CANYON RANCH Promotion

Canyon Ranch is thrilled to partner once again with the illustrious PROTRAVEL International in order to offer to our clients an added value bonus for their stay at these selected properties. This EXCLUSIVE offer has been designed for both Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona or Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts.

This offer is for guest stays from now until September 5th, 2010.

Here are the details:

A client who reserves their stay through PROTRAVEL agents  will receive:

Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona
Choice of one of the following private consultations:
1) Nutrition
2) Personal Training
3) Golf
Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts
Shed ticket to a performance at Tanglewood OR Complimentary admission to a performance at Jacob’s Pillow Dance

PLUS VIRTUOSO AMENITIES: (Either property) Room upgrades based on availability and a complimentary copy of Canyon Ranch Nourish Cookbook. ( Value $25.00 )

For stays of 7 days or more, guest receive 2 free consultations.

VALID: Guest stays from now through September 5, 2010

TERMS:

Canyon Ranch Tucson, Arizona: Minimum 4-night stay (single or double occupancy), offer is based on space availability and may be combined or used in conjunction with any other specials and discounts, excluding group, membership and homeowner stays.

Canyon Ranch Lenox, Massachusetts: One ticket per guest. Minimum 3-night stay. This offer is based on space availability and may be combined or used in conjunction with any other specials and discounts, excluding group, membership and homeowner stays.

If you would like to take advantage of this exclusive offer, please feel free to contact me

Arthur D. Wright
Phone: 1-800-431-1130 ext 5577
Contact Me or Email: arthur.wright@protravelinc.com

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Rocco Forte Hotel Collection Exclusive Room Upgrade Promotion

Take advantage of this exclusive offer between Protravel International and the
Rocco Forte Hotel Collection.

Reserve a room reservation by June 15th and receive a confirmed room upgrade.

All reservations made between NOW and JUNE 15th, 2010 will receive a confirmed room upgrade within 48 hours plus the normal Virtuoso Amenities. This is valid for Hotel stays from now until December 28, 2010.

In most cases you will only have to guarantee the reservation with your credit card, and NOT Pre-pay the entire Hotel stay, which is required by both Travelocity and Hotels.com

“Promotion includes upgrades up to and including Jr. Suites”. This means that when you book a room category just below our Jr. Suites, the upgrade will be granted up to the Jr. Suite. Upgrades beyond this category do not qualify. For the most part, this is because of limited capacity in the higher suite categories. Of course, should you choose to book a Jr. Suite or above, an upgrade would still be granted upon arrival–based on availability.

THE FOLLOWING HOTELS WILL BE PARTICIPATING:

Hotel de Rome, Berlin

Hotel Amigo, Brussels

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Hotel Savoy, Florence

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt

Le Richemond, Geneva

Brown’s Hotel, London

The Charles, Munich

The Augustine, Prague

Hotel de Russie, Rome

Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg

The Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Sicily

As you are most likely aware, there can be several prices at a particular hotel for the same time period. I have selected “Browns Hotel” and the dates June 15-17th, 2010, as an example for over-all cost comparisons.

OUR PRICE:
Reserve a Classic King Room at 521.13USD (plus taxes) then be upgraded to the Executive King Room at NO additional cost to you. A savings of up to approximately of 350.00USD per day when compared to alternative on-line reservations websites.

Blackout Dates:

The Augustine, Prague
– 4th Oct 2010

Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg
– 16th – 20th June 2010

Hotel Amigo, Brussels
– EU Summit: 17th June 2010
– EU Summit: 14th – 15th September 2010
– EU Summit: 4th – 7th October 2010
– EU Summit: 28th October 2010
– EU Summit: 16th December 2010

The Balmoral, Edinburgh
– 15th – 18th July 2010
– Edinburgh Festival: 6th – 28th August 2010

Brown’s Hotel, London
– Royal Ascot: 15th – 17th June 2010
– Wimbledon: 21st Jun – 4th July 2010
– Farnborough Air show: 18th – 25th July 2010
– Freeze Art: 14th – 17th October 2010

