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Sunday, December 28, 2008

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· The newly renovated Copley Square Hotel in Boston's Back Bay will reopen Dec. 31 and is offering Sneak Peek rates starting at $143 a night double (plus $18 taxes) through January. Room typically starts at $179, plus taxes. Info: 800-225-7062, http://www.copleysquarehotel.com.

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· The Resort at Squaw Creek, which offers direct access to skiing at Squaw Valley USA in Northern California, is offering discounts on stays Jan. 4-Feb. 12. Nightly rate starts at $287, including $42 taxes and fees; usual rate starts at $380. Request promo code STORMRSC; book by Jan. 6. Info: 800-401-9501, http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.

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· Lindblad Expeditions, in conjunction with National Geographic, is reducing by 25 percent its seven-night Costa Rica and the Panama Canal cruise aboard the MV Sea Voyager. Discount applies to seven departures January-March; price after discount starts at $3,495 per person double, including taxes -- a savings of $1,165. Cruise includes visits to Manuel Antonio National Park and Corcovado National Park, both in Costa Rica. Book by Dec. 31. Info: 800-397-3348, http://www.expeditions.com.

· Carnival is offering family rates on select cruises. For example, a five-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Destiny departing Miami on Jan. 31 starts at $349 each for the first two passengers and $199 each for the third, fourth and fifth passengers sharing the same cabin; total cost for a family of five starts at $1,554, including $259 taxes. By comparison, the brochure rate for five is $3,456. Info: 888-227-6482, http://www.carnival.com.

· Two sail for the price of one on Hurtigruten's Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in January, February and September-December 2009. After discount, prices range from $665 to $2,014 per person double (including taxes), depending on length of voyage, sailing date and cabin category. For example, a 12-night cruise round trip from Bergen, Norway, in a category P outside cabin starts, after discount, at $1,514 per person double, plus $96 fuel surcharge; depart in January, February, November or December. Info: 800-323-7436, http://www.hurtigruten.us.

AIR

· Cathay Pacific is offering an All Asia Pass for 2009. The starting price of $1,499 includes round-trip air from New York to Hong Kong and round-trip flights from Hong Kong to any two of 24 cities, including Bangkok, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo. Taxes are extra and vary by destination. Cheapest rate applies to Monday-Wednesday flights Feb. 8-May 17 and Aug. 17-Dec. 1. Purchase through travel agent only. Info: http://www.cathayusa.com/offers/allasiapass.

· AirTran is offering sale fares on flights to a new airport in Branson, Mo., scheduled to open May 11. Round-trip flight from any Washington region airport, connecting in Atlanta, is $308, including taxes, for travel through June 24. Book by Jan. 14 at http://www.airtran.com, or pay $15 more by calling 800-247-8726.


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