Travel deals: cruises castle hotels, and resorts

Here are some travel deals I found in recent press releases for you. I haven’t had time to compare these deals to other ones so do your own research before deciding just how good these deals are…

The first one is from Variety Cruises. I had never heard of them before so if anyone here has some expereince with them a comment would be appreciated:

Variety Cruises is unveiling last-minute sales to Greece and the Adriatic Sea. Now through May 30, travelers can save big when booking Aegean Odyssey, Jewels of the Cyclades, Classical Greece and Tales of the Adriatic cruise programs. It’s just one more reason to experience the intimacy and ambiance of small-ship cruising with Variety Cruises!


Classical Greece, Aegean Odyssey and Jewels of the Cyclades

50% discount for the second person based on double occupancy.

No supplement required for single travelers.

Includes choice of two-nights at a deluxe Athens hotel OR a $140 shipboard credit per person.

Aegean Odyssey: Seven-night cruise including stops in Kusadasi, Turkey and Patmos and Samos islands. Regular fares begin at $1,935 per person. Sale dates: May 7 & 28, June 4, July 23, August 13 & 20, September 3, October 8, 15, 22 & 29.

Jewels of the Cyclades: This seven-night cruise heads southeast of mainland Greece through a collection of charming islands. Regular fares begin at $1,530 per person. Sale dates: April 30, June 4, August 27, October 15, 22 & 29.

Classical Greece: Discover the best of the Aegean Islands, Crete and Continental Greece over seven nights. Regular fares begin at $2,150 per person. Sale dates: June 18, July 9, August 6 & 13, October 15 & 29.


Tales of the Adriatic: New for 2010, this program traverses Venice and the Croatian Coast of the Adriatic Sea. Regular fares begin at $2,690 per person. Sale dates: June 27, July 4 & 11, August 6, 8 & 13.

Two for one fare – second passenger in a twin cabin sails for free.

No supplement required for single travelers.

Variety Cruises offers are available for limited number of cabins and do not apply for group bookings. Port charges are excluded from these discounts. All reservations are on request and on first come first served basis. Special is valid for reservation requests made up to May 30, 2010.

For up-to-date availabilities, you may contact the reservations department at, call 1.800.319.7776 in the USA and 1.866.944.8498 in Canada or visit

This next one sounds pretty good to me. Not that I wouldn’t enjoy a nice cruise, but Ireland is pretty high on my list and I like castles:

For those who want to be treated like royalty, Dooley Vacations offers the ultimate Ireland experience. The Castles of Ireland package is priced from only $599 and includes six nights in castle hotels, a manual rental car, and round-trip economy class airfare beginning in either Dublin or Shannon.

Travelers will spend two nights at the Bunratty Castle Hotel and Luxury Spa in Co. Clare, which features spacious rooms, glorious dining, and a spa of exquisite indulgence. Another two nights will be spent at Kilronan Castle Estate and Spa in Roscommon, one of Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotels majestically set on the shores of Lough Meelagh and surrounded by over 40 acres of breathtaking Irish scenery. The final castle is the Clontarf Castle, one of Dublin’s top castle hotels,that is just a stone’s throw from a city bursting with life, energy and vitality.

The Castles of Ireland package includes:

6 nights accommodation including 2 nights at Bunratty Castle, 2 nights at Kilronan Castle, and 2 nights at Clontarf Castle;

Round-trip economy class transatlantic airfare to/from Dublin and Shannon*;

Manual shift car rental

This package is per person, based on two people traveling and is priced from $599 per person from New York, $629 from Boston, and $649 from Chicago for travel November 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 (excluding Christmas and New Years). Other departure gateway cities are available. Stated prices exclude government taxes/fees/facility charges of up to $60 eastbound and $120 westbound and the September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 for US enplanements.

*Travelers can also upgrade to Business Class airfare for a supplement of $499 per person each way.

Travelers can opt to upgrade this package to include an automatic car with GPS navigation and entrance to the Belleek China Factory for an additional $75 per person.

For additional information on this package, visit or call 877-331-9301

This next one actually covers Paradisus resorts in a few places. I’ve never been to a Paradisus resort so if anyone here has, please leave a comment about your experience:

Paradisus Playa Conchal in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is currently offering the Spa Getaway Package which is a 4 night/5 day stay and includes:

In-room welcome gift

Welcome 30-minute facial treatment per person

Free use of Jacuzzi at Ahuia Spa

One 80-minute Shell massage per person

One 30-minute private yoga class for two

15% discount on any additional therapies bought at Ahuia Spa

Price per person/per night based on double occupancy for 4 nights:

Deluxe Garden Junior Suite: $318

Royal Service Regal Junior Suite: $398

Valid until August 31, 2010

Can be booked by calling the hotel directly at (506) 2654 4123 or by emailing

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Paradisus Riviera Cancun is offering two great spring packages:

Special Moments Package- Stay like a king and queen with a three-night visit in the luxurious Royal Service Junior Suite for only $1,197 for double occupancy.

This package includes:

· 3 nights’ accommodations in the Royal Service Junior Suite with garden view

· Choice of an 80-minute massage (deep tissue, bio massage or therapeutic) and facial for each guest

· Five-hour city tour of Cancun

· Welcome gift

Just For Us Package- Relax on your three-night getaway with a full spa package while staying in Paradisus Riviera Cancun’s luxurious Deluxe Junior Suite for $897 for double occupancy.

This package includes:

· 3 nights’ accommodations in a Deluxe Junior Suite

· Spa package that includes a 25-minute hot stones massage, 20-min reflexology session and a 5-minute shiatsu facial for each guest

· Five-hour city tour of Cancun

· Welcome gift

Both packages are a savings of 20% and valid until December 22nd, 2010 and can be booked on

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Spa Escape at Paradisus will be offered for stays from May 1- July 30th at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The package includes:

3 nights’ accommodations in a Deluxe Garden View Suite for double occupancy and each guest can enjoy-

Green Exfoliation 25 min

This 100% organic experience combines aromatherapy with deep cleansing. Skin is exfoliated using seaweed and a green tea moisturizer is applied to the skin to lock in and retain moisture.

Fresh Herbs Eco-Facial 50 min

This facial is designed to avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in many of today’s facial products. It is composed of 100% all natural ingredients that clean, balance, hydrate and protect the skin from environmental pollution while promoting cell regeneration and facial tone.

Skin is deep cleansed, exfoliated and protected with antioxidants which is followed by a hydrating and balancing clay mask. The last step is a lotion that protect the new radiant complexion and seals in the benefits of the natural products. The facial also includes an energizing and antiseptic toning massage and a rejuvenating acupressure facial massage with oil.

This package is $769 per person for the three night stay, and additional nights are $213 a person.

Guests can book by calling 809-221-1111.

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