Whistler Blackcomb in the Canadian Coastal Mountains is offering a premium ski package. The Ultimate Whistler Experience starts at $1,368 a person double, plus tax, and includes five nights at a four-star hotel in Whistler Village; three-day lift ticket at Whistler Blackcomb (normally from $216); one-day, four-run elite heli-skiing adventure package ($881); and two merino wool clothing items from Icebreaker (worth $100 each). For example, in early April, the package with a double room at the Aava Hotel costs $1,425 a person double with tax. Book by Jan. 21; travel by April 19. Lowest rates are Jan. 4-Feb. 6 and April 6-19. Book at 888-600-2630.



American Cruise Lines is offering a free pre-cruise night on March 27 to celebrate the Queen of the West's first sailing of the season on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The free night plus seven-night cruise, which sails round-trip from Portland, Oregon, starts at $3,975 a person double, plus $250 port charges and taxes. The deal includes a pre-cruise tour of Portland's Pittock Mansion, followed by an onboard dinner and entertainment. The package is valued at about $587.

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Victoria Cruises has reduced prices on its January and February sailings along China's Yangtze River. The Three Gorges Highlights cruise now starts at $470 a person double, with taxes (a savings of $510) -- a four-night itinerary when traveling upstream from Yichang to Chongqing, and a three-night cruise for the reverse trip. Also, a package of three shore excursions costs $65, a savings of $25. Longer itineraries also are available at a discount.

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Astotel Hotels, 14 independent properties in Paris, is offering savings of up to 25 percent for stays until Jan.19. For example, at the Hotel George Opera, two guests pay from $111 a night; rate includes breakfast, Wi-Fi, afternoon soft drinks and taxes. Usual price starts at about $149 a night.