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Deals of the Ancient Mariner

Actually, this Mariner is pretty new, and rates sure are enticing from Radisson Seven Seas (tel. 800/285-1835; www.rssc.com). There's not a bad room in the house on this all-suite, all-balcony 700-passenger ship. For 7-night Inside Passage cruises round-trip out of Vancouver, between Vancouver and Seward, or between Whittier and Vancouver, rates start as low as $2,987 per person for cruises between June 1 and Sept 7. Prices include tips, wine with dinner and a one-time stocked mini-bar. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and sometimes Ketchikan, plus sailing through fjords and past glaciers.

A Tall Ship with Small Rates

With fares starting at just $1,425, it doesn't pay to stay home. See the Greek Isles and Turkey aboard Star Clippers' beautiful 170-passenger Star Flyer, a four-masted clipper ship oozing with charm. Discounts from Star Clippers (tel. 800/442-0556; www.starclippers.com) apply to a handful of 7-night cruises between June and early September, either round-trip from Pireaus/Athens or between Pireaus/Athens and Istanbul.

Oceans of Value

With the euro still heading for the stratosphere, it's a no-brainer that booking a cruise (and paying US dollars for it) is the way to get the best value in Europe this year. Oceania Cruises (tel. 800/531-5658; www.oceaniacruises.com) is offering free airfare and two-for-one cruise fares on cruises to Europe this year, with some voyages starting as low as $1,799 per person aboard its three 684-passenger ships, the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The discounts apply to six sailings that must be booked before March 31, 2005, including a pair of 10-night sailings between Barcelona and Athens in November; a 12-night sailing from Barcelona to Lisbon in May; a 14-night cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul in April and one from Barcelona to Venice in August; and a 16-night sailing between Barcelona and Stockholm in May.

What Travel Agencies Are Offering

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week. Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time. Similar deals may be available from competing online and brick-and-mortar agencies. All rates are per person and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-luxe lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

CruisesOnly (tel. 800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com)

  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $529, Oct 23 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, April 3,10,17,24 & May 1 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, April 2 & 16 sailings.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $899, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 15-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,100, Oct 14 sailing.

The Cruise Professionals (tel. 800-265-3838; www.cruiseprofessionals.com)

  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Mediterranean, Lisbon to Rome. From $2,995, May 4 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 9-night Alaskan, Vancouver to San Francisco. From $1,825, May 21 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night Mediterranean, Rome to Venice. From $2,695, May 9 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Alaska, round-trip from San Francisco. From $2,395, May 30 sailing. Deal includes free passage for kids under 12 when sharing a stateroom with 2 adults.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 11-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Rome to