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Cheap family cruises

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Cheap-cruise It's summer time — time to think about a cheap vacation the whole family can enjoy. This year why not try a cheap cruise? No need to worry about hotel rooms, restaurant reservations or entertainment — the cruise ships have it all. And they have activities for everyone — from kiddie pools to gambling. Here are a few cheap family cruises to consider:

5-Night Canada/New England — Depart from New York on the Carnival Triumph for stops in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Onboard, Camp Carnival offers activities for kids ages 2-11, and there are other programs for 12- to 17-year olds. Plus, the ship has a kids pool and teen arcade. Summer sailings start at $499, with $150 in free Carnival Cash.

4-Night Western Caribbean — Visit Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, on this cheap cruise starting at $279 for the August 27 sailing. The Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas offers programs for kids from 6 months to 17 years — including babysitting services for children over one year old. There's a kids splash pool for the young ones, and a rock-climbing wall and teen lounge for older kids.

7-Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier — The Norwegian Sun offers travelers a cheap cruise with stunning scenery — with stops Ketchikan and Juneau before heading through the Inside Passage. A teen arcade and lounge, kids pool and programs for kids ages 2-17 will keep everyone entertained. Summer sailings start at $499, with up to $250 in free onboard spending.

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Weekly travel deals: Save on Chicago, Las Vegas hotels

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Cheap-chicago-hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Chicago hotel, cheap Las Vegas travel deals and AirTran's cheap flight sale and .

Cheap Chicago hotel: The Essex Inn is on Michigan Avenue, just steps from Millennium Park and some of Chicago's most famous museums. This three-star hotel boasts a 24-hour business center and a garden pool under a retractable glass roof. The Essex Inn offers a great location and city views, and earns a 4.3 out of 5 rating from CheapTickets customers. Now save 30% on three-day stays through September 7.

Cheap Las Vegas hotels: From Bally's to the Tropicana, we have travel deals on some of the hottest spots on the Strip. Book a stay of three days or more at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower and save 30%, with rooms starting at $25 a night, or try Circus Circus for 30% off. Several other hotels are offering resort credits for gaming, dining or spa services.

Cheap flights:Air Tran's cheap flight sale offers round-trip flights for as low as $78 (between Milwaukee and St. Louis.) Sample fares on other cheap flights include New York to Orlando – $158; Minneapolis/St. Paul to West Palm Beach – $148; and Pittsburgh to Atlanta – $118. The cheap flight sale is good for travel through October 30, but you must purchase your ticket by June 4.

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Cheap hotels in Europe

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Cheap hotel Europe can be a cheap vacation destination when you start with a cheap hotel. We've rounded up some great travel deals in some of Europe's top cities.

Amsterdam: The Hotel Pulitzer, named to Conde Nast Traveler's 2004 Gold List, is a unique property made up of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses. The hotel retains old-world charm and adds modern conveniences, like a state-of-the-art fitness center, flatscreen TVs and trendy restaurant. It may not sound like a cheap hotel, but with this special offer, you can save 20% on a two-night stay.

Dublin: The four-star Burlington Hotel, just a five-minute walk from the city center, bills itself as the place to stay for travelers who want the "real Ireland." The hotel features a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, business center and lively on-site restaurant and bar. Save 20% on a two-night stay or 40% on a seven-night stay.

Paris: Stay close to the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and shops of the Champs Elysees at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's Hotel. This boutique property with free Wi-Fi can feel like a cheap hotel when you save 20% on a two-night stay.

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Cheap beach travel: East Coast hotspots

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Cheap-vacations A trip to the beach is a summer vacation staple. Whether it's a quick weekend getaway or a longer vacation, cheap beach travel deals can definitely help you unwind. Here are a few cheap vacation options for East Coast beaches:

Newport, RI: Right on the water and walking distance to restaurants and shopping, the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina puts you in the center of it all. The hotel features a heated indoor pool, sauna and sundeck overlooking the harbor. Travel by September 7 and receive a $25 food and beverage credit plus 10% off one-night stays, 20% off two-night stays or 30% off three-night stays.

Ocean City, MD: Just a block from the beach and centrally located to all of Ocean City's best attractions, the Sea Bay Hotel could be your home base for a cheap vacation at the beach. Rooms at the Sea Bay have microwaves, refrigerators and private balconies. Save 30% on stays through September 30.

Virginia Beach, VA: The Best Western Oceanfront Virginia Beach has indoor and outdoor pools, an oceanfront fitness center, ice cream shop and on-site restaurant. Through June 30, save 15% on a one-night stay, or 20% on stays of two nights or more.

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Weekly travel deals: Cheap Daytona hotel, cheap flights

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Cheap daytona hotel This week's travel deals include a cheap Daytona hotel and cheap flights with United Airlines' cheap sale on flights across the U.S. and Canada.

Cheap Daytona hotel: At La Playa Resort, all rooms have an ocean view, and guests can enjoy an indoor pool, outdoor pool, children's pool, exercise room and more. This three-star resort is offering a big travel deal: 40% off stays of five nights or more through September 30.

Cheap flights: United Airlines' cheap sale across the U.S. and Canada means low prices to hundreds of destinations. Cheap flights include San Francisco to Honolulu – $274; Chicago to Pittsburgh – $96; and Denver to Los Angeles – $136. Sale prices are for round-trip flights and are good for travel through August 31.

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Save with cheap hotels in top vacation destinations

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Cheap hotel Cheap vacations start with cheap hotels, and we've rounded up deals in cities across the country so you can plan an urban getaway.

