What's the Deal: Best Travel Bargains Around the Globe by Land, Sea and Air

Sunday, May 10, 2009


-- Royal Plantation Ocho Rios in Jamaica is offering discounts of up to 60 percent for travel Aug. 1-Oct. 31 and for Jan. 4-Dec. 21, 2010; deal applies to European plan and to all-inclusive stays. Booking deadline is May 28, and a three-night minimum is required. Also, these savings can be combined with a second deal that is valid through Dec. 20 and Jan. 4-Dec. 21, 2010: First night is free if you book a seven-night all-inclusive plan in a premium or luxury oceanfront junior suite. Pricing varies by date and package; blackout dates apply. For example, a seven-night, all-inclusive stay in a premium oceanfront junior suite in mid-September is now $3,909 per couple, a savings of $6,226. For a room-only stay in mid-September, rate starts at $1,215 for three nights, a savings of $1,385. Info: 888-487-6925, http://www.royalplantation.com.

-- Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras in Slovakia, set to officially open in September, will offer a "soft opening" rate of $242 per night per couple through June 30, a savings of $144. The rate includes breakfast, spa access and taxes. The luxury lakeside hotel complex, located in the High Tatras mountains, includes the restored Grand Hotel, built in 1906. Info: http://www.kempinski-hightatras.com.

-- Through June 30, Zephyr Cove Resort on Lake Tahoe, near the Nevada-California border, is offering 50 percent discounts on rooms, suites, cabins and chalets. Rates start at $71 a night, including taxes; usual rate is $142. The resort is also offering 24 other discounts, including 20 percent off meals at Zephyr Cove Resort, $25 discounts on hourly rentals of power boats or jet skis before 11 a.m. and 25 minutes free when renting a kayak or paddleboat for more than 30 minutes. Details: 866-761-6240, http://www.zephyrcove.com. Request booking code MAYJUNE25.


-- Save 25 percent on a Galapagos Islands cruise departing July 7. ExpeditionTrips is offering the seven-night cruise aboard the 40-passenger Isabela II starting at $3,148 per person double, a savings of $1,050. Round-trip airfare to the Galapagos from Quito, Ecuador, is extra and costs about $425 per adult; Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100 is also extra. Details: 877-412-8527, http://www.expeditiontrips.com.

-- Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has two-for-one deals on nine European cruise itineraries. For example, a nine-night Portugal, Spain & Douro River Valley trip that includes two nights' hotel in Lisbon and a seven-night cruise round trip from Porto, Portugal, now starts at $1,565 per person double plus $103 taxes and fees for the Aug. 27 departure. Deposit deadline is May 31. Info: 800-733-7820, http://www.uniworld.com.

-- Oceania Cruises is offering introductory savings on its 2010 European sailings. Deal includes free airfare and two-for-one pricing, plus a $2,000 per cabin discount. For example, a 10-night cruise from Barcelona to Rome departing April 4 now starts at $3,143 per person double, including airfare from Washington Dulles and taxes. Bottled water and soft drinks are also included. Deadline to buy is Aug. 31. Deal applies to 34 itineraries ranging from 10 to 36 days. Info: 305-514-2300, http://www.oceaniacruises.com.

-- A four-night Carnival cruise to the Bahamas departing Port Canaveral, Fla., on Aug. 30 now starts at $286 per person double, including $47 taxes and fees, a savings of $610 off brochure rates. Deadline to book the Early Saver rate is May 29. Info: 800-227-6482, http://www.carnival.com.


-- Buy a Biz Bed seat aboard an OpenSkies flight between New York and Amsterdam or Paris and receive a free companion ticket. Round-trip fare to Amsterdam for two is $3,604, including $204 taxes; to Paris, fare is $4,250, including $350 taxes. The separate Biz Bed cabin has 12 seats that offer 73 inches of legroom and turn into flat beds. Book by May 31; no travel date restrictions, although some dates are sold out. Info: 866-581-3596, http://www.flyopenskies.com.

-- Save up to $200 per person when you buy multiple tickets on Aer Lingus between Washington Dulles and Dublin. For travel June 16-Aug. 11, a round-trip ticket for one is $618; two traveling together pay $1,004 ($502 each); three pay $1,386 ($462 each); and four pay $1,672 ($418 each). Taxes are $98 for each ticket. Fare on other airlines starts at $722 round trip. Purchase by May 15 by calling 877-847-8528. Promo details: http://www.aerlingus.com.


-- The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau has teamed with JetBlue and Travelocity to offer discounted packages for travel through Aug. 31. But don't delay; deadline to buy is May 10. Prices vary by trip length and hotel. For example, a seven-night package for two in late June, including round-trip airfare from Dulles and accommodations at O Hotel, a boutique property in downtown Los Angeles, is $752 per person double including taxes; priced separately, the package would cost $911 per person double. To book, go to http://www.discoverlosangeles.com.

-- Gate 1 Travel is offering a deal to Ireland for fall and winter. A package that includes round-trip airfare from Dulles to Dublin and four nights' lodging at the Mespil Hotel starts at $493 per person double, including $102 taxes; cheapest rates apply to four departures in January. Priced separately, airfare would cost about $560 and the hotel $420, for a total savings of about $277 per person. Book by May 31. Info: 800-682-3333, http://www.gate1travel.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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