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What’s better than earning 5 points per dollar while relaxing on vacation? Earning all those points and getting an exclusive discount too. Just book one of these limited-time cardmember offers and go. It’s a breeze.

 

 

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Follow the Bourbon Trail in Louisville – use your card to get 15% off at Marriott Louisville Downtown; book by June 30.

 

 

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Get in on the arts scene in Lisbon – enjoy 10,000 points plus special advance rates and executive lounge perks at chic hotels.

 

 

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Find your paradise in Fiji – get 15% off an oceanfront room + 20% off dining and spa at the new Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.

 

If you’re traveling internationally, don’t forget to take advantage of $0 foreign transaction fees with the Marriott Rewards® Premier Credit Card when you’re shopping, dining and exploring.

 

Not a Cardmember? Discover benefits waiting for you around the world, from guaranteed Elite status to a free night stay every year after your account anniversary.

Share your Insider travel adventures to Paris by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Paris is the city for countless experiences and adventures. People head to Paris looking for fun or for the city’s hidden secrets and this time, we invite you to experience the city through the lens of genuine Parisian lifestyle. Sure, taking a batobus (river boat) to ride up and down the Seine River, or feeling like a fashionista in the Galeries Lafayette, or admiring the Eiffel tower in the evening are all fantastic experiences. However, how about a new extraordinary experience for you and the whole family? Try the iFLY Paris - the best indoor fall ever in a spectacular glass tube of 14m height. After the thrill, shop for some treats at the leisure center Vill'Up in the Parc de La Villette.

 

Do you or your kids love dinosaurs? Surprise them and take them to the Natural History Museum in the Jardin des Plantes. They can enjoy more than a thousand skeletons and fossils and a gallery that covers over 600 million years of life. Explore nature and discover a gorgeous garden with large sweeping trees. Don’t forget to find time to do what Parisians do. Don’t just get your portrait drawn and emerge yourself into the music scene of Montmartre. Take time and live in the moment! Grab a picnic and relax on the grass right in front of the Sacré Coeur; bring along some paper and pens and feel like a real Parisian artist as you sketch the monuments under the blue sky. Incredible!


Paris has so much to offer and your family needs energy to stay awake and make the most of the city. So be sure to use our family options at the unique Paris hotels with kids eat free meals. We really want your family to be powered up and be ready to take on the next exciting adventure during your trip. We hope you will make a family trip to Paris one of your annual family traditions and let us be a part of your memories!

 

Oriane G.

Paris Hotels

Hey Insiders! Check out this great offer:

 

Member Exclusive Rates — Clearwater Beach: Save big with 30% off weekdays

  • Escape to the newly renovated Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key, featuring upscale amenities and located steps from a beach named the most beautiful in the country.

Insiders, we’re playing personal shopper – here’s our take on gifts we think your dad or grad might like. Tell us how we did.

 

FOR GRADS

 

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Daniel Wellington watch – make it easy for your grad to be on time with a timeless design that still looks totally on-trend.

Shop the Daniel Wellington watch collection  

 

 

 

 

 

TUMI backpack – help them get ahead on the fast track. This gear is tough enough to go from office trek to world trip.

See TUMI bags and briefcases

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Tile Slim – they’ll never lose their phone or laptop before an important meeting. Tile’s skinniest GPS tracker makes phones ring even on silent.

Shop the latest tech accessories

 

And if your grad is the type that says, “Hey, I’d rather pick it myself,” here are a few gift card ideas:

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Does he love golf? He deserves a top-rated GPS watch to perfect his swing. He’ll be the envy of the foursome in no time.

 

Shop our golf collections

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Is he a gadget guru? The Avegant Glyph Personal Theater Headphones lets him enjoy movies, 360o videos and more —all from his mobile phone.

 

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Is he outdoorsy? If he’d rather be wading in streams than streaming movies, this Yeti cooler is the outdoorsman’s pick for keeping fish and game cool – not to mention lunch.

 

Get YETI adventure gear

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And even across the miles, you can always take him shopping with one of our gift cards – many brands start at just 5,000 points.

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Game on, Africa

Posted by CommunityManagers May 23, 2017


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Calling all NBA® fans: It’s time to go wild. Enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the NBA Africa Game 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Plus, you’ll get to take in an exclusive safari at Kruger National Park. Here’s what the trip includes:

 

  • Two round-trip flight tickets to Johannesburg, South Africa, arriving August 4 and departing August 11, 2017.
  • Two tickets to the NBA Africa Game 2017 in Johannesburg on August 5, 2017.
  • Three-night stay for two at a Marriott hotel in Johannesburg, checking in August 4 and checking out August 7, 2017.
  • Two round-trip flight tickets to an airport near Kruger National Park
  • Four-night stay for two at Protea Kruger Gate checking in August 7 and checking out August 11, 2017.
  • Access for two to guided game drive safari experiences through Kruger National Park.

