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What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, December 26, 2004; Page P03

LAND

• The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, the first new resort to open in Tucson in 18 years, is offering a grand opening rate of $189 to $249 per night. Discounted rates apply from opening day, set for Jan. 1, through Jan. 31. Regular rates will then start at $379 a night. Taxes are 11.5 percent extra, plus $1 a night. Info: 520-792-3500, www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com.

• Take the family to Vietnam and save 15 percent with a deal from Generations Touring Co. The 11-day tour starts at $1,099 per person triple occupancy before the discount; a family of four would save $659. The package, which includes lodging, sightseeing, tips, hotel taxes and meals, departs Feb. 19 and March 16; air is extra. Info: 888-415-9100, www.generationstouringcompany.com.

BARGAIN OF THE WEEK

With a deal from Malaysia Airlines, fly from Newark to any of several Australian cities -- including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth -- starting at $899 round trip. Travel Jan. 16-March 31; buy by Jan. 16. Flights connect through Kuala Lumpur. Taxes are about $190. Newark-to-Australia fares start at about $1,400 round trip on other airlines during the country's summer season; fares from D.C. start at more than $2,000. Call a travel agent or 800-552-9264.

Hyatt is again offering its " Faster Free Nights" promotion. Earn one free night at any of its 210 properties for every two paid nights. Redeem free nights through April 30; earn nights through Feb. 28. You must register in Hyatt's frequent guest program and pay with MasterCard. Info: 800-30-HYATT, www.goldpassport.com.

SEA

• Take a cruise with Washington Senator legend Frank Howard and other baseball greats on MSC Cruises' Opera departing Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Jan. 22. The Western Caribbean cruise starts at $495 per person double, plus about $30 in taxes; brochure rate starts at $1,400. Ask for fare code 495. Info: 800-666-9333, www.msccruises.com.

• Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering 10 percent savings on the Deutschland sailing from Monte Carlo on April 23. After the discount, the eight-night cruise starts at $1,991 per person double, plus $85 in port charges. The line is also offering reduced air supplements of $299 round trip from D.C., shore excursions for 50 percent off and free airport transfers. Info: 800-348-8287, www.deilmann-cruises.com.

• A Bermuda cruise on Celebrity's Horizon starts at $780 per person double for the Oct. 1 departure from Philadelphia. Take the same cruise in July and it'll cost more than twice as much for an inside cabin. Taxes are an extra $77. Info: 800-722-5941, www.celebrity.com/home.do.

AIR

Southwest and AirTran are offering $49 one-way fares from BWI to several cities in Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and West Palm Beach. Round-trip fare to Fort Lauderdale, for example, is $117 with taxes; fare on other airlines is about $140. Purchase by Jan. 16 for travel Jan. 3-Feb. 17 on Southwest and for travel Jan. 4-Feb. 17 on AirTran. Purchase Southwest tickets at www.southwest.com at least seven days in advance. For AirTran, purchase at 800-AIR-TRAN or www.airtran.com.

American is starting new service to the colonial city of San Luis Potosi in Mexico beginning Jan. 5; inaugural fares from Washington start at $338 round trip, plus taxes of about $97. Purchase by Feb. 5 for travel Jan. 5-Feb. 25. Three-day advance purchase and Saturday-night stay required. Fare is typically about $620. Info: 800-433-7300, www.aa.com.

PACKAGES

• Spend five nights in Shanghai for $719 per person double, including round-trip air from D.C. The Pacific Delight World Tours' package also includes a room at the Grand You You Hotel, breakfasts and transfers. Complete travel by March 31; blackout dates are Feb. 3-13. Depart on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Taxes are $133 extra. Air alone is usually about $788, and the hotel about $100 per night. Info: 800-221-7179, www.pacificdelighttours.com.

• Travelers who don't want to share a room can go on select Grand Circle Travel trips next fall and pay no single supplement. Grand Circle, which caters to the over-50 set, will waive the fee on October and November departures of two Spain tours, and on November departures of a Portugal and Spain tour. For example, a 13-night "Essential Costa del Sol" vacation on Nov. 30, with air from D.C., lodging, 24 meals, two sightseeing tours and lectures, starts at $1,245 per person single or double, plus $108 taxes; single supplement was $195. Info: 800-248-3737, www.gct.com.

-- Carol Sottili

Prices were verified and available on Wednesday 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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