Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, June 2014 Issue
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Save 33% During Sea Turtle Nesting Season
|An ancient ritual that dates to the time of dinosaurs begins on the Caribbean island of Dominica. Endangered sea turtles arrive and nest on the protected black sand beach of Rosalie Bay Resort. In approximately 60 days, the first hatchlings emerge.
During the annual nesting season, through October, hundreds of sea turtles lay eggs on the same beach where they were born. Three species nest at Rosalie Bay, the giant Leatherback, Green and Hawksbill. Plan a vacation for a chance to witness the sight of an 800-pound sea turtle crawling ashore to nest or hatchlings smaller than a baby’s footprint head out to sea.
Located on the Atlantic coast of Dominica, Rosalie Bay founded the sea turtle conservation efforts more than 10 years ago. The eco-boutique resort provides a protected nesting ground for the endangered species and gathers research to aid in their recovery.
Guests are invited to participate in the sea turtle conservation efforts by helping patrol the beach to protect nesting turtles, assisting researchers in collecting data or watching as they relocate nests that are too close to the ocean to the turtle hatchery, or being “on call” for when baby sea turtles hatch and begin their journey.
In addition to saving turtles, visit during sea turtle season and save 33 percent on your stay of four nights. The offer is available in all of the resort’s 28 rooms and suites, each featuring local hand-crafted furniture, bathrooms with rain showers, and patios with views of the garden, ocean or river.
Discounted daily rates start at $150.75 for two, plus tax and service charge. Daily rates include free Continental breakfast, Wi-Fi, yoga classes and nature walks.
Rosalie Bay Resort or 877/732-2864.
Naples Beach Hotel 3rd Night Free
|If a getaway to Southwest Florida sounds appealing, consider the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Beachfront on the Gulf of Mexico, the 125-acre resort is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort with a championship golf course, a spa with free admission for guests, free daily recreational program for children ages five to 12 and tennis center, all on-site. Resort guests benefit from no resort fees and free self-parking.
Making it more appealing, the resort spent $45 million in renovations over the last six years, which includes renovating its 319 guest rooms and suites.
The resort offers the third night free through Sep. 30, 2014, based on availability, with holiday weekends excluded. For holiday weekends the resort offers the fourth night free.
Ask for the third night free promotion when booking. The promotion may not be combined with any other offer and is not applicable to groups.
Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club or 800/237-7600.
L.A. Car Free Travel Packages
|Car Free LA, an eco-tourism initiative designed by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, offers free itineraries centered around exploring Los Angeles' neighborhoods and attractions by walking, biking and taking the METRO. L.A. Tourism has partnered with nine hotels for summer travel packages inspired by the Car Free L.A. program – making it easy to stay and experience Los Angeles without relying on a car.
Some of the Car Free LA-inspired hotel packages include:
Hotel Angeleno’s 'LA Our Way' package, available through Dec. 30, 2014, includes:
- We Are Not Square guide
- Fanny pack with sunglasses, bottled water, protein bar and sunscreen
- Breakfast at West Restaurant & Lounge
- Five percent donated to the Lynne Cohen Foundation Kickin' Cancer Run/Walk
- Free shuttle service within three miles
- Rates start at $269 per night plus with advanced reservations necessary. Blackout dates apply.
The Valley: Hilton Universal – Car-Free Getaway, through Oct. 30, 2014, includes:
- Accommodations for two adults
- Pedometer, two bottles of water and a healthy snack
- Present to the Front Desk 10,000 steps on your pedometer during your stay and receive a code for 15 percent off your next visit
- Rates start at $169 plus tax.
W Hollywood,877/782-0104, 'Walk of Fame' package, through Oct. 31, 2014, includes:
- Bliss Fabulous Feet pedicure
- $10 TAP card for the METRO station
- Ask for promo code WLKFAME.
