"If you don't mind staring out at the sea for days at a time, trans-Atlantic cruises are a really great value this spring," says Jaime Freedman, North American publisher of the bargain site TravelZoo.
On an April sailing of Royal Caribbean's
Navigator of the Seas, to give one example, prices have dropped to as little as $33 a day for the 15-night jaunt from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Civitavecchia, a port just northwest of Rome.
"And it's a great way to get to Europe for a vacation there, at a time when trans-Atlantic airfares are high.
Looking at the hotels, Freedman
says bargains have been popping up to the Caribbean, perhaps because temperate weather in the United States has tamped down enthusiasm for far-flung tropical destinations.
"Caribbean resorts need to distinguish themselves from the pack," she
"Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach have been cut-rate recently," Freedman
"I'm talking $49 oceanfront resorts and two-bedroom condos for 50 percent off.
You can play golf year-round there, or even go swimming.
It's been in the high 70s lately thanks to the weird weather patterns we've been seeing."
As in other seasons, travelers can always save money by heading to the places others aren't.
says that though there hasn't been much snow of late, there have been deals at the ski towns of Vermont, Colorado and Utah.