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What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, December 19, 2004; Page P03

LAND

• On Via Rail Canada, companion tickets are free in economy class or discounted by 75 percent in sleeper class if one traveler is at least 60. For example, the three-night trip from Toronto to Vancouver with a double sleeper berth costs $667 for a senior and $291 for a companion of any age, plus $64 in taxes. If you're willing to rough it in sleeper-less economy, the trip costs $361 for two, plus $25 in taxes. Deal expires Feb. 28. Info: 888-VIA-RAIL, www.viarail.ca.

• The Beacon Hill Hotel, a boutique property in downtown Boston, is offering a " Romance Escape" package this winter. For $570, a couple gets two nights' lodging in a queen room, a bottle of champagne, ice skating passes to Frog Pond, full breakfasts and a three-course dinner for two. Room alone typically costs $570 for two nights. Taxes are 12.45 percent more. Deal is good Jan. 1-March 31. Info: 888-959-2442, www.beaconhillhotel.com.

BARGAIN OF THE WEEK

Fly nonstop between Washington Dulles and Tokyo for $735 round trip with a deal from All Nippon Airways. The promotion is good for midweek travel departing Jan. 7-Feb. 8. Taxes are $75 extra. Buy by Dec. 21. Other airlines with connecting service are matching. Info: 800-235-9262, www.anaskyweb.com/us/e.

• Stay at The Breakers Palm Beach for three nights or longer and get resort credits ranging from $200 to $600, depending on length of stay. The credits can be used for treatments at the resort's spa or salon, restaurants, bars, golf, retail merchandise, children's activity programs, etc. Rooms start at $399 per night, plus 10 percent tax. Deal is good Jan. 4-April 30. Info: 888-BREAKERS, www.thebreakers.com.

SEA

• A seven-night cruise on China's Yangtze River has been discounted to $499 per person double for select sailings in February and March. Victoria Cruises (800-348-8084, www.victoriacruises.com)is offering the deal on its "Three Gorges Explorer" cruise round trip from Chongqing, including shore excursions; cruise usually starts at $975.

• Interested in cruising to Libya, Tunisia and Morocco? Oceania Cruises is offering free airfare and two-for-one pricing on its 12-night cruise aboard the Regatta, leaving Barcelona Nov. 5. Cost after discounts starts at $1,999 per person double. Airfare is worth $585 per person; brochure rate for cruise is $3,998. Info: 800-531-5658, www.oceaniacruises.com.

• Sail out of Norfolk on Holland America's Maasdam Jan. 6 starting at $637 per person double, a savings of more than 60 percent from the brochure rate. The 10-night cruise stops in the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico. Taxes and port charges are an additional $236. Info: 877-SAIL-HAL, www.hollandamerica.com.

AIR

Hawaiian Airlines has a round-trip sale fare of $244 plus $33 taxes between Los Angeles and Honolulu for travel Monday-Thursday Jan. 8-Feb. 10. Combine that with the round-trip fare of about $210 being offered by several airlines between D.C. and Los Angeles, and you can fly to Hawaii for less than $500 round trip. The fare is $651 round trip when booked Washington to Honolulu. Buy at www.hawaiianair.comno later than Dec. 31.

Spirit Airlines, which starts service between Reagan National and Nassau in the Bahamas on Jan. 10, has ongoing fares of $99 each way. The fare is $269 round trip with taxes; other airlines are charging at least $330. Info: 800-772-7117, www.spiritair.com.

PACKAGES

• Take in an opera at the newly reopened La Fenice Theater in Venice with a promotional package from TourCrafters. The three-night trip is $559 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington, lodging at a three-star hotel, breakfasts and an opera ticket worth about $100. Air taxes are $145. Priced separately, air is about $490 and the Hotel Olimpia, the least expensive of the three hotels offered, is about $175 a night. Book by the end of December; travel Jan. 3-March 15. Info: 800-482-5995, www.tourcrafters.com.

• Spend a weekend in Helsinki this winter with a deal from Continental Journeys. The $559 per person double package includes round-trip air from Washington, lodging for three nights at the Sokos Hotel Helsinki and breakfasts. Deal is good through March 24; holiday blackouts apply. Taxes are about $110 extra. Priced separately, airfare alone in March, for example, would cost about $650. Info: 800-601-4343, www.continentaljourneys.com.

-- 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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