Kimpton's The Hotel Wilshire and Hotel Palomar Los Angeles–Westwood Carefree package, available through Oct. 31, 2014, includes:
- Pedometer, two bottles of water, a healthy snack and sunscreen
- Car-free map of the neighborhood
- Free valet parking
- Show the Front Desk that you walked at least 10,000 steps per day with your pedometer, and receive a code for 20 percent off your room rate for your next stay. The bounce back offer can be redeemed within one year of your stay.
- Hotel Wilshire starts at $299 per night plus tax; Hotel Palomar LA: $259 per night plus tax.
The Beverly Garland – 'Car Free, No Worries' package, through Oct. 31, 2014, includes:
- One-night stay in standard accommodations
- Walking map of the neighborhood area
- Welcome water bottle and trail mix
- Free shuttle service to METRO line and Universal Studios
- Rates from $179 per night plus tax
Book a Car Free LA hotel package or download Car Free LA vacation itineraries here.
National "Go Like A Pro" Golf Sweepstakes
|National Car Rental, the Official Rental Car of the PGA of America, launched its "Go Like A Pro" golf sweepstakes. Until Aug. 15, 2014, you can register daily for a chance to win a four-person VIP package to the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Southampton, Bermuda, through National's Facebook page.
One sweepstakes winner will receive a prize package that includes four Champions Club tickets to the event at Port Royal Golf Course, roundtrip airfare, lodging at the Fairmont Southampton Oct. 12 to 16, 2014, and access to the welcome reception and Champions Celebration. Daily instant-win prizes, including 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf merchandise, will be awarded to select sweepstakes entrants who play the instant-win putt-putt game.
In addition to daily registration entries, National Car Rental Emerald Club members can earn more sweepstakes entries for each qualifying rental from National. Based upon their membership tier level, members will receive up to 15 additional sweepstakes entries per rental.
National Car Rental .
Avoid Rental Car ‘Gimmicks’
|Shrewd and some say deceptive rental car practices can leave a big hole in your pocket.
When you book, that initial low rate quickly ramps up with added charges. So what appears on your bill when you pick up your ride can be far more than your initial booking price.
Here are a few rental car “gimmicks” to watch out for:
Airport rentals – You pay a hefty premium when you rent a car from an airport location. If possible, forgo the rental car and take a taxi or public transportation to your destination or a rental car location. This takes pre-planning but can save you on those convenience surcharges. If you must rent at the airport, make reservations before your trip to get the best rate.
Mileage limitations – Save a few bucks on your rental with a limited mileage arrangement. You will be charged a flat fee if you don’t exceed a specified number of miles in a single day or for the duration of your rental. If your plans change, brace yourself for the additional fees. Ask about territorial restrictions as your contract may allow only in-state travel.
Penalties and extra fees - - When you hand the rental car agent your reservation, chances are you will not drive away with the exact car your reserved at the quoted price. You are tempted with an upgraded car, an extra day, bringing back the car early, using a debit card or returning the car to an alternate destination.
Here’s how to avoid these added fees
- Decline the upgrade unless it is offered as a courtesy.
- Do not extend the reservation unless it is an emergency. The rate for the extra day will likely be more.
- Avoid returning the rental car to an alternate location as that may result in a penalty.
- Search for a rental car company that accepts cash or does not require a deposit for debit card transactions. With a debit card transaction, a $200 to $500 hold maybe put on your account.
- Don’t smoke inside the vehicle, you may be accessed a cleaning fee.
Insurance - Most rental car companies offer the following coverage options:
- Loss-damage waiver ($9 to $19 per day).
- Liability coverage ($7 to $14 per day).
- Personal accident coverage ($1 to $5 per day).
- Personal effects coverage ($1 to $4 per day).
You may not need them. Before you rent a car, call your car insurance company and your credit card company to see if they offer coverage for rental cars and under which circumstances it applies.
- Incidentals - The sales rep at the counter may tell you not to worry about the gas because they can fill the car for you if you’re short on time. Think again. The rate per gallon is typically more expensive than at a gas station. Also, pass on the toll pass, GPS system, satellite radio, roadside protection, car seat or other service because you pay dearly for those amenities.
