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Experience the Triple Crown

Experience the Triple Crown

Horse racing is truly the sport of celebrity, extravagance, tradition, and luxury. Nothing compares to seeing the world’s finest horses and jockeys racing for glory and each of the jewels in racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. Don those fabulous hats and seersucker suits and get ready for some of the most exciting moments in the world of racing. 

Experience the Triple Crown

Departure Lounge offers luxury and first-class packages as well as preferred seating to some of horse racing’s most exciting events of the year. If you’re thinking about experiencing one of horse racing’s biggest events next year, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, or Belmont Stakes, Departure Lounge would love to help you get there.


The Art of Small-Scale Cruising

While cruise lines have been hit hard by the global pandemic, the enthusiasm for this style of vacation has returned like a tidal wave—pun intended. Travelers are eager to get back on the water, but not quite in the same way as before. For the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the "city on the water" style liners are out, and small-scale luxury cruising is in. Smaller boats mean smaller groups, more attention to detail in every aspect of the onboard experience, and greater flexibility to customize your journey. Below you’ll find our shortlist of cruise lines that have turned the small-scale experience into an art form, plus some journeys they currently offer.

Founded in 1988, PONANT is a French cruise line with 11 ships in its fleet. While the cruise line operates around the globe, an exciting development is their upcoming partnership with the Smithsonian to curate education-forward journeys that embrace local culture and dive deep into an area’s language, cuisine, and history. Nineteen destinations are on the roster for the 2022 season including Antarctica, Japan and Iceland.  

PONANT Cruises (Japan)

Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, and continues to represent the pinnacle of that unique style of travel. Seabourn’s fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 458 and 600 guests each, sail to the world’s most desirable destinations at their peak seasons. On board, guests are served by an award-winning crew numbering nearly as many as the guests, hand-picked and extensively trained to deliver Seabourn’s signature style of thoughtful, personalized and heartfelt hospitality.

Silversea’s intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore. And for those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea’s 4 expedition ships can transport you to the furthermost boundaries of the planet.

With a legacy 40 years in the making, Linblad Expeditions guarantees all their guests experience the thrill of discovery. Explore the wilds of Alaska with their week-long excursion between Juneau and Ketchikan. Highlights include whale spotting and viewing famous native petroglyphs on Wrangell Island.  

Lindblad Expeditions (Alaska)

Established in 2001,  SeaDream Yacht Club launched with twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, and has achieved the industry’s highest accolades. "It’s Yachting, Not Cruising" defines SeaDream’s mission: to provide a casual yachting experience that exceeds guests’ expectations as they explore the world’s most amazing destinations. From May through October, SeaDream I and SeaDream II sail the Mediterranean. From November through April, the twin, mega-yachts visit the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. To ensure that our guests experience all that each specially selected port of call has to offer, many of our itineraries feature overnight stays in some of the best yachting ports and harbors in the world.

For those who are not typical cruise travelers but wish to explore the world via waterways, Uncruise Adventures provides small ship, river boat or yacht options to experience wild regions in comfort with top nature experts and guides. 

The great news is, this is just a snapshot! As your travel advisor, we can help you find the cruise line and itinerary that works best for you.  

Know Before You Go

Dynamic Africa 

2020 saw Africa emerge as a top international destination, and 2021 is no different. Whatever type of vacation you’re looking for, there’s a destination on the continent that will suit your travel style.  

Want to take a safari? Check out the Serengeti in Tanzania! This corner of northern Tanzania plays host to the second-largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, making it one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. 


Looking for a beach vacation? Check out Zanzibar! Situated on Africa's eastern coast, Zanzibar's beaches are unforgettable — white sand and turquoise waters galore. Not to miss in particular are quiet beaches like Matemwe and Pongwe. Zanzibar City’s Stone Town is also a must-visit for a dose of local history.  

In the mood for a culinary adventure? Look no further than Morocco. The country’s capital of Marrakesh is a melting pot of North African and French cuisine. Couscous, tagine and kefta top the list of dishes visitors should try. Another must is a stroll through the city’s medina—a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

No matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, Africa has an answer. 

It's All In The Details

Ideas for the Vaccinated and Non-Vaccinated Traveler

Knowing where in the world you can even travel these days is a constant struggle. While monitoring ever-changing entry requirements is our job to handle during the trip planning process, keeping up on your own is highly suggested. Visiting the CDC’s  "Travel Recommendations by Destination" page is a good place to start. That said, here are some destination ideas for the vaccinated and non-vaccinated traveler.  

Vaccinated travelers As a vaccinated person, you are rewarded with more options and can occasionally bypass the negative COVID test entry requirement to be admitted to some countries. Go island-hopping off the coast of Greece, or explore the historically beautiful streets of Vienna. Iceland and Tahiti also top the list of countries open solely to vaccinated travelers.  

