Contrary to popular belief, the name Big Ben in London...

Contrary to popular belief, the name Big Ben in London actually refers to the bell within the clock tower, not the clock itself. (March 29, 2010) Credit: John Damiano

Our friends over at Travelzoo have alerted me to two great deals this morning, and one is bound to appeal to you, whether you're in the mood for a tropical vacation or a visit to the other side of the pond.

Airfare from New York to London, which I typically consider a steal when offered in the low $600s roundtrip, is going for a mere $206 each way -- $412 roundtrip -- on British Airways. The sale -- on British Airways -- is offered exclusively through Travelzoo for travel between Oct. 20 and Dec. 14 and Dec. 24 and March 26, and includes the Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day long holiday weekends. This deal must be booked by Oct. 21, but likely will sell out before then. Book it here.

If you're more the lay-in-the-sun type, consider one of two seven-day cruises from New York for just $369. To put this into perspective, I would ordinarily recommend you pounce on fares that work out to less than $100 a day. These Bahamas-bound cruises come to less than $52 a day and include a $25 onboard credit. Choose departures on the Norwegian Jewel or Gem on Nov. 12, 13, 26, 27 and Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11. Oceanview cabins are just $30 more per person. Get more details or book the deal at Liberty Travel.


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