- Underage drivers - Are you under the age of 25? The prices you see online don’t apply as you may pay almost double that amount.
- Inspections - Even if you are in a hurry, do not leave until the sales rep thoroughly inspects the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Failure to do so can result in that scratch on the bumper or coffee stain in the rear seat becoming your problem. Cover yourself by taking photos during the inspection.
China For $888
|Tour operator China Spree posts this eight-day Timeless Beijing package on its web site six months in advance, to give you a good head start. Starting at $888, this package includes roundtrip non-stop flights from San Francisco (Los Angeles, Houston and New York cost slightly more); hotel transfers; accommodation in a four-star hotel; three days of escorted sightseeing tours with entrance fees; six American buffet breakfasts; three Chinese lunches; baggage handling; and a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. China Spree can only confirm your reservation based on the order in which your deposit is received.
Sightseeing includes four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall of China; Tiananmen Square; the Forbidden City; the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs with 36 massive stone sculptures; the Temple of Heaven; and the Summer Palace Imperial garden.
Optional excursions are available. There’s an evening outing with dinner, an acrobatics show and transfers ($35), and an all-day excursion that includes the Giant Panda at Beijing Zoo, a rickshaw ride through Old Beijing’s ancient alleyways, lunch in a traditional courtyard home, a visit to a Tibetan lamasery, and a Peking duck dinner ($75).
If you have an extra day and an extra hundred dollars, China Spree offers a nine-day Beijing/Shanghai package that starts at $999.
All prices are cash-only, are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability.
Timeless Beijing package or 866/652-5656.
Oberoi Hotels Exotic Vacations Summer Special
|Stretch your vacation without stretching your budget with Oberoi’s Exotic Vacations Summer Special. The offer lets you experience hotels in India at savings of 50 percent over peak season prices. You also get values such as free rooms for children, savings on spa therapies and free yoga sessions. Add to this, the convenience and flexibility to create your own itinerary.
You can choose hotels in destinations such as Rajasthan, Ranthambore, the Himalayas, Mumbai and Delhi. You can add to your India experience by extending your stay to Dubai at the Oberoi, Dubai.
Oberoi Exotic Vacations offers:
- Accommodation in a Premier Room on double occupancy
- Free daily breakfast and Yoga session
- Free additional room for two children, up to 12 years of age, subject to availability
- Transfers between city airport or railway station and hotel
- 25 percent savings on spa therapies
The summer special is available at the Oberoi in Agra; Jaipur; Udaipur; Ranthambhore; Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas; New Delhi; Gurgaon; Kolkata; Bangalore; and Mumbai.
This offer is priced at 18,500 Indian rupees per night (about $310 U.S.) plus taxes. The offer is applicable on a minimum six night stay through Sep. 30, 2014.
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts or email@example.com
Maggie Valley Club & Resort Stay & Play Golf Packages
|Maggie Valley Club and Resort, a year-around destination for golf and relaxation in North Carolina, offers Stay & Play packages for summer 2014.
You receive special rates and added-value features on a two or more night stay, multiple rounds of golf on the 18-hole 6500-yard golf course, and free access to several amenities.
