- The Washington Times - Friday, November 10, 2006


Crystal Symphony is pulling into port for a 12-day, $23 million refurbishment. The ship, already a favorite of cruisers worldwide and ranked as one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world, is refurbishing every cabin in a new boutique style. Rooms will feature flat-screen TVs, leather headboards, new seating and upgraded bathrooms. The ship also will get a new entertainment area and casino.

After the refurbishment, the ship begins a 12-day Panama Canal cruise for which Crystal is offering two-for-one savings on several room categories and $1,000 savings for penthouse bookings. See www.crystal cruises.com for more information.


Spend eight days traveling across Egypt, including a three-day Nile River cruise with Gate 1 Travel’s Egypt Super Saver package.

The package includes stops in Cairo, Luxor, Edfu and Aswan, where patrons can see the Aswan High Dam, the Valley of Kings and Queens and the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Also included are all intra-Egypt flights, six nights’ accommodations and 12 meals.

The package price starts at $1,379 per person departing from New York City. Washington-area departures are available for an additional fee. Departures are available through August. Book at www.gate1travel.com.


Travel to New York City aboard Greyhound for $20 each way — or $35 round trip. The nationwide bus system recently lowered fares all over the Northeast for travel in and out of New York. Customers can save time and bypass ticket and check-in lines by using Greyhound’s new e-ticket service, which enables customers to print out tickets and go directly to the bus. Book at www.greyhound.com.


Summer may be over in Washington, but US Airways is encouraging travelers to head to the beach in winter by offering fares to more than 30 beach destinations starting at $79 each way.

Sale fares are available from all three Washington-area airports.

A sample one-way fare from Washington to Cancun, Mexico, is $149. MasterCard holders also can save an additional 5 percent by using the credit card to purchase the round-trip fare. Fares are valid through Feb. 15.

When booking, use code MCSUN. Book by Dec. 3 at www.usairways.com.


Looking to brush up on skiing techniques this season? The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek and Beaver Creek ski resort in Colorado have teamed up again to offer Technique Weeks. The package is offered five times until April and includes five nights’ deluxe accommodations, four days of skiing with personalized instruction and an interchangeable four-day lift ticket for Vail and Beaver Creek. Other amenities are included. Rates start at $2,175 per person, based on double occupancy. Book at www.hyatt.com.


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