Stretch your travel budget by taking advantage of airline and cruise deals. The deep discounts apply to spring and summer travel. The caveat: You must book almost immediately. The reward: a flight to Europe for $65 or a 7-day Mediterranean cruise for $549.
Be sure to check out the deals and be aware of booking deadlines. As always with any reservation, especially deeply discounted fares, read the fine print, learn about any extra fees, and understand the cancellation policies. That said, February’s deals enable you to enjoy more travel for less money.
You can’t beat a one-way airline ticket to Europe for $65, including taxes. Flights take off starting June 15, 2017 from Hartford, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Stewart International Airport, New York, located in Newburgh/New Windsor, about 60 miles north of Manhattan. The planes land in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom. Booking availability started February 23, 2017. When the $65 seats are gone, the next batch of seats will sell for $99. Fares may increase after those tickets are reserved.
Norwegian Cruise Lines
Explore the Mediterranean for a week, sailing roundtrip from either Barcelona or Rome on the Norwegian Epic or the Norwegian Spirit on select dates June through October. The Epic stops in Spain, Italy and France while the Spirit visits Greece and Italy. Depending on the departure, rates start at $549, $749, or $849 per person. Taxes and fees are extra. Added bonus: unlimited drinks for two plus $75 to $150 onboard credit depending on the itinerary and dates. Book by February 27.
With Norwegian’s Summer Splash sale, choose up to five free offers plus receive up to $500 in onboard spending. More freebies come with longer cruises and more costly cabins. Choose unlimited open bar, three or four free specialty meals per person, free 250-minutes of Wi-Fi, a $50 shore excursion credit in each port and/or free sailing for your stateroom’s third and fourth guests (the latter is available on select sailings). Book before midnight March 05, 2017.
Two weeks in Hawaii should make even the grumpiest grouch happy. Princess Cruises’s 15-day voyage aboard the Grand Princess, roundtrip from San Francisco to four ports in Hawaii—Hilo, Honolulu, Kauai and Maui–plus Ensenada Mexico, sails April 8, 2017 with fares from $1369 per person, and April 21, 2017, with fares from $1689 per person. Taxes, fees, and port expenses are extra. Book by March 2, 2017.
Princess also floats out sales on more destinations as part of its Anniversary sale. The line sweetens the voyages by offering up to $600 onboard spending credit plus free specialty dining. Read the fine print. Restrictions apply. Among the discounted voyages: the Norwegian fjords for 7 days aboard the Crown Princess, roundtrip from London, departing July 1, 2017, for fares from $1079 per person. Book before midnight February 28, 2017.