You can choose from the following options:
Family Summer package, available through July 13, 2014, from $155 per night, per person, based on double occupancy, Code SMRFM4, includes:
- Two nights’ lodging in a two bedroom/two bath condominium
- Two rounds of golf per person including greens and cart fee
- Free range balls and overnight bag storage
- Access to fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool and hot tub (seasonal)
- 15 percent discount on Pro Shop merchandise
- One appetizer from on-site restaurant
- Each Jr Golfer receives free logo golf ball
Classy Clubs & Cocktails package, available July 1 through Aug. 31, 2014, Code LDSGP4C, from $165 per person, per night based on double occupancy, includes:
- Two nights’ lodging in a two bedroom/two bath condo with private balcony
- Two rounds of golf per person, including greens & cart fee
- Additional rounds at a discounted rate and same day second rounds for cart fee only
- Free range balls and overnight bag storage
- Access to fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool and hot tub
- One cocktail not to exceed $10. Must be 21 or older
- 15 percent discount on pro shop merchandise or on-site restaurant
Majestic Maggie package, available July 6 to Aug. 29, 2014, Code HFTH04, from $162per night, per person, based on double occupancy, includes:
- Two nights’ lodging in a two bedroom/two bath condo with private balcony
- Two rounds of golf per person, including greens and cart fee
- Free range balls and overnight bag storage
- Access to fitness center, tennis courts, outdoor pool and hot tub
- 15 percent discount on pro shop merchandise or on-site restaurant
There is a maximum of four people per two bedroom condo. Taxes and cleaning fee not included. Some restrictions apply and the package is offered based on availability.
Maggie Valley Club & Resort or 800/438-3861.
Win a Trip to a Nature Preserve
|Spring is here and Back to Nature food company and the Nature Conservancy encourage you to get outside and enjoy nature and have a chance to win a trip to a nature preserve, cash and outdoor prizes.
Back to Nature will send one grand prize winner on a vacation for two to Mashomack Preserve in Pine Plains, NY or Muleshoe Ranch in Willcox, AZ, the choice is yours. The winner will also receive $1,400 cash for travel expenses. Six first prize winners will each receive a one-year supply of Back to Nature snacks, $50 cash and a GoPro Hero3 outdoor video camera. Enter to win via Facebook.
In addition, Back to Nature offers a chance to win a Yolo stand up paddleboard and other nature-centric prizes. Just post a photo of you or a loved one enjoying Back to Nature products on the Back to Nature Facebook timeline. The more creative and outdoorsy the photos, the better.
No purchase is necessary. Official rules are on Facebook.
Sea Pines Resort Summer Escape Vacation
|The Sea Pines Resort, in Hilton Head, SC, offers its “Escape Vacation” package for weeklong stays through Sep. 5, 2014.
With five miles of beaches, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, 54 holes of golf and horseback riding, the resort offers family fun completely within the resort. Weekly rates start at $1,015 for a one-bedroom villa (taxes not included). The offer is packed with added value, including:
- • Up to 15 percent off a weekly home or villa rental
- • $100 resort credit redeemable for golf, dining and activities
- • Free golf for children 12 and younger on the Ocean Course (with each paid adult round)
- • No charge for children 12 and younger on a 1 1/2-hour dolphin excursion cruise (with each paid adult)
- • One free family portrait session on the beach by Memory Lane Portraits ($125 value)
- • One Eco-Adventure or activity for two people at the resort or Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn
The package also features two hours of tennis per day at the Sea Pines Racquet Club; unlimited use of the fitness center; access for two to the Harbour Town Lighthouse; free “pack and pick-up” grocery service at Harris Teeter-Park Plaza; and wireless internet during the stay.
When booking the Escape Vacation package online or by phone, enter or mention promotion code: ESCAPE. A deposit is due 90 days before arrival.
Sea Pines Resort or 866/561-8802.
In-Room Urgent Care in L.A.
|If in Los Angeles and not feeling well, House Call Doctor Los Angeles, provides urgent care in hotels and motels in the Los Angeles area. You no longer have to brave confusing freeways to find urgent care in some of the world's most intimidating urban sprawl.
Being sick in any strange city can be upsetting, but the size and complexity of the Los Angeles area can make getting to a doctor's office stressful enough to make a sick person sicker. It's better to wait for care in your hotel room rather than dealing with the confusion and traffic.
House Call Doctor Los Angeles provides healthcare on a 24/7 basis at hotel rooms, homes, offices, work sites, and film sets.
You don't need to have a Four Seasons bank account to afford House Call Doctor. Services may be covered by insurance and rates are competitive. A visit from House Call Doctor Los Angeles may be less expensive than utilizing one of L.A.'s emergency rooms.
