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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, April 2016 Issue



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In This Issue:
Kukulcan Pyramid, Chichen Itza, Mexico


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  • Live Like a Local With a Local
  • Holland America Line Gold Nugget Giveaway
  • Sapphire Falls Resort Offer
  • New Manatee Observatory and Education Facility
  • Grand Circle Free/Low Cost Single Supplements
  • Sea Pines Spring Golf Packages
  • Perks on Bon Appetit Tastemakers Voyages
  • Save on Arctic Circle Cruises
  • Easter Savings at Semara
  • Car Rental Deals
  • Sun Country Vacations Deals
  • Discover Bermuda Package
  • Rosalie Bay Sea Turtle Experience
  • 50% Off African Safari
  • Turn Airport Downtime into Lifesaving Layover
  • Amelia Island “Extra Day, Extra Play” Offer
  • Spring Lodging Specials in West Michigan
  • French Country Waterways 30% Discount
  • Savings on Poseidon Russian Artic Cruise
  • Dublin Pass New Attractions

  • Live Like a Local With a Local

    Dublin-based Homestay.com takes alternative hospitality travel to a new level. More affordable than hotels, more adult than couch surfing and more personal than rentals, hosted home stays are an alternative for a genuine experience.

    You can get off the beaten track and stay and engage with hosts in 50,000 homestay listings in more than 150 countries.

    Guests come from all demographics and solo travelers account for 60 percent of bookings as they feel more confident in a homestay. Families stay with other families to save money and introduce their children to new cultures. In a city with festivals and major events, it’s a solution for a hotel room shortage. Couples traveling with other couples find homestays a congenial way to enjoy foreign destinations. Guests get insider info about restaurants, transportation, attractions and shopping. Lasting friendships are a possible perk.

    Homestay.com makes it easy to find the right hosts, destination and dates by filtering search results by amenities, catering, pets and hobbies. To book, contact hosts via the messaging system, and when the host confirms availability, a 15 percent deposit is paid through Homestay.com. To get acquainted face-to-face before arrival, you can video call through the website. Hosts generally want to know the reason for traveling, a guest’s age, interests and special requirements to prepare a proper welcome. Guests pay the balance to the host during the stay. A light breakfast is included in the rate, and sometimes additional meals can be arranged.

    With a global average nightly rental rate of $46, homestays are a money saver. For Homestay.com guests it’s about more than money. The typical Homestay.com guest is not a student though the concept originated in the offline educational travel sector. The majority are 35 years old and up, 22 percent are 55 years and older and nearly half have salaries approaching $80,000.

    Homestay.com.


    Holland America Line Gold Nugget Giveaway

    In honor of the 120th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush, Holland America Line launches a "Find Your Gold" giveaway that will award five winners an authentic gold nugget valued at approximately $1,000.

    In 2016, the cruise line offers 149 voyages and 248 Land+Sea Journeys to the last frontier. Book and travel on any 2016 Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journey and you will be eligible to win one of the five gold nuggets. Most Yukon+Denali Land+Sea Journeys feature a free gold panning experience at Gold Dredge #8 in Fairbanks, where you learn about the life of a prospector and test your panning skills.

    The giveaway runs through Sep. 2, 2016, and the five winners will be selected mid-September in a random drawing. The drawing is open to legal residents of the 50 United States (excluding Colorado), the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Québec) who are 18 years or older at the date of entry. Entries may be submitted by mail with no purchase necessary.

    In 2016, Holland America Line will have seven ships exploring Alaska from May through September.

    Holland America Line's Land and Sea Journeys combine a three-, four- or seven-day Inside Passage cruise with overland tours to the Yukon and Alaska's interior.

    Holland America Line or 877/724-5425.

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    Sapphire Falls Resort Offer

    Be among the first to experience Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and receive a $150 hotel dining credit when you book a four-night or longer stay at Universal Orlando’s newest on-site hotel.

    This limited time offer is available when you book by May 31, 2016 for stays July 14 to Dec. 15, 2016. The $150 hotel dining credit (per room) can be used toward any dining purchase throughout Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – including room service.

      The hotel’s dining experiences include:
    • Amatista Cookhouse: Caribbean-inspired with an open exhibition kitchen and outdoor dining.
    • Strong Water Tavern: lobby lounge overlooking the hotel’s waterfalls and offering a tapas-style menu.
    • Drhum Club Kantine: a poolside bar and grill
    • New Dutch Trading Co.: a quick-service marketplace.

