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If you’re yearning to flee the coop this winter for a little heat, Apple Vacations wants to help you out. Its Winter Super Sale kicks into effect for select packages in various sunny locales — shaving close to $300 off busy season prices from booking air and hotel separately. The sale encompasses three-, five-, or seven-night trips between December 18, 2014 and April 30, 2015.
Whether it’s a packed cruise ship unloading throngs of boisterous passengers, or a mob of thirty college students tearing through town, an excess of tourists can make a destination go from in-demand to insufferable, just like that. Consider avoiding these played-out locales and shift your attention to nearby spots that are lesser-known, and more worthy of the term “vacation.”
The Easter holidays are coming up, and if you’re searching for a budget-friendly family getaway, take a look at this offer from MSC Cruises, the only cruise line in which kids sail free year-round. Read more
Walking on a glacier in Alaska. Swimming with dolphins in the Caribbean. Joining a lobster bake in Maine. Pondering Michelangelo’s statue of David in Florence.
There are plenty of reasons to leave everyday life behind and set out on a cruise– some people just love being out on the water, some love exploring popular ports of call, while still others are simply in it for the hassle-free vacation that a cruise can provide. While many would be happy to embark on a nautical adventure, it can be difficult to find the time to commit to a voyage lasting more than a week. Fortunately for seafarers with packed schedules, your ship’s come in. These short cruise vacations will get you just about anywhere, from popular islands with turquoise shores to south-of-the-border hot spots, from the depths of the American Southwest to the historic harbors of New England. Whether your interest lies in mega-cruise ships, houseboats, steamboats or windjammers, we’ve got you covered. Best of all, each of these short sailings – ranging from one to five nights in duration – departs from ports within the continental U.S. and Canada, making a quick and easy jaunt on the high seas (or high rivers, or high lakes, so to speak) easily accessible.
After all that Oktoberfest frivolity, I suddenly have a hankering for more costumed fiestas, and not just because Halloween is on the horizon. Thankfully Atlantis Events has released its 2012 roster of cruises with two very different Caribbean itineraries, which translates into plenty of options to get your gay pirate on. Swimsuits and circuit parties, anyone?
Book now to take advantage of lower rates and snag a spot, because if history repeats itself these will sell out. Hedging your bets for a later sale is a losing proposition. Read more
Just as winter approaches, step back into a summer state of mind with a five-night Mexico cruise on the MSC Poesia. On November 14, 2011, sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Mexico for just $199! The cruise stops in Costa Maya, a village of built up in the name of entertaining cruise passengers, and Cozumel, the Mexican island that is home to some of the Caribbean’s best scuba diving. While aboard, guests can enjoy the ship’s Italian flair, 12,000 square foot spa, sushi restaurant, wine bar, as well as two swimming pools, a jogging track, and a mini-golf course.
THE VALUE: This cruise comes out to just $40 per night!
THE CATCH: Today is the last day for this special pricing.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.cruise.com to book this cruise.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Can’t make this date? Check out our Cruise Page for more great sailings.
Old Man Winter refuses to relinquish his grip on the Northern half of the country this year, which makes this four-night Celebrity cruise from Miami to Mexico all the more appealing. You’ll set off April 25 in the Celebrity Century from Miami; spend one day at sea enjoying the ship’s two swimming pools, shipboard spa, and six bars and lounges; another exploring Cozumel’s vibrant reefs and Mayan ruins; and a final sailing day en route back to Florida. Book through Cruises.com to save an additional 10 percent on select shore excursions.
THE VALUE: Stay in an interior room for $209/person – an average of just $52.50 each night, including all food, some beverages, and certain activities.
THE CATCH: As with all cruises, expect to pay up for shore excursions, alcoholic beverages, and any applicable government fees and taxes.
THE DETAILS: Click here to book your cruise today!
Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find the lowest rates on flights, hotels, packages, and more travel deals.
Dreaming of a warm weather getaway, but bored of the same-old water sports and sunbathing routine? Consider getting your PADI dive certification. It’s been on my travel wish list for some time, and after talking to PADI’s Theresa Kaplan, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer who has logged more than 3,000 dives in her career, I was ready to climb into a wetsuit.
As Kaplan puts it, “If you think about it, two-thirds of our world is covered in water. Less than one percent of the population will get to see that [from underneath]. Everybody can go to, say, Roatán and do the zipline tour and horseback riding on the beach. If you’re truly an adventure traveler, you’re missing out on a major opportunity [by not diving].”
In need of a quick but replenishing vacation that won’t break the bank? On April 25, hop aboard the Celebrity Century in Miami for a four-night vacation at sea for just $249! The Century will spend the first two nights gliding through the turquoise Caribbean waters, allowing guests to kick-back and enjoy the extensive onboard amenities, which include two outdoor swimming pools, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a casino, five bars and three clubs. The Century then calls to port in Cozumel, Mexico for a full-day of sand and surf activities. Guests are given another day and a half aboard the Century to relax before docking back in Miami.
THE VALUE: This cruise comes out to $62 a night!
THE CATCH: Airfare not included.
THE DETAILS: To book a cabin, visit www.cruisesonly.com.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights to Miami.
Check out our Cozumel Travel Guide and check out the must do activities while on the island!
The holidays don’t always fulfill the role of a relaxing break, and if that’s the predicament you find yourself in, Norwegian Cruise Lines has the perfect escape waiting in the new year. On January 8, the Norwegian Sun departs from Port Canaveral, Florida for a five-night, round-trip cruise in the Western Caribbean, with cabins starting at just $269! With this 47 percent discount off rack-rates you’ll breathe-easy, enjoying amenities like nine restaurants, a spa, casino, cigar bar, and a 24/7 fitness center, while calling to port in the outstretched, white-sand beaches of Cozumel, Mexico and later, the palm lined streets of historic Key West, Florida.
THE VALUE: Inside cabins on this sailing are at an 47 percent discount and balcony cabins start at $419, a 73 percent discount!
THE CATCH: Those of us outside of Florida will have to plan accordingly.
THE DETAILS: To book your cabin, visit www.cruisesonly.com.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights to Orlando, Florida (an hour from Port Canaveral).
Touristy parts of Mexico have long operated on an unofficial two-currency system, with many merchants accepting U.S. dollars as readily as the country’s own peso. But a new law designed to stifle drug trade money laundering is changing that, reports USA Today.
On September 14, several states in Mexico – including Quintana Roo, which governs the popular resort towns of Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen – adopted a measure that forbids businesses from accepting more than $100 in cash per transaction. The policy also limits the amount of money banks and exchange bureaus can change to $1,500 per person monthly.
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