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This Week’s Travel Deals

We've got deals from around the area and around the world. Read on for some great travel bargains.

Want a free night at the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton? Read on to find out how.

The Plaza: Stay Two Nights, Third on the House
The Plaza Hotel in New York is currently offering a summer steal: The “Third Night Free” summer package, which includes a complimentary third night for guests who stay in a guest room or suite for two consecutive nights. While there, make a visit to the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, Warren Tricomi Salon and Fitness Center by Radu.

The Plaza re-opened on March 1, 2008, after a $400 million, three-year, lobby-to-roof renovation. Rates start at $595 per night. The package is valid until September 7, 2009., 888-850-0909

Complimentary Nights at Ritz-Carlton When You Use AmEx
Even Ritz-Carlton understands that the economy is having an effect on its most affluent customers. To give a little something back, the hotel operator is now offering complimentary nights this summer for guests who pay with their American Express card. 

Using your AmEx card triggers the following in a Deluxe Room: stay for three nights, pay for two; stay for five nights, pay for three; stay for seven nights, pay for four. This offer also includes daily breakfast for two and overnight valet parking. 

In addition, receive a room upgrade when you book this Summer Package and pay with any American Express card through September 30, 2009., 800-542-8680

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver Intro Offer
In celebration of the recent opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, the hotel is offering an “Experience Shangri-La” package through December 31 starting at $305. It includes a $100 room credit ($200 for a suite), free Internet and local calls and room category upgrades when available., 604-689-1120

Five SeaDream Cruises Up To 57 Percent Off
SeaDream Yacht Club still has availability on five summer Mediterranean cruises and is offering up to 57 percent off on them.

SeaDream I
June 11-25, 2009: Civitavecchia to Istanbul; 14 days; starting from $8,624; savings of 52 percent.
September 5-19, 2009: Monte to Piraeus; 14 days; starting from $7,875; savings of 56 percent.
October 3-18, 2009: Alexandria to Barcelona; 15 days; starting from $7,349; savings of 56 percent.
SeaDream II
August 22-September 5, 2009: Venice to Istanbul; 14 days; starting from $7,724; savings of 57 percent.
September 26-October 10, 2009: Piraeus to Seville; 14 days; starting from $7,499; savings of 57 percent., 800-707-4911. Mention code MED2009B2B when booking.

Unlimited Golf in Northern California
Fore! Here’s a golf package that will keep duffers happy even if their scorecards are bogey filled. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, just outside San Francisco, is offering a golf package starting at $399 per night per player ($519 for two players). Here’s what you get: overnight luxury accommodations, unlimited golf on Half Moon Bay Golf Links (there are two par-72 courses: The Ocean Course and The Old Course), golf towel, resort fee and overnight valet parking. Unlimited golf begins at 2 p.m. on the day of arrival and ends at 7 p.m. on the day of check-out., 650-712-7000

Sci-Fi Package for Star Trek Fans
Trekkies should make their way to the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown for an exclusive package that includes VIP access to “Star Trek: The Exhibition” at the Franklin Institute. The interactive exhibition showcases the show’s legacy and is a must-see for fans of the cultish sci-fi series.

The package for two in Philadelphia includes overnight hotel accommodations and two VIP tickets to “Star Trek: The Exhibition.” These VIP tickets are not available to the general public, not dated or timed, and provide access to the front of the line so “beaming up” is quick and painless.

The tickets also provide general admission to the Franklin Institute. In order to book this package, mention promotional code ARN., 800-834-6418

Half-Off MSC Caribbean Cruises
Book a balcony stateroom on select MSC Poesia Caribbean itineraries in 2009-10 and save up to 50 percent off a connecting balcony stateroom.

This Family Plan offer applies for adjoining Category 9, 10 or 11 Balcony Superior staterooms and is available on most 5-, 7- and 10-night cruises beginning November 10, 2009. Family Plan rates for four begin at $625 per person. 

Itineraries include destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean and Panama, including ports such as San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Montego Bay, Jamaica; King’s Wharf, Bermuda; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; St. John’s, Antigua; Cristobal, Panama; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico., 800-666-9333

Price is Right at The Four Seasons Resort Maui
The AAA five-diamond Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is now offering its lowest rates in four years. Time to take advantage. Standard mountainside rooms are going for $395 per night, a rate that includes use of poolside cabanas; a lei greeting and oshibori towels upon arrival; canoe excursions off Wailea Beach; daily intro fitness classes; oceanfront yoga classes; daily snorkeling and scuba clinics; and a children’s program.

This rate is available through June 26. From June 27 to August 22, the rate increases to $445, but returns to $395 from August 23 to December 17., 808-874-8000

Romantic Getaway at Cobblers Cove in Barbados
Cobblers Cove is helping couples reconnect with an intimate three-night, four-day “Lord & Lady Package.” The details: complimentary welcome cocktail; a wine-tasting session from the resort’s assortment of New World wines from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Washington, California, Argentina, Chile; a private dinner for two at the resort’s Relais & Chateaux Terrace Restaurant; and a one-hour couples massage. The package also includes return transfers to the airport, breakfast daily, complimentary Wi-Fi, tennis and water sports. The “Lord & Lady Package” is available from now through December 19 starting at $2,500 per couple. Cobblers Cove, on Barbados’ west coast, boasts 40 suites overlooking a white-sand beach and tropical gardens., 800-890-6060

St. Barths Caribbean Escapade Package
The Hotel Guanahani & Spa is offering a new “Caribbean Escapade” package, a great value for a summer getaway. The deal: a three-night stay in any chosen room category; a confirmed room upgrade; a bottle of Champagne upon arrival; daily in-room continental breakfast or the American buffet breakfast at the beachfront restaurant L’Indigo; roundtrip transfers by the hotel chauffeur; access to all non-motorized water sports including windsurfing and canoeing, and the Clarins Spa area. The package is available through October 31., 800-216-3774