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Fall cruising in the Caribbean

Caribbean beach – Costa Maya

Summer is just getting started, and if you travel in the Fall, this deal may be tempting. Smartcruiser.com and Travelzoo.com are partnering to offer four night cruises for as low as $279 per person, double occupancy. Travel November 6, November 20, December 4, or December 18 for the lowest fare. Taxes and port fees are extra and run between $75 and $100 depending on the cruise selected. Sail for five nights over Thanksgiving for $479 per person. Passengers also receive up to $125 of on-board credit. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to reserve your cruise.

Cruise the Caribbean for $299

Caribbean beach

Travelzoo.com is partnering with MSC cruises to offer an incredible deal on a seven-night Caribbean cruise. Sail from Miami on the MSC Divina, with ports of call in the Bahamas, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico starting at $299 on August 23 and September 6. Other sailings are also on sale. Visit Travelzoo.com
by April 23 for more information and to book your cruise.

Enjoy Frisco, Colorado, a Paris foodie tour, and a getaway in Aruba

Eiffeltower3This week’s travel deals include a quaint hotel in Frisco, Colorado, a Paris Foodie tour, and hotel discounts in Aruba.

Hotel Frisco Colorado is offering discounts on room rates through the end of ski season. Frisco, Colorado is located in the heart of Summit County, within easy driving distance to Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain and Vail ski areas. There are several options available, starting at $79 per night. Stay Sunday through Wednesday, paying $79 for one night, or $214 for two nights. For stays Thursday through Saturday, pay $99 per night. Combine for up to 14 nights in this quaint mountain town. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to accommodate the après ski, and shopping for those days you’re not on the slopes. This deal is available through May 31, 2014, so there is time for those who prefer to enjoy Summit County by hiking and biking to take advantage of this deal. Visit Groupon.com by March 3 for more information and to book your getaway.

Some prefer beaches to ski runs, and Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort in Oranjestad, Aruba has beautiful beaches. Stay for four nights for $578 or six nights for $865 for two adults, with kids 12 and under staying and eating free. The property includes three restaurants, a large freshwater pool, and a nine-hole golf course. The package includes breakfast each morning and access to lots of activities and tours and is valid for stays between April 22 and December 20, 2014. Maximum occupancy is four in the one-bedroom villa. Children stay free and eat free from the kids menu. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 26 for more information and to buy your voucher.

Paris, France is never a bad idea, and Travelzoo.com and go-today.com have partnered to offer a gourmand-focused, Parisian getaway. Spend six nights exploring the Paris food scene, including two, three-hour cooking classes taught in central Paris, a three-hour gourmet tour in the Latin Quarter, and stay in a centrally-located, four-star hotel, starting at $999, double occupancy. Arrival dates are available from May 1, 2014 through November 2014. Though several activities are included in the package, travelers still have plenty of time to see the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc de Triomphe. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to book your vacation by April 18, 2014.

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Columbia River cruise deals, a Dominican Republic resort, and a Manhattan hotel discount

1-mexico08 086This week’s deals include cruises on the great Columbia River, a great deal on hotel rooms in mid-town Manhattan, and a resort adventure in the Dominican Republic.

For those who don’t really want to “cross the pond” to experience a river cruise, American Cruise Lines offers cruises on the Mississippi and the Columbia Rivers here in the lower 48. Rivercruise.com is offering category upgrades and 2-for-1 deals on select sailings in the Northwest. For example, set sail for eight days on the American Empress steamboat from Portland, Oregon to Clarkston, Washington down the Columbia and SnakeRivers. This deluxe cruise package is $3795 for two passengers, departing on May 4. Ports include Astoria and The Dalles, Oregon, as well as the town of Stevenson and SacajaweaState Park in Washington. Learn about the Oregon Trail, the Nez Perce tribe, and the Lewis and Clark expedition. Visit Rivercruising.com soon for more information on sailings and to book your cruise.