 

Don’t miss your chance to watch the NBA’s Team Africa take on Team World in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa. And then take your game to a whole new level with safari game drives through Kruger National Park.

 

Enter for a chance to win now >

 

No pur nec. 18+ Ends 6/28/17 Rules: http://bit.ly/2pCQo2m

Hi Insiders! Check out these great bonus offers:

 

Bonus Points/Miles — California Summer: 1000 points + 10% off weekends

  • From May 26 - July 9, 2017, stay 2 nights or more and our Discover Southern California.  Offer includes 1,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 10% off best available rates on Thursday-Sunday nights, and more

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Summer in the Northeast: 2,500 points at 14 hotels

  • From June 15 - August 31, 2017, earn 2,500 Marriott Rewards bonus points per stay, 7 days a week. Explore iconic cities like Boston, Portsmouth, NH and NYC. Choose from 6 distinct brands, where you're sure to find your perfect hotel.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Chania: Getaway to Greece with 5,000 points a night

  • From June 26 - September 18, 2017, earn 5,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points per night, 7 days a week. Stay at our award winning adults-only luxury beachfront boutique hotel in Western Crete... the Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection.

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Marco Island, Florida by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has recently converted to a JW Marriott luxury property following an extensive $320 million renovation, ushering in a new era for the illustrious resort. At this 726-room JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort you will discover engaging and enriching experiences that can be tailored to your unique tastes. The recent renovations include expanded pool decks, a refurbished lobby, a new porte-cochere and a grand front entrance, and completely transformed guestrooms and resort culinary offerings, including the addition of two new signature restaurants, Ario and Maia, as well as an all-new beachfront tiki bar, Kane.

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You can indulge your culinary senses at the resort as well, with offerings led by Executive Chef Eric Vasta who most recently held the post at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Culinary experiences will include private sommelier-led wine tastings and Chef’s Table experiences at signature restaurant Ario, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright. You can also take part in the culinary offerings which extend beachside, with fish-grilling classes, rum tastings and private dinners along the shoreline.

 

ENTRY 3_ Spa Rendering.jpgOur resort also features Spa by JW, which offers a spa treatments based on four core benefit states: calm, indulge, renew and invigorate. As our guest you can customize your spa experience, choosing from a variety of menu options from full-service treatments to express spa services. Additional spa programming includes daily beach yoga and weekly spa events.

 

The resort will also feature a 94-room, adult-exclusive tower, offering a rooftop pool, gourmet restaurant, and a 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art indoor entertainment center. Once completed, the resort will include a total of 100,000 square feet of flexible event space — equipped with up-to-the-moment technology — in addition to the 810 well-appointed guestrooms and suites. We hope you will come and experience all that the resort has to offer.

 

Lorin K.

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Say hello to your new Featured Insider: iahflyr!

 

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Insider Since: March 13, 2012

Marriott Rewards Status: Lifetime Platinum

 

About Me:  Lifetime Platinum and live in The Woodlands along with a couple of other MRI, a fantastic community.

Grew up in Ohio, then moved to Ft. Myers, FL, not a bad deal, no more snow and a boat on a canal five minutes from the Gulf of Mexico!!!  A year in college in northeast Texas got me my pilots license before they threw me out, then  enlisted in the Army to be an Air Traffic Controller (great move).  After four years in Ft. Bragg, N.C. (go Tar Heels) got out of the Army and  After a six month school in OKC then was assigned to the resort community of Beaumont, TX., (both @Seatexan and my son born in same hospital...no they don't know one another) then transferred to Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in 1984 as a Tower and RADAR Approach Controller.  In the later years of my blessed wonderful career I took a position in the airspace office that allowed me to still control planes as well as working with customers like airlines (Continental primarily) and corporate operators to use their technology on the flight deck of new airplanes to benefit pilots and controllers.  Although I no longer fly or control planes I love aviation and always will.  Very very blessed in all aspects of my life from Mrs. IAH, to our little kitty Kalli, to friends, to Marriott...best of all to be in great health and live in a very wonderful community with fellow Insiders. Give me a golf ball and I'll lose it soon!!!