Schedule of prices and information on personalized care that comes to you or 310/849-7991.
Ctrip.com Business Class Fare Promotion
|Hong Kong Airlines (HKA) and online travel agent, Ctrip.com partner on a promotion to sell business class airfares through February 2015.
Business class tickets are valid up to 10 months and have flexible dates. The discounted business class fare starts at RMB 2,850 yuan (round trip between Shanghai and Taipei) about $470.
Passengers with Hong Kong Airlines' business class ticket can use the VIP lounge. HKA's VIP lounge at Hong Kong International Airport will be expanded to 506 square meters to accommodate 120 people and include a Business Centre, VIP rooms and shower service. Hot noodles and authentic Hong Kong food will be served at the food and beverage service area.
Hong Kong Airlines covers about 24 business and leisure travel destinations in Mainland China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia with flights to major destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Bangkok, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Okinawa and Bali.
Aston Hotels & Resorts Waikoloa Golf Packages
|Aston Hotels & Resorts makes staying and playing sweeter for golfers at Hawaiian resorts Aston Shores at Waikoloa and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas – with the new Sweet Suite Golf package.
Receive deals on golf at two courses in the Waikoloa Beach Resort on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island for travel through Dec. 14, 2014. For any three-night stay, rates start at $227 per night for a one-bedroom suite at Aston Shores at Waikoloa and $248 per night for a one-bedroom golf villa at Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas, including two rounds of 18-hole golf with cart on the Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Beach Course or the Kings’ Course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Moorish. Plus you receive preferred rates of $50 on any additional round. Prices are based on availability, subject to change, and do not include taxes and fees.
When you stay at the Waikoloa Beach Resort you have access to a variety of restaurants, shops and activities. Amenities include kitchens and on-site laundry facilities; the free Aston Aloha Book with more than $1,800 in savings on dining, shopping, activities in Hawaii; and Aston’s “Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free” program. Valet parking and in-suite WiFi access are also available.
Sweet Suite Golf package or 866/ 774-2924.
Double Marriott Rewards for Summer Travel
|Earn double Marriott Rewards points after the second paid stay, up to 25,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points, through Aug. 31, 2014, with the Marriott Rewards Getaway Bonus promotion. That's enough points for a free night at the JW Marriott Beijing or the Costa Rica Marriott San Jose. Some members may receive alternate Getaway Bonus offers.
Registration is required by July 31, 2014. Find out more about the promotion and register here.
A 'stay' is consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Bonus points will be awarded within three to five business days after the qualifying stay. Awards are not transferable and may not be given as a gift. Nights spent while redeeming an award are not eligible for credit and Marriott Vacation Club owner-occupied weeks are not eligible for credit. Only one room per hotel is counted toward a night or stay. If you choose to earn miles, you are not eligible for this promotion.
Double points can be earned at more than 3,800 hotels worldwide at participating Marriott Rewards brands. The Ritz-Carlton participates as the exclusive luxury partner to Marriott Rewards.
Marriott Rewards has no blackout dates and you can earn and redeem points at more than 3,800 Marriott International hotels around the world. You can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals and more.
Marriott Rewards or 800/450-4442.
Club Med Multigenerational Family Savings
|With the surge in multigenerational travel, Club Med invites families to its resorts at Cancun Yucatan, Mexico; Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; and Sandpiper Bay, FL with their Family Reunion package. Book seven rooms or more, and you will receive up to 15 percent savings, and value amenities. Valid for new group bookings, you must book a minimum of seven rooms and 14 adults (age 16 years or older) to qualify.
Club Med offers an all-inclusive vacation with family rooms and family suites. Families who take advantage of the Family Reunion package will have a private cocktail party arranged during their stay, complete with non-alcoholic beverages for kids, tailored private sports events and other family-friendly activities. Families will also enjoy reserved seating for dinner each night at the various restaurants.