Cheap Los Angeles hotel: Stay three nights and get one night free through June 15 at the AAA four-diamond Hilton Checkers Los Angeles. This cheap hotel offers great amenities and location. You'll find high-speed Internet, spa and a rooftop deck — all just blocks from Staples Arena and Disney Concert Hall.

Cheap Orlando hotel: At the Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, you can be as close to or as far away from the popular Orlando tourist attractions as you want. This tranquil resort on 600 acres features four pools and one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with luxury amenities. Yet this cheap hotel is just minutes from Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, giving you the best of both worlds. Save 30% on stays through December 31.

Cheap New York hotel: Stay at the Hotel Plaza Athenee and you'll feel like a local. This European-style boutique hotel is on a quiet, tree-lined street on Manhattan's east side, close to museums and Madison Avenue shopping. The hotel has a fitness room, Wi-Fi and its own elegant restaurant. Get 30% off stays through September 7.

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Travel on the cheap: Arizona hotels offer unbeatable savings

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Scottsdale-resort This week’s travel deals feature cheap Arizona hotels. From golfing to lounging by the pool, a cheap Arizona hotel puts you close to the action.

For an outstanding cheap Arizona hotel deal, check out the Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club & Spa. It's offering up to 50% off your hotel reservation for stays through June 1, plus 30% off spa services. This resort, which has earned a 4 out of 5 satisfaction rating from CheapTickets guests, features tennis courts, tai chi classes, Pilates, discounts on surrounding golf courses, and personal training to bring your golf game up to par.

In Tucson, the Viscount Suite Hotel is offering 25% off a one-night stay through Oct. 1. Newly renovated and business friendly, this cheap Arizona hotel is great for a traveler on a budget.

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Cheap cruises: See Europe for less

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Cheap-cruises Cheap cruises can be an easy and inexpensive way to explore the best of Europe. All your travel and accommodations are paid for in advance in U.S. dollars, so you don't have to worry about deciphering train schedules or finding cheap hotels. Instead, you're free to simply enjoy the art, history and scenery of Europe's top cities. Sound good? Check out these cheap cruises throughout Europe:

7-Night Western Mediterranean: This September, visit Spain, Italy and France starting from just $549. This cheap cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Gem starts and ends in Barcelona, with its charming neighborhoods and famous Gothic architecture. Then, you can explore Pompeii or the island of Capri during your day in Naples; tour the ancient Colosseum in Rome and soak in the glamour of the French Riviera in Cannes. Book by May 31 and ask about up to $250 in free onboard spending.

7-Night Eastern Mediterranean: Italy, Greece and Turkey are your destinations aboard the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas. Pack your bags for the June 14 sailing, where rooms start at $799.

12-Night Scandinavia and Russia: Visit seven countries starting at under $100 a night on this cheap cruise. Sweden, Norway, Denmark — even St. Petersburg, Russia, are among the stops for the Celebrity Century. The June 2 sailing starts at $899.

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Enjoy a cheap vacation with 50% off hotels

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Cheap-vacation We've rounded up some of our best hotel deals to show you how easy it is to plan a cheap vacation. Whether you want a beach vacation, history and culture or fun in the sun, a cheap vacation is within reach because each of these hotels is offering 50% off. Check out these travel deals:

Holiday Inn SunSpree Aruba Beach Resort & Casino All Inclusive: Gentle Caribbean breezes await at this recently renovated, three-star resort in Aruba. Between the new pool and entertainment deck and all the included meals and water sports, you'll have everything you need for a relaxing, cheap vacation. Save 50% on stays through September 30.

Best Western Historic Area: Just one mile from Colonial Williamsburg, this three-star hotel offers a great combination of location and amenities for a cheap vacation. Start the day with free hot breakfast, relax in the indoor pool and jacuzzi, and enjoy reshly baked cookies in the afternoon. Stays of three nights or more are 50% off through December 31.

Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club: This three-star boutique resort in stunning Scottsdale, Arizona, has services and amenities for an active yet relaxing vacation. Eleven tennis courts, two pools and a state-of-the-art fitness center with group classes offer plenty of ways to work up a sweat. And the Eurasia Spa offers massage, facials and seaweed body wraps to ease tense muscles. Save 50% on stays through June 1.

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Find cheap cruises with the May Cruise Clearance

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Cheap cruises Get away the easy way with cheap cruises. These days, ships sail to points all over the world and offer amenities for every traveler, from kids programming to spa services and rock climbing. And during the May Cruise Clearance you'll find extra savings and bonus offers. Check out these cheap cruises:

Cheap Princess Cruises: Princess has reduced prices on cheap cruises to Alaska and Europe and is offering free onboard savings booklets worth $325 in discounts on souvenirs and services. Try the 7-Night Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound, an Alaska cruise that starts at $399.

Cheap Carnival Cruises: Choose any cheap cruise on Carnival departing May 24 through December 31 and get free onboard spending money to use on spa services, excursions and more. Carnival also is offering free round-trip airfare from select cities when you book a room with a balcony on 6- to 8-night Caribbean cruises. Try the 6-Night Western Caribbean cruise, with stops in Grand Cayman and Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Balcony rooms for the May 31 sailing start at $749. Or, for a really cheap cruise, try a 3-Night Bahamas sailing starting at just $139.

Cheap Royal Caribbean Cruises: Get up to $200 in free onboard spending when you book a cheap cruise to Europe. The 7-Night Western Mediterranean cruise stops at popular ports in Italy, France and Spain. The June 7 sailing starts at $799.

Other cheap cruise deals you'll find during the May Cruise Clearance include:

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