- The Washington Times - Friday, September 29, 2006

ROW … ROW

Experience the beauty of Vancouver in an ocean kayak with Pacific Palisades hotel’s new What’s Under Your Skirt? urban kayaking package. The package includes two nights accommodation in a South Beach suite, a goodie bag filled with lip balm, sunblock and a pocket guide to Stanley Park. Also included is a 21/2-hour kayaking tour of False Creek waterway and English Bay for beautiful views of the Coast Mountains and the city skyline. Package price is $325 per person; taxes and gratuities not included. Book at www.pacificpalisadeshotel.com.

G’DAY MATE

Qantas Airways has added four new destinations to its popular Aussie AirPass. Three of the new cities, Rockhampton, Mackay and Gladstone, provide access to the Great Barrier Reef, while Gove has access to the remote Aboriginal communities. The Aussie AirPass includes international round-trip economy-class airfare to Australia along with three domestic flights to any of 21 destinations. The AirPass starts at $1,459 but can increase to $2,559 depending on destinations and time of travel. Travel is valid through Dec. 14, 2007. Book at www.qantas-usa.com or call 888/505-6252.

ADVANCE BOOKING

Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering special incentives for advance bookings late this year and all of next year. Two of the incentives include children sailing free on several Caribbean, Mexican Riviera and Alaskan cruises. Regent is offering free airfare on select segments of its upcoming world cruise. Segments include Singapore to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Muscat, and Muscat to Monte Carlo. Additional incentives such as shipboard credits up to $200 and exclusive shore adventures also are available. Book at www.rssc.com.

A NEW START

Southwest Airlines begins service from Washington Dulles International Airport on Thursday. The low-fare airline starts by offering 12 daily nonstop flights to four destinations: Chicago Midway; Las Vegas; and Orlando and Tampa Bay, Fla. Fourteen-day advance purchase fares start at $79 for Chicago, Orlando and Tampa; $99 for Las Vegas.

Expansion also continues at Southwest’s other area airport, Baltimore-Washington Thurgood MarshalI International Airport, with new nonstop, four-times-daily service to Detroit. One-day advance purchase start at $49 and are good for travel through Nov. 20. For a complete schedule of new flights or to book, see www.southwest.com.

REDESIGN

JetBlue Airways has a new, more user-friendly Web site with new features. By customizing their departures, customers can search through a range of options, including featured deals, getaways, hotels and cars. Package deals include a three-night vacation to Orlando with round-trip airfare and hotel for $199 per person or a two-night getaway to Las Vegas with round-trip airfare and hotel for $399 per person.

For more information see www.jetblue.com.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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