Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Diving , cruising, and lobster dinner

Zephyr Cove Resort on Lake Tahoe is discounting cruises and cabins.
Zephyr Cove Resort on Lake Tahoe is discounting cruises and cabins. Aramark
Here are travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea, and air. Deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates, and advance-purchase requirements may apply.

Land

Zephyr Cove Resort, on Lake Tahoe's south shore in Nevada, is offering 50 percent off all lodging - plus discounts on lake cruises, water sports, dining, and more - for stays through June. Cabins normally cost $99 to $359 per night in summer; with the discount, they go for $50 to $180. For example, a two-bedroom lakefront cabin with a full kitchen and wood stove or gas fireplace runs $95 a night, plus about $9 tax. Book by June 10 using code MAYJUNE25. Info: 1-866-761-6240, www.zephyrcove.com.

The greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla., region has designated June as Learn to Dive Month, and to celebrate, hotels and dive shops are offering deals that include a free fourth night of lodging and a complimentary graduation dive. Prices vary by package. For example, a four-night package with Sea Experience (954-770-3483, www.seaexperience.com) is $655 per person double, a saving of $350. The price includes the PADI e-Learning academic portion of dive certification, which must be completed before arrival; three days of in-water training; four nights at Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale; a two-tank graduation dive trip; and taxes. Info: www.sunny.org/learntodive.

Book a night at any of four resorts in New York, Maine, or New Hampshire, and receive a free lobster dinner for two. Taxes included; tip and alcoholic drinks are extra. Choose from the Sagamore Resort (www.thesagamore.com/promo) on Lake George in Bolton Landing, N.Y.; Wentworth by the Sea (www.wentworth.com/promo) in New Castle, N.H.; Samoset Resort (www.samosetresort.com/promo) in Rockport, Maine; and Harborside Hotel (www.theharborsidehotel.com/promo) in Bar Harbor, Maine. Valid on stays through June. Room rates vary by property and dates. A weekend night in early June at Harborside starts at $229, plus 7 percent tax. Lobster dinner, at either of two La Bella Vita restaurants, is valued at $150 per couple.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, both in St. Maarten, are offering a Summer Splash sale. Rates for room-only and all-inclusive stays are reduced 25 percent for travel through Aug. 31. Rates and savings vary. At Sonesta Great Bay, for example, the discounted room-only rate in May and June starts at $123, plus $26 taxes; the rate in July and August starts at $154, plus $32 taxes. By comparison, the room typically starts at $205. Deal is based on availability. Info: 1-800-766-3782, www.sonesta.com/stmaarten.

Sea

Take the kids, or some very close friends, on a cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines and get reduced fares. As many as five passengers sharing a cabin with two full-paying customers receive significant discounts, which vary by cruise. Price reductions can be taken on select 2010-2012 sailings on many itineraries, including the Bahamas, Bermuda, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. For example, a seven-night Alaska cruise aboard the Norwegian Star departing Seattle on Aug. 28 is now $900 per adult (including $191 taxes) and $386 per child (including $187 taxes) - a savings of about $100 per person for extra passengers. Availability of larger cabins varies by ship. For example, three of the line's 11 ships offer cabins that can accommodate up to eight passengers; seven ships have cabins that can fit up to six. Book by May 31. Info: 1-866-234-7350, www.ncl.com.

Regent Seven Seas, a luxury cruise line, is offering reductions of $500 to $2,000 per passenger, plus free airfare and shore excursions, on select 2010 voyages. For example, a seven-night western Caribbean round-trip cruise from Fort Lauderdale (depart Dec. 10) now starts at $3,865 per person double, a saving of $1,000 per person. Price includes round-trip airfare from Philadelphia (about $250 per person when booked independently), shore excursions (value of $49 to $149 per excursion), taxes, on-board tips, and all beverages, including wine and spirits. Book by June 30. Info: 1-877-505-5370, www.rssc.com.

Take a nine-night eastern Caribbean cruise on the Caribbean Princess starting at $742 per person double, plus get $100 in onboard credits per cabin when you book with American Discount Cruises & Travel. Add $87 in taxes. The round-trip cruise leaves New York on June 14 and visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos. Round-trip motorcoach transfer from Philadelphia to New York is available for $79 per person. Book by May 28. The brochure rate starts at $799 per person. Info: 1-866-214-7447, www.americandiscountcruises.com.

Air

Southwest has sale fares starting at $69 one-way between Philadelphia and Boston. With $31 in taxes, the round-trip fare comes to $159. Purchase by June 27 for travel June 27 through Oct. 30. Other airlines are matching. Info: 1-800-435-9792, www.southwest.com.

Air New Zealand has sale fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland for travel July 24 to Sept. 21. Round-trip fares from Los Angeles start at $779, about $300 off the usual fare. Add $85 in taxes. Book by May 31. Info: 800-262-1234, www.airnewzealand.com.

Packages

US Airways Vacations is offering a fourth night free at the Bahamas' Atlantis resort when you book an air-hotel package. Rates start at $1,258 per person double for four nights at the Atlantis Beach Tower Terrace View, and include round-trip air from Philadelphia to Nassau and airport transfers. Add $100 per person in taxes. Book by Sept. 1 for travel through September. Info: 1-800-455-0123, www.usairwaysvacations.com.


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