What's the Deal?: Travel Bargains

Sunday, October 26, 2008


· The Blue, a new 240-suite property in Doral, Fla ., just west of Miami, is offering Sneak-a-Peek rates for stays through Jan. 18. The introductory price starts at $189 (plus 13 percent tax) per night and applies to standard suites and one-bedroom units; regular rate is $245 per night for suites and $280 for one-bedrooms. The 15-acre resort is adjacent to several golf courses. Rooms feature full kitchens and plasma TVs. Info: 877-748-2583, http://www.theblue.com.

· Get a fifth night free and a $100-per-room food and beverage credit at Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino for stays through Nov. 29. The five-night Sand Dollar package in a resort-view room with balcony starts at $961 (including taxes) for as many as four guests, a savings of $240. The smoke-free resort, which sits on six oceanfront acres, offers an on-site dive and water sports center. Info: 800-223-6388, http://www.curacaomarriott.com.

· The five-star Stanley and Livingstone hotel in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is offering a discounted three-night package for stays through Dec. 21. The $525-per-person double package (savings of $175) includes accommodations, breakfasts, transfers from the Victoria Falls Airport, transportation to Victoria Falls and an elephant-back safari. The 16-suite hotel is in the 6,000-acre Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. Info: 011-27-11-467-1277, http://www.raniresorts.com/luxury. Request promo code GTVLL08.


· Save 20 percent on cruises along England's River Thames aboard the luxury barge Magna Carta. Price is $3,040 per person double, a savings of $760, for April departures of the six-night cruise. The eight-passenger barge travels between Hampton Court Palace outside London and Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire; price includes transport between the boat and the Stafford Hotel in London. Price also includes several excursions, including tours of Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. Book by Dec. 31. Info: 011-44-7836-551-912, http://www.magna-carta.co.uk.

· Offshore Sailing School is celebrating its 45th anniversary with Learn to Sail package deals at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys. The three- or five-day course costs $1,995 per couple (plus $20-per-day resort fee) and includes sailing instruction and accommodations. Regular rate starts at $3,090 per couple for three-day course and $3,420 for five days. Course must be completed by Dec. 21; book by Nov. 21. The 40-acre resort is on Duck Key, about 90 miles south of Miami. Info: 800-221-4326, http://www.offshoresailing.com.

· Orient Lines has discounted its 2009 cruises. For example, the 10-night Black Sea Explorer cruise, departing May 9 round trip from Istanbul, is $1,799 per person double (plus $260 port charges); brochure rate was $2,999. The 15-night Great Baltics cruise-tours between Dover, England, and Szczecin, Poland, departing July 12 and 26 are each $2,999 per person double (plus $364 port charges); brochure rate was $4,649. Info: 800-333-7300, http://www.orientlines.com.

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