As the weather clears in the Northeast, travelers to New York can take advantage of a deal offered by The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan. Guests can book a night here starting at $109 per night for two adults in a queen room, or stay in the Junior Suite for $169 per night. The hotel is located in Midtown East in central Manhattan, bordered by Fifth Avenue to the west and East River. You’ll be within walking distance to the RockefellerCenter, Grand Central Terminal, and the UnitedNationsVisitorsCenter. Visit Groupon.com by March 19, 2014 for more information and to book your stay in the Big Apple.

If warm beaches and a tropical climate are more your style, Living Social has partnered with The Tropical at Lifestyle Holiday Vacation Resort in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Starting at $325, two guests stay four nights in a Superior room, April 20 through December 20. Stay an extra night for an additional $80. This package includes unlimited meals, snacks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, non-motorized water sports and all taxes and fees. The resort is located on CofresiBeach on the AmberCoast, across the island from Santo Domingo. Visit Livingsocial.com by March 12, 2014 for more information and to buy your voucher.

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Enjoy a getaway to the Riviera Maya from Denver starting at $499

1-DSCF0016Flash sale – Funjet has just announced a three night package to the Occidental Grand Xcaret & Royal Club in Cancun for $499 from Denver, including airfare, meals, and drinks. This price is just about the cost of the airfare to Cancun from Denver alone.  The Occidental Grand Xcaret is near the Xcaret Ecological Park for those who enjoy swimming, hiking, and learning about the animals and birds of the area. Dates are available in April and May 2014. For those who are weary of the cold, visit Funjet.com for more information and to book your getaway. This sale is part of a larger discount on many different vacations from Funjet.

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Southwest expanding routes to include the Caribbean

Southwest Airlines announced Monday they are expanding their routes to include Nassau, Bahamas, Aruba, and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The flights will leave from Atlanta, Orlando, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. These new routes complement the current routes to Mexico that Southwest-acquired AirTran is currently operating.

Southwest Airlines is a favorite airline of mine. I prefer to use Southwest when I travel to Detroit from Denver to see family. Their service is wonderful and the lack of stupid fees means I have a stress-free experience. The fact that a checked bag is free is a bonus.

My question to Southwest Airlines is “When will service start to either San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica?” I’m glad to see that discount airlines are starting to fly international routes. Frontier Airlines started service to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Let’s hope this is a trend that continues.

Which is your favorite airlines and why? Tell us in the comments.

It’s Wave Season for the cruise lines

Every year between January and March, the cruise industry offers some of its best deals. If you’re thinking of going on a cruise later this year or the beginning of 2015, it’s worth your time to look at these sales.

Viking Rivers cruises are offering 2 for 1 on select 2014 sailings. Included in this sale is their Rhine Getaway that sails from Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland. Ports include Heidelberg, Strasburg, and Cologne on this seven-day adventure. The land/cruise price starts at $4,549 for two passengers. First time customers of Viking Rivers save $300 per couple if they book by January 31, 2014. Prices start to rise at the end of April. Visit Viking.rivercruise.com for more information on departure dates, cruise itineraries, and air fare add-ons.

Oceania Cruises is also offering great deals on sailing in the Caribbean this spring. For example, book a March 18 sailing of the 10-day Mayan Mystique on the Riviera starting at $2398 per couple for an inside stateroom with free airfare. Ports of call include Key West, Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, Santo Tomas, Guatemala, Belize City, Belize, Cozumel, Mexico, and Georgetown, Cayman Islands. This promotion ends March 31, 2014.  Visit Oceaniacruises.com for more information on discounts, sailings, and itineraries.

Alaskan cruises are always popular, and deals on them few and far between. In partnership with Travelzoo.com, iCruise.com is offering Alaskan sailings on Celebrity Cruises starting at $1,149 per person for a balcony stateroom. Sail roundtrip from Seattle on the Celebrity Solstice, stopping in Skagway, Ketchikan, Juneau, and Victoria on May 16, May 23, or May 30. Visit iCruise.com by January 28, 2014 for additional sailings, more information, and to book your cruise.

These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.