What's the Deal?
The week's best travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea and air.

Sunday, March 22, 2009


-- Orlando's Worlds of Discovery parks -- SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens -- are offering a five-night package that includes two free hotel nights and five-day admission to any two of the parks. Prices vary by hotel. For example, a family of four, with two children under age 10, would pay $607, including taxes, for a five-night package in late June including lodging at Courtyard Orlando International Drive and tickets to SeaWorld and Aquatica; priced separately, the package would cost $895. The deal is available through Sept. 7 but must be purchased at http://www.seaworldorlando.com by March 31.

-- Thompson Lower East Side, a 141-room boutique hotel in Manhattan, is offering a third night free. Cost for three nights in a suite with king bed is $500 (plus $82 taxes); usual rate is $259 a night, plus $40 taxes. The promotion includes a $100 credit at the hotel's Shang restaurant. Book by April 1 using code MARCHLES. Deal applies to travel through Aug. 31. Info: 877-460-8888, http://www.thompsonhotels.com.

-- Cap Juluca, a luxury property on Anguilla, is offering every-other-night free for stays through April 12. Rate for two nights is now $995 double plus 20 percent taxes and service charge and a $2 government marketing tax; continental breakfast is included. Info: 888-858-5822, http://www.capjuluca.com.


-- Grand Circle Travel has reduced six of its European river cruises departing May-November by $800 to $1,800 per couple. For example, an 11-night Eastern Europe & the Black Sea cruise departing July 18 now starts at $2,795 per person double (plus $316 taxes), a savings of $500 per person; the package includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Budapest, five sightseeing tours and the cruise, which travels round trip from Budapest, stopping in Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Book by May 4. Info: 800-248-3737, http://www.gct.com.

-- Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering two-for-one cruise fares, plus free airfare and shore excursions on select 2009 departures; transfers are included. For example, a seven-night cruise from Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Piraeus, Greece, with airfare from Washington Dulles, starts at $3,650 per person double after discount for the May 16 departure (plus $225 cruise taxes and $270 air fuel surcharge); priced separately, airfare into Nice, France, with return from Athens, would cost $958. Book by May 31. Info: 877-505-5370, http://www.rssc.com.

-- Celebrity Cruises has discounted select itineraries by as much as 40 percent. For example, a seven-night cruise from Vancouver, B.C., to Seward, Alaska, departing Sept. 4 now starts at $499 per person double plus $124 taxes for an inside cabin, a savings of $250. The promotion includes shipboard credits of $100 to $300 for cruises of at least six nights. Booking deadline is today, March 22. Info: 800-647-2251, http://www.celebritycruises.com.


-- AirTran is holding a systemwide sale for travel through Oct. 30. Fares from BWI Marshall range from $49 to $179 each way plus taxes; from Washington Dulles and Reagan National, fares are $74 to $150 each way plus taxes. For example, round-trip fare on nonstop service between BWI and Rochester, N.Y., is $139, including $21 taxes; fare on other carriers for connecting flights starts at $160 round trip. Book by March 26. A 10-day advance purchase is required. Lowest fares for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights; blackout dates apply. Buy at http://www.airtran.com, or pay $15 more by calling 800-247-8726.

-- Aer Lingus has sale fares to Dublin for spring and summer travel. Fare from Dulles May 1-June 8 starts at $557 round trip, including $99 taxes; for travel June 16-Aug. 22, round-trip fare is $597, including taxes. Other airlines are matching. Some dates are sold out. Purchase by March 27 at http://www.aerlingus.com.

-- Southwest is offering a systemwide sale for travel through Aug. 14. For example, round-trip fare from BWI to Jacksonville, Fla., is $155, including taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $176. Sale not valid for Friday and Sunday flights. Blackout dates apply; 14-day advance purchase required. Buy by April 6 at http://www.southwest.com.


-- Children are free on packages to Fiji with a deal from Springboard Vacations. A family of four, with two children age 12 or younger, pays $2,648 per adult (plus $90 taxes); children pay only taxes of $60 each. The package includes round-trip nonstop air from Los Angeles on Air Pacific; eight nights in an ocean-view room at the Sheraton Fiji Resort, part of Denarau Island Resort; daily breakfast for adults; all kids' meals, when accompanied by an adult; entrance fees to kids' club; and hotel transfers. Purchase deadline is March 31. Travel good through June 6; blackout dates April 12-17. Info: 866-447-7746, http://www.springboardvacations.com.

-- Book a package to the Bahamas and receive a $200 per-room air credit. Restrictions, dates and prices vary by resort and island. For Nassau/Paradise Island, book a vacation of three nights or longer at any of 17 resorts by April 6 for travel through Dec. 15; rebate form, which must be submitted within 30 days of return, can be downloaded at http://www.nassauparadiseisland.com. Air credit promo can be combined with individual hotel offers. For example, a four-night stay at Wyndham Nassau Resort in late June, using its Vacation Stimulus Package promo (must be booked by March 31), starts at $692 per person double (before air credit), including round-trip airfare from Reagan National to Nassau; deal also includes a $100 per-room food-and-beverage credit. Air and hotel must be booked together through participating resort, travel agent or at http://www.bahamas.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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