 

Fun Facts: Slightly off center or maybe more, I love to be outside doing about anything, golf oh yes, riding bicycles, seeing the sunsets, watching airplanes, fresh air, wine walks, traveling to the OCEAN and having two landings in my pilot logbook flying the Dreamliner (B788) simulator, no we did NOT crash.

 

Favorite Destination: WOW, have been fortunate to have traveled to a number of excellent places, most all staying at Marriott properties since 1989.  All time favorite Marriott properties in no real order....Scrub Island Resort, Renaissance Tuscany iI Ciocco Resort, JW Mariott Los Cabo Resort and The Seattle Waterfront Marriott.  My dream destination will be someplace that I've yet to identify, could be a Marriott in Asia, a  Starwood in the Caribbean, a beautiful fall resort in the Rockies or any place other Insiders give great reviews.

 

iahflyr, you've provided valuable travel insight to many fellow travelers for over five years now! Thank you for all your contributions to the Insiders community.

-The Community Managers

 

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MegaBonus is back and it’s infinitely awesome. Register now and earn without limits from May 27 to September 4, 2017. Here’s how it works:

 

  • Stay and earn: Register and earn 2,000 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay.
  • Explore and earn: You’ll earn an additional 2,000 bonus points for every brand you try, starting with your second brand.

 

Remember to book direct to earn your bonus points – and get more in every moment.

 

Register now and get ready to earn endlessly >>

Enjoy exclusive access to a party-packed pride weekend in Washington D.C. with Marriott International.

 

Get ready for an epic Pride weekend in the Capital City. Now you can bid points to get VIP access to four days of #LoveTravels Pride fun with Marriott International. Bring a friend to dance, sing and parade your way across Washington D.C. for an exclusive experience, including:

  • Four-night stay at the newly renovated Washington Marriott Georgetown (Check-in June 8, 2017 – Check-out, June 12, 2017)
  • Access to the beautiful new M Club located inside of the Hotel featuring work stations, lounge seating, coffee & wine bar, and light snacks
  • Evening under the stars at VIDA Penthouse Pool & Lounge Rooftop Pool Party (June 8, 2017, 7:00pm-10:00pm)
  • Dinner, cocktails, dancing, and mingling with LGBT influencers at the exclusive Marriott Pride launch party at the W Hotel (June 9, 2017, 8:30PM)
  • Tickets to the Capital Pride Official Opening Dance Party (June 9, 2017)
  • Crack of Noon Pride Brunch featuring a gourmet breakfast spread and complimentary mimosas and bellinis (June 10, 2017 12:00pm-3:00pm)
  • Evening of celebration riding on the Marriott International Float during the Capital Pride Parade (June 10, 2017 at 4:30pm-7:30pm)
  • VIP Passes to the Pride Festival Concert with private VIP tent access featuring views of backstage, light bites, complimentary beer and wine, and discounted spirits (June 11, 2017, 12:00pm-10:00pm)

 

Don’t miss your chance to get in on the ultimate Pride weekend with Marriott International. Bid points for this exclusive experience now.

 

 

Be a part of the fun in the Capital City Pride Parade with the #LoveTravels float.

 

Don’t forget your walking (and dancing) shoes. This event is a complimentary redemption (no points required); you can be part of the Capital City Pride Parade with Marriott International—marching alongside the #LoveTravels float. You and a friend will join tens of thousands of people traveling 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street and ending in the Logan Circle neighborhoods. This exclusive experience includes:

  • Access to walk in the Pride Parade with the Marriott International Presenting Parade Sponsor Float (June 10, 2017 at 4:30PM)
  • Complimentary drinks and refreshments prior to walking in the Parade
  • Complimentary #LoveTravels memorabilia

 

Go ahead — get ready to live it up at one of the biggest Pride celebrations in the country. Click here to learn more about the complimentary redemption for this exclusive experience now.

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Baden-Baden, Germany by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Baden-Baden is a city of diversity, not only famous for elegant boutiques, its luxurious lifestyle and the distinguished casino, but primarily known as the center of spa and culture at the foot of the Black Forest – with Roomers right in the middle of it. There are many ways to experience the exceptionally beautiful nature of the Black Forest. For example you can enjoy hiking on Germany’s most beautiful trail, with great panoramic viewpoints overlooking the city of Baden-Baden or the Black Forest itself. If you are a cliff lover, you will be thrilled by all the bluffs you get to see and experience. In addition, you can discover ancient dungeons, narrow gorges, rushing streams, and multiple historic sites such as the Ebersteinburg, a castle which was built into the side of a mountain and is surrounded by vineyards. Of course there are a great number of locations along the different trails which are perfectly suited for a culinary stop. Regardless of whether it’s a beer garden, a vineyard, a bakery or a restaurant, you will definitely find something to prepare yourself for the next lap.