Hotel de Rome, Berlin
– No blackout dates

The Charles Hotel, Munich
– Expo Real: 4th – 6th October 2010

Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt
– Automechanica Fair: 13th – 16th September 2010
– Bookfair: 5th – 6th October 2010

Le Richemond, Geneva
– July 15 through August 9

Hotel de Russie, Rome
– 15th to 19th June 2010
– 19th to 24th September 2010
– 8th to 10th October 2010
– 28th October to 5th November 2010

Hotel Savoy, Florence
– 15th to 18th June 2010

Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Sicily
– Month of August

If you would like to take advantage of this exclusive offer, please feel free to contact me before the expiration date of June 15, 2010.  I will be pleased to price out your hotel stay.

Arthur D. Wright
Travel Consultant
Rich Worldwide Travel
A Division of  Protravel International
Harrison, New York 10528

Email: arthur.wright@protravelinc.com

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Cruise West’s Alaska Experience

Within more than half a million square miles lies a world so vast, so rich, that even with repeated visits you will never grasp its scope.  Alaska.  Known as the Great Land, it is a place of extremes.  Majestic mountains.  Thundering glaciers.  Picturesque ports.  Ancient cultures.  Towering rainforests.  Sweeping tundra.

Cruise West’s small ships share Alaska’s secrets with you.  Four unique voyages in the coastal waterways of Southeast Alaska offer unique insights and rare experiences. Your journey will take you away from crowds to the grandness of the special places around you, the hidden fjords, the secret coves, the Native villages and the enchanting ports.

Your choices of itinerary are as wide as the Alaskan sky and Cruise West’s small ships take you to more of Alaska than any other cruise line.  From 4-day to 11-day cruises, there’s an itinerary that’s just right for your dreams.

Two exciting routes explore Alaska’s Inside Passage with routes from Seattle to Juneau, and round trip Juneau, all exploring the charming ports and scenic waterways of the legendary Inside Passage.  Lush evergreen forests, snow capped mountains, calving glaciers, breaching whales and gatherings of bald eagles invite you to one of the last great wild places on earth.

With more permits than any other cruise line, our Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve cruises offer you an unending panorama of wildlife, fjords and the wilderness heart of Alaska, allowing you to discover the real Alaska, accompanied by an onboard National Park Service Ranger and a Native Cultural Interpreter.

Beautiful Prince William Sound is the home of mammoth glaciers, colonies of seabirds, a myriad of wildlife like humpbacks, orcas, grays, otters, seals and sea lions.  This spectacular region of meandering shorelines studded with hidden islands and enfolded fjords is a hidden treasure where few roads reach and even fewer cruise lines go.  Here is a pristine landscape the world has come to treasure.

Alaska’s glorious coastlines stretch for more than 6,000 miles.  Yet these enchanted waterways only reveal part of its beauty because Alaska’s interior is also filled with surprises.  To complete your Alaska voyage, come to the heartland.  Discover mountain ranges, vast landscapes that are home to moose, caribou, grizzlies and wolves.  From the enormous wilderness of Denali National Park to the serene peace of remote, rustic lodges, when you add a land tour to your cruise, you’ll capture even more of the unsurpassed beauty that is Alaska.

Come with Cruise West on the trip of a lifetime to experience the realization of something you’ve dreamed about, planned for and looked forward to.  Seeing Alaska by small-ship will get you closer let you see more and show you personally what Alaska truly means.

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One Week Only – Azamara Cruises Special Offer

Book your travel between August 13 and August 20, 2009 to take advantage of this promotion.

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Travel the Historic Columbia & Snake Rivers by Small Ship

I know the summer season is coming to a close, but if you have not had a chance to get away, I would like to suggest this Small Ship Adventure with Cruise West sailing along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Enjoy the Autumn colors that’s right in our own backyard.

There are still a few Cabin Spaces available and you could receive 25% savings if you take advantage of the Cruise West Stowaway program. This would mean, you could save up to $1,366 per person when you purchase a Columbia/Snake Cruise in a 30 Day window. Reserve and book a 7 night cruise, including port fees, taxes, gratuity and shore excursions for as little as $2,658 per person, depending upon availability and sailing departure date.

