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What's the Deal?

The week's best deals around the globe, by land, sea and air.

Sunday, February 13, 2005; Page P03


High school juniors or seniors doing campus visits can take a parent along for free on Amtrak. Register at 888-99-VISIT or www.campusvisit.com/amtrak for a discount code that can be used when reserving through Amtrak (800-USA-RAIL, www.amtrak.com). Student and parent must travel on the same itinerary; seven-day advance purchase is required. Offer not valid on Acela Express or Metroliner; blackouts apply.

• Take the kids to Disneyland Resort Paris for free. For arrivals through March 24, kids 3 to 11 sharing a room with their parents get lodging, Park Hopper tickets and breakfast gratis. A four-night package with tickets beginning Feb. 22 at Disney's Sequoia Lodge, for example, is $1,082 for a family of four; other properties are also available. Info: 011-33-1-60-30-60-81, www.disneylandparis.com.


Independence Air has fares of $84 each way on its introductory service from D.C. to five West Coast destinations. For example, pay $188 round trip, including taxes, for a round-trip flight to San Diego; other airlines are matching. Service to San Diego starts April 14; flights to San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Seattle begin May 1. Book by Feb. 18; complete travel by June 30. Holiday blackouts apply.

Info: 800-FLY-FLYI, www.flyi.com.

• Book a package at three Baltimore Harbor boutique hotels and get a second night free. For example, a "Cure the Winter Blues" package with breakfast and two tickets to the Baltimore Improv starts at $179 for a couple with two nights at the Pier 5 Hotel, Admiral Fell Inn or Brookshire Suites. Deal is good through March 20. Taxes are 12.5 percent extra. Call 866-583-4162 and ask for code WINTER-NA.


• A new expedition cruise line owned by native Inuit will offer seven-night cruises to the Canadian Arctic starting at $2,490 per person double including air from Montreal to Kuujjuaq in far northern Quebec; air taxes are $65 extra. The cruise on the 66-passenger Ushuaia is offered July 10-Sept. 4 with Sunday departures. Air alone would cost more than $1,000. Canadian Arctic cruises from other lines start at about $5,265. Info: 866-263-3220, www.cruisenorthexpeditions.com.

Windjammer has 25 percent discounts on its St. Maarten and French West Indies itinerary in April and May. The five-night cruise from St. Maarten starts at $675 per person double plus $65 port charges. Book by March 4 at 800-327-2601 or www.windjammer.com.

• Take a Mediterranean cruise on the Crystal line and get discounts of up to 60 percent. The deal is good on five sailings in April, May and October. The "Italian Treasures" cruise on the Crystal Symphony departing Rome May 14 starts at $1,995 per person double; brochure rate starts at $4,835. Book by Feb. 28. Info: 866-446-6625, www.crystalcruises.com.


US Airways is discounting fares to 27 destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America. Example: fly from Reagan National to St. Maarten for $464 round trip; fare on other carriers starts at $529. Travel March 29 to April 30; slightly higher fares available through March 25. Three-day advance purchase required. Book by tomorrow at www.usairways.com for lowest prices.

• Fly from Newark to Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi in Vietnam for $799 round trip, plus $120 in taxes, on Malaysia Airlines. Fare is good for travel through May 31; book by Feb. 28. Fares to Vietnam on other airlines start at $1,062. Info: 800-552-9264.


• Trafalgar has savings of $200 per couple on three Scotland itineraries for those who book by March 4. The tours, which include round-trip air on British Airways from Dulles or BWI to London, are April 22-Oct. 14 and start at $1,399 per person double after discount (plus about $205 in taxes). The least expensive "Scottish Whirl" itinerary offers seven nights' lodging, 10 meals and motorcoach transport/guide to Glasgow, Fort William and Edinburgh. Info: 866-247-9880, www.trafalgar.com.

• Spend five nights in Shanghai, China, for $899 per person double with a deal from Ritz Tours (800-900-2446, www.ritztours.com). The package includes round-trip air on Air China from New York, a room at the Shanghai Hotel, breakfasts and a half-day city tour; taxes are $99 more. Depart through March 21. Priced separately, the trip would cost about $260 more per couple.

-- Carol Sottili

Prices were verified and available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.

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