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Travel e-Scapes: February 6, 2018

Travel e-Scapes: February 6, 2018

Travel e-Scapes: February 6, 2018

Travel e-Scapes: February 6, 2018

DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Anywhere in Europe!

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$432-$530 to just about any city in Europe (including cities never on sale)
A 28-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on departures through March and select dates from May through early August
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on United/Lufthansa/Air Canada via Newark, Toronto or Frankfurt
Visit Adioso to see all of the international cities on sale (sample from ATL)


Disney Cruises
Family vacation giant Disney is expanding its move into river cruising with its first river trips in France. The Adventures by Disney division will offer 21 river cruises in 2019.
The voyages will include new nine-night trips on France’s Seine River as well as seven-night Danube and Rhine sailings (Danube and Rhine sailings also during 2018).
The river line AmaWaterways will operate river cruises for Disney. The trips take place on new AmaWaterways vessels that have been custom built for the family market with cabin configurations that can hold three or four people – a rarity in river cruising. Shore tours and on-board activities also have been custom-designed with families in mind.
The new Seine River trips will combine a two-night stay in Paris with seven nights aboard an AmaWaterways vessel on the Seine. Along the way, passengers will visit small French towns such as Conflans and Vernon. They’ll also travel to the D-Day beaches in Normandy.
Disney plans four departures of the Seine itinerary in 2019. Two will be scheduled for the summer and aimed at families. The other two will take place in the fall and be exclusively for adults. The latter will offer curated food- and wine-themed experiences both on and off the ship.
Disney said it would offer ten sailings on the Rhine in 2019, two of which will be for adults only. The company will offer seven departures on the Danube that also include one adult-only trip.
Check out a new CDC report that sheds light on the state of cleanliness in the seafaring hospitality industry showing that more cruise ships failed health inspections in 2017 than at any other time in the past decade.
The Miami Herald recently reported that four Carnival ships failed sanitation inspections in the span of two months.

Play All Year
SeaWorld Orlando offers the 2018 Fun Card that lets guests enjoy unlimited admission with no blackout dates through December 31. Each Fun Card includes admission to SeaWorld Orlando’s line-up of events and costs $99.99 for ages 3 and up.
Upgrade a pass with optional add-ons such as All Day Dining – available only when purchased online. Prices $34.99 for ages 10 and up; $19.99 ages 3-9.
This dining deal allows you to eat around SeaWorld at participating restaurant locations as often as once every hour until the published closing time at select restaurants.


Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to HURRY!  can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

One-way from Atlanta:
$59 Columbus, Jacksonville
$61 Boston
$71 Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando
$75 Greenville
$80 St. Louis
$83 Houston, Kansas City, W. Palm Beach
$84 Cleveland
$87 Baltimore, Washington DC-Dulles or Reagan
$92 Ft. Myers, Indianapolis, Tampa
$94 Raleigh
$96 Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
$97 Austin, San Antonio
$98 New York-LaGuardia
$101 New Orleans
$113 Dallas
$114 Chicago
$118 Denver
$119 Richmond
$120 Minneapolis
$128 Philadelphia, Phoenix
$135 Las Vegas
$194 San Diego
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday travel from February 27 through June 11
Travel to Florida and Nevada Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida and Nevada Tuesdays-Fridays. Blackout dates: May 24, 25, 28
Purchase by February 12 at Southwest Airlines

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$146 Baltimore, or $73 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through June 6
Valid on Delta, nonstop

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$178 Los Angeles, or $89 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Thursday through March 7
Service is nonstop on Frontier
Purchase by February 6

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$178 Los Angeles, or $89 each way
Valid Tuesday only
Start travel on or after March 13
Finish trips on or before May 22
Blackout dates: March 28; April 3,4
Service is nonstop on Frontier
Purchase by February 6

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$235 Bangor, Maine
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through January 3, 2019
No blackout dates
Valid on American, Delta or United; one flight connection required

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines.


Ritz Club Package
The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington offers a perk-packed package valid on stays through 2018. Guests are offered a glass of Champagne during check-in and early check-in and late check-out. Also included are Club Room-level accommodations, a Virginia cheese and charcuterie selection plus sparkling wine in-room and free parking.
Being on the Club Level, guests have access to food throughout the day (a full breakfast and lunch presentation and heavy hors d’oeuvres in the evening), complimentary wine, free WiFi, and a concierge to assist with any needs. The deal is for weekends only and requires a two-night stay. Mention Washingtonian when calling to book to get this deal along with two free signature cocktails ($30 value). Package rates start from $359 a night.
Onsite is an indoor pool, sauna and steam facilities and a fitness center. There is indoor access to the Metro for heading into the District (White House is 3.4 miles). The hotel is connected to the Fashion Center at Pentagon City for shopping and the Metro is steps away for heading into the District. For bookings, call 703-415-5000.

Utah Ski Incentive
Book a minimum 3-night stay at one of over a dozen participating Park City lodging resorts and hotels and receive a $300 Delta Air Lines e-gift card . This offer is valid on stays through April 8 (blackout dates: February 16-25).
This is a Park City Area Lodging Association promotion — not Delta Air Lines.
Per night rates start from $95, however, the 3-night stay must be a minimum of $300 and and booked direct with the participating property.
Check out what’s happening on Utah’s  Park City Mountain and mountain conditions for skiing.

Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on  Twitter .

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