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-- Orlando's Worlds of Discovery parks -- SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens -- are offering a five-night package that includes two free hotel nights and five-day admission to any two of the parks. Prices vary by hotel. For example, a family of four, with two children under age 10, would pay $607, including taxes, for a five-night package in late June including lodging at Courtyard Orlando International Drive and tickets to SeaWorld and Aquatica; priced separately, the package would cost $895. The deal is available through Sept. 7 but must be purchased at http://www.seaworldorlando.com by March 31.

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-- Thompson Lower East Side, a 141-room boutique hotel in Manhattan, is offering a third night free. Cost for three nights in a suite with king bed is $500 (plus $82 taxes); usual rate is $259 a night, plus $40 taxes. The promotion includes a $100 credit at the hotel's Shang restaurant. Book by April 1 using code MARCHLES. Deal applies to travel through Aug. 31. Info: 877-460-8888, http://www.thompsonhotels.com.

-- Cap Juluca, a luxury property on Anguilla, is offering every-other-night free for stays through April 12. Rate for two nights is now $995 double plus 20 percent taxes and service charge and a $2 government marketing tax; continental breakfast is included. Info: 888-858-5822, http://www.capjuluca.com.

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-- Grand Circle Travel has reduced six of its European river cruises departing May-November by $800 to $1,800 per couple. For example, an 11-night Eastern Europe & the Black Sea cruise departing July 18 now starts at $2,795 per person double (plus $316 taxes), a savings of $500 per person; the package includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles to Budapest, five sightseeing tours and the cruise, which travels round trip from Budapest, stopping in Croatia, Serbia and Bulgaria. Book by May 4. Info: 800-248-3737, http://www.gct.com.

-- Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering two-for-one cruise fares, plus free airfare and shore excursions on select 2009 departures; transfers are included. For example, a seven-night cruise from Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Piraeus, Greece, with airfare from Washington Dulles, starts at $3,650 per person double after discount for the May 16 departure (plus $225 cruise taxes and $270 air fuel surcharge); priced separately, airfare into Nice, France, with return from Athens, would cost $958. Book by May 31. Info: 877-505-5370, http://www.rssc.com.

-- Celebrity Cruises has discounted select itineraries by as much as 40 percent. For example, a seven-night cruise from Vancouver, B.C., to Seward, Alaska, departing Sept. 4 now starts at $499 per person double plus $124 taxes for an inside cabin, a savings of $250. The promotion includes shipboard credits of $100 to $300 for cruises of at least six nights. Booking deadline is today, March 22. Info: 800-647-2251, http://www.celebritycruises.com.


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