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Latest News, Deals & Savings for April 6

This week: Holland America Line plans new 14-day Alaska Cruises in 2010, Albuquerque to celebrate its 303rd birthday with a party, and SuperShuttle teams with United airlines for mileage awards

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Holland America Line Plans 14-Day Alaskan Adventurer Cruises

Holland America Line will introduce new 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises on its flagship ms Amsterdam in 2010, which will sail roundtrip from Seattle and include a call at Anchorage for the first time.

The 1,380-guest Amsterdam will be the first cruise ship of a major cruise line to call regularly in Anchorage, providing guests with a full day and evening in Alaska's major city. The Amsterdam will also call at Homer and Kodiak, two new and less frequented ports for guests to discover.

The new itinerary will reduce the cruise line's overall 2010 Alaska deployment by 10 sailings or about 11,000 guests. The 10 new 14-day sailings will replace 20 seven-day sailings between Vancouver and Seward, Alaska.

"The new Alaskan Adventurer itinerary is a great new offering in Holland America's Alaska cruise schedule," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice president, marketing, sales, and guest programs. "It provides a longer itinerary choice, one that lets guests experience far more of Alaska's grandeur while enjoying the ease of a roundtrip cruise. We anticipate many guests will opt for a longer cruise that includes more glacier viewing and ports of call."

The 14-day Alaskan Adventurer cruises will depart roundtrip from Seattle May 17 through Sept. 6, 2010. The Amsterdam will sail the scenic Inside Passage, highlighted by cruising Tracy Arm fjord with its magnificent twin Sawyer Glaciers. The ship also will cruise by Alaska's mighty Hubbard Glacier in Yakutat Bay, the largest glacier in North America. Historic ports of call will include Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka, Anchorage, Homer, Kodiak, Juneau and Victoria, BC.

The Alaskan Adventurer increases the choice of Holland America itineraries to a total of four in 2010, joining the popular Alaskan Explorer, Glacier Discovery and Glacier Bay Inside Passage itineraries. These seven-day cruises sail both roundtrip from Seattle and Vancouver and one-way between Vancouver and Seward. Holland Americas schedule will feature eight ships offering 149 total departures from May 3 through Sept. 24, 2010.

For more information and to book a cruise, contact a professional travel agent, call (877) 724-5425 or visit
www.hollandamerica.com .

Albuquerque Will Celebrate its 303rd Birthday April 18

The City of Albuquerque will be celebrating its 303rd birthday April 18 with the Founders Day Fiesta, formerly the "Fiestas de Albuquerque." This celebration is scheduled from 12:30 to 5 p.m. throughout Old Town Plaza.

Highlights of the event include the 2nd Annual Outdoor Market featuring merchants from Old Town, live music and dance performances, and an assortment of activities for the kids.

The Cosmic Carnival, a free family science festival featuring telescopes and hands on science activities, will also be held in conjunction with the Founders Day Fiesta.

The Founders Day Parade, honoring the founding families of Albuquerque, will proceed to the main Gazebo at approximately 3 p.m. For more information contact Dave Mathews, manager, Promotions/Media Resources at (505) 768-3555

And if you go for the party, you might want to take the time to visit the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, located in the heart of historic Old Town and just across the street from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

Since opening in 1979, the museum has featured art of the Southwest, 400 years of Albuquerque history, educational classes and has hosted world class traveling exhibitions.

If you have the time, museum docents offer walking tours of historic Old Town Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. The tours are seasonal, and are only offered from mid-March through mid-December. Call the Museum for exact dates. Old Town Walking Tours are not available for school groups.

A self-guided walking tour brochure of Old Town is available by request at the museum's admission booth.

Old Town walking tours are operated under the direction of The Albuquerque Museum Education Division. Contact Theresa Sedillo, Administrative Assistant for Education, at (505) 243-7255

SuperShuttle Links With United Airlines for Mileage Awards

SuperShuttle is partnering with United Airlines to reward Mileage Plus members with miles if they book a shared ride on SuperShuttle to or from their home, office, or hotel and any one of the 33 airports in more than 50 cities and surrounding communities served by SuperShuttle in the U.S.

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SuperShuttle will offer Mileage Plus miles for customers booking airport rides online at
www.supershuttle.com/united . SuperShuttle customers will earn 50 miles in each direction for SuperShuttle, or 150 miles each direction for ExecuCar rides booked online at www.ExecuCar.com/united .

ExecuCar is a Luxury Sedan service owned and operated by SuperShuttle and is available in 11 cities across the country. Mileage Plus members will enjoy double miles from April 1 through July 14, 2009, for ground transportation to or from the airport booked online.

This is the fifth airline that SuperShuttle has entered into a frequent flyer marketing relationship.

"SuperShuttle is the only truly national airport shared-ride service in the country and we are pleased to work with United Airlines who serves so many of our customers," said Ken Testani, senior vice-president of marketing and sales for SuperShuttle International. "We believe that offering Mileage Plus miles is not only an additional incentive to book SuperShuttle reservations online, but also a reward for United customers who know that sharing a SuperShuttle ride to and from the airport is an economical way to begin or complete their travels."

SuperShuttle International, based in Phoenix, AZ is a division of Veolia Transportation On Demand and a subsidiary of Veolia Environment. SuperShuttle serves 33 airports, carrying more than eight million passengers a year. Airports served by SuperShuttle include some of the largest in the country including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C. and Miami. Visit www.supershuttle.com for more information.