Club Med caters to all age groups and interests with amenities including spa treatments and activities such as sailing, volleyball, fitness classes, golf, kite-surfing and a flying trapeze. The children's programs, for ages four months to 17 years old, are designed for their age group, including activities from junior tennis, golf and sailing to the circus school or Le Petit Chef cooking lessons.
The Family Reunion package must be booked before Aug. 27, 2014 for travel until April 30, 2015. Black dates apply on certain dates and destinations.
Club Med membership fees of $60 per person for adults and $30 per person for children are additional. Price and amenities may vary by resort or travel dates.
Club Med or 800/453-2582.
Daily Travel Getaways with Savings up to 50%
|The U.S. Travel Association offers travel savings at www.DailyGetaways.com through July 4, 2014. Daily Getaways features deals with savings of up to 50 percent from more than 20 of America's top travel brands.
Throughout this online promotion, you can find offers on hotel packages, loyalty point packages, car rentals, theme park admissions and city attraction passes. You can save an additional 10 percent by using your American Express Card to make a purchase.
Brands providing discounted travel include Choice Hotels, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Loews Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels, Alamo Rent A Car, Caesars Entertainment, CityPASS and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment. Here's the full list of participating brands.
Each weekday, a new exclusive offer will be unveiled on the website at 1 p.m. EDT and will be available to any U.S. resident, age 18 or older, to purchase throughout the promotion period, until the limited inventory is sold out.
The calendar feature on the promotion site allows you to preview upcoming offers and sign up for email reminders to be notified when the daily offers go on sale.
Individual terms and conditions apply for each Daily Getaways offer posted throughout the promotional period. All details on how, when and where offers can be redeemed can be found in each offer's full description.
Philly PHLASH Returns
|The Philly PHLASH, a transit loop connecting visitors and locals to key sights and attractions for $2 per ride, returns to Center City Philadelphia through December.
PHLASH arrives at each stop every 15 minutes between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. with the last pick up time marked at each stop along the route. The purple bus runs seven days a week through Labor Day and weekends only (Friday to Sunday), Sep. 5 through Dec. 28, 2014.
The PHLASH stops at 20 locations, mostly along Market Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A new stop is located at 3rd and Market Streets connecting the Waterfront and Historic Districts. A transfer is available at 25th Street and Fairmount Avenue in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Perelman Building (Stop No. 9) for riders wanting to visit the Please Touch Museum and Philadelphia Zoo.
The new PHLASH fleet is made up of seven new Flyer MiDi buses. Each bus seats up to 32 passengers with large windows for views of Center City. The buses have low floor clearance making them easy to enter, especially when carrying large items such as shopping bags and strollers. The buses are air conditioned, ADA compliant, made in the USA and use the latest in clean diesel technology.
At $2 per ride or $5 all-day, the PHLASH is the most inexpensive and easy connection to key destinations in Center City. SEPTA pass holders ride free as well as children under four and seniors. Convenient Park & Ride locations sponsored by the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) offer discounted rate options.
Tickets can be purchased on any PHLASH vehicle with exact change only or in advance at the following locations:
- Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market Streets
- Sister Cities Park Visitor Center, 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Fairmount Park Welcome Center, 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard
- City Hall Visitor Center, Broad & Market Streets, Room 121
- Online at phillyPHLASH.com
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, VISIT PHILADELPHIA offers two all-day PHLASH passes with each Philly Overnight Hotel Package booked. The one- or two-night packages include free hotel parking and a gift upon check-in. You can use it to book one night or two consecutive nights, seven days a week based on availability.
Book & Go Northern Lights, Iceland Package
|The Celebrity Cruises Book & Go Vacation package takes you nearly to the top of the world for the Northern Lights. It’s paired with your choice of two cruises departing London - one traveling to France and the Iberian Peninsula and the other to the Canary Islands and the Azores.
Packages are available on Celebrity Infinity sailing Oct. 1, 2014 and Celebrity Eclipse sailing Oct. 5, 2014. Packages start at $3,899 per person, including air and three nights in Iceland.
