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Crystal Serenity cruise ship. (Johansen Krause/Johansen Krause)
Crystal Serenity cruise ship. (Johansen Krause/Johansen Krause)

Crystal cruises offers Canadians up to $800 off Add to ...

Crystal Canadian credit

The buy: Crystal Cruises is holding a Canadian appreciation sales event.

The savings: Up to $800 per stateroom in credits for shore excursions.

The catch: It must be booked by March 31 (Canadian residents only), and is available on select 2012 sailings in Northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

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Why it's worth it: Crystal is one of the highest-rated cruise lines. Starting this spring, cruises will include complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open-bar service in all lounges, and tips for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.

Book it: Through travel agents (who can call 1-800-446-6620, ext. 2, and ask for promo code CASE). For more information on the cruises, visit crystalcruises.com.

Spring in Tunisia

The buy: NARAT is offering stays of up to four weeks in Tunisia from Toronto with Air France at big savings as the country rebuilds its tourism market following the Arab Spring.

The savings: About 60 per cent.

The catch: The stays are available through May only and $532 in taxes and fees are not included.

Why it's worth it: Two-week all-inclusive stays, including air, three meals a day and drinks at meals, are available at Riviera Hotel and Thalassa Sousse Resort for $1,290 and $1,386 respectively. Four-week stays are available at Vincci Kantaoui Centre Resort and RIU Bellevue Park for $1,512 and $1,995 including air, three meals a day and drinks at meals.

Book it: Contact a travel agent, call 1-877-296-2728 or e-mail tours@narat.org.

Cruising the Po

The buy: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is adding a river cruise – Italy, the Po River and the Venice Lagoon – to its itineraries in 2013.

The savings: $1,000 to $1,200.

The catch: You have to book and pay in full by June 30.

Why it's worth it: The 13-day itinerary combines a seven-night river cruise along the Po River and the Venice Lagoon with a two-night land stay in Florence and three nights in Rome. Other stops include Ravenna, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Byzantine treasures, Verona with its famous Roman arena, and Bologna, famed for its cuisine.

Book it: For more information, visit uniworldcruises.ca/Italy.

Sunswept St. Lucia sale

The buy: Sunswept Resorts, with two properties in St. Lucia, is having a rare sale.

The savings: 40 per cent off.

The catch: At the 100-room couples resort Rendezvous, you have to book by March 31 for travel by May 26. At BodyHoliday LeSPORT, a wellness and spa resort, you have to book by April 16 for travel by April 30.

Why it's worth it: About $20-million has been spent upgrading the resorts. With this promotion, one week with air from Toronto through Air Canada Vacations to Rendezvous is $1,879 plus $265 in taxes and fees for departures in early April. The BodyHoliday trip costs $2,159 plus $265. Packages are also available through WestJet Vacations and Transat Holidays.

Book it: Through a travel agent. For more information, visit sunsweptresorts.com



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