Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tuesday Teasers (Cruise Edition)

Cruise Innovations
Travelling as a family? Check out the Family-Connected staterooms on the upcoming Quantum of the Seas: 3 staterooms connected together to sleep 8-10 with 3 baths and a large balcony. Book early through an agent if this is what your family needs.

Prefer a balcony room on the cheap? Inside staterooms on the Quantum of the Seas will have "virtual balconies" - floor-to-ceiling TVs playing broadcasts from outside cameras.

These are two new features that caught my attention, and there are lots more coming in the next 2 years. Some new ships to watch for include:

-5* Quantum of the Seas with Family-Connected staterooms, skydiving simulation, and an elevated glass viewing capsule.
-5* Norwegian Getaway featuring Grammy-related entertainment and Nickelodeon themes for kids;
-5* Regal Princess with everything bigger and better than before;
-5.5* Viking Star, the first oceangoing ship for the river cruise company who continues with port-focused itineraries;
-5.5* Star Pride joins Windstar Cruises after renovation;
-5.5* Silver Galapagos gets a major refurbishment;
-5.5* Lo Soleal, specially built for extreme waters like the Arctic.

US$279 -- 5 Nt Pacific Coast Cruise
Departs Sep 16, 21, or 29 on Norwegian. Book today.

US$339 -- 7 Nt Caribbean Cruise
Departs Port Canaveral Aug 31 on Carnival.

US$559 -- 7 Nt Alaska Cruise, Roundtrip
Departs Seattle Sep 10 on Carnival, ends in Vancouver.

$719 -- 11 Nt Alaska Cruise, Roundtrip
Departs Vancouver Sep 15 on Celebrity. +$252 tax.

$2379 -- Wine Lovers Cruise Vacation, Inc Tax
Air from YVR to London, 12 nt cruise, 2 nts London hotel, pier transfers. Cruise departs Harwich Oct 12 on Celebrity.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Weekly Roundup - Jul 18

20% Off -- Cathay Premium Economy for Adults 55+
Book by Jul 31, depart Aug 15 - Dec 10, stay up to 1 year.

50% Bonus -- Avion Points Transfer to BA
Transfer RBC Avion points to British Airways by Jul 31 to get 50% extra. There are some good deals available with BA Avios rewards, and they can be used for Alaska Air flights.

$675 R/T -- China (Shenyang or Chengdu) from YVR, Inc Tax
Aug thru early Dec.

$305 R/T -- Los Angeles from YVR, Inc Tax
Thru Oct 26.

Canada Seat Sale from YVR for Fall Travel
Book today, or slightly higher fare sale thru Jul 22. WestJet is competing.
$486 -- London, ON
$499 -- Toronto
$594 -- Sydney, NS
$597 -- Saint John
$599 -- Halifax
$694 -- St. John's

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tuesday Teasers

$25 -- $50 Voucher for Whistler Crepes
Who doesn't love a meal at the Crepe Montagne while in Whistler? Purchase voucher by Jul 13, use by Oct 13.

$414 R/T -- Toronto from YVR, Inc Tax
Sep 2-9 on Sunwing (non-ideal flight times).

US$702 -- Balcony on 7 Nt Northbound Alaska Cruise
Departs Vancouver Jul 31 on Princess.

$954 R/T -- London from YVR, Inc Tax
Oct 10-25.

$999 -- 6 Nt China Tour w/ Air from YVR, Inc Tax
Beijing and Shanghai w/ 4* hotels, meals, and tours. Fall departure dates.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday Finds

If you're wondering if I've been neglecting this blog in the last three weeks the answer is no. Even though I was on vacation for two weeks in hot Ontario and beautiful PEI I was still looking out for all the deals but there just weren't any that were very special. I did retweet a few deals that came up on Twitter that were decent and hopefully you've been noticing those in the column to the left if you're not following me on Twitter. Thank you to all of you faithful readers for checking back regularly even when I've had nothing much to post. I have just a couple of nice deals to share today and hopefully more to come soon.

US$218 R/T -- Honolulu from Bellingham, Inc Tax
Fall travel. Seats are scarce at this price. Maui at $298.

$444 -- Alaska 7-Night Cruise from Vancouver w/$100 Credit
Departs Vancouver July 15 on Norwegian. Other summer dates from +$46.

$567 R/T -- Toronto from YVR, Inc Tax
Travel thru Aug 28. Nonstop flights on Tue/Wed/Thu.