The offer price is per person, based on double occupancy, in stateroom category 12 and includes roundtrip coach airfare from JFK to London. Package price for travel from other gateways and sail dates may differ. The offer is subject to availability and change without notice. Package price does not include checked baggage fees that may be charged by the airline or fees for optional services.
The package must be purchased by each guest in the stateroom and is valid for triple or quad occupancy.
- Northern Lights and Iceland Book & Go vacation packages include:
- Three nights in Reykjavik, Iceland at the four-star Hilton Nordica
- Fully-guided Northern Lights, Golden Circle, and Blue Lagoon tours12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Infinity (France and Iberian Discovery Cruise) or a 14-night cruise aboard Celebrity Eclipse (Canaries and Azores Cruise)
- Classic Beverage package, including wine and spirits
- All transfers from airports, hotels, and cruise port
- Additional people in your stateroom receive Classic Non-alcoholic Beverage packages and 38-minute Internet packages.
Iceland Book and Go Package or 877/812-4739.
Free Fun New York City by Nicki Chodnoff
|Many of New York City's museums cost nothing to visit while others offer free admission on specific days of the week or at certain times. Here are a few lesser known New York City museums are always free. Your free fun options are enough to sightsee for at least a week.
African Burial Ground Memorial Site - 290 Broadway (bet. Duane and Reade Sts.) Manhattan - 212/637-2019 - Most New Yorkers have no idea that in the 17th and 18th centuries, hundreds of Africans were buried in Lower Manhattan. Construction workers found the remains of more than 400 Africans in the early 1990s in this unmarked cemetery. In 1991, the African Burial Ground project, a memorial to this sacred site, was launched. Today, the site includes commissioned artwork and a respectful exterior memorial, where many tributes to the deceased and community events have since taken place. The Burial Ground’s new visitor center features exhibitions and a 40-seat theater.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts - 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx - 718/681-6000 - Specializes in contemporary art from diverse cultural backgrounds, and art to which the Bronx itself plays a central role.
Federal Hall National Memorial - 26 Wall St (at Nassau St.) Manhattan - 212/825-6990 - Though few people associate New York with America’s federal government, old Wall Street is where it began. Federal Hall served as the first U.S. Capitol Building, the site of George Washington’s first inauguration and where the Bill of Rights was officially passed. The original building has been demolished. The current structure, built as the U.S. Customs House in 1842, serves as a national memorial. You can get a free tour on your own or with a guide; no reservations necessary.
The Federal Reserve Bank - 33 Liberty St between Nassau & William Sts Manhattan - 212/720-6130 - Commune with the planet's most precious metal. Roughly a quarter of the world's gold (more than $200 billion dollars) is stored here in a gigantic vault that rests on the bedrock of Manhattan Island.
General Grant National Memorial Riverside Dr and 122nd St Manhattan - 212/666-1640 - This memorial pays tribute to General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia. The largest tomb in North America, General Grant National Memorial overlooks Riverside Park and the Hudson River. Around Halloween, you can take a guided tour of the tomb by candlelight. Or enjoy concerts and walking tours in Riverside Park when weather permits.
The Harbor Defense Museum - US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, 101st St. & Fort Hamilton Pkwy. (Bay Ridge—101 St/Fort Hamilton Pkwy) Brooklyn - 718/630-4349 - In the heart of Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, the Harbor Defense Museum details the history and evolution of New York’s coastal defense systems. As the only army museum in the City, the Harbor Defense Museum has a collection of military artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II.
The Hispanic Society of America - 613 W. 155th St. (155/Bway) Manhattan - 212/926-2234 - A museum and library dedicated to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American culture and art. The extensive collection is one of the finest outside Spain and features paintings, sculptures, textiles, archaeological finds and other historical relics. On Audubon Terrace, the surrounding neighborhood has authentic Spanish and Latin American cuisine.
