uperClubs extended its cruise boarding-pass program through 2004.

Under the promotion, cruise passengers can cash in a boarding pass for a free night when booking a SuperClubs holiday.

Participants can choose from 11 Grand Lido, Breezes and Hedonism resort getaways in the Bahamas, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. Travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2004, and within 12 months of the cruise for which the boarding pass was issued.

A minimum of four paid nights is required to redeem the free night, and SuperClubs requires copies of the boarding pass (or a receipt from a recent cruise) to confirm.

SuperClubs vacations are commissionable to agents at 13%. For more details or to book, call (800) 467-8737, Ext. 6190.

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La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort claims to be the first resort in Aruba to offer wireless Internet access, a move taken to enhance its position as a meetings choice, according to Adwina Arends, director of sales and marketing.

Wireless access is available 24/7 throughout the resort for fees of $15 to $18 per 24 hours. Guests also can rent laptops for $25 a day.

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Meanwhile, Aruba's visitor figures, although down 1% compared with last year, "are finally showing positive signs," according to Edison Briesen, minister of tourism.

New Royal Aruban Airways flights begin Nov. 14 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Aruba and later will expand to other Caribbean points and Newark.

A 22-minute destination-oriented film entitled "Experience Aruba Panorama" opens Nov. 15 at the Crystal Theater in Oranjestad.

Showings are offered six days a week on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. For details, visit www.aruba.com.

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An upgrade of nine townhouses and 10 one- and two-bedroom apartments at the Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin will be completed next month.

The upgrade features custom-designed kitchens, which will complement the earlier addition of new furniture and soft goods. For details, call (800) 344-3016.

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Island Expeditions offers an adventure tour in Belize complete with a night safari to observe the elusive jaguar.

Travelers can observe the cats in the wild "while paddling through protected rain forests in search of the endangered felines," according to the company's brochure.

If jaguars are a no-show, howler monkeys, keel-billed toucans and scarlet macaws also reportedly lurk in the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Reserve in southern Belize.

The nine-night adventure, which offers six departures between Dec. 14 and March 25, also features camping and kayaking on Belize's reef.

The program is priced at $1,899 per person, double. For details, visit www.islandexpeditions.com.

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Continental will launch nonstop service Dec. 18 from Newark to Barbados, pending government approval.

The 737 flights will depart Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

American began nonstop daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and between Fort Lauderdale and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 1.

AAdvantage members can earn double miles for travel on these flights through Dec. 15.

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Hilton Caribbean broke ground on the 353-room Hilton Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados -- its 14th hotel on its ninth Caribbean island.

The property, which is expected to open in fourth-quarter 2004, is on the site of the original Barbados Hilton, which was demolished to construct the $90 million complex.

Also in Barbados, the 72-room Fairmont Royal Pavilion reopened last month, following a five-month refurbishment that represented an investment of $150,000 per room.

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Rosewood Hotels' Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, now offers a 12-minute air shuttle service between St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Virgin Gorda, priced at $100 per person, one way.

The air taxi operates daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can be booked through the resort. For details, visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.

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St. James's Club, Morgan Bay on St. Lucia added an adults-only swimming pool, a steakhouse restaurant and a Kids Klub for children up to age 12.

Inclusive rates through Dec. 21 start at $390 per day, double. For winter rates, call (800) 345-0356.

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Allen Chastanet, native St. Lucian and former vice president of marketing and sales at Air Jamaica, opened his 20-room Coco Kreole in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, with high-season rates from $80 per person, per night, including continental breakfast.

Chastanet described the boutique hotel as a combination of South Beach style, European chic "and a lot of Caribbean color and warmth."

For details, call (758) 452-0712 or visit www.cocokreole.com.

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On the rooftop bar lounge named Wet at the Water Club in San Juan, the beachfront boutique hotel replaced chaise-lounge recliners with white-leather beds that are 7 feet wide and up to 30 feet long.

Overhanging umbrellas, pull-up tray tables and lots of white pillows complete the scene.

For details, visit www.waterclub.com.

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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on St. Lucia is paying 15% on its special package rates, which represent a 15% savings to guests.

The plans call for a minimum six-night stay and include airport transfers, daily buffet breakfast and one Caribbean buffet dinner per guest, per stay.

Rates start at $105 per person, per night, double, through Dec. 20 and from $125 from Jan. 4 through April 18.

For details, visit www.windjammer-landing.com.

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The venue for Caribbean Marketplace 2004, the annual conference of the Caribbean Hotel Association, is set for San Juan's Roberto Clemente Coliseum Jan. 11 to 14.

Caribbean Marketplace, co-sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism Co., the municipality of San Juan and the Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association, originally was to have been held at the new Puerto Rico Coliseum in Hato Rey, a San Juan suburb.

However, the facility will not be ready on time.

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Apple Vacations will offer service from Chicago's Midway Airport to Cancun, Mexico, and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, this winter.

From Jan. 31 through Dec. 12, 2004, Apple will fly nonstop to Cancun three times a week; from Feb. 6 though April 23, the operator will fly nonstop to Puerto Plata on Fridays for packages of seven and 14 days. The 757 flights are operated by Pace Airlines.

To book, log on to www.applevacations.com.

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Sol Melia's Paradisus Puerto Rico will open in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 15.

The first phase, which cost $120 million, consists of 486 guest rooms in 30 two-story bungalows, a lagoon-style pool, a spa, a casino, three tennis courts, an amphitheater, six restaurants, four bars and meetings and banquets space. Construction on another 486 guest rooms will begin in 2005.

Introductory rates start at $200 per person, per night, including accommodations, all meals and drinks, nonmotorized water sports, entertainment, 24-hour room service, taxes and service charges.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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