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· Solis the Palmyra Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is scheduled to open in March and will offer introductory two-level upgrades for stays through Dec. 31, 2009. Rates vary by room and time of year. For example, book a guestroom in early May for $199 a night and receive a one-bedroom suite, which typically costs $299. Resort fee and taxes of about 20 percent are extra. Book by Dec. 31. Info: 800-591-0473, http://www.solisthepalmyra.com.

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· Pay for three nights at the recently renovated Westward Look Resort in Tucson and receive two nights free. A five-night stay in a suite with desert views starts at $604 double (including taxes and fees), a savings of more than $400. Stay Jan. 3-April 19; book by Dec. 28. The 80-acre, 244-room resort offers a spa, horseback riding, and hiking and biking trails. Book by calling 800-722-2500; request Stay Three, Get Two Free promotion. Resort info: http://www.westwardlook.com.

· Pay the regular rate for the first night at the Village at Wild Dunes in Isle of Palms, near Charleston, S.C., and receive up to three additional nights at a 50 percent discount. A four-night stay Dec. 26-30, for example, would cost $564 for a studio, including $81 taxes and fees. By comparison, the usual rate is $780. Deal is good for stays through Jan. 4. Info: 877-221-0901, http://www.wilddunes.com.

· Ten Marriott and Renaissance hotels in Washington and Arlington are offering a Staying Power Weekend promo with 30 percent off three-night stays and 40 percent off four-night stays, plus a $100 coupon good for a future booking. Prices vary. For example, a four-night stay at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington starting Dec. 26 is $492, including taxes; usual rate is $820 for four nights. Deal is good through Jan. 4; advance purchase required. Request code C77. Info: 888-236-2427, http://www.marriottdchotels.com.


· Adventure Life has discounted by 25 percent several three- and four-night expedition cruises around South America's Cape Horn. For example, the three-night trip from Ushuaia, Argentina, to Punta Arenas, Chile, aboard the M/V Mare Australis departing April 1 and 8 starts at $788 per person double, including taxes. Info: 800-344-6118, http://www.adventure-life.com/specials.php.

· Peter Deilmann Cruises will offer $99 round-trip airfare and shore excursions worth up to $700 per person on many of its 2009 cruises aboard the MS Deutschland. For example, a 12-night British Isles Splendor cruise departing Hamburg on June 27 starts at $5,500 per person double, plus $125 port charges; round-trip airfare from Washington is $99, plus about $435 fuel surcharges and taxes (fuel surcharge will vary). Priced separately, round-trip air to Hamburg costs about $1,309. Also, for British Isles cruises, book a category H cabin or better, starting at $7,920 per person double, and receive business-class round-trip airfare of $99, plus taxes and fees. Info: 800-348-8287, http://www.deilmann-cruises.com.

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