I guess it makes sense. It doesn't exactly make Canadians look like world travel beaters in terms of exotic destinations, but it shows some very solid bargains to be had for next weekend.
Hotwire.com this week unveiled a list of the 10 most popular Easter destinations for Canadian travellers, based on bookings with their site. They said Canadians seem to be staying closer to home this year compared to 2012.
1. Toronto, $80 (quite the bargain)
2. New York, $201 (not bad for NYC, actually)
3. Montreal, $80 (see photo at right)
4. Vancouver, $82
5. Seattle, $97
6. Las Vegas, $81
7. Boston, $97
8. Orlando, $73
9. Chicago, $80
10. Minneapolis, $54 (probably shoppers from Manitoba)
New York was the top destination for Canadians last year. Vancouver was sixth last year but fourth this year.
CARNIVAL CRUISE WOES
Carnival has cancelled ten cruises that were slated for its damaged Triumph ship. The cruise line announced Tuesday that the Carnival Triumph will be out of service longer than first expected after it was crippled by an engine fire in the Gulf of Mexico last month, leaving 4,200 people stranded for five days.
AP reports the company said the ship won't return to service until June 13, which means the cancellation of 10 more cruises.
"Those guests will receive full refunds, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 per cent discount on a future four- to five-day cruise," AP said. "Also, the Carnival Sunshine, which is undergoing a scheduled full-ship makeover, will return to service May 5, following the cancellation of two European cruises."
Carnival says it is improving services that can run on emergency power and also fixing ship's fire prevention systems. Yeah, I would hope so.
USA TRAVEL WOES, TOO
A story from USA Today says overseas travelers want to avoid the United States because of long wait times and inefficient entry procedures at gateway airports -- and recommend to others that they too stay away.
A new survey of travellers from Britain, France, Germany, Japan, China and Brazil (but not Canada) found 43 per cent of travelers who had traveled to the United States say they'll tell other countrymen and women not to visit because of the cumbersome entry process.
It comes at a bad time for the U.S. as they're spending a small fortune to promote the country with their BrandUSA campaign. It's a good campaign that shows off the best of the U.S., but it may not matter if people are turned off by a customs or immigration hassle.
The USA Today story said one in three travelers said that "the U.S. was falling behind other countries or it was the worst they had ever experienced in terms of getting through U.S. Customs and Border Protection procedures.
* Business travelers, especially, said they were put off by the entry process, with 44% saying they will refuse to visit in the next five years.
* One in seven international travelers said they had missed a connection because of delays at Customs. Two-thirds said they would consider the U.S. an attractive destination if the Customs lines and wait times were shorter."
Speaking of the Statue of Liberty, the old girl's island was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. But officials Tuesday said it should re-open by the Fourth of July. Hopefully visitors will be able to clear U.S. customs by then.
JAUNT.CA DEAL OF THE DAY
Jaunt.ca, a division of Torstar, has a deal on hand for an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Reflection for $898, including $99 in taxes.
- BONUS: $75 Onboard Credit per cabin
- BONUS: Includes Classic Beverage Package for Two! See offer details for more info.
- 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise sailing on the Celebrity Reflection
- Ports of Call include: Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten
- Accommodations in a Oceanview (Category 8) or Deluxe Ocean View w/ Veranda partially obstructed (Category 2C) stateroom
- The brand new Celebrity Reflection has the most up-to-date amenities and attractions
- The beautiful grassy knoll of the Lawn Club has private alcove hideaways, a delicious grill and other activities
- Visit some of the best ports the Eastern Caribbean has to offer
- Valid for travel on December 7, 2013
We also offer other departure DATES and FLIGHTS.
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- Pricing (Rates are per person, plus tax):
Oceanview (Category 8):
1st & 2nd Passenger: $799
3rd & 4th Passenger: $399
Deluxe Ocean View w/ Veranda partially obstructed (Category 2C):
1st & 2nd Passenger: $889
3rd & 4th Passenger: $499
- Classic Beverage Package: Applies to two guests per stateroom and includes beers up to $5 per serving; spirits, cocktails, and wine up to $8 per serving, all soda selections, fresh squeezed and bottled juices, premium coffees, and teas and non-premium bottled water.
- Server gratuities are included
- Valid passport required for travel from Canada
- This offer is refundable until March 20 at 5PM EST. After this time, this offer is 100% non-refundable