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

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

LAND

-- Get your British royalty fix with a special at the Windsor Suites hotel in Philadelphia. The Diana -- A Celebration deal starts at $154 a night and includes one night at the downtown property, two tickets to the Princess Diana exhibit at the National Constitution Center and a gift bag. Taxes of 15 percent are extra. Purchased separately, the hotel room and tickets would cost $240. The exhibit and deal run through December. Info: 877-784-8379, http://www.windsorhotel.com.

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SEA

-- MSC Cruises is discounting select seven-night Caribbean cruises as part of its Winter Getaway promotion. All cruises are aboard the MSC Poesia and travel round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For instance, the Eastern Caribbean Enchantment trip now starts at $399 per person double, down from $549. The ship stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Depart Jan. 9, 23 or 30. Taxes of $55 are additional. Other voyages, such as the Island Treasures & Ancient Temples and Baseball Greats, start at $469. In addition, children age 17 and younger pay $150 each with two paying adults. Book by Oct. 31. Info: 800-666-9333, http://www.msccruisesusa.com.

AIR

-- United is offering sale fares to destinations across Europe, including Paris, Frankfurt and Geneva. For example, round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Munich starts at $536, including taxes; fares to London start at $637. Travel Oct. 26-March 26, and book by Oct. 7 at http://www.united.com. For lowest fares, depart Monday-Wednesday. Seven-day advance purchase and Saturday night stay required. By comparison, air to Munich is typically closer to $600.

PACKAGES

-- Celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009, a year-long event that kicked off on the 250th anniversary of poet Robert Burns's birth (Jan. 25), with a deal from Lynott Tours. The operator has taken about 25 percent off its brochure price (from $1,622), charging $1,136 per person double with air from Newark and $1,236 from Reagan National or BWI Marshall. Price includes round-trip flight to Glasgow, six nights at your choice of 320 B&Bs and six-day standard rental car with unlimited mileage. Taxes of $190 are extra. Travel Oct. 19-31, when the festival migrates north for the Highland Homecoming. Info: 800-221-2474, http://www.lynotttours.com/b-home.htm.

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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