    The new, 1,000-room Caribbean-themed resort is the fifth hotel at Universal Orlando and will feature the destination’s largest on-site, resort-style pool at 16,000 square-feet, with a white sand beach, a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.

    Loews Sapphire Falls Resort guests receive benefits including early theme park admission, free water taxi service and shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, and free access to select live entertainment venues at CityWalk.

    Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opens in summer 2016 and will be a Preferred on-site hotel with rates from $144 per night for a four-night stay.

    Book here and explore ticket options for Universal Orlando’s two theme parks or 800/232-7827.


    New Manatee Observatory and Education Facility

    Florida Power & Light Company opened Manatee Lagoon, an FPL Eco-Discovery Center in Riviera Beach, FL so you can see and learn about manatees, the environment and how these endangered marine mammals depend on warm water during the chilly winter period.

    Prior to Sep. 11, 2001, before security restrictions changed, you could access the Riviera Beach plant grounds to see manatees in the warm water outflows of the facility. Today, Manatee Lagoon sits on five waterfront acres with views of the Intracoastal Waterway and offers hands-on, interactive exhibits to learn about the endangered and unique Florida manatee, and the flora and fauna of the ecosystem it inhabits.

    For decades, the warm water outflows from the FPL Riviera Beach plant have attracted hundreds of manatees that follow a migration pattern handed down from mother to calf.

    The Center offers free admission, two levels of exhibit and meeting space, a boardwalk to observe manatees, picnic areas, pavilion, café and gift shop. Galleries highlight manatee anatomy, migration patterns and the ecosystem of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

    Manatee viewing is at its peak November through March. Factors that determine optimal manatee viewing include water temperature, ingoing and outgoing tides which impact lagoon water temperatures and the availability of nearby food sources.

    Manatee Lagoon is open year-round, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. The facility is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

    Manatee Lagoon or 561/626-2833.


    Grand Circle Cruises Free/Low Cost Single Supplements

    The 89-passenger M/V Clio begins cruising this summer following a $5 million refit and will operate four European itineraries, including two new itineraries. The cruises offer free or low cost single supplements for solo travelers on these new itineraries in 2016. One free single supplement is available on each departure date and the other solo cabins will cost $1395.

    Grand Circle acquired the small ship, formerly called the M/V Tera Moana, from Paul Gauguin Cruises last year.

    The M/V Clio will operate two new itineraries. Each cruise earns you five percent Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next Grand Circle trip.

    Coastal Charms of England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland - 15 days from $7195 including international airfare from JFK. Departs August to September 2016. Includes two nights in London, 10 nights aboard the Clio, and one night in Edinburgh; 36 meals and beverages including beer, wine, and soft drinks during all onboard lunches and dinners; one program director for up to 25 travelers; 11 tours with personal headsets; Exclusive Discovery Series events; airport transfers; port charges; gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers; and baggage handling including tips.

    Voyage to Iberia - 14 days from $7395, including roundtrip airfare from Boston, Miami, New York, Newark, and Orlando. Departs October to December 2016. Includes one night in Lisbon and 11 nights aboard the Clio; 35 meals and beverages; one program director for up to 25 travelers; 13 tours with personal headsets; airport transfers; port charges; gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers; and baggage handling including tips.

    In addition to the two new itineraries, the M/V Clio will operate several recently-added departures of two sold-out itineraries: the 15-day Maritime Jewels of the British Isles & Ireland, and the 18-day Spain's Northern Coast and the Bay of Biscay.

    The 89 passenger M/V Clio has cabins between 194 sq. ft. and 205 sq. ft., with a single cabin measuring 161 sq. ft. Cabins have a queen-size bed that can be converted into two twins, closet, flat-screen satellite TV, DVD/CD player, telephone, mini-refrigerator, safe, and a private bathroom with shower. Free wireless Internet is available throughout the ship.

    Grand Circle Cruise Line or 800/221-2610.


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    Sea Pines Spring Golf Packages

    The Sea Pines Resort in Hilton Head, SC, offers spring golf packages at its Harbour Town Golf Links and Heron Point by Pete Dye through May 31, 2016.

    The RBC Heritage package starts at $524 per person, per night and emulates the PGA TOUR event held on Harbour Town. Highlights include a walking caddie, access to the professional player’s locker room, practice area with customized nameplate, one-hour of professional instruction prior to playing, and first tee introduction.