Cruise West’s eight-day, seven-night Voyage of Discovery along the Columbia and Snake Rivers takes explorers on an up-close, casual and personal journey traveling in the footsteps of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  Retracing nearly 1,000 miles of their historic route, the small ship’s path invokes the adventurers’ spirit of exploration with spectacular natural vistas, informative historical excursions and enlightening culinary delights.

Departing from Portland, Oregon, the 96-guest Spirit of ’98 sails along the Columbia River and into the Bonneville Dam and locks, the first of eight sets of dams and locks throughout the trip.  From there, guests will take a drive by motor coach to breathtaking Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in the state of Oregon.

The ship will continue upriver to the Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile-long, 4,000-feet-deep river canyon that is a natural wind tunnel and the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.  At the Bonneville Dam’s Visitor Center, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interpretive Guides will give a tour of the giant turbines and explain how the Columbia River provides the majority of the electrical power in the Northwest.  The Nez Perce Indian tribe will then greet the ship in Clarkston, Washington, where guests will board covered jet boats for an excursion into awe-inspiring Hells Canyon.

In the increasingly popular wine region of Walla Walla, Washington, visitors will enjoy the Fort Walla Walla Museum, which houses a collection of more than 35,000 catalogued pioneer artifacts, dioramas and a replica village. A special casually elegant lunch has been arranged at a local favorite restaurant before a tour and tasting at two unique wineries.

The ship then departs for the Maryhill Museum, a historic mansion sitting in solitary splendor on a bluff over the Columbia River.  Here guests will explore an eclectic collection of Native American arts, European paintings, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects.  The museum offers a stunning view across the Columbia River to the Oregon plateau and Mount Hood, Oregon’s tallest volcanic mountain at 11,240 feet.

From the museum, visitors will descend a narrow road to Biggs Junction, where various branches of the historic Oregon Trail joined together.  The trip’s grand finale finds guests in the historic town of Astoria, home to Fort Clatsop – an appropriate ending, considering the fort belonged to Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago.

Every Cruise West trip hosts Exploration Leaders onboard to provide guests with a wealth of insider knowledge and a passion for the history of the region.  Because Cruise West’s philosophy embraces adventure and spontaneity, the captain and crew will stop or linger at unexpected and unusual sites along the way, whether they involve ancient geologic forces, Native American myths and legends, intrepid explorers, or regional wine.

For more information about traveling to the Columbia & Snake Rivers with Cruise West, please feel free to contact me at 1-914-922-5577 or email: arthur.wright@protravelinc.com

Here’s a sample of the fine cuisine that you’ll experience when you travel with Cruise West.

Nuka Hiva Pepper Steak

8, 3-4oz. Tournedos of Beef Filet
3 tbsp  Fresh cracked black pepper
Sea Salt to taste
4 oz. Clarified butter for Sauté’
4 oz. Brandy
4 oz. Mango Chutney processed to a smoother consistency
8 oz. Good veal demi glace

Chopped parsley and red bell pepper brunioise for garnish.
Roll tournedos in cracked pepper and then season with a little sea salt. Sear off in sauté pan with a little clarified butter to temp.  Remove from pan and deglaze with brandy and mango chutney finish with demi and mount with a little sweet butter.  Plate 2 tournedos and top with sauce and garnish. Finish plating with chef’s choice of potato and vegetables and serve hot.

4 Portions

Note: I would like to thank Cruise West for allowing me to post this recipe. This is one of the additional pleasures that you as a passenger will enjoy.

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* CRACKED BLACK PEPPER-BLUEBERRY DUCK BREAST AND POTATO CAKES

Today’s recipe is

* CRACKED BLACK PEPPER-BLUEBERRY DUCK BREAST AND POTATO CAKES

As prepared by Executive Chef Allan Day

*We would like to thank Royal Caribbean for giving us permission to post this recipe from their Savor RCCL International Cookbook

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