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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2004 Issue


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In This Issue:
Colorful Taos

  • Elite Island Resorts Kids Free, 25% Savings
  • Sequoia Fire Lookouts & Cabins
  • Free Night In Arizona
  • Travelers w/Implants Face Increased Scrutiny
  • Sunshine on Sale at 55% Less
  • Halcyon Hotel Weekly Specials
  • The Reykjavik Tourist Card
  • Super Dan Deals
  • Fort Lauderdale "Ride Our Waters Free"
  • Hertz Florida Drive-Out Savings
  • Vaccine Hope for Travel Diarrhea
  • Norfolk Perfectly Packaged Value Vacations
  • Taos, New Mexico by Nicki Chodnoff
  • Liberty Travel "Sin City" Escapes
  • Cozumel Dive Packages*
  • Arizona Biltmore Summer Getaway*

  • Elite Island Resorts Kids Free, 25% savings

    Elite Island Resorts’ summer promotion entitles travelers to 25 percent off published rates on all-inclusive stays at properties in Antigua, St. Lucia, and Tortola. "The Best of the Caribbean" promotion starts at $969 per person for a five-night all-inclusive stay with airfare included. Kids under the age of 12 stay and eat free. The $969 rate is for stays at the Royal Antiguan in Antigua. The offer must be booked by May 31, 2004.

    Valid for travel through Aug. 31, 2004, the "Best of the Caribbean" promotion offers five-night, all-inclusive stays at St. James's Club, Grand Pineapple Beach, and Royal Antiguan on Antigua; St. James's Club, Morgan Bay and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on St. Lucia, and Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

    Five-night packages include: roundtrip airfare; accommodations; all meals, beverages and cocktails; activities; non-motorized water sports; resort taxes, service charges, gratuities and many extras. Airfare in this package is from most US East Coast cities based on mid-week departures. Add-ons apply for Midwest departures and West Coast departures. Children are charged airfare only. Rates are subject to availability and other restrictions may apply. Up to two children are free with two paying adults in one room.

    Elite Island Resorts or 800/858-4618.


    Sequoia Fire Lookouts & Cabins

    Sequoia National Forest rents fire lookout cabins and stations to overnight guests. Located in California's central Sierra Nevada mountains, these accommodations offer a diverse range of amenities.

    There’s no room service, but the cabins have strong appeal to people looking for a solitude, rejuvenation, and repose by firelight. Reservations are required, and may be made up to six months in advance.

    Sequoia's six historic refurbished cabins and lookouts include Frog Meadow Guard Station, built between 1933 and 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, (CCC) to provide a residence for Forest Service fire patrolmen stationed in that area. In the early 1980's, the Forest Service no longer needed the cabin, and it was opened to the public. Located at 7,700 ft. elevation, the 900 square feet Frog Meadow cabin has one bedroom and bath, with no electricity. Light is provided by "daylight", flashlight or lantern. The cabin is equipped with propane hot water heater, cook stove, refrigerator, panel-type heater and an outdoor fire. Reservations are $75.00 per night.

    Oak Flat Lookout, at 4,900 feet, overlooks the Kern River and was constructed in 1934 in the Greenhorn Mountains to provide fire detection views. The lookout tower holds four adults, maximum. There is a small propane range, heater and outdoor fire ring, but no running water, indoor bathroom or electricity. Cost $35 per night.

    Click here for more information on Sequoia National Forest fire lookout and cabin rentals.


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    Free Night In Arizona

    Midwest Airlines Vacations offers a free hotel night in Arizona. This offer is valid for four-night stays with a fourth free night in Phoenix from June 18, 2004 through Sep. 1, 2004. You must use promotional code PHX4FREE at the time of booking. In addition, a fifth night free is valid for five-night stays in Scottsdale from June 6 to Aug. 30, 2004 when using promotional code SCF5FREE while booking.

    Sample prices includes roundtrip airfare via Midwest Airlines to Phoenix, hotel accommodations, 24-hour traveler assistance, and 500 bonus Midwest Miles in addition to accrued miles from flight, free access to the Best Care Club of General Mitchell International airport in Milwaukee. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy for Sunday and Tuesday departures. Cancellation penalties, payment requirements and holiday surcharges may apply.

    Prices for four-night vacations with accommodations at the Point South Hilton start at $559 from Milwaukee.

    Prices for five-night vacations to Scottsdale with accommodations at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess begin at $664 from Milwaukee.

    Midwest Airlines Vacations or 800/444-4479.