Unvaccinated travelers — While this isn’t encouragement to not travel abroad, remember that domestic destinations are your friend! The U.S. is a big place, and there are plenty of historic cities, white sand beaches and national parks to explore within our borders. With low infection rates and open borders, African countries like Botswana and Tanzania are perfect to check a safari off your bucket list.  

No matter your situation, as your travel advisor, we will work with you to navigate entry requirements and find the perfect destination for your next vacation.  

Travel Advisors 101

Reachable and Connected

As many travelers have discovered as they start to venture out into the world again, planning a vacation from the ground up can be a monumental task. Instead of dialing another 800 number and hoping someone will be able to answer your questions, give us a shout instead. Not only are travel advisors real, reachable people, but we also have connections in the industry that will make planning your next trip a breeze.  

We’ve spent years—and even decades—building relationships with hoteliers, airlines and tour operators so we can get your questions answered, as well as know which companies will fit your travel style. Everyone vacations differently, and it’s the human touch to the process that will make your next travel experience unforgettable.  

As your travel advisor, we’re here—reachable and connected—to get the conversation started on planning your next trip.  

VIP Offers

Preferred Partners Offers

Here are a few of the current promotions available to Departure Lounge clients:


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort
Maui, Hawaii
Book now to receive every consecutive 6th night free on stays from January 3 - December 20, 2021

• $100 Resort credit in Awili Spa & Salon

• Early check-in, late checkout, and upgrade based on availability.


Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resort Collection
Austin, Texas
• $100 resort credit 

• Daily breakfast for two


Conrad Punta De Mita 
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
• Stay 7 nights with discounted rate 

• Roundtrip transportation 

• $200usd food and beverages credit 


Farmhouse Inn
Sonoma, California
• Exclusive California resident rate
• $50 dining credit to FARMSTAND


Hotel Jerome
Aspen, Colorado
Receive a $100 nightly resort credit when you book an Executive Suite or One Bedroom Suite to enjoy your choice of iconic dining, relaxing spa treatments, or signature cocktails.


La Cantera Resort & Spa 
San Antonio, Texas
• Resort Accommodations 

• One Round of Golf at the Palmer or Resort Course per Registered Adult per Night

• Signature La Cantera Golf Cap (1 per adult) Provided at Golf Check-In
• Daily breakfast for two (up to $30 value per adult)


Madeline Hotel & Residences
Telluride, Colorado
• 4th night free

• For stays beginning May 26, 2021

• Blackout dates may apply and are subject to change


Nizuc Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico
• Includes a daily breakfast at our restaurant for up to two people per room

• Valid only during breakfast hours 7am-12pm

• Travel through December 19, 2021. Some restrictions may apply.


One&Only Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa
• Exclusive accommodation rates

• 25% off food and beverage

• 10% off laundry services

• Complimentary 60min massage per person at the One&Only Spa every week

• Round airport transfers


One&Only Mandarina
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
• Book 3 nights in one of our eco-designer Treehouses, Cliff Villas, and Villa Banderas, and stay the 4th night on us, with delicious daily breakfasts.

• For stays in the Ridge Treehouse, Ocean Treehouse, Cliff Villa, Ocean Cliff Villa, or Villa Banderas the offer includes:

• One complimentary night with our Stay 4, Pay 3 offer

• Complimentary Full American Breakfast, daily for two

• Minimum 4 nights


One&Only Palmilla
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Stay 21 nights

• Exclusive accommodation rates

• $500 weekly resort credit to be enjoyed at any of our F&B, Spa and Retail outlets


Royal Palms Resort & Spa
Phoenix, Arizona
• Stay 3 or more nights and save 15% off.


The Lodge at Blue Sky
Park City, Utah
• Receive a $100 per night resort credit to apply to an adventure, wellness or culinary experience

• Minimum 4-night stay

• May 1 - October 31, 2021


The Palms, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos Islands
• Up to 40% off 
• This offer applies to all suite and penthouse categories.
• Book now for stays until December 19, 2021. 
• Certain Restrictions apply. 


The Shore Club at Turks & Caicos
Turks and Caicos Islands
• Save 25% on 4-, 5- and 6-bedroom oceanfront villas through December 21, 2021.
• by June 30, 2021.


Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve
Raton, New Mexico
Vermejo's 4 Peaks in 5 Days Tour

• July 10, 2021 - July 16, 2021


Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
• Stay 3 nights and enjoy a complimentary fourth night 
• Full breakfast for two each morning in our signature restaurant Don Manuel's, two breakfasts per bedroom
• Round trip airport transfers to and from San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD), including a personal greeting by our airport host and escort to your private car (1 Luxury Vehicle for up to 5 people)


Hotel Esencia
Tulum, Mexico

• 4 Nights length of stay: 15% off room rates

• 5 Nights length of stay: 20% off room rates

• 7 Nights length of stay: 22% off room rates

• 9 Nights length of stay: 25% off room rates

Contact your Departure Lounge Travel Advisor now to explore the best offers.