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Taxi boats on Vietnam's Perfume River, where Silversea has a deal
Taxi boats on Vietnam's Perfume River, where Silversea has a deal (Alamy)

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Friday, December 10, 2010; 11:45 AM


- Save 20 percent on the Feb. 6 departure of Intrepid Travel's East Coast Explorer trip, which travels the Australian coast from Sydney to Cairns. The 14-night trip starts at $2,008 per person single occupancy after discount, a savings of $502. Tour includes hostel-style accommodations, with four to six same-sex individuals sharing a room; 15 meals; land transport; tour guide; and taxes. Airfare to Australia is extra. Booking deadline is based on availability. Info: 800-970-7299, www.intrepidtravel.com.

- Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa is offering savings of 50 percent for stays Jan. 2-April 24, except blackout dates of Feb. 6-11 and Feb. 26-March 3. Deadline to book is Jan. 31. Rates vary by room type and date. For example, lodging in a garden-view room in mid-March, after discount, is $291 (plus $68 taxes) per night; usual rate is $582. The deal also includes a $25-per-person credit (maximum two people) to the resort's Larimar Spa; a $150-per-room beverage credit on stays of at least five nights and $200 on stays of at least seven nights; and free breakfasts and dinners for children 5 and younger eating with parents at the Laguna buffet. Info: 800-967-9033, www.radisson.com/arubawinter2011.


- MSC Cruises is offering reduced single supplements of at least 30 percent on select week-long Caribbean itineraries aboard the 2,550-passenger MSC Poesia departing from Port Everglades, Fla. Savings on all cabin categories, except suites, are available on six departures in January and February of the Western Caribbean Wonders and the Eastern Caribbean Enchantment cruises. Rate for either itinerary starts at $659 per person single, plus taxes of $69 (Eastern Caribbean) or $81 (Western Caribbean); usual rate starts at $1,058 including taxes. Book by calling a travel agent or the cruise line at 877-287-3313. Cruise info: www.msccruisesusa.com.

- Cruise from Baltimore to the Bahamas starting at $409 per person double (plus $73 port charges) with a deal from Carnival. Pricing applies to four departures in January of the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride. The week-long cruises stop in Port Canaveral, Fla., and Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. Lowest prices are for interior cabins with upper and lower berths; published brochure rates were $1,669 per person double. Info: 888-227-6482, www.carnival.com.

- Silversea is offering $1,000-per-cabin ($500 per person) credits that can be applied to shore excursions on seven Caribbean cruises and six Far East cruises in 2011. Deadline to book is Dec. 31. The credit can be used on any shore excursion, from zip-lining in St. Kitts ($89) to a dragon boat cruise on Vietnam's Perfume River ($159). Cruise prices vary by itinerary. For example, a nine-day Caribbean cruise aboard the Silver Cloud departing Feb. 17 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Barbados starts at $3,638 per person double. Info: 877-215-9986, www.silversea.com/specialoffers.


- American is offering sale fares to New York. Round-trip fare to JFK from either BWI Marshall or Reagan National is $119, including $21 taxes, for travel Jan. 5-Feb. 16. Lowest fares apply to Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights. Other airlines are matching. Purchase by Dec. 13 at www.aa.com , or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.

- Delta has deals from New York to Europe. For example, fly round trip to Madrid for $589, including taxes (other airlines are matching). Depart Dec. 24-31 or Jan. 10-March 25 and complete travel by April 25. A 14-day advance purchase and Saturday night stay are required. Cheapest fares apply to flights Sunday through Thursday. Buy by Dec. 13 at www.delta.com or pay $20 more by calling 800-241-4141.


- Spend four nights in Dublin for $525 per person double with a deal from Aer Lingus Vacation Store. The package includes round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from New York to Dublin and four nights at the three-star Regency Hotel. Lowest prices apply to Wednesday or Thursday departures Jan. 5-Feb. 17. Priced separately, deal would cost about $226 more per couple. Book by Dec. 31. Info: 800-495-5192, www.aerlingusvacationstore.com.

- Carol Sottili

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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