Travel e-Scapes: May 21, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Indianapolis

Travel e-Scapes: May 21, 2015

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$69 Indianapolis
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Travel August 25 through December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Purchase today, May 21 at Southwest(+Fees $)


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Princess Cruises Sale
In honor of Memorial Day, Princess Cruises is offering cruise deals on itineraries departing from the U.S. to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Canada & New England, Mexico and the California Coast. Guests can save up to $700 per stateroom as well as reserve their booking with a reduced, non-refundable deposit of only $100 per person. To thank those who have served – veterans, retired, disabled and active military guests can receive up to $250 free onboard spending money with proper verification. Examples of Memorial Day Sale cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean 7 days: $499 interior; $699 balcony
  • Mexico 7 to 10 days: $529 interior; $829 balcony
  • California Coastal 7 to 10 days: $499 interior; $799 balcony
  • Canada & New England 10 days: $1,279 interior; $2,279 balcony
  • Hawaii 15 days: $1,349 interior; $2,049 balcony

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The ‘Memorial Day Sale’ is underway through May 28.  

Selfie Stick Ban
Earlier this year, museums across the country started to ban selfie sticks. Soon after, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Wimbledon, and Churchill Downs all banned the sticks as well, citing safety issues, declaring them a nuisance, or both, and therefore not welcome at their attractions. Last week, Disney World joined the club and have placed signs outside the Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain in Orlando, Florida’s Disney World and in front of the the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland. Selfie sticks had been banned on rides for some time for safety reasons and enforcement was limited to a reminders to guests from cast members. But following several incidents in which rides needed to be stopped due to selfie sticks, Disney felt a stronger approach and have erected the new signs.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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, each way:
$108 Orlando
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before April 16, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta(+Fees $) , nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$183 Cancun
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Valid southbound on flights operating between 9:30-11:29am
Valid north on flights operating between 2:29-4:31pm
Complete travel on or before April 16, 2016
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta(+Fees $) , nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$288 Honolulu or Maui
Valid Monday-Thursday only in each direction
Depart August 12-November 19 or November 25-December 12
Valid on American/USAirways(+Fees $) via Phoenix

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$450 Montego Bay, Jamaica
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only in each direction
Depart on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before October 29
Stay at least any two nights
Purchase by May 28
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Deals at Downtown Disney Resorts
As they say in Florida, ‘When you need it bad, we’ve got it good…’ And now is a great time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort with special ‘Spring Into The Magic’ rates offered at seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels on stays through June 21 (resort fee, parking, taxes not included):

  • B Resort & Spa from $111
  • Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel from $79
  • Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa from $84
  • DoubleTree Suites by Hilton from $99
  • Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista from $99
  • Holiday Inn Orlando – Lake Buena Vista from $89
  • Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort from $77

These hotels have an ideal location with an easy walk to more than 75 themed and immersive shopping, dining and entertainment venues at the Downtown Disney area, and complimentary shuttle transportation every 30 minutes to all four Disney Theme Parks, two Water Parks, and to the Downtown Disney area is included in a stay. Guests also receive a bonus ‘Downtown Disney Deals’ booklet with exclusive discounts and specials from over 30 merchants on Downtown Disney area dining, entertainment and shopping. Other guest amenities include Disney ticket purchases at each hotel; advance tee times and discounts for play on all Disney World golf courses and the ability to book advance dining and dinner show reservations for all restaurants in the Disney Resort.
Guests purchasing tickets to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks in advance are now able to reserve access to favorite experiences before leaving home, with the Disney FastPass+ service – at no extra charge. With valid park admission and online registration, choose from more than double the previous number of experiences and skip the standby queue at the attractions that you selected in advance, and – for the first time ever – Fastpass+ service includes select Character Greetings, shows, parades and fireworks. You also have the ability to make changes anytime. 

Legoland Florida
Located within walking distance of the popular theme park, the five-story, built-for-kids Legoland Hotel boasts more than 2,000 Lego models. Guests can choose from four different themed rooms: pirate, adventure, kingdom and friends. Premium themed rooms with more than the standard eight Lego models are also available. The rooms sleep a minimum of five people with rates starting at $219 a night. A pool, Skyline Lounge and Bricks Family Restaurant are among the hotel’s top amenities, which include special features like Lego pits in the lobby and scavenger hunts for each room. There’s also a workshop where guests can build and learn from Lego master model designer Jason Miller. In addition to early access to the Legoland Resort, guests are provided free breakfast as well as daily and nightly entertainment.
The hotel’s exterior is highlighted by an eight-foot-wide Lego dragon model that shoots steam out of its nostrils as guests make their way inside.
Legoland Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to families with children between the ages of 2 and 12.  One-day adult admission is $74; $67 ages 3-12 (theme park only; combo tickets with water park higher).  With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions and the all-new water park, the park is all about family fun. The theme park is located in Winter Haven, and 45 minutes from the Orlando theme parks or downtown Tampa. 


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


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