Irish Hunger Memorial - 290 Vesey St at North End Ave Manhattan - Built to raise awareness to the famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 (when more than one-and-a-half million people died), this outdoor garden sits on more than a half-acre. Famine statistics, quotes and poems are displayed on a surrounding wall. Inside the garden, there are more than 60 types of flora from Ireland, a recreated Irish cottage and rocks from all of the country’s 32 counties.
Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art - 26 Wooster St., Manhattan - 212/431-2609 - Brings a new perspective to art, providing an insight into artists as individuals. The venue demonstrates that LGBTQ art exists not in a vacuum, but is an integral part of the art world. It embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and, when the art warrants it, challenging all who enter. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when visiting the museum.
Museum of Biblical Art - 1865 Broadway, Manhattan - 212/408-1500 - Scholarly exhibitions and educational programs that interpret biblically inspired art and redefine the dialogue about religious art in our society. Fosters an understanding of art inspired by the Bible highlighting the connection between art and religion in the Jewish and Christian traditions.
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology - Seventh Ave. at 27th St., Manhattan - 212/217-4530 - Only museum in New York City dedicated to the art of fashion, and features innovative and award-winning exhibitions. The museum's Fashion Culture special programs include exhibition talk and tours, fashion conversations with leading designers, lectures and book signings.
National Museum of the American Indian - 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan - 212/514-3700 - Cultivates understanding of the history and culture of Native American peoples, exhibiting objects from nearly every North American Indian tribe. The museum promotes the works of living ancestors of native peoples, including its Film and Video Center, which features films by and about Native Americans
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building - Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street Manhattan - 917/275-6975 - Houses scholarly research collections and a network of community libraries.
New York Transit Museum Annex & Store - Main Concourse, Grand Central Terminal (42/Vanderbilt) Manhattan - 212/878-0106 - Operates a gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal that presents changing exhibitions. The annex is located off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage next to the Station Master's office.
Queens County Farm Museum - 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens - 718/347-3276 - A working farm within city limits. Enjoy a taste of the country, situated on the largest remaining tract of farmland in the Big Apple. The 47-acre property houses historic farm buildings, greenhouses, an orchard and herb garden, farm machinery, and goats, pigs and other animals. Hosts hayrides for the kids on weekends (weather permitting), and special events like wreath-making workshops, antique motorcycle and auto shows and the annual Queens County Fair.
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America - 58 Park Ave., Manhattan - 212/879-9779 - An homage to the simplicity of Scandinavian design, you can see classic and cutting-edge movies, live concerts, readings and lectures that celebrate the history and culture of the region. You can sign up for a language class in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (grounds and botanical garden) - 1000 Richmond Terr., Staten Island - 718/448-2500 - Built in the 1800s as a home for retired sailors, it is said to be the largest ongoing adaptive reuse project in America. The 23 historical buildings, nine botanical gardens and 10 acres of wetlands, on an 83-acre campus, are where history, architecture, visual art, theater, dance, music and environmental science provide experiences for all ages.
Socrates Sculpture Park - 32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway, Queens - 718/956-1819 - Once an abandoned landfill, it was turned into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park. The outdoor museum and park offers free family programs and a place to picnic or walk along the East River with a view of Manhattan’s skyline.
Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Riverside Drive at West 89th Street - 212/ NEW–YORK - This temple-like monument commemorates Union Army soldiers and sailors who served in the Civil War. It was designed by the Stoughton brothers, engineer Charles W. (1860–1944) and architect Arthur A. Stoughton (1867–1955), who won a public competition with a design inspired by Greek antiquity.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace - 28 E. 20th St., Manhattan - 212/260-1616 - Theodore Roosevelt hails from New York City, and his family's brownstone—where he lived as an ailing boy, is open to the public for free guided tours. This is an approximation of his brownstone, built a few years after the original was torn down. Explore the ground-floor gallery prior to the tour. Tour starts on the hour. The last one leaves at 4 p.m. Free monthly classical concert series.
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