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Hiking is not the only activity for discovering Baden-Baden’s surrounding nature: the Black Forest can also be explored by mountain bike, or while running, racing or climbing. For the latter, the Battert offers different levels of difficulty and is one of the most beautiful rocks in Germany to be climbed. Or you may also go for a challenging run around the Battert – the hills might be steep but the view will be worth the hassle. For those of you that prefer to go by mountain or racing bike, the waterfalls in Geroldsau, the castle Yburg, the Marienkapelle -- a church with stained-glass windows and a panoramic view over the Rhine valley on top of the Marienfelsen -- are highlights you should visit along the way. Whatever activity you prefer, we are happy to figure out the best trail for you to make sure you have an extraordinary nature experience tailormade just for you.

 

In case your schedule does not allow extensive tours or you just want to have a relaxed evening after an active day, Roomers‘ Rooftop Bar offers a fantastic view over the city, including Germany’s largest opera and concert house and the Black Forest as well. From there and from the patio that adjoins the restaurant moriki and the Roomers Bar, you can also enjoy the healthy fresh air that is so characteristic of the spa city and the nature of the Black Forest. If you are one who enjoys total relaxation, then our Roomers Spa is the right place for you. Here we offer not only the classical Swedish or the famous Thai massage, but also a sport massage just right after a full day of activities.

 

Kosin L.

Roomers Baden-Baden, Autograph Collection

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Share your Insider travel adventures to Belarus by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

Since Belarus recently introduced a 5-day visa-free period for the citizens of 80 countries who arrive through MSQ International Airport, now is a great chance to discover Eastern Europe’s best-kept secret. We have created a few “insider” suggestions on how to spend your time to the fullest.

 

  • Day 1 - A quick look around Minsk: It is possible to book a tour-guided excursion on a car, but our personal recommendation is a walking tour. The best place to start would be Privakhsalnaya Square in front of the impressive railway station. Follow Nyezalyezhnastsi Avenue all the way to Victory Square, taking in Independence and Oktyabrskaya Squares along the way. Each square has its own distinct characteristics, but our personal favorite is Independence Square. The iconic and red Catholic Church of St. Simeon and St. Helena can also be found here. If the weather is dry, indulge in one of the residents’ favorite pastimes in Minsk – promenading and people-watching. In addition to widely popularized Troitskoye (Trinity) suburb and High Town, try Gorky Park, Alexandrovsky Public Garden, Yanka Kupala Park, Central Botanical Gardens, Chelyuskintsev Culture and Leisure as well as Pobyedy Park, where you will also find the impressive and newly relocated State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.

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  • Day 2 - Strochycy & Dudutki, the museums of folk technologies and crafts: Make sure that you book a day for a visit to the ethnological museums in Strochycy (5 km) and Dudutki (50 km). They both offer an introduction to the old life of rural Belarus, from authentic houses and windmills, to rural cuisine, and traditional crafts and culture. One can taste homemade butter, bread, cheese and even samogon – a traditional variety of alcohol that is usually made illegally in villages and towns throughout Belarus.
  • Day 3 - Mir & Niasvizh Castles: Once in Belarus take the opportunity to visit Mir and Niasvizh. Both are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list and probably have the best tourist facilities in the country. No more words about it, as they must be seen.
  • Day 4 - Belarusian Cuisine: If you’re out walking and travelling for hours on end, you’re going to need sustenance and regular rest to recharge your batteries. These are our concierges’ recommendations on how to combine the rest and exploration of local cuisine:
    • While promenading along Nyezalyezhnastsi Avenue, visit Vasilki, where the largest variety of local dishes is presented.
    • For dinner, Kuchmistr at 40 Karla Marksa Street is a good option for traditional Belarusian cuisine.
    • For a slightly off-the-wall halt amongst the bustle, a visit to the attractive historic Troitskoye (Trinity) suburb down by the Svislach River might include a rest-stop at the Barzha floating restaurant. It tends to be overlooked and is never busy, but the food and service here are consistently good.
  • Day 5 – Live Like-a-Local: Get off the beaten paths, contact the concierge team, and plan your very personal day for brilliant memories.

 

Olga, Concierge

Minsk Marriott Hotel

Hi Insiders!  Here are some great bonus offers for Mumbai & Sydney.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Mumbai: Get up to 5,000 points + INR 2,000 credit

  • From April 17 - June 30, 2017, stay any night and our package includes up to 5,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points*, Up to INR 2,000 hotel credit per stay for food & beverages and spa services*, and complimentary base level internet package.

