40 Best Bargain Vacations
In April, May, and June
Alaska Cruise for $934
Seven nights aboard the Norwegian Star, cruising the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay on a round trip sailing from Seattle. The itinerary includes stops in Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, and Victoria. There's plenty on board to keep you occupied: restaurants, nightclubs, shops, a casino, a fitness center, and a spa. When: June 19. Details: Price is for an inside cabin and includes port charges. It does not cover flights to/from Seattle. Oceanview cabins start at $1,224. Contact: CruiseBrothers.com, 800/827-7779, cruisebrothers.com.
Kauai for $843
Air from L.A., a six-day car rental, and five nights in a garden-view one-bedroom at the Best Western Plantation Hale Suites, just off Waipouli Beach on Kauai's east coast. The suites have complete kitchens, living rooms, and private lanais. There are three pools on the property; golf and tennis are available nearby. When: April 20-May 26 ($843); June 16-Aug. 24 ($980). Other Gateways: Denver ($1,027/$1,147), Chicago ($1,167/$1,291), New York ($1,171/$1,272). Details: Land-only price from $366. Extra nights from $116. Single supplement from $276. Contact: Pleasant Holidays, 800/448-3333, pleasantholidays.com.
Las Vegas for $159
Air from Burbank, L.A., or San Diego and three nights at the Stratosphere Casino Hotel & Tower, at the north end of the Strip. When: Wednesday or Saturday departures March 30-April 13 and April 23-May 21. Other Gateways: Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio (from $259); Long Island/Islip, Manchester, Providence (from $294). Details: Extra nights from $30. Single supplement from $105. Contact: Southwest Airlines Vacations, 800/423-5683, swavacations.com.
New York City for $473
Air from D.C. and three nights at the Wellington Hotel on Seventh Avenue at 55th Street, not far from Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, and Central Park. When: Monday departures April 4-June 20. Other Gateways: Boston (from $476); Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (from $546); Charlotte (from $570). Details: Extra nights $104. Single supplement $224. Contact: US Airways Vacations, 800/352-8747, usairwaysvacations.com.
Sarasota for $116
Three nights in a deluxe room (with two queen beds and a full kitchen) at the Captiva Beach Resort on Siesta Key, just outside Sarasota on Florida's Gulf Coast. The family getaway package also includes the use of two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, sand toys for the kids, and five children's video rentals from the library. When: Until April 15 ($191); April 16-30 ($153); May 1-Dec. 18 ($116); excluding holidays. Details: These prices are per person, based on a family of four, and do not include airfare. A romance package for two--including three nights' lodging, a bottle of wine upon arrival, dinner for two at a local restaurant, breakfast in bed one morning, two in-room massages, beach chairs and umbrella rentals, among other extras--starts at $289. Contact: Captiva Beach Resort, 800/349-4131, captivabeachresort.com.
Banff for $547
Alaska Airlines flights from Seattle to Calgary, Rocky Mountain Sky Shuttle transfers to Banff (two hours away), and three nights at the Banff Caribou Lodge. The hotel is a 10-minute walk--or a free shuttle ride--from downtown shops and restaurants. When: Wednesday or Saturday departures from April 1-June 15. Other Gateways: L.A. (from $599); Boston, New York (from $678); Orlando (from $710). Details: Extra nights from $56. Single supplement from $157. Contact: Alaska Airlines Vacations, 800/468-2248, alaskaair.com.