    This package features two nights in the Inn & Club at Harbour Town along with breakfast or lunch at the Harbour Town Clubhouse. You also receive custom branded gifts including a locker room plaque and desktop mount, personalized caddie bib and bag tag, a sleeve of golf balls, tees, sunscreen, visor or hat, golf shirt, towel, ball marker, divot tool, and Harbour Town yardage book.

    Starting at $195 per person, per night, the Villa Golf package is suited for small groups while staying in one of the resort’s private villas (one to four bedrooms). All units feature a fully-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room.

    The Inn & Club at Harbour Town Golf package begins at $375 per person, per night and features a stay at resort’s boutique hotel with daily breakfast. Play on both Harbour Town and Heron Point is available.

    For golf groups of 12 or more, the $225 per player, per night, Pete Dye Signature Group Golf package features three rounds of golf (including Harbour Town), three nights’ villa accommodations, free resort gift card, and personal on-site coordinator. Additionally, the group organizer plays free.

    Afternoon replays on Heron Point (cart fee only) are offered subject to availability and included in the packages above (excluding the RBC Heritage package). Free warm-up range balls, free wireless Internet, and use of The Sea Pines Fitness Center are included.

    Sea Pines Resort or 866/561-8802.


    Perks on Bon Appetit Tastemakers Voyages

    Bon Appetit with Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises named Seven Lands and Seas Travel a 2016 Bon Appetit Tastemaker. As a Bon Appetit Tastemaker, Seven Lands and Seas Travel is one of a few travel professionals chosen to deliver culinary and wine-focused travel experiences.

    Booking a Bon Appetit Tastemakers cruise with Seven Lands and Seas Travel offers money-saving advantages. Book one of more than 40 2016 and 2017 voyages aboard Oceania Cruises with Seven Lands and Seas Travel and receive a $200 per stateroom onboard spending credit, a wine tasting event with a free bottle of wine, and a free welcome bottle of wine signed by the winemaker. These amenities are in addition to what’s available on select voyages, including O Life amenities with free unlimited internet plus up to five free shore excursions, a free beverage package, or an additional shipboard credit. Some voyages include pre-paid gratuities.

    Book any of 30 2016 or 2017 Tastemakers voyages on Regent Seven Seas Cruises with Seven Lands and Seas Travel and receive a private food and wine pairing event, a box of Leonidas Chocolates, and a bottle of Grappa. These amenities are combinable with amenities Seven Lands and Seas Travel may offer on theses voyages, and supplement the inclusive nature of all Regent Seven Seas Cruises, such as free unlimited shore excursions, free wi-fi, free unlimited beverages including wine and spirits, and free airport-to-ship transfers.

    Book any of these special voyages aboard Oceania Cruises or Regent Seven Seas Cruises with Seven Lands and Seas Travel and it costs no more than booking directly with the cruise lines. You only receive the special Bon Appetit Tastemakers amenities if you book through Seven Lands and Seas Travel and other select travel agencies. Seven Lands and Seas Travel can arrange pre- and post-cruise stays at hotels worldwide that offer perks such as free breakfast, free room upgrades when available, and early check-in and late checkout when available.

    Bon Appetit Tastemakers program.


    Save on Arctic Circle Cruises

    A visit to the Arctic is on many bucket lists. What questions should you ask when booking a cruise on the Arctic Ocean?

    Todd Smith, founder of AdventureSmith Explorations, (http://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/) shares what he calls “a range of conditions” in the May through September Arctic summer. These conditions help to determine itineraries and passenger experiences.

    For example, early season (late May through early July) polar bears on ice floes are prevalent. In July and August ice is more disbursed, allowing land access and explorations of nutrient-rich waters favored by whales. September nights bring the aurora borealis.

    The experiences you seek may determine the ship you choose. AdventureSmith Explorations' fleet of expedition ships cruising to the Arctic carry 78 to 148 guests and are outfitted to travel in polar waters. They are all fairly similar in terms of ice class and amenities. For more intimate explorations, AdventureSmith recommends vessels carrying 16 to 20 guests that offer the close-up exploration as larger expedition ships but access shallow harbors and small islands.

    The length of a cruise and the price come into play. Following are some specials on 2016 Arctic cruises.