    Travelers With Implants Face Increased Scrutiny

    If you boarded an airplane since Sep. 11, 2001, you’ve seen security personnel asking passengers to slip off shoes and remove watches. Few travelers escape the drone of a metal detector after it senses a foreign object in your pocket.

    Researchers in the United Kingdom have studied the experiences of travelers with orthopaedic implants and reported the results at the Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Researchers found detection of implants rose from an average of 10 percent before Sep. 11 to more than 50 percent after. Detection rates were variable and seemed based on the type of material used in the implant. About 70 percent of device wearers surveyed were not told that their implants could set off security devices.

    A team of researchers from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital surveyed more than 100 patients with orthopaedic implants and analyzed almost 300 flights between 1996 and 2004 to find if implants were detected by security equipment in airports. Most of the travel occurred at 75 European airports. The other 24 airports were in Australia, Asia, and North and South America.

    Certain devices almost guaranteed that a traveler would get pulled out of line for a thorough search, while others sometimes slipped past the radar. Patients with replacement hips containing cobalt chrome always set off the detector after Sep. 2001. However, rates of detection were inconsistent across other types of implants and varied over time and place. Sometimes implants were detected, sometimes not -- which may surprise travelers and those concerned with airport security.

    The public has been told that metal-detector settings are more sensitive than before Sep. 11, and airport security personnel said they thought machine settings were now sensitive enough to pick up all joint replacements.

    Excessive security delays encountered by travelers with implants seemed to be exacerbated by language barriers. To alleviate joint replacement patients' travel impediments, the research team suggests an internationally recognized joint replacement card linked to a joint registry database. This would adhere to the U.S. Enhanced Border Security & Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 and conform with the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service's requirement that all commercial airlines submit detailed passenger manifests before arriving or departing the United States.

    The AAOS suggests that physicians offer patients a letter or card as proof of implant surgery to deal with airport security checks. However, a note from a physician will not necessarily speed up the move through security. If a security alarm sounds, the Federal Aviation Administration requires a resolution: A hand-held screener is used, and, if needed, the implant patient must consent to a noninvasive body search in order to board the plane.

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


    Sunshine on Sale at 55% Less

    Hyatt Resorts in Aruba, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and Key West offer guests Sunshine On Sale. From Apr. 12 though Aug. 31, 2004, you can receive free nights and add-ons such as a round of golf, discounts on watersports, casino chips, and free Camp Hyatt for kids. Blackout dates apply on the hotel portion. The Sunshine on Sale packages offer savings of up to 55 percent over peak winter season rates plus add-ons including, until May 31, a certificate for two $100 flight credits good on any airline, on any flight with no blackout dates or Saturday stay restrictions.

    This package applies to premium accommodations such as Regency Club floors, with their own concierges and lounges, selected suites, and Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort "Su Casa cottages."

    June 1 through Aug. 31, the Sunshine on Sale package at Hyatt Dorado Beach Resort in Puerto Rico begins at $555 for a five-day stay (the fourth night is free). The package is cumulative so on a fifth-night-free offer, guests staying 10 days receive their fifth and 10th nights free.

    At Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman Resort & Villas, guests receive their fifth night free Apr. 12 to Aug. 31 plus a 20 percent discount on select beach toys and one day of Camp Hyatt for two children. Room rates begin at $220 per night.

    Guests at Hyatt Key West get their fourth night free Apr. 16 to Aug. 31, along with a 15 percent discount on select watersports. Room rates begin at $255 per night.

    Guests at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino get their fifth night free Apr. 12 to Aug. 31 plus a 25 percent discount off beach toys and one day at Camp Hyatt for two children. Room rates begin as low as $240 per night.

    Hyatt Hotels and Resorts or 800/554-9288.

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    Halcyon Hotel Weekly Specials

    San Francisco’s Halcyon Hotel offers weekly specials and seasonal packages. Rates start at $510 single, $590 double, per week, or less than $100 per day, plus the 14 percent city hotel tax.

    Three blocks from Union Square and close to cable cars, buses, taxis, streetcars, and Bay Area Rapid Transit, the hotel is on Jones Street in the Theatre District.

    Built in 1912, each of the 25 efficiency-studio rooms is designed as a "home away from home." Every room includes a private bath with antique claw-foot tub with shower , free local calls, data ports, cable TV, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, microwave oven, kitchenware, plates, cups, utensils, hair dryer, safe, on-site laundry, concierge and fax services.

    Halcyon Hotel or 800/627-2396.