 

Bonus Points/Miles — Sydney Harbour: Earn 1,000 points on weekday stays

  • From May 4 - June 19, 2017, stay Sunday - Thursday nights and discover landmark attractions like the Sydney Opera House located just steps away, or stay in to indulge in the regional cuisine at The Gantry Restaurant.

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Share your Insider stories about travel to Kauai by commenting on this post and you could earn points.

 

The moment Kauai comes into view from the airplane window your heart quickens. Your gaze follows the vast blue ocean as it lightens to a brilliant turquoise that rings the island. As the plane descends, you make out sky-high mountains cut deep by ravines and all blanketed in dark-green velvet. A tiny town comes into focus at the island’s edge. And then you see the beach.

 

Hawaii’s fourth largest island is its most verdant, earning Kauai the nickname “The Garden Isle.” So beloved, this tropical gem was recently included among National Geographic’s “Best Trips of 2017”, and consistently lands on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of “The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World”. From the mind-blowing beauty of the Napali Cliffs to the mysterious depths of the Waimea Canyon, there is more pristine terrain here than anywhere else in Hawaii, and by ordinance no building will ever be taller than a coconut tree. It’s no secret why Kauai represents paradise in countless Hollywood films.

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After landing in Lihue, you step off the aircraft into the warmth of the sun and breathe in the plumeria-scented air. Cruise the South Shore’s palm-lined road until you arrive at Koloa Landing Resort which feels organic to the landscape. Hear the crush of the surf and take in the colorful foliage all around, and you can’t help but feel at home. The locals call this “ohana” – a deeply welcoming family connection – and for centuries Hawaiians have returned to this northern-most island again and again because there is simply nowhere on earth like Kauai: Unhurried, untouched, unreal.

 

A restful night’s sleep comes easily in your luxurious villa. You wake before the sun and head down to the coastline where you find a catamaran bobbing at the water’s edge. Once the catamaran is out to sea, you wrap your hands around a steaming mug of dark-roast local coffee, savoring its earthy bitterness and aroma. Chunks of white Sugarloaf pineapple are full of juice, chopped off the plant that morning. A sunrise over the Pacific Ocean is unlike any other. The sky begins to paint colors on the water unseen from the comforts of land. Slowly, the glow melds into pink streaks across the sky, illuminating the boat in beams of golden warmth.

 

Eventually, the sunrise turns to daylight, ushering the sea water to life. The people of Kauai do not believe in keeping ocean species in captivity, so the only way to see these magnificent creatures is in their natural habitat. You can see Spinner dolphins a few meters out, and marvel at their acrobatic twists and turns on the surface. Smaller than their Bottlenose cousins, Spinners have pointed beaks to move quickly and elegantly through the water. Humpback whales travel a great distance to get to the warm Kauai waters; to breed, calve, and nurse their young. The humpbacks are curious creatures and several glide hair-raisingly near the boat. As the catamaran flies across the water in tandem with the humpbacks, and the sea spray blows on your face -- you begin to feel the tiniest connection to these whales. Though they are some of the largest mammals on earth and are fast and wild, at that moment they almost feel within reach.

 

Kris W.

Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection

Insiders, you’re the first to hear about an exclusive experience that just launched!

 

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Hot Havana Nights! Step back in Time on Norwegian Sky with stops In Cuba and Bahamas

From the alluring panoramic waterfront to the Art-Deco neighborhoods glittering with energy and art, a visit to Havana is a welcome step back in time.  You’ll kick off your trip from Miami with relaxing pool-side cocktails, delectable dining, and top-tier entertainment before docking in Cuba to experience a city rich in history and bold in undisturbed culture.   Enjoy endless salsa music, smooth Cuban cigars, or tour the city in a vintage Chevy before snorkeling in the warm Bahamian waters.

 

Experience includes:

• Four-night cruise on Norwegian Sky with an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba and Day excursion in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas (Depart October 23, 2017 – Return October 27, 2017 from Miami, FL)

• Balcony room view

• Complimentary Open Bar and onboard entertainment

• $500 onboard credit that can be used on an array of shore excursions, specialty dining, spa treatments or merchandise

• High-end dining with access to ten onboard dining experiences including French, Italian & Steakhouse options

• Person to Person Cultural Immersion excursion

• Experience is for two people

• Prepaid Gratuities included

 

Learn More >

 

Presented by Cruises for Marriott Rewards