    The per person based on double occupancy rate on the 11-day Home of Vikings cruise aboard the 116-guest Sea Spirit is from $4,995. For bookings on the May 20, 2016, departure two guests sharing the same cabin travel for the price of one. This tour through fjords begins in Iceland and explores South and West Greenland. Sea kayaking along this rugged coastline is a favorite pastime on this adventure.

    Save up to 25 percent with an Early Booking Discount for designated Arctic cruises in 2016; up to 25 percent on premium cabins and 15 percent on non-premium cabins aboard select Sea Adventurer and Ocean Nova 2016 departures booked by Apr. 15, 2016. Triple and Quad cabins are excluded. This discount cannot be combined with other offers and is subject to availability. Excluded are the June 12 Spitsbergen Explorer, July 4 Spitsbergen Circumnavigation and Aug. 15 Three Arctic Islands.

    AdventureSmith or 800/728-2875.


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    Easter Savings at Semara

    Bali resort Semara Uluwatu offers Easter escapes for couples and larger groups with 60 percent savings on all suites and up to 50 percent savings on multi-room villas.

    For example, couples can relax in a suite over the Easter period from $475 per room, per night, based on one night midweek stay. Valid to May 31, 2016, the offer includes daily breakfast, butler service on request, free VIP access to Finn's Beach Club, free Wi-Fi and free use of the gym, tennis facilities and putting green.

    The suites at Semara Luxury Villa Resort are in tropical gardens and facilities include dining area, media room and clifftop infinity pools.

    For families or larger groups, the resort's two, three, and four bedroom villas are reduced by 50 percent up to May 31, 2016 and the five bedroom option is half price up to Apr. 24, 2016. Packages are available from $170 per person, per night, including return airport transfers, daily private car and driver for eight hours, dedicated butler and chef, VIP entrance to Finn's Beach Club, Body Temple spa voucher, free Wi-Fi and free use of the gym, tennis facilities and putting green. Add to quoted prices the 10 percent Government Tax and 11 percent service charge. The offer is subject to change and availability.

    Each of Semara's seven villas offers privacy with 30 feet of cliff frontage and private swimming pools overlooking the ocean. On the limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean, the resort offers a helipad, private beach, two tennis courts, putting green, fully equipped gym, spa, and cuisine.

    Semara Luxury Villa Resort.


    Car Rental Deals

    Enterprise offers weekend rates from $9.99 per day (economy or compact) when you rent Friday through Monday at participating neighborhood Enterprise locations (no airport locations). This special rate, valid through May 23, 2016, includes 100 miles per day.
      Additional Enterprise weekend discount rates:
    • $14.99 Intermediate
    • $17.99 Standard
    • $19.99 Full Size

    Book a one-way rental (pick up your car in one location and drop off at another) for up to four hours, (including gas) for $19.99 from Avis. The vehicle must be reserved 48 hours in advance of pick-up. The offer is valid on compact (group B), Midsize (group C), Standard (group D), Full Size (group E), and Intermediate SUV (group F) vehicles only.

    Pickup must occur on a Thursday or Friday when traveling from an airport or downtown location. Pickup must occur on a Sunday or Monday when traveling from a downtown location to an airport.

    Participating locations include Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (LGA JFK EWR), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland PDX, Providence RI, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington DC (DCA IAD BWI).


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    Sun Country Vacations Deals

    From the beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean to U.S. cities, Sun Country Vacations offers travel deals that you can combine with Sun Country Airline flight deals to save more.

    Barceló Hotels & Resorts – Up to $1000 in discounts at the all-inclusive hotels in beachfront locations. When staying at the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic or the Barceló Maya Beach Resort with its three resorts in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, receive up to $1,000 in discounts on spa services, room services and golf when you travel by Dec.31, 2016.

    Hotel Marina El Cid Spa & Beach Resort, the all–inclusive in Puerto Morelos, offers savings of up to 60 percent on the hotel portion of a flight and hotel package when you book and travel by May 31, 2015. As an added bonus, receive $600 in Mega Pass resort coupons with stays of three nights or more. Additionally up to two children, 12 years of age and under, stay free when sharing a room with two adults.

    Sun Country Vacation or 877/411-1177.


    Discover Bermuda Package

    Bermuda can be summed up as near perfection. The culturally diverse island is steeped in British tradition and tinged with Caribbean charm. To make a visit to the island better, the Discover Bermuda package offers discounts on accommodations and activities. Here are some of the Discover Bermuda offers.