    The Reykjavik Tourist Card

    Get to know Reykjavík, Iceland the easy way. The Reykjavík Tourist Card provides free admission to select museums and galleries, all thermal pools in Reykjavík, and free unlimited travel by "Strætó" buses within the greater Reykjavík area.

    Additionally, the card provides discounts to various tours and services and comes with a brochure detailing participating museums and travel services, bus schedules, and other information to make your visit memorable.

    The card can be purchased for 24, 48 or 72 hour versions. The 24 hour card costs approximately 12 Euro, the 48 hour card costs about 18 Euro and the 72 hour card costs about 24 Euro.

    The card can be purchased at the Reykjavik Tourist Information Centre, hotels, bus stations, city hall and other outlets.


    Super Dan Deals

    Israel’s Dan Hotel Chain, with 12 luxury hotels including the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and the Dan Tel Aviv, offers an array of special rates and deals for Spring and Summer 2004.

    The new “Super Dan” and “Super Dan Plus” programs enable travelers staying a minimum of seven nights in Israel to receive reduced rates at all Dan Hotels. Rates are available through Sep. 27, 2004, but not in Eilat and Herzliya during August.

    Dan guests may mix and match stays at two or more Dan Hotels paying the following rates: Dan Panorama in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat: $60 per person per night, double occupancy, including breakfast and service charge.

    The King David Hotel in Jerusalem, Dan Tel Aviv and the Dan Carmel in Haifa, Dan Accadia Herzliya, Dan Caesarea for $116 per person per night, double occupancy, including breakfast and service charge. The Dan Eilat requires a $50 per room supplement on this special.

    If you want to stay a minimum of seven nights at one Dan Hotel, use the “Goldan 7 Plan.” Rates are per person, per night, double occupancy, including the Dan’s lavish Israeli breakfast and service charge, as follows: Dan Panorama, Jerusalem $57, Dan Panorama, Tel Aviv $68, Dan Tel Aviv $97, Dan Accadia, Herzliya $118 (excluding 7/28-8/29) and King David, Jerusalem $124.

    Dan Hotels or 800/223-7773.

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    Treat yourself to a special weekend in the Big Apple. The New York Palace Hotel's “Suite Deal,” gets you 50% off a Towers Suite on Friday or Saturday, free parking, free breakfast and a free bottle of red wine. The New York Palace is across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and steps from Rockefeller Center, Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, museums, and galleries. New York Palace 800/697-2522.


    Fort Lauderdale "Ride Our Waters Free" Program

    With savings on accommodations and attractions, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s "Ride Our Waters Free" program runs May 15 through Sep. 30, 2004. Spend at least two nights at a discounted rate ($45 - $159) in one of 21 participating hotels and you receive a $50 voucher towards your choice of seven water attractions. Present the original voucher for validation upon hotel check-in and use the voucher at one of the seven participating water attractions.

    Sample discounted hotel rates include: Best Western Oceanside Inn from $69; Deerfield Buccaneer, Deerfield Beach from $65; Holiday Inn Oceanside, Pompano Beach from $83; Manta Ray Inn, Hollywood from $77; Nina Lee/ Imperial House from $49; White Sands Inn, Hollywood from $45; Radisson Bahia Mar from $99; Sandy Shores Motel, Hollywood from $49; Seville Hotel from $49; Sheraton Yankee Clipper; Fort Lauderdale; from $99; 954-524-5551 (booking code: GFLAUD); www.sheratonclipper.com

    With the validated voucher, you can enjoy one of the following: Adventure World recreation center with jet skis, air cat, kayaking, boat excursions, fishing expeditions; Billie Swamp Safari Airboat Tour; Glass Bottom Boat Tour; Jungle Queen riverboat sightseeing cruise; Sawgrass Recreation Park airboat ride; South Florida Diving Headquarters’ "Try Scuba" program; and the Water Taxi.

    Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau or 800/22-SUNNY.



    Hertz Florida Drive-Out Savings

    Whether you’re heading home or following the good weather north, you can drive a Hertz car from Florida to any of 20 cities in the Northeast from $9.99 a day. With unlimited mileage and no drop off charge, the Hertz Florida Drive Out Program is an inexpensive way to end a vacation or the winter in the Sunshine State.

    Available through June 28, 2004, the drive out program allows you to rent an economy through full-size car from any Hertz corporate location in Florida and return the car to any Hertz location in 20 key cities in the Northeast. Rental rates are: Economy $9.99 per day or $69.99 per week; Compact $14.99 per day or $88.99 per week; Mid-size $19.99 per day or $98.99 per week; Special Sporty $24.99 per day or $104.99 per week and Full-size $29.99 per day and $109.99 per week.

