January 3 - 7

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Monday, January 3

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Royal Caribbean
Prices do not include taxes and fees. They have a 7-night Western Mediterranean cruise on the Adventure of the Seas that makes stops all over Spain and Italy. This is a great way to experience multiple European cities like Florence and Rome without the hassle of traveling between hotels. There are several cruise dates available in May, June and July. Prices are $819 per person. Air fare from Chicago to Rome starts at $625 per person. www.royal-travel.com

Alaska is a great place to cruise in early summer because you get the benefit of extra hours of sunlight and great view of the glaciers. Royal Caribbean's 7-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise on the Rhapsody of the Seas departs Vancouver on May 14 and costs $601 per person. Port stops include Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Ketchikan and Seattle. Air fare into Vancouver costs $459 per person.

If you're more interested in cruising in the hot sun, there is a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean that departs Feb. 7 or March 7 on the Navigator of the Seas for just $249 per person. This cruise departs from Ft. Lauderdale and makes stops in Haiti and Jamaica. Airfare out of Chicago to Ft. Lauderdale is running just $231 per person.

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer: Summer Family Travel Special
For something more exotic, consider a cruise in China. After sealing itself off from the outside world for so many years, China has renewed energy and exciting developments in tourism, which make it the perfect time to visit. Combine a city-stay in Beijing with a relaxing cruise that explores the stunning Three Gorges region on The Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Consider it a floating boutique hotel - smaller and more intimate than other ships with the largest cabins and suites, all with private balconies and world-class dining and a luxury spa. All-inclusive rates from $1,200 per person per journey. Plus, book soon and children (under the age of 12) stay for FREE when sharing a cabin with two full-paying adults. Valid for new bookings for travel June 2 - September 4, 2011. In addition, the ship will arrange activities for adults and children such as traditional calligraphy, Mandarin introduction lesson, Chinese mask painting, dumpling making, lantern making and more. Children will also receive a deeper understanding of the Chinese culture. Airfares from Chicago to Beijing are $1,180 per person. www.sanctuaryretreats.com

If cruising isn't your thing, January is also the time to book a whale watching trip to Hawaii. Apple Vacations is running a special to Maui, Hawaii for whale watching season if you book by January 31 for travel January through March. Winter is definitely the time to visit Maui because the warm winter weather attracts 3,000+ endangered humpback whales. All-inclusive vacation includes a 5-night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort with air fare, meals and two whale watching excursion tickets included for $999 per person. Plus, anyone who books a mid-size Dollar car rental receives a FREE upgrade to a Convertible. For more information, go to www.applevacations.com. To book, contact Royal Travel and Tours at www.royal-travel.com

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