    The Fairmont Southampton Discover Bermuda package includes a daily $100 resort credit per adult to spend on the Bermuda adventure of your choice and daily breakfast.

    The Fairmont Southampton Family Getaway package includes two rooms, one for adults and one for the kids (18 and under), with the second room 50 percent off for travel May 1 to Sep. 4, 2016; or free for travel until Apr. and Sep. 5 to Dec. 31, 2016. Kids under 12 eat for free, kids 18 and under eat for 50 percent off the adult’s menu, and guests receive free access to the Explorers Camp Kids Club.

    Bermuda's Golf Around Getaway - Packages start at $444 for a three, four or five night stay. All packages include daily breakfast, free golf cart and 50 percent off golf club rentals at each course.

    Bermuda Island Pass Card - Get special offers, exclusive deals and discounted rates at many of Bermuda's most popular attractions and merchants. Present the card at checkout and save. Click here for details and where you can purchase the card.

    Elbow Beach Family package - Available year round. Bring the family for a stay of three or more nights and get breakfast for four each morning in your room or at the restaurant. Package includes four Aquarium day passes, a 50-minute massage for one person and three hours of babysitting. Book a second guestroom for 50 percent off. Minimum three-night stay; based on availability.

    Discover Bermuda Package or 800/BERMUDA.


    Rosalie Bay Sea Turtle Experience

    Get at least 30 percent off Rosalie Bay, on the Caribbean island of Dominica, an eco-resort facing a black sand beach.

    Rosalie Bay Resort claims the only sea turtle experience guarantee during turtle season to experience sea turtle nesting, hatching or maybe both.

    The Sea Turtle Experience package, valid May 1 through Aug. 31, 2016 includes 30 percent savings on your room rate on a seven night stay.

    Discounted rates for Riverside suites and Premier Oceanfront suites are $333 reduced from $475, $279 for Oceanfront suites reduced from $399, $228 for Junior suites reduced from $325 and $175 for Gardenview superior rooms reduced from $250.

    Receive an additional 15 percent off your room rate if there is no turtle activity during your stay (for a total 45 percent savings on room rate). The timing of nesting and hatchings is up to Mother Nature and the resort cannot predict the exact time turtles will come ashore or hatch.

    The turtle conservation program founded by Rosalie Bay's owner Bev Deikel has increased the survival rate of the endangered Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill sea turtles. Within a decade, the nests for these turtles on Rosalie Bay's beach grew from seven per year to more than 100 a season.

    Rosalie Bay or 767/446-1010.


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    50% Off African Safari

    Get 50 percent off from Lion World Travel, a 50-year-old Africa specialist with an eye towards affordable yet unforgettable safaris.
      The Tented Safari in Style package includes:
    • Domestic flights from 38 US cities to New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles)
    • Roundtrip, international, economy airfare to Cape Town and back via Johannesburg
    • South Africa domestic flights: Cape Town / Port Elizabeth / Johannesburg
    • All services and transfers as specified
    • 7 Breakfasts / 4 Lunches / 4 Dinners
    • Four nights at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town
    • Three nights at the Shamwari Bayethe Lodge in the Eastern Cape
    • Full day Hermanus tour
    • Game drives with services of Rangers/Trackers
    • Sight-seeing as per itinerary led by English speaking guide
    • Entrance fees for sight-seeing per itinerary
    • Lion World Travel representative Meet and Greet upon arrival

    The package is priced from $3,999 per person, based on double occupancy for travel May 1 to Nov. 1, 2016.

    Lion World Travel or 800/387-2706.


    Turn Airport Downtime into Lifesaving Layover

    Airport travelers can put their time to good use and take five minutes to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR via interactive training kiosks at six major airport hubs, courtesy of the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Anthem Foundation.

    Each Hands-Only CPR training kiosk features a touch screen with a video program that gives a brief "how-to," followed by a practice session and a 30-second CPR test. With the help of a practice manikin, or a rubber torso, the kiosk provides feedback about the depth and rate of compressions and proper hand placement – factors that influence the effectiveness of CPR.

    The kiosks will be available at Chicago O'Hare International (ORD), Indianapolis International (IND), Las Vegas' McCarran International (LAS), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL) and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI) airports. Two additional kiosks will be available at The Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland, Ohio and Anthem's office in Washington, D.C.

