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A tourist boat sails past Bartolome Island on the Galapagos (Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)
Liberty Travel has a three-night Bahamas cruise on Royal Caribbean International departing Port Canaveral, Fla., Nov. 18 starting at $229 per person, double occupancy. Taxes and fees are extra. 800-900-1290; tinyurl.com/3lxabwc
AdventureSmith Explorations has a two-for-one special on some of its August and September Galapagos Islands packages. Prices for the first passenger start at $5,895, and the second passenger pays $1,100 for in-country air travel and park fees. Among items included in the package are an eight-day/seven-night cruise and pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito. 800-728-2875; tinyurl.com/3o58khc
If you're considering your cruise options for 2012, Friendly Planet Travel has two 14-night Panama Canal cruises on Norwegian Cruise Line starting as low as $1,099 per person, double occupancy. Taxes and other fees are extra. 800-555-5765; tinyurl.com/3dusyex
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CruiseBrothers.com has waived the single supplement on a seven-night Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Eclipse, departing Miami Nov. 19. Prices start at $889 per person, plus taxes and fees. 800-827-7779; tinyurl.com/3fzfa9j
TripAdvisor.com has added a TripIndex to its site that compares costs at 50 tourist cities around the world and 15 in the U.S. tinyurl.com/3vdgodl
The Online Vacation Center is offering an 11-night cruise on Azamara Club Cruises sailing round-trip from Athens Oct. 26 and making port in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Santorini, Greece; Jerusalem (Ashdod); Haifa, Israel; Paphos, Cyprus; Antalya, Turkey; and Rhodes and Kos, Greece. Price, including round-trip air from Chicago and a variety of other cities, starts at $2,799 per person, double occupancy, for a balcony cabin. 800-329-9002; tinyurl.com/43dglq6
Foreign Independent Tours has a seven-day/five-night food, culture and spa tour of Jordan that includes round-trip air from New York, five nights' lodging, tours including Amman, the Dead Sea and Petra, and some meals starting at $1,899 per person, double occupancy. Airline taxes and fees are extra. 800-248-3487; tinyurl.com/3qdq5fy
The Bohemian Nights at New West Fest in Fort Collins, Colo., Aug. 12-14, will showcase more than 80 Colorado bands, 20 dance companies, children's performers, street performers and three national music headliners across nine stages. 970-484-6500; downtownfortcollins.com
The third annual Taos Mountain Music Festival will be held Aug. 20-21 in Taos Ski Valley, N.M. taosmountainmusicfestival.com
IndependentTraveler.com offers its advice on combating jet lag at tinyurl.com/5l5v3v.
Frommers.com has advice on the best time to travel to see things like the grape harvest in Tuscany or lavender in bloom in Provence. tinyurl.com/6hoj339
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