    When booking, request Rate Code (RQ Code) 1WAY, keep the car at least two days with a maximum keep of 14 days. The weekly minimum keep is five days with a maximum of 14 days. Rates require a 24 hour advance reservation and are subject to change without notice. The Florida Drive Out Program cannot be combined with any other promotion, offer or discount. Blackout periods may apply.

    Hertz or 800/654-3131.



    Vaccine Hope for Travel Diarrhea

    A single pill may stop your tummy troubles when you go abroad. Microscience, a British company, is testing a potential vaccine for diarrhea. Laboratory tests show that it can protect against enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC), a bacterium which causes most cases of travelers' diarrhea. The vaccine could benefit people who visit Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian sub-continent, Central and South America and the Caribbean. More than half of people who travel to countries in those regions suffer at least one bout of diarrhea during their stay.

    Experts say it is unlikely to benefit people living in these countries because it protects against one of many pathogens that can cause diarrhea. A vaccine for diarrhea exists. However, people need to take two doses to gain protection. This latest vaccine is effective in one dose, according to the scientists behind it. While the vaccine is in liquid form, it could be made available in pill form in the future.

    This vaccine may protect against what is known as acute watery diarrhea. This can last for up to 14 days and can include vomiting and fever. It causes dehydration, which if left untreated, can cause death.


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    Norfolk Perfectly Packaged Value Vacations

    Norfolk, Virginia introduces getaway packages that make discovering Norfolk easy.

    Packages are priced per person, based on double occupancy and include accommodations, admission to listed attractions and all taxes. Here are four ways to experience Norfolk.

    Rediscover Your Freedom - starting at $83. The package celebrates the role the city's famed harbor has played. This package includes hotel accommodations and tickets to the National Maritime Center; the Hampton Roads Naval Museum; the USS Wisconsin, America's largest battleship celebrating its 60th anniversary; The MacArthur Memorial; and Victory Rover Naval Base Cruise.

    Family Fun Getaway - starting at $70. Includes tickets to the Virginia Zoological Park; the National Maritime Center; Battleship Wisconsin and the Chrysler Museum of Art.

    Catch A Wave - starting at $106. Designed for the seafarer at hear, it includes tickets to the National Maritime Center; the Battleship Wisconsin; American Rover Tall Ship Cruises; and the Virginia Beach Science Museum.

    The Cruise Package - starting at $48. This package pairs overnight accommodations with visits to the National Maritime Center; the Battleship Wisconsin and The MacArthur Memorial.

    For information on how to book a vacation and a list of participating hotels, visit the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau or 877/877-1497.


    Taos, New Mexico -- Art at its Heart
    photos and article by Nicki Chodnoff

    Taos, New Mexico is a place for convergence and art seems to be at the heart of the community. Home to about 6,000 people, Native American, Spanish, and Anglo cultures easily mix here, like chiles, cilantro and tomatoes in a salsa.

    About 140 miles north of Albuquerque, Taos sits on a high and wide mesa at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in northern New Mexico. About 7,000 feet above sea level, Taos is near imposing 13,000-foot Wheeler Peak, the highest crest in New Mexico.

    Taos thrives on art. The Tiwa people of Pueblo de Taos, who call themselves the people of the red willows, were some of the earliest artists. They made elegant pottery for hundreds of years before the Spanish arrived in the 1600s. Some theorize that the glistening mica in the adobe walls led the Spanish conquistadors, who encountered this settlement in 1450, to think they discovered one of the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.

    Pueblo de TaosThe tradition lives on as sparkling mica-flecked pottery and silver jewelry are still made by local artisans and sold at some of the individually owned curio shops within the pueblo. Fine, contemporary artists on the pueblo combine Indian tradition with modern artistic expression.

    Taos Pueblo has been a center of modern Native-American culture since the 17th century. The only living Native American community designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark, the multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years. Located in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grande River, the houses and ceremonial centers are derived from the pre-historic Anasazi tribes. Pueblo de Taos is the best preserved of the pueblos north of the Mexican border.

    Still an active community, you can tour the pueblo, which is generally open to visitors daily. The pueblo closes for tribal rituals and for about 10 weeks in late winter to early spring. Admission to the pueblo includes a guided tour and the opportunity to purchase authentic Indian goods, including pottery, jewelry, and homemade breads.