    Every year, more than 359,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital and more than 20 percent occur in public places like airports, casinos and sporting facilities. "Cardiac arrest. . . survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby," said Clifton Callaway, M.D., Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. "Although in-person training is still the best way to learn high-quality CPR, the kiosk will provide additional training that could make a difference and save the life of someone you love."

    The pilot kiosk was installed in 2013 at the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). This kiosk, located in Terminal C, Gate 7, has trained more than 25,000 travelers.

    Five years ago, AHA simplified the steps of CPR to encourage more people to take action: if a bystander sees a teen or adult collapse, first call 9-1-1, then push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of "Stayin' Alive," which has the perfect cadence for proper CPR. Hands-Only CPR removes the step of rescue breaths; bystanders should simply keep pushing until emergency help arrives.

    Hands-Only CPR campaign.


    Amelia Island “Extra Day, Extra Play” Offer

    Northeast Florida’s Amelia Island offers its Extra Day, Extra Play campaign. The island-wide campaign includes extra night free offers from Amelia’s hotels, resorts and inns, allowing you to extend your stay on the island in 2016.

    Offers vary by property and will be updated throughout the year, but they all include a free extra night’s stay. All offers are based on availability and cannot be combined with other discounts or specials. Restrictions and blackout dates apply. Contact individual properties for restrictions and to book a package.

    Many of the island’s vacation rental properties also offer a free night to enjoy Amelia Island in 2016.

    Amelia Island is a barrier island with beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. Upscale resorts, golf and dining blend with bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a Victorian seaport village, now a downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries.

    Extra Day, Extra Play.


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    Spring Lodging Specials in West Michigan

    Here are some lodging specials in West Michigan as you plan your Spring trip.

    The Inn at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor - The Romance package is available through May 31, 2016, featuring overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, turndown service, chocolate dipped strawberries, and split of champagne. From $202 per night.

    Horton Creek Inn, Charlevoix - Spring special rates, with discounts up to 30 percent off regular rates through May 31, 2016. Mention WMTA when booking.

    The Harrington Inn, Fremont - A Night of Romance package, at $189 per night, includes a one night stay in a Jacuzzi room, $25 gift card to Brew Works of Fremont, a bottle of sparkling cider, and a box of chocolates. Package is available through Apr. 30, 2016.

    Country Inn & Suites, Holland – The one-night Dinner and a Movie package includes breakfast, two tickets to the Star Theater, and a $25 gift card to a local restaurant. The shopping package includes a one night stay with breakfast and a $25 prepaid visa gift card. The one-night romance package includes breakfast, a bottle of wine and chocolates. If you’re not interested in packages, take 15 percent off the published rate. When making reservations, mention the holland.org coupon; print the online coupon and present it at check-in.

    Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island - Mother’s Day rates, May 6 to 8, 2016, are good for up to five people per room and include a five-course dinner, breakfast daily, nightly cocktail receptions, and Mother’s Day Grand Luncheon Buffet. Non-Lakeview: $815 per room. Lakeview Room: $1,165 per room. Memorial Day Weekend: May 28 to 30, 2016. Children 11 and younger stay, play and eat free. Your stay includes a five-course dinner and breakfast daily, free cocktail receptions, and free golf greens fees (cart fee required). Non-Lakeview: $865 per couple. Lakeview Room: $1,225 per couple.

    Inn at Star Farms, Suttons Bay - The “Run of the House” special through April has a Sunday/Monday or Wednesday/Thursday stay for $438.45 (inclusive of tax and fees). This price includes evening wine reception, breakfast, free bottle of Red House White wine, V.I.P. wine tasting, and use of sauna, library, and recreation trails.

    Traverse City Tourism offers a “True Escape” package, good until May 12, 2016, that combines special rates at participating hotels and resorts with discounts on recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment.

    West Michigan Tourist Association.


    French Country Waterways 30% Discount

    French Country Waterways, an American-owned company providing barge tours of the French countryside, offers 30 percent off select July and August departures on the canals of the Côte d’Or region of Burgundy. Rates start from $4,476.50 per person during the height of the travel season.

    Barge cruises on the 12-passenger Adrienne depart on a Sunday afternoon and last six nights. You meet at a hotel in Paris and are transported via motorcoach to the barge’s mooring in Dijon. Land-based experiences include a visit to the Clos de Vougeot, a medieval abbey; a walking tour of Dijon with visit to the farmers market; time in the walled city of Beaune; a private tour and tasting at a vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet; and a stop at the Château du Rully.

