Family Deals: Cruise, Ski, Spa

Special offers for Alaska cruises, Beaver Creek ski getaways and spa programs for teens

Alaska Luxury Charter Cruise Discount

If you read this issue’s Alaska coverage, hopefully you want to start planning an Alaska family vacation. Families with kids under the age of 12, and a preference for luxury, should note that American Safari Cruises has made all 10 of its 2008 Alaska Inside Passage peak-season sailings on the 12-guest Safari Escape available for Kids in Nature charters, for $74,495, which is 8 percent off the usual charter fare. These cruises have become increasingly popular for multi-generational group family travel. Families traveling on non-charter Kids in Nature cruises get a 25 percent discount for kids under age 12.

American Safari Cruises feature one crew member for every two guests, an expedition leader/naturalist on every cruise, nature lessons and excursions, cultural excursions and multiple activities. Kids also receive backpacks filled with mementos from their trip. See for more details.

Beaver Creek Ski Deals

If your family has been considering a ski trip to Beaver Creek, Colo., now’s the time to book your flight—and not only because more than 200 inches of snow have fallen there this season. No fewer than three promotions geared toward families are currently running:

Kids Fly Free. Each adult flying into the Vail/Eagle County Regional Airport on American Airlines or United Airlines can bring along one child, aged 2 to 12, for free. Reservations must include lodging with a two-night minimum stay. The offer is valid only through Feb. 14 on United, Feb. 15 for American, so book now for a last-minute ski getaway. Call 800-587-4560 or visit for more details.

Ski Free, Stay Free. Families who buy four nights of lodging and four days of skiing get a fifth night and ski day free. Price starts at $533 per person based upon quad occupancy in a two-bedroom condominium. Offer is valid through Feb. 15, 2008.

Complimentary Sony PSP. Vail Beaver Creek Resort Properties is giving away a Sony PlayStation Portable system to each family that purchases a weeklong package stay at any of the company’s resort properties. Rates start at $175 per night and vary depending on the resort booked. The offer is good for new reservations only and is valid through the end of ski season, on Apr. 13, 2008. Visit or call 800-859-8242 to book.

Teen Spa Offer at Red Mountain Spa

It can be hard for parents to find vacation ideas that please healthful adults as well as fast food eating, eardrum-abusing teens. Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah is coming to the rescue with its “Bring a Teen” spa package, for just $169 per night for children ages 12-17.

The package includes three meals daily; bike rental; in-room high-speed Internet access; unlimited fitness classes; cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes; full use of resort facilities and more.

Before you decide that so much fresh air and clean living sounds like a hard sell, Red Mountain points out that the Disney hit “High School Musical 2” was filmed near the spa. The package includes a free copy of the DVD. Bill the trip as a chance to walk in the footsteps of Zac Efron or Vanessa Hudgens. For more info, call 877-246-HIKE or visit Five percent discount for booking online.

Themes: Family Travel, Spas, Cruises

Activities: Skiing

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