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Pack your bathing suit, not your boots for these travel deals

MAYBE MY TRUE LOVE WILL GIVE THIS TO ME

The buy: Signature Vacations has a "Twelve Days of Deals" campaign from gateways across Canada to sun destinations.

The savings: Up to 40 per cent.

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The catch: The promotion runs through Dec. 7 with the daily deals available for 48 hours.

Why it's worth it: Earlier this week, the all-inclusive five-star Riu Jalisco in Riviera Nayarit on Mexico's Pacific Coast was selling for $695 out of Toronto with departures on Jan. 3, 7 and 14.

To book: To check the latest offerings, see a travel agent or visit www.signature.ca.

SEARCH FOR SPERM WHALES OFF THE COAST OF NORWAY

The buy: Hurtigruten is offering an early-booking discount for a new cruise called Giants of the Deep, which will track sperm whales off northern Norway.

The savings: At $3,839, the savings are 20 per cent.

The catch: You must book by Dec. 31 for the 12-day cruise that sails on July 31. Airfare is not included.

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Why it's worth it: In addition to whale watching, you cross the Arctic Circle and visit the world's most northernmost town of Hammerfest and the art nouveau town of Alesund as well as head out for a bird safari to look for puffins.

Book it: Visit hurtigruten.ca for information. GLP Worldwide Expedition Travel and Tours is the Canadian representative at glpworldwide.com or 1-866-760-1987.

SPEND YOUR NIGHTS IN AN IRISH CASTLE

The buy: Royal Irish Tours has put an eight-day, drive-yourself Castle Adventure in Ireland package on sale for $1,248 a person, including airfare from Toronto.

The savings: $250 a person.

The catch: This price is available for the April 25 departure only and taxes of $331 are not included.

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Why it's worth it: You stay in some of Ireland's most luxurious castles, including two nights in Clontarf Castle in Dublin (above) as well as Ashford, Kilronan and Bunratty castles with full Irish breakfast as well as have the use of a rental car with unlimited mileage for seven days.

Book it: For full details, visit www.royalirishtours.com or call 1-866-907-8687.

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