- The Washington Times - Friday, July 7, 2006


Pelican Bay at Lucaya, a boutique hotel on Grand Bahama Island, is celebrating the release of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel, which was filmed on the island, with two pirate-themed packages.

The Treasure Chest of Romance package is geared for two adults and includes three nights in a one-bedroom suite, a swim-with-dolphins program for two, dinner at the Ferry House restaurant, a sunset cruise and other room extras such as champagne, specialty chocolates and flowers. Rates start at $1,549 for two adults.

The Swashbuckling Family Escape is geared toward families and includes three nights in a deluxe suite, a half-day fishing charter, a kayak excursion and other family-themed extras. Rates for this package start at $1,499 for two adults and two children. Both packages are available through Dec. 25. See www.pelicanbayhotel.com or call 866/296-7963.


Fly to western Ireland during the peak travel season for $652 with American Airlines’ summer sale. This fare is available from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Shannon International Aiport. Taxes and additional fees are not included. Travel is valid through Sept. 30. Book at www.aa.com.


Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., is a golfers’ delight with 27 holes of desert golf along with a Fore-Max golf academy and ProFit club fitting. The resort also has air-conditioned golf carts or specially made Segway golf transporter to go around the course. The summer golf package includes unlimited golf for two, all course fees and one night’s stay at the resort for $299 per night. The package is valid through Sept. 10. When booking, use offer code GOLF2PKG. See www.kierlandresort.com or call 866/716-8136.


The no-frills EasyCruise cruise line is offering one-week Mediterranean cruises starting at $321 per person, per week. Unlike EasyCruise’s normal per-night booking, which lets guests join or depart at any port, travelers booking the weeklong deal must stay on the ship for seven consecutive nights. Ports of call include Nice, Cannes and St. Tropez in France; Monaco; and Genoa, Portofino and Imperia in Italy. The weeklong rate is based on double occupancy in a standard inside cabin. Travel is valid July 5 through Oct. 23. To book, see www.easycruise.com and use promotional code weekaway1.


Southwest Airlines has upgraded its Ding! fare alert program to show fare sales for up to 10 airports. The program, which has to be downloaded onto your computer, is updated daily with the airlines’ lowest fares for the day.

The upgrade will enable users to customize their alert and see only sales to and from particular airports. To update your account or download the program, see www.southwest.com.

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