Cruise Discounts, Island Savings, Kids Cook for Parents Package

Costa Rica cruise discount and new yoga retreat, Cayman Islands and Mackinac Island both welcome families with savings packages and discounts, and the Omni Hotels in Texas teach the kids to cater to parents.

Savings on Early Bookings from Seabourn Cruises

Take advantage of discounts with an early booking on Seabourn Legend cruises to Costa Rica, Panama and Belize. Trips lasting 14 nights will be on sale for as much as 50 percent off their Nov. 21 and Dec. 5, 2008 departures. Discounts are also available for the Jan. 2, 16 and 30, 2009 departures. The cruises sail between Ft. Lauderdale and Caldera, Costa Rica, stopping in Belize City, Puerto Moin and the Panama Canal. Book now, as savings are capacity-controlled. Rates start at $4,373 per person. Excursions include snorkeling, swimming with dolphins and river rafting. Check for the best rates and dates at 800-929-9391, or at

Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

The Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, located in La Fortuna at the foot of famed Volcán Arenal in northern Costa Rica is offering its first-ever yoga retreat from Oct. 19-23, 2008. The resort will host MeShall of Mystical Sojourn Retreats, who will lead spiritual and physical wellness activities that combine yoga and meditation techniques with natural resources. Rates start at $1,500 per person, including meals, accommodations and unlimited access to the resort's hot springs. The resort boasts 12 natural hot spring pools and lagoons as well as thermal pools and an open-air spa. View a detailed schedule at and make your reservation by calling 888-62-COSTA (888-622-6782).

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Cayman Islands Family Travel Package

The Cayman Summer Splash promotion allows kids 11 years and younger to fly on Cayman Airways at a 25 percent discount, when each child flies with one paying adult. Kids also receive a free trip to Stingray City, free boarding on two submarines and free accommodations at more than 10 hotels when they stay in a room with an adult. The perks don’t stop at the kids: Book five nights and only pay for four and receive a $100 gift card when you use an American Express Card. The outdoor activities never end in the Cayman Islands, where windsurfing, sailing, swimming and snorkeling are just some of the ways to spend your time. Book your tour before Aug. 27 for travel through Sept. 1 at

Savings on Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island, Michigan ferry companies and four local attractions are offering the Mackinac Island Experience Package for visiting families. Visitors can see the city and state park via Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory, Grand Hotel of 1887 and Fort Mackinac. The package includes ferry rides and admission to the sites for just $59 for adults, $55.75 for teens (13 to 17) and $28.25 for children 5 to 12—a 25 percent savings.
The package can only be booked online at least seven days prior to arrival at

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Kids Cook for Parents at Omni Hotels in Texas

Omni Hotels in Texas are heating up the summer with their Cooking Up Fun Package, available through Sept. 1. A hotel culinary expert will teach a cooking class for kids, who will be equipped with aprons and chef hats. The grand finale: breakfast in bed for the parents, compliments of the kids. A Sensational Kids bag, cookies and milk turndown service and a cookbook for kids to take home are also included. Rates start at $229 per night. Book the package through individual hotels’ Specials & Packages pages in Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio at or call 800-THE-OMNI(843-6664). 

Destinations: Panama, Mackinac Island, Texas, Belize, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands

Themes: Beach Vacations, Family Travel, Cruises

Activities: Cooking Classes, Rafting, Sightseeing, Snorkeling