Cruise Deals for the Week of May 26, 2011

Overwater Bungalows in Moorea, French Polynesia Thornton Cohen
By Heidi Sarna

Book now for cruises packed with extra value in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, French Polynesia, and canals in France.

All prices are per person and based upon two people sharing a cabin (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure, cabin category and time of travel. Extras like sightseeing tours, bar drinks and spa treatments may also increase the price. If occupying a cabin alone, unless stated otherwise, the typical single supplement charge is 100% of the double-occupancy rate (in other words, solo travelers pay the price of two people). All fares and offers are subject to availability, may not be combinable with other offers, are capacity-controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time without prior notice.

Photo Caption: Overwater Bungalows in Moorea, French Polynesia
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Istanbul, Turkey. Frommers.com Community
Destination: Mediterranean
Provider: All-Travel (tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com)
What: A 14-night cruise on 684-passenger Oceania Insignia from Istanbul to Barcelona.
When: Oct. 15, 2011 (from $3,699 for insides)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: As part of the All-Travel Signature Collection, this itinerary includes stops in Kusadasi, Santorini, Taormina, Rome, Florence/Pisa, Marseille, and more. The fare includes up to 75% off cruise fares, free air and exclusive amenity package if reserved by Aug. 31, 2011. Exclusive amenity package includes: prepaid gratuities, $100 shipboard credit, $100 shore excursion credit, $100 Canyon Ranch SpaClub credit and welcome bottle of champagne. Plus, receive an additional $200 onboard credit if you are new to Oceania.
What Else You'll Have To Pay: Ground transfers.
Book By: Aug. 31, 2011
Why this is a Deal: Free airfare and free amenity package (see above), plus the additional $200 shipboard credit is an All-Travel exclusive offer.
Other Details: The atmosphere aboard the mid-sized Insignia is similar to an upscale, private country club. The dress code is casual, even at dinner, and there are four restaurants, including an Italian and a steak house. There's a crew of 400 to pamper guests.

Photo Caption: Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Giles Longhurst/Frommers.com Community.
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Papeete, Tahiti. Frommers.com Community
Destination: South Pacific
Provider: All-Travel (tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com)
What: A 14-night cruise aboard 332-passenger Paul Gauguin's ms Paul Gauguin round-trip from Papeete.
When: Nov. 19, 2011 (from $5,997 for porthole staterooms)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: As part of the All-Travel Signature Collection, this itinerary includes stops in Fakarava, Hiva Oa, Nuku Hiva, Bora Bora, Moorea and more. The fare includes free economy air from Los Angeles, 50% savings, $400 per couple shipboard credit and cocktail reception. Plus, receive an additional $1,000 per couple shipboard credit when you reserve your cruise by Jun. 30, 2011. Fares are all-inclusive and include complimentary beverages, onboard gratuities, 24-hour room service, complimentary day on private islet, Motu Mahana
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A bike rider in the Barri Gotic Neil Schlecht
Destination: Mediterranean
Provider: Cruises-N-More (tel. 800-733-2048; www.cruises-n-more.com)
What: A 7-night cruise aboard the new 4,100-passenger NCL Epic sailing round-trip from Barcelona.
When: July 17, 2011 (insides from $999 per person, balconies from $1399, and suites from $1699)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: You'll visit the ports of Livorno, Civitavecchia/Rome and Naples, Italy, as well as Palma Majorca. You also receive onboard cabin credits of $245 (inside), $400 (balcony) or $510 (suites).
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes and airfare.
Book By: June 10, 2011
Why this is a Deal: The onboard credits are double what they are normally.
Other Details: You'll have more than 20 different dining options on this Freestyle-dining vessel.
The Norwegian Epic has great pool deck activities, from water slides to rock climbing and more, plus more than 20 dining venues and exceptional entertainment, including the Blue Man Group and Second City comedy troupe.

Photo Caption: A bike rider in Barcelona's Barri Gotic
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Old man tasting grapes in his vineyard during harvest time in Champagne, France. Frommers.com Community
Destination: France's Champagne region
Provider: French Country Waterways (tel. 800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: A 6-night cruise aboard the 12-passenger Adrienne.
When: Aug 14, 2011 (from $4,636 per person)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Sailing between Maizy and Château-Thierry on the Canal Latéral à la Marne, Canal de l'Aisne à la Marne and the River Marne, visit Tinqueux to see the Cathedral of Reims, which served as the setting for the coronation of French kings; the cellars Moët & Chandon; the House of Ployez-Jacquemart, a small, family owned Champagne house, for a private tour and tasting; and the wheat fields and farms of Belleau, site of the American Cemetery and World War I battlefields. Also get two free hotel nights in Paris (one before and one after cruise).
What Else You'll Have To Pay: Airfare and gratuities.
Book By: No specific end date.
Why This is a Deal: Save 20% off normal rates and get two free hotel nights in Paris, plus fares include daily excursions and wine with dinner.
Other Details: Enjoy dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant; on board four-course candlelit dinners accompanied by Grand Cru and Premier Cru wines; daily sightseeing excursions to nearby medieval towns and churches, châteaux and famous vineyards; time for relaxing on the sun deck, walking or bicycling along canal towpaths and shopping in nearby villages; escorted, private round-trip transfers between Paris and the barge. The Adrienne is decorated in 18th-century country-French style with custom-made furniture adorned with intricate woodcarving and rich fabrics.

Photo Caption: Old man tasting grapes in his vineyard during harvest time in Champagne, France. Photo by mike@pops/Frommers.com Community.
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The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) in the Piazza Navona. Georgios Makkas
Destination: Mediterranean
Provider: Cruise Brothers (tel. 800-827-7779; www.cruisebrothers.com)
What: A 7-night cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean International 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas sailing round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome.
When: October 23, 2011 (insides from $599 per person and balconies from $999)
What the quoted price gets you: Visits to Sicily, Italy; Athens and Crete, Greece; and Kusadasi/Ephesus, Turkey.
What Else You'll Have To Pay: Airfare and government taxes
Book By: June 5, 2011
Why this is a Deal: Prices are half off fares from a month ago.
Other Details: Ship is loaded with activities, from an ice-skating rink to a rock-climbing wall, in-line skating track 9-hole miniature golf course, golf simulators, huge kids play area, and more.

Photo Caption: The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) in the Piazza Navona.
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Leaving the port of Miami. Frommers.com Community
Destination: Caribbean
Provider: Cruise Brothers (tel. 800/827-7779; www.cruisebrothers.com; cruise ID: 4786)
What: A 10-night cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' new 1,258-passenger Marina from Miami.
When: Jan 3 and 13; and Feb 16 and 26, 2012 (balconies from $2,799 per person)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Visits to Miami, Key West, At Sea, Costa Maya, Roatan, Santo Tomas, Guatemala, Belize, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, At Sea and Miami
What Else You'll Have To Pay: Airfare and government taxes
Book By: June 5, 2011
Why this is a Deal: Fares discounted 50%
Other Details: Elegantly casual like her fleetmates (there are no formal nights), this brand-new mid-sized ship has six restaurants, a culinary center for hands-on cooking demos by master chefs, and an enrichment center for lectures, plus you'll find multiple entertainment lounges, spa, gym, and other attractive public spaces.

Photo Caption: Leaving the port of Miami. Photo by Oksir5/Frommers.com Community.
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