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

Sunday, June 21, 2009


-- Two historic resorts in the mid-Atlantic are offering deals this summer. The Greenbrier (800-453-4858, http://www.greenbrier.com) in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., has rates of $249 a night (plus $47 per night taxes and resort fee) July 3-5, July 31-Aug. 1 and Aug. 28-29. Deal applies to standard and intermediate rooms. Rates typically range between $439 and $489 a night, plus taxes and fees. The Homestead (800-838-1766, http://www.thehomestead.com) in Hot Springs, Va., is offering a second night at half-price for summer stays booked by June 22. After the discount, a two-night weekend stay in mid-August starts at $423 (including taxes and fees of $86), a savings of about $113.

-- Stay for three nights at Atlantis, on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, and pay $199 per night (plus $53 taxes and fees); rate is available for most Sunday and Monday arrivals and also applies to other weekdays based on availability. The Super SunBreak deal is valid for Beach Tower rooms, which usually start at $260 a night. Book by July 1; stay through Oct. 28. Info: 800-285-2684, http://www.atlantis.com.

-- Hotels.com has Fourth of July deals at select U.S. hotels. For example, get the third night free at Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa in Borrego Springs, Calif., near San Diego, for travel July 2-5; a three-night stay is $388 (including taxes), a savings of $192. Also, receive a $25-per-room prepaid MasterCard for two-night stays, $50 for three nights and $75 for four or more nights. Minimum stays and travel dates vary by hotel, but all travel must be booked by July 4. Info: 800-246-8357, http://www.hotels.com/4thofjuly.


-- Carnival is offering an Early Saver discount for sailings through spring 2010. Cruises of up to five days must be booked three months in advance, and longer cruises must be booked five months in advance. Nonrefundable deposit required. Prices vary. For example, a seven-night cruise round trip from Baltimore to the Bahamas, departing Dec. 6, starts at $1,108 per couple, including taxes. Usual rate is $1,318. Info: 888-227-6482, http://www.carnival.com.

-- Get discounts of about $530 per person on Canadian Sailing Expeditions' seven-night cruises to the Caribbean and Canada, and discounts of about $265 per person on four-night Canadian itineraries. Prices vary. For example, a seven-night Caribbean cruise, with departures mid-November through early May, now starts at about $1,537 per person double, plus $137 port charges. Itinerary varies by departure date. A four-night Canada cruise in Newfoundland, with departures July 29 and Aug. 19, now starts at $1,007 per person double, plus $131 taxes. Booking deadline for Caribbean cruises is Aug. 1; Canada cruises are based on availability. Info: 877-429-9463, http://www.canadiansailingexpeditions.com.

-- Peter Deilmann Cruises is including a Discovery Package for passengers on the City of Lights cruise-tour in July and August. The package, which is usually sold for an additional $399 per person, features two pre- or post-cruise nights at the Hotel Concorde St. Lazare with breakfasts, a tour of Paris and hotel-to-ship transfers. The seven-night trip aboard the MV Cezanne, which travels round trip from Paris, starts at $2,515 per person double (plus $190 taxes and fuel surcharges), including five shore excursions. Info: 800-348-8287, http://www.deilmann-cruises.com.


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