Sleep with the fishes; sail at half-price

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers a family package at $99 a night.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers a family package at $99 a night.
Posted: August 22, 2010

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.


With the Family Escape package, two parents and two kids can stay at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld starting at $99 per night (normal rates start at $249) and get free kids' meals (age 12 and under), an in-room movie night with pizza and soda, and a 10 percent spa discount. Add $12 in taxes. Travel through Dec. 15. Use promo code P50.

Info: 1-800-834-7015,

Kapalua Villas Resort, on the northwest coast of Maui, is offering a $150 resort credit for stays of four or more nights. With the Villas Value deal, book a Gold Villa and receive one card per room, good toward meals, spa treatments, and activities. Rates start at $229 per night for a one-bedroom villa that sleeps four. With taxes and a $25 daily resort fee, a four-day stay comes to $1,139. Valid through Dec. 21.

Info: 1-800-545-0018,

Several hotels, resorts and condo rental companies in Panama City Beach, Fla., are offering American Express gift cards of up to $200.

With the Real Fun Rewards deal, stay three nights and receive a $50 card per room; four nights, $100; and five nights, $200. Sample nightly rates: Bay Point Marriott, from $127, plus $14 taxes; Legacy by the Sea, from $109, plus $15 taxes; Beach Tower Resort Motel, from $79, plus $10 taxes. Travel through Aug. 31. For a list of participating properties: 850-233-6503,

Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City is offering end-of-summer perks. With the Players Package, stay Sunday through Thursday for $149 double and receive $50 in slots cash and table game coupons per person, 20 percent off one massage service per room, and 10 percent off your next overnight package, through Sept. 2. Add about $26 per night in taxes. Stay through Sept. 2. Info: 1-800-336-6378,


Oceania Cruises is offering half off its brochure rates, plus free round-trip airfare from Philadelphia, on 32 European cruises. For example, the 10-day Pearls of the Riviera cruise departing Oct. 15, 2011, from Barcelona to Rome, starts at $3,699 per person double (instead of $7,398), including taxes. Bought separately, airfare would run about $800 per person. Purchase by Aug. 31.


Carnival has a Fun Saver rate on its five-night cruise from New York to Canada, departing Sept. 6. Rate starts at $449 per person double, down from $524. The catch: The cruise line picks your cabin location. (Passengers still select cabin category, such as interior, ocean-view or balcony). Add $70 per person in taxes. The Carnival Glory visits Halifax, Nova Scotia; and St. John, New Brunswick. Info: 1-888-227-6482,

Celebrity is offering on-board credits of up to $150 on the remaining cruises of the Celebrity Mercury from Baltimore to the Caribbean and Bahamas. Its last cruise is Feb. 14. Book a cruise departing between Oct. 18 and Feb. 14 and receive $50 in credit per standard stateroom, $100 per ocean-view or veranda stateroom, or $150 per concierge-class or suite stateroom. The best deal is for a nine-night round trip from Baltimore to the Bahamas on Dec. 11, which starts at $499 per person double and visits Charleston, S.C.; Key West, Fla.; and Nassau and CocoCay, Bahamas. With taxes, the tab for two people comes to $1,284.

Info: 1-800-647-2251,


Air Jamaica has sale fares from Philadelphia to Montego Bay starting at $129 one way, not including taxes. Round-trip fare, with taxes, comes to $358. Book by Tuesday; travel Sept. 7-Dec. 15. Other airlines are matching.

Info: 1-800-523-5585,


The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board is offering a $300 air credit to the Bahamas when you book a package that includes a minimum three-night stay. Participating hotels include the Atlantis Paradise Island, Best Western Bay View Suites, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, and Comfort Suites Paradise Island. For example, a three-night package at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort that includes round-trip air from Philadelphia, three nights' accommodations, and round-trip airport transfers ordinarily costs $1,471 per couple; with the discount, it's $1,171. The hotel also has a fourth-night-free offer. Book by Sept. 15 for travel through Dec. 22.

Info: 1-866-789-5485,

With Friendly Planet Travel, save more than $600 per couple on a 15-day trip to Turkey. The Feb. 17 Best of Turkey tour, normally $1,899 per person double, is going for $1,599, which covers round-trip air from New York's JFK to Istanbul, airport transfers, in-country transportation, 12 nights' accommodations, most breakfasts and dinners, entrance fees, and an English-speaking guide. The itinerary includes Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Canakkale. Add $115 in taxes and fees. Book by Sept. 22. Other departure dates are available at higher prices. Info: 1-800-555-5765,

Grand Circle Travel and Overseas Adventure Travel, which organize trips for travelers age 50 and older, have 15-day guided tours to Egypt at discount prices. GCT's trip starts at $2,195; OAT's, which features smaller groups, starts at $2,595 (prices are per person double and include taxes). Trips include round-trip air from New York's JFK airport to Cairo, ground transportation, hotel and river ship accommodations, most meals, guided tours, and cultural activities.

Multiple departures from January to June 2011. Purchased separately, air starts at $925, hotels from $90 a night, and cruises from $120. For info on the GCT trip: 1-800-959-0405,; for the OAT trip: 1-800-493-6824,

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