Travel Weekly's Alaska E-letter: Nov. 28, 2007

CRUISE WEST is offering a number of incentives to book Alaska Inside Passage cruises. Through Jan. 18, Cruise West is giving away $1,000 in bonus commissions, a Pentax camera, a free photography cruise for two and leads for top-producing agents in each state. For example, the agent with the highest Alaska Inside Passage revenue from Nov. 19 to Dec. 14 will win a Pentax camera and a photography cruise for two in 2008. The winner will be announced on Dec. 19. Meanwhile, from Dec. 17 to Jan. 18, the top revenue-generating Small Ship Partner in each state will receive "hot leads" within their state for a two-week period in February. For information or reservations, visit www.cruisewestagents.com, www.cruisewest.com or call (800) 689-1783.

THE CRUISE LINE,  meanwhile, is helping customers secure a spot on its 85 optional shore excursions by making them available for booking online at www.cruisewest.com. These excursions are in addition to the ones that are included in Alaska itineraries. Previously, customers had to call the line 21 days prior to departure or wait until they began their cruise to book the optional excursions. Online bookings must be made 21 days prior to departure. Customers need to know their itinerarys name, the departure date and use a credit card.

INSIGHT VACATIONS in Rye, N.Y., launched Glorious Alaskan Adventure, the companys first tour focused solely on Alaska. The itinerary will begin operating in May and offer several departures through Aug. 21. The Glorious Alaskan itinerary will be offered as a 10-day, land-only tour starting at $3,899 per person or as an 18-day land-cruise tour starting at $4,695. Highlights of the itinerary include sightseeing tours in Anchorage and Denali National Park; a ride on the Alaska Rail from Denali to Talkeetna and overnight stays in lodges inside Denali and Talkeetna national parks. For information or reservations, call (888) 680-1241 or visit www.insightvacations.com.

NEXT YEAR'S EDITION of the Great Alaskan TourSaver coupon book is now available. It offers 140 promotions, including freebies and two-for-one discounts, with a combined savings of $22,500, according to the coupon booklets publisher. The 2008 edition is priced at $99.95. To purchase, visit www.toursaver.com. Online purchases include free shipping.

Alaska Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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