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The Week's Best Travel Bargains, by Land, Sea and Air

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-- A Spring Equinox offer at two Sonesta properties on St. Maarten includes a free night on March 20 and an automatic room upgrade. Stay for at least four nights at either the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino or the Sonesta Great Bay Resort & Casino to qualify for the free night. Great Bay is also offering a 20 percent spa discount, and Maho's deal includes a 20 percent discount on watersports. Prices vary by property and room type. For example, four nights at the Maho resort in late March, with free night, is $722 (including $125 taxes); four nights typically costs $998. Info: 800-223-0757, http://www.sonesta.com/stmaarten.

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-- Book a night Sunday-Thursday at the Five Gables Inn & Spa in St. Michaels and get the second night at half price. Daily room rate starts at $165, with taxes; two nights, with the discount, is $233, including taxes. The promo is good through March 31. Price includes continental breakfast. The 20-room inn is less than two hours from Washington. Info: 877-466-0100, http://www.fivegables.com.

-- Nine Marriott and Renaissance resorts in Mexico and several Caribbean islands are offering a $100 Travel Stimulus voucher that can be applied to any other deal. For example, book the Sand Dollar package, which includes a fourth night free and daily buffet breakfast for two, then take an extra $100 off the total: Final price at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort in late April is $573 for four nights, a savings of $284. Voucher must be downloaded at http://www.paradisebymarriott.com by March 31 and presented at check-in. Travel by Dec. 21. Participating resorts are on Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Grand Cayman, and in Mexico's Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.


-- Travel Leaders is offering discounts on select Royal Caribbean cruises for oceanview (or better) cabins. Discounts of $50 per stateroom apply to three- to five-night cruises, six- to nine-night cruises receive $100 off, and longer cruises get a $200 discount. Also, each cabin receives one free amenity; choices include dinner for two in a specialty restaurant ($25 per person value) or a select spa treatment ($109 value). Prices vary. For example, a seven-night eastern Caribbean cruise aboard the Freedom of the Seas starts at $849 per person double, after the $100 discount (plus $72 taxes/fees). Info: 800-335-8747, http://www.travelleaders.com.

-- Watch or run the Paris International Marathon April 5 with a promo from Go Barging. Get 10 nights aboard the Renaissance barge for the same rate as six. Price is $5,450 per person double and includes four nights docked as a bed-and-breakfast in Paris during the marathon festivities, followed by a six-night all-inclusive cruise on the River Seine. Trip starts April 1. Info: 800-394-8630, http://www.gobarging.com.

-- Get free in-country airfare, worth $300, on an eight-night Amazon Voyage from International Expeditions. Price starts at $3,048 per person double for June and September departures. Itinerary includes one night hotel in Lima, seven-night cruise on the Amazon River and round-trip airfare between Lima and Iquitos, Peru. Info: 800-633-4734, http://www.ietravel.com.


-- Air Jamaica has sale fares from BWI to Montego Bay. Round-trip fare is $437, including $89 taxes, for travel through May 20. Other airlines are matching, but fare is typically about $500 round trip. Departing flights run Thursday-Monday, and returning flights are Wednesday-Sunday. Daily flights in each direction begin April 2. Book at http://www.airjamaica.com by March 20.

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