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The itinerary: Get cruise and island deals

Deals: Islands and cruises

• Volunteer on St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and receive a $100 resort credit at the Westin St. John Resort. Guests earn the credit after volunteering at the Virgin Islands National Park (the property runs a free transfer). Rates start at $555, plus tax and resort fee. Request SunSational Savings promo. 866-716-8108;

• Celebrity Cruises is offering a Pick Your Perk promo on most cruises departing May through March 2015. Choices include a free classic beverage package for two, including wine and spirits (promo code PYPBEV), a $99-per-day value. Promo applies to ocean-view and higher cabin categories, with exceptions. Book by April 30. 800-647-2251;


— The Washington Post

Going ’round in Vegas

Tourists have begun taking in the view from the High Roller, a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown mountains in the distance. Its height eclipses the 541-foot Singapore Flyer and the nearly 443-foot London Eye, and is expected to be the tallest in the world until wheels are completed in New York and Dubai. The Las Vegas wheel is between the Flamingo, Harrah’s and renamed Quad hotel-casinos. At night, it changes hues from blue to red to green to purple. Each of its 28 glass-enclosed and air-conditioned gondolas can hold up to 40 people. Tickets are $24.95 during the day and $34.95 at night, with front-of-the-line VIP passes selling for $59.95.

— The Associated Press

Broadway embraces Thursdays

Catching a Wednesday matinee on Broadway is so last year. The hot thing now is Thursday afternoon shows. Three shows making the move are Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Mamma Mia! and The Phantom of the Opera. Matilda the Musical may experiment with the idea this summer. The change means families will be able to get to see another matinee, a lifeline for family-friendly shows. And with the city bracing for summer tourists, offering a Thursday matinee lets theater lovers cram in more shows if they come for a long weekend. The Thursday step is the latest to scramble the traditional eight-show Broadway week that has seen the addition of shows on normally dark Monday, earlier curtains on Tuesday night and the scrapping of two shows on Sunday. The West End in London has long had Thursday matinees.

— The Associated Press

Fun fact

Building the ‘burrito byway’

The New Mexico Tourism Department is looking for the state’s best breakfast burritos. The department opened nominations recently for limited spots on what it has dubbed the “New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway.” (The nominations process ends Sunday, but you might get a last-minute nomination in online.) Voting on those nominations begins April 21. According to tourism officials, the breakfast burrito was developed by a Santa Fe restaurant. It has also become a staple of Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta, where a hand-held breakfast is a necessity. The New Mexico True Breakfast Burrito Byway will identify the best of the burritos across New Mexico, based on public voting.

— The Associated Press