What's the Deal? The beach, the desert, houseboats and cruise ships, and Europe

Book a flight on Air France by Tuesday and that could be you having lunch at one of Nice's alfresco cafes.
Book a flight on Air France by Tuesday and that could be you having lunch at one of Nice's alfresco cafes. (Bigstockphoto)
Sunday, March 14, 2010


-- At the Beach Cove Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., save on lodging and get free daily breakfast for two when you stay three nights or longer. With the Springtastic Getaway, the cost for a three-night weekend stay during May would be $435 for a family of four in a one-bedroom suite, compared with regular rates of $558. Add $72 in taxes. No purchase deadline; deal is good through May. Details: 800-704-3042, http://www.BeachCove.com.

-- Aramark, a concessionaire of the National Park Service, is offering a spring deal at Mesa Verde National Park in southwestern Colorado. The Spring Into Mesa Verde package is $139 per night double (plus about $14 in taxes and fees) and includes one night in the Far View Lodge and two seats on a ranger-guided tour of the park's cliff dwellings. Priced separately, rooms start at $116 (plus about $16 in taxes and fees) and the tour is $35 per person -- a savings of 25 percent. Book by April 21 for stays from April 22 to June 10. Details: 866-292-8295, http://www.visitmesaverde.com; mention promo code "spring10."

-- At St. Lucia's luxe Cap Maison Resort and Spa, get one night free after a four-night stay, plus a $250 food and beverage credit. The Dig Your Toes in the Sand package is available from April 1 to Dec. 19 in all room and villa categories. For example, a five-night stay in a garden-view room would cost $1,620, compared with $2,025 without the package. Add $292 in taxes. No purchase deadline. Details: 888-765-4985, http://www.capmaison.com/special-offers.html.


-- Forever Resorts is having a sale on June houseboat rentals at nine of its marinas in California, Nevada, Arizona and Missouri. With the Double Up special, get up to 35 percent off regular rates as well as a matching fuel credit. For example, a four-day rental of a 59-foot Deluxe houseboat at Antelope Point Marina on Lake Powell, Ariz., ordinarily runs $3,800; with the deal, you get $250 off plus $250 for fuel. Add $239 in taxes. The boats sleep 10 to 12 passengers and have full kitchens, sun canopies, waterslides and outdoor grills. Training provided. Book by March 31 for departures from June 11-18; minimum four-day stay. Details: 800-255-5561, http://www.foreverhouseboats.com.

-- Oceania Cruises is offering more than $1,000 off per couple on its Aug. 15 sailing from Barcelona to Istanbul, plus free round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles. For example, an ocean-view cabin on the 14-day sailing starts at $5,028 per person double, including all fees and taxes; regular rate is $5,599. Purchased separately, airfare would be more than $1,100 per person. Book by March 31. Contact a travel agent or Oceania Cruises, 800-531-5658, http://www.OceaniaCruises.com.


-- Air France is having a spring sale to some European destinations, including Paris, Rome, Madrid and Nice. For example, the fare from Washington Dulles to Paris starts at $365 one way for a round-trip total of $730, plus about $120 in taxes. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Book by Tuesday for travel between Wednesday and May 15. Weekend surcharge of $20 to $30 each way. Other airlines are matching. Details: 800-237-2747, http://www.airfrance.us.

-- Fly nonstop from Washington Dulles to San Francisco or Los Angeles for $259 round trip, including taxes, with Virgin America's multi-city sale. Other sale fares: Dulles to Seattle and Las Vegas (connecting flights), $321; Dulles to San Diego (one stop), $314. Book by March 15 for travel Monday through Thursday between March 23 and June 20. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Blackout dates: May 28 and 31. Info: 877-359-8474, www.virginamerica.com.


-- With Go-Today.com, take an eight-day trip from Washington to London and stay in a three-star hotel for close to the price of airfare alone. For a trip in late April, the London at Its Best package costs $849 per person double, plus $200 in fees and taxes. Deal includes a nonstop flight from Washington Dulles to London's Heathrow on Virgin Atlantic and six nights at the Bayswater Inn Hotel near Hyde Park, plus daily continental breakfast. Priced separately, airfare would be about $800 per person and lodging about $150 per night double. Purchase by March 26. Details: 800-227-3235, http://www.go-today.com.

-- K.C. Summers

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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