    Besides the daily included excursions, you can relax and enjoy the barge as it traverses 84 miles on its journey. You can sit on the sun deck and take in the surroundings or disembark during stops at one of the 37 locks to walk or ride one of the barge’s bicycles along the towpath.

    During your journey, you are offered more than two dozen wine selections half of which are from Grand Cru or Premier Cru vineyards. One of the six crew members is a chef who crafts meals using local meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and an array of cheeses. Lunches are buffet-style, and dinners are four-course affairs. Though most meals are served on the barge, one night you dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant Lameloise in Chagny.

    French Country Waterways or 800/222-1236.


    Savings on Poseidon Russian Artic Cruise

    Those who think they’ve seen and done it all may want to consider a two-week North Pole voyage where you stand on Arctic Ocean sea ice and search for polar bears in the Russian Arctic known as Franz Josef Land.

    Poseidon Expeditions offers savings of up to $2,000 per person and free hotel nights and charter flights on bookings made before Apr. 30, 2016. Travel is aboard the nuclear-powered icebreaker 50 Years of Victory.

    The promotion applies to the July 10 and Aug. 1, 2016 departures and includes free accommodation with breakfast in Helsinki before and after the cruise, free airport transfers and roundtrip charter flights from Helsinki to Murmansk where the voyage begins. You receive $1,000 off per person for booking twin standard and mini suites and $2,000 off on upper cabins.

    From Murmansk the ship moves north via Kola Bay, a fjord in the Barents Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean that is off the coasts of Norway and Russia. This biologically diverse region is important for reserves of oil, gas, cod and other fish populations.

    The 50 Years of Victory, with a helicopter for inclusive aerial sightseeing, allows you to disembark at the North Pole where you can straddle the Eastern and Western hemispheres, enjoy a 90º North barbecue and take a plunge into the Arctic Ocean.

    The homeward voyage brings you through Franz Josef Archipelago, some 190 islands in the Russian Arctic. Thanks to 24 hours of daylight, photographers are lured to the railing when not in Zodiacs spotting polar bears, walrus and sea bird colonies perched on towering cliffs.

    The 525-foot 50 Years of Victory carries 128 passengers in accommodations with exterior views and en suite facilities. Public spaces include a dining room; aft salon for socializing; a bow-facing bar and lounge; library; gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater. The ship is equipped with a clinic and physician.

    All departures feature presentations by the multi-lingual, international expedition staff, excursions onto the sea ice and ashore via Zodiac landing craft in Franz Josef Land, and helicopter flightseeing.

    Poseidon Expeditions has been making the North Pole icebreaker program commercially available to travelers, operating 32 voyages and carrying more than 3,000 passengers to date.

    Poseidon Expeditions or 347/267-7022.

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    Dublin Pass New Attractions

    The Dublin Pass provides entry to more than 25 of Dublin's most popular attractions, sights and landmarks, so you can save money and time when sightseeing in the city.

    Newly-introduced to the pass for spring 2016 is entry to Dublin's newest attraction, the GPO Witness History exhibition, which tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising, which played an important role in the creation of the Irish Republic. Based at the GPO ('General Post Office'), which was the headquarters of the Irish Nationalist rebels during the Easter Rising, the exhibition blends special effects, soundscapes and stories of real people in extraordinary circumstances to bring the rebellion to life. Normally priced at €10, entry is free with the Dublin Pass.

    A second new addition to the Dublin Pass is a 24-hour ticket for the City Sightseeing 'hop-on, hop-off' bus tour, normally priced at €19. The tour offers two routes and 28 stops in the city, so you can create your own sightseeing itinerary.

    Other new Dublin Pass developments introduced for spring 2016 include a free guidebook at the National Museum of Ireland for Archaeology and the National Museum of Ireland for Decorative Arts & History.

    On a one-day Dublin Pass (€49) you can save money after using your pass three times such as stopping at the Guinness Storehouse (normally €20), Dublin Zoo (€17) and take the hop-on, hop-off bus tour (€19). Visitors on the two-day pass (€69) can save money after visiting five attractions. Three- and five-day passes are also available.

    The Dublin Pass is run by The Leisure Pass Group on behalf of Fáilte Ireland, the country's National Tourism Development Authority.

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