A $633 CARIBBEAN CRUISE The buy Carnival Cruise Line is offering a one-week New Year's cruise on the Carnival Victory from $633. The savings Earlier this fall, the cruise was priced at $900. The catch Airfare is extra and the line can add a fuel surcharge of up to $9 a day. Why it's worth it Sailing out of San Juan Dec. 27, the Carnival Victory visits islands including Antigua, St. Thomas and St. Kitts. For New Year's, there are party favours and free champagne. Book it For more information, visit www.carnival.com.
A WEEKEND IN MONTREAL FOR $479 The buy Simply Escape has a New Year's package to Montreal for $479 from Toronto. The savings About $100 compared with booking the elements yourself. The catch You have to add GST. Why it's worth it The package includes Via Rail tickets from Toronto to Montreal Dec. 30 and back Jan. 1, which means no winter driving to the airport; two nights at the Delta Centreville with Club Level rooms; continental breakfast daily; a Montreal tram tour and hotel taxes. Book it Visit simplyescape.ca.
A $945 ORLANDO GETAWAY The buy A week-long holiday near Orlando, including car and airfare, for $945 out of Toronto. The savings $420 per person if you fly on Monday, Dec. 28, versus the same trip the day before. The catch Taxes add $237. Why it's worth it You get seven nights at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort Lake Buena Vista. In addition to special celebrations at Orlando's many theme parks on New Year's Eve, this trip includes the first few days in January, when lineups are much less daunting. Book it Visit sunwing.ca.
AN $867 WEEK IN COSTA RICA The buy A one-week package in Costa Rica at Costa Rica's all-inclusive Allegro Papagayo for $867 with a Dec. 31 Toronto departure. The savings More than $200 compared to a mid-February package. The catch Taxes are an extra $209. Why it's worth it The price through Nolitours includes unlimited meals and drinks, taxes and gratuities. The hotel has a kids' club for ages 4 to 12. Optional excursions are available at extra cost to two national parks. Book it Through a travel agent. For info, see www.nolitours.com.
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