris or Lisbon
Or save $1,000 per stateroom
Paris & NormandyCruise the Seine River on board the beautiful AmaLegro, part of AmaWaterways Sensational Six. AmaWaterways Sensational Six are custom-designed, premium vessels carrying up to 150 passengers and introduce a new standard of River Cruising on the great waterways of Europe. Your journey takes you from Paris to Paris through the heart of Normandy, exploring the beautiful countryside that inspired many famous painters, including Monet and Van Gogh. Visit Giverny, Rouen and Les Andelys, as well as the famous Normandy beaches before returning to Paris, the “City of Lights.” Book this itinerary and receive a complimentary 2-night stay in Paris.

Paris Complimentary 2-night stay in Paris
With 7-night Seine cruise on board the beautiful AmaLegro

Select Paris & Normandy cruises embarking from March 29 through Nov. 8, 2013
Starting from $2499* per person
Paris | Vernon | Giverny | Rouen | Normandy | Honfleur | Les Andelys | Conflans & 2 nights in Paris 
The Douro River ValleyDiscover the rich history of Portugal and Spain as you journey through the Douro River Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, onboard the brand new AmaVida. This grand 108-passenger vessel features balconies in most of its staterooms and suites. Receive a complimentary 3-night stay in Lisbon when booking the Enticing Douro or the Port Wine & Flamenco itineraries. Highlights include visits to Porto, Salamanca, Régua and dinner at the Alpendurada Monastery.

 

Lisbon Complimentary 3-night stay in Lisbon
With 7-night Douro cruise on board the brand-new AmaVida

Select Enticing Douro or Port Wine & Flamenco cruises embarking from Jun. 25 through Aug. 27, 2013
Starting from $2,899* per person
Porto | Régua | Barca d’Alva | Vega Terrón | Pinhão | Régua | Bitetos & 3 nights in Lisbon

PREMIUM RIVER CRUISE EXPERIENCE**
State-of-the-art ships | Spacious staterooms with French balconies or full balconies
Complimentary in-room Internet & Wi-fi access | Complimentary shore excursions
Gourmet dining with free wine, beer & soft drinks | Nightly onboard entertainment

Book Now – Limited Time Offer!

 

* All prices listed are in U.S. dollars. Offers are valid on new Enticing Douro and Port Wine & Flamenco cruise bookings made by June 30, 2012 or Paris & Normandy cruise bookings made by July 31, 2012. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions or discounts. Rates may vary per departure date. Offers are valid on new cruise bookings only and are not combinable with any other offers. Guests must purchase 7-night cruise to receive complimentary land program. Complimentary land program are based on double occupancy with a maximum of 2 persons per hotel room and applies to the hotels selected and contracted by AmaWaterways. $1,000 Savings is per stateroom, based on double occupancy and is not combinable with complimentary land program; single bookings receive $500 off per stateroom. Bonus commission is per double occupancy bookings, single occupancy bookings receive $250 commission per booking. Availability is limited on these cruises, capacity controlled and subject to change or discontinuation without notice. Some restrictions may apply. **Premium River Cruise Experience applies to most ships; please ask for details. AmaWaterways is registered as a seller of travel in the State of California. CST#2065452-40

Exceptional cruises offers : May-June 2012

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Banish all your preconceived ideas of cruising and enjoy the Spirit of Yacht Cruising

For over 20 years now, COMPAGNIE DU PONANT has embodied the art of YACHT CRUISES, combining a sophisticated à la française lifestyle on board with exploration and discovery.

Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

 

There are a few staterooms available for our cruise Et Vogue l’Opéra on board L’AUSTRAL. This cruise is the opportunity to combine the splendor of a yacht cruise experience with passion for the Opera. This edition features internationally renowned artists reviving the culture and music of Verdi, Mozart, Rossini and Gounod. Join us onboard L’Austral during this exciting itinerary where the mega-yacht will be calling into Beirut (Lebanon) for the first time, known as the crossroads between three continents and a gateway to the East.

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Gastronomy: Coté Ouest

Honfleur (France) – Copenhagen (Denmark)
From 9 May to 14 May 2012
6 Days / 5 Nights
LE BOR2AL From*
3263$

7th Sea Lyric Festival, Entire Festrival

Suez (Egypt) – Venice (Italy)
From 10 May to 21 May 2012
12 jours / 11 nuits
AUSTRAL From*
5405$

Copenhagen – Stockholm

Copenhagen (Denmark) – Stockholm (Sweden)
From 14 May to 22 May 2012
9 days / 8 nights on board
LE BOR2AL From*
5081$

7th Sea Lyric Festival Et Vogue l’Opéra

Itea / Athens (Greece) – Venice (Italy)
From 16 May to 21 May 2012
6 days / 5 nights
AUSTRAL From*
2773$
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Bergen – Reykjavik

Bergen (Norway) – Reykjavik (Iceland)
From 22 June to 7 July 2012
16 Days / 15 Nights à bord
LE BOR2AL From*
9338$

Athens – Istanbul

Athens (Greece) – Istanbul (Turkey)
From 25 June to 2 July 2012
8 days / 7 nights
LE LEVANT From*
4676$
* Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy, excluding taxes and fees, flights, transfers and gratuities. Ponant Bonus Fares are the lowest available rate at the time of purchase, and are subject to increase or withdrawal at any time without notice as the ship fills. Other restrictions may apply. Call Iannazzi Enterprises for details and reservations.

Two New European Canal & River Cruises Offer Great Savings

For families and friends this is a fantastic vacation option…….

Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises
Reserve by May 31 and Save on Two New European Canal & River Cruises

The charming old towns and villages of Western Europe are linked by a vast chain of water – rivers and canals that flow from bustling cities to quaint hamlets, passing through tranquil yet breathtaking landscapes. Set out to discover this intimate side of Europe on board two new comfortable barges for a leisurely, all-inclusive vacation – a great value in today’s European travel market.

Save Now on Two New Cruise Itineraries for 2012: Call us for more details – we just love barging….

Benefits of European Canal and River Cruising

A great value in Europe today
All-inclusive: accommodations, gourmet meals with wine, guided sightseeing and paid entry fees
Great for families or a group
Comfortable, leisurely holiday
An intimate view of Europe away from the crowds
'Panache': Alsace-Lorraine
‘Panache’: Alsace-Lorraine
7 days | 12 guests
Save $1,000 per cabin or 10% per charter
Cruise aboard ‘Panache’ through the German-influenced French region of Alsace-Lorraine. Find time to relax in the on-deck hot tub while you take in the incredible scenery. Reserve by May 31 and save $1,000 per cabin on hotel sailings or 10% on charter sailings from June 17-October 28.
'C'est la Vie'
‘C’est La Vie’
7 days | 8 guests
Save 10% per person or 20% per charter
Enjoy the ever-changing scenery of the Canal de Bourgogne in the Burgundy region of France, passing vineyard-clad hillsides and quaint villages along the way. Dine on gourmet cuisine on board and save 10% per person on May hotel sailings or 20% on any 2012 charter sailing when you reserve by May 31.