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Booking a cruise? Here’s 3 deals to choose from

Windstar Cruises’ 312-passenger Wind Spirit.

SEE ITALY AND SAVE

The buy: Sunquest is offering three long Mediterranean cruises in conjunction with touring in Italy for less than $3,000 next February and March.

The savings: $600 a person plus a one-category stateroom upgrade.

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The catch: You have to book by Sept. 20, and taxes and port fees of $697 are not included.

Why it's worth it: Three options include cruises on the MSC Fantasia with stays in Rome and Sorrento, starting from $2,249 a person for a 17- or 19-day itinerary, including round-trip air from Toronto to Rome.

Book it: Visit Sunquest.ca or call 1-877-485-6060.

PRINCESS FREEBIES

The buy:

Princess Cruises has three free offers for passengers booking Alaskan or European cruises and cruise tours.

The savings: The "3 for Free" sales event includes free room upgrades, a free shore excursion credit and a free specialty restaurant dinner for two.

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The catch: You have to book by Oct. 31.

Why it's worth it: Passengers on European sailings get $200 a couple to spend on shore tours. In Alaska, passengers will receive $100 a couple to spend on tours.

Book it: Visit princess.com/free.

WINDSTAR SPECIAL OFFERS

The buy: Windstar Cruises has a "Sail & Stay" promotion for 2014 European sailings.

The savings: It features two-for-one cruise fares, plus two complimentary hotel nights.

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The catch: You have to book by Oct. 31.

Why it's worth it: The two complimentary hotel nights can be used before or after the voyage. Also, four featured voyages offer even more savings, with fares starting at $2,499 (U.S.) a person, based on double occupancy.

Book it: Visit windstarcruises.com.

TWO RENTALS, ONE FREE DAY

The buy: National Car Rental is launching its annual "Rent Rent Reward" promotion for its Emerald Club members.

The savings: Members receive one free rental day for every two qualifying rentals.

The catch: Qualifying rentals must be of a mid-size or larger vehicle for two or more consecutive days now through Jan. 31.

Why it's worth it: Members can earn up to 50 free rental days, and up to three free days can be redeemed per rental at any time, including weekends.

Book it: emeraldclub.ca/rent.

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