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A great four-day cruise deal includes a stop in Nassau, Bahamas.
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Here are some of the more interesting deals, websites and other travel tidbits that came across our desk recently:

•The Online Vacation Center has four-night Bahamas cruises aboard Royal Caribbean International as low as $169 per person double occupancy for an ocean view stateroom. Government fees are extra, but it’s still a remarkable price. 800-780-9002,

•Friendly Planet Travel is offering a 15-night Panama Canal cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises, departing from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 9, 2016, priced from $1,449 per person double occupancy. An ocean view cabin is from $1,999 or a balcony from $2,849. 800-555-5765,

•The Glories of Turkey tour from Keytours Vacations is priced from $1,395 per person double occupancy land only or $2,099 per person with air from New York. Included are 13 nights’ lodging, some meals and touring by motor coach with a professional tour director. Among sights visited are Istanbul, Gallipoli, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. 800-576-1784,


•If you’d like to spend Christmas cruising the western Caribbean, has a seven-night cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Lines priced from $809 per person double occupancy. Sailing from Galveston, Texas, on Dec. 19, the ship will make port in Cozumel, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras, and Belize. Lower prices are available for earlier and later dates. 800-827-7779,

•, which offers package tours around the world, is giving $100 off any air-inclusive vacation if you book by July 15. Go to to search trips and use promo code GTSAVINGS15.

•The Colorado tourism folks have suggestions on great places to photograph in their state at

•Munich, Germany’s, Oktoberfest tends to get all the attention as the world’s largest beer fest, but Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart is right up there at No. 2. This year’s dates are Sept. 25-Oct. 11.

•Veggoagogo is a smartphone app aimed at making travel easier for vegetarians.

•Union Pearson Express is a new service offering express rail service between Union Station in downtown Toronto and Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

•The Satchmo Summerfest, honoring Louis Armstrong, will be July 30-Aug. 2 in New Orleans.

•The 4th Annual Sedona Hummingbird Festival is July 31-Aug. 2 in the popular Ariz., destination.


• lists its picks for the best romantic beach getaways at

Prices include taxes and fee unless otherwise noted. Deals and websites listed here have been checked for availability as of press time, but the listings are not an endorsement.

Marty is a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune.