What's the Deal?: The week's best travel bargains around the globe

Guards known as evzones march at the parliament in Athens. Greece is one of Smithsonian Journeys' discounted destinations.
Guards known as evzones march at the parliament in Athens. Greece is one of Smithsonian Journeys' discounted destinations.
Sunday, March 6, 2011

What's the deal?

The week's best travel bargains around the globe


l Book three nights at Sugar Ridge, a boutique hotel on the island of Antigua, and get a free fourth night. The Spring Break offer applies to stays March 12-April 15; book by March 31. Rates vary by date and accommodation. For example, a deluxe king room April 10-14 is now $940, including $159 in taxes and fees, a savings of $260. Info: 866-591-4881, www.sugarridgeantigua.com .

l The Lost Iguana Resort & Spa in Arenal, Costa Rica, is offering 20 percent off high-season stays of at least three nights. The deal is good through April 30, except blackout dates of April 16-23. Discounted rates start at $148 a night (plus a 13 percent tax), a savings of $37; breakfast is included. The 42-room hotel is set on 120 acres in the rain forest and offers views of the active side of Arenal Volcano. Info: www.lostiguanaresort.com .


l Azamara Club Cruises is offering early booking savings of $2,000 per stateroom and up to $2,000 in air credits per couple on its 2011 European cruises. The discounts apply to 11 sailings in April, May and June aboard the Azamara Quest and the Azamara Journey; book by March 31. Price varies by cabin category and sailing. For example, an inside cabin on the seven-night Adriatic Sea Voyage, which sails from Rome to Venice on April 17, starts at $1,699 per person double (plus $92 in taxes), a savings of $2,000 per couple. For all 11 sailings, book an ocean-view, veranda or Club Continent Suite stateroom and receive a $500-per-person air credit; book a Club World Owner or Club Ocean Suite and receive a $1,000-per-person credit. Info: 877-999-9553, www.azamaradestinationimmersion.com .

l Save up to 50 percent on t ransatlantic repositioning sailings with MSC Cruises. For example, a 17-night cruise from Genoa, Italy, to Santos, Brazil, departing Nov. 18 now starts at $1,249 per person double (plus $84 in taxes), a savings of $1,251. The cruise visits ports in France, Spain and Portugal. Info: 877-665-4655, www.msccruisesusa.com .


l Southwest is offering a systemwide sale. For example, fly nonstop from BWI Marshall to Norfolk for $99 round trip, including taxes. Fares typically start at about $260 round trip. Fly Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through June 8; 21-day advance purchase required. Purchase at www.southwest.com by March 7.

l Cayman Airways has sale fares for nonstop seasonal service between Washington Dulles and Grand Cayman. Round-trip fare is $304, including $104 taxes. Flights operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays through April 27; some dates are sold out. Purchase by March 9. Other airlines are matching for connecting service, but fares typically start at about $465 round trip. Info: 800-422-9626, www.caymanairways.com .


l Get free airfare and $200 to $1,500 in savings, based on double occupancy, on three cruise/hotel trips from Smithsonian Journeys. Also, solo travelers who book cabin categories C through N will not have to pay the single supplement, a savings of at least $500. Savings are based on cabin and tour. For example, after a $200 per-couple discount, an inside cabin on the S plendors of Italy and the Dalmatian Coast (May 31-June 15) costs $3,750 per person double; with the $1,500 discount, the owner's suite is $9,500 per person double. Tour includes a two-night stay in Rome and a 12-night cruise aboard the 350-passenger Aegean Odyssey. The Wonders of Turkey and the Greek Isles (June 23-July 6) and the Glories of Greece and Turkey (July 1-14) tours start at $3,195 per person double after a $200-per-couple discount. Trip includes a three-night hotel stay in Istanbul, two nights' lodging in Athens and a seven-night Mediterranean cruise aboard the Aegean Odyssey. All three vacations also include airfare from Washington Dulles or BWI Marshall, guided tours and shore excursions, most meals, transfers and port charges. Air taxes and fuel surcharges are an extra $450-$480 per person. Book by March 31. Info: 877-338-8687, www.smithsonianjourneys.org/allinclusivemed .

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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