    Taos as a modern artist colony began because of an accident: a broken carriage wheel. In 1896, Ernest L. Blumenschein and Bert G. Phillips, two young American artists, were touring the Southwest to work on illustrations. In northern New Mexico their surrey caught in a rut and broke one of the wagon wheels. As luck would have it, the nearest blacksmith was in Taos, 20 miles away. Blumenschein lost a coin toss and headed to Taos to fix the broken wheel.

    Blumenschein MuseumPhillips joined Blumenschein in Taos when the carriage was fixed and never left. Blumenschein stayed a few months, but returned frequently. Both told artists friends about the beauty of Taos and many came. In July 1915, Blumenschein, Phillips, and four others founded the Taos Society of Artists. Blumenschein and his artist wife settled in Taos permanently in 1919.

    In a city with more artists per capita than Paris, the history, art and culture of Taos is preserved in unique local museums and the Taos pueblo.

    The Blumenschen House and Museum - in the 1797 structure the Blumenscheins bought when they settled in Taos, it’s maintained more or less the way the Blumenscheins left it. It gives you an idea of life in Taos in the 1920s. Featured are the works of both Blumenscheins, their daughter and some of the other members of the Taos Society of Artists.

    Harwood Museum of Art - Operated by the University of New Mexico, the Harwood features paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and photography by artists from Taos and the region. As the second oldest museum in the state, the collection includes Taos Moderns, a post-WW II influx of modernist painters.

    Fechin House MuseumTaos Art Museum at the Fechin House - In 1927, Russian-born Nicolai Fechin joined the growing number of artists moving to Taos. Fechin completely reconstructed the interior of his Taos adobe home, adding distinctly Russian wood carvings and creating one of the most unusual and beautiful Taos homes open to the public. The furniture, doors, windows, corbels and beams were all crafted by Fechin's hand.

    Millicent Rogers Museum. Outside of Taos in the house of a nationally recognized patron of the arts who lived in Taos from 1947 to 1953, the core exhibition is Millicent Rogers’ collection of Southwest Native American and Hispanic art, including jewelry and pottery.

    The La Hacienda de los Martinez -- One of the few northern New Mexico style, late Spanish Colonial period "Great Houses" in the American Southwest, the 1804 adobe fortress with massive walls was the home of a prominent early 19th century trader. The hacienda was the end of the Camino Real (royal road) which connected northern New Mexico to Mexico City. The hacienda's 21 rooms surrounding two courtyards provide a rare glimpse of rugged frontier life in the early 1800s.

    Kit Carson Home & Museum -- Carson purchased the large adobe house in 1843 as a wedding present for his bride. The house was their permanent home until their deaths in 1868. The museum contains a portion of Carson's original home. Artifacts and exhibits illustrate Carson’s life story, his family and the character of frontier life in Taos. Other exhibits depict the importance of the Native American and Hispanic cultures in the history of northern New Mexico.

    Visiting the museums is easy on the wallet. For $20, you can visit all with one discount ticket that’s honored for one full year from the date of purchase. And it's transferable - so you can pass it on to a friend if you don't have time to visit all the museums. Ask at any of the locations.

    Where there are artists, you’ll find art collectors. The downtown historic town plaza, the original center for trade and gossip through the centuries, is still the heart of town. Best explored on foot, shops and galleries are now housed in the former mercantiles that circle three sides of the plaza. Some are souvenir shops with some artwork; some are extensions of an artist’s studio; and some are serious galleries bearing the works of recognized artists. Artwork spans the spectrum: you’ll find paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery and fiber arts. There is no particular Taos style or school now so there are works of every imaginable kind, including Native American, representational, and abstract.

    In warmer weather, the plaza is the gathering spot for fairs, festivals and cultural events.

    Kit Carson Road marks the northern edge of Taos Plaza. Galleries, craft shops, bed and breakfast inns and the low-slung adobe Kit Carson Home and Museum all can be found here. Many of the town’s older structures call this stretch of original Taos home. Neighboring Bent Street combines an Old West feeling with upscale shopping and still more art galleries.

    Don’t think Taos is just about art and museums. It’s a four-season destination with plenty of opportunities for skiing, snow-mobiling, white water rafting, golf, and other outdoor activities.

    For more information contact the Taos Chamber of Commerce or 877/587-8915.


    Liberty Travel "Sin City" Escapes

    Glitz and glitter make Las Vegas a top destination. Liberty Travels vacation packages make it more affordable to experience "Sin City."

    Starting from $319 per person for a three-night stay, based on double occupancy, the air-inclusive Vegas vacations are valid May 31 through Sep. 9, 2004. Packages include roundtrip midweek air on America West, airport transfers, accommodations, Fun Pak with discounts on tours and attractions, free Laughlin tour, free Primm Nevada shopping tour, 2-for1admission to Rick Thomas magic show and hotel tax.

    Travelers can stay at: Palace Station, $319; New York-New York, $395; MGM Grand, $399; The Mirage, $439; Treasure Island, $435; Bellagio, $529. Prices reflect departures from New York (JFK) and other departure gateways. Weekend departures are available at a higher cost.

    Liberty Travel or 888/271-1586.


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    Cozumel Dive Packages

    Six hotels and resorts in Isla Cozumel, the largest island in the Mexican Caribbean, offer value-priced dive packages for 2004. Along the second largest reef network in the world, with more than 20 miles of reefs and water visibility up to 200 feet, Cozumel is a world renowned dive destination. Following are dive packages from island hotels:

    Casa Mexicana 877/228-6747, dive packages: two days of diving start at $204 to five days of diving from $492. Packages are per person, based on double occupancy, two-tank dives, daily breakfast. One free snorkeling trip for non-diver companion and free night dive when diving for more than four days. Valid through Dec. 20, 2004.

    Casa Del Mar Cozumel 800/235-5892, has five dive options, from a two day dive package starting at $241 and extending to a five day dive package starting at $580. The packages include accommodations, welcome cocktail, daily breakfast, boat diving, unlimited tanks for shore diving, and a 20 percent discount at Nachi Cocom beach club. Rates are per person based on double occupancy, and valid to Dec. 22, 2004.

    El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel 800/435-3240 or cozumel@elcid.com.mx, two days of diving from $254, four days from $454, and five days from $559. Packages are per person, based on double occupancy, valid to Dec. 24, 2004. Includes accommodations, breakfast, two tanks per day for boat dives, unlimited tanks for shore diving, a welcome drink, beer bucket and taxes.

    Hacienda San Miguel & Vista Del Mar Boutique or 866/712-6387. Open water scuba course with five-night stay, three days of instruction and exercises from $490 per person, based on double occupancy. Full certification course includes equipment, shore diving and two tanks, open International certification card. Two day diving packages start at $204, three days from $290, and five days from $446 based on double occupancy. Includes accommodations, two tanks per dive, equipment, entrance to marine park, two different reefs per day of diving, free tank for shore and one free night dive. Valid through Dec. 2004.

    Hotel Villablanca or 01152-987-872-0730 features two dive packages. Three days of diving start at $290 or five days of diving at $459. Both based on double occupancy and include passenger pick up from hotel pier, dive tanks, in-water dive master, and daily breakfast. Valid through Dec. 20, 2004.

    Reef Club Isla Cozumel Beach Resort or 888/773-4349, offers five day dive package starting at $825 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all-inclusive accommodations, two tank dives per person, taxes and tips.

    Suites Bahia and Suites Colonial 877/228-6747, offer five packages of varying lengths, valid through Dec. 20, 2004. Package start at $166 for two days of diving with five days of diving for $422. Suites Colonials two days of diving start at $156, five days of diving from $380. Packages are per person, based on double occupancy and include breakfast. Free snorkeling trip for non-diver companion and free night dive when diving more than four days.

    Cozumel.



    Arizona Biltmore Summer Getaway

    Special room rates, golf and spa discounts, activities, and history tours will all be part of a summer getaway to The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa during its 75th Anniversary celebration.

    From May 27 through Sept. 2, 2004, the resort offers room rates of $145 per night weekdays (Sunday-Wednesday), a discount of $60, and $165 weekends (Thursday-Saturday), a discount of $40. For families, a second room for the kids is 50 percent off. Rates are subject to availability and do not include tax and resort fee.

    Savings also include 50 percent off a second spa treatment, a second round of golf, and the Kids Korral children's activity program.

    Summer activities will include wine tastings, cigar rolling, author appearances, regional artisan displays, family pottery painting, and marshmallow roasts with a cowboy balladeer sing-along.

    The Arizona Biltmore sits on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and Squaw Peak. Opened in 1929, its architecture was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Facilities include 738 guest accommodations; eight swimming pools; seven tennis courts; a full-service spa, salon, and fitness center; two 18-hole PGA golf courses; and an 18-hole putting course.

    Arizona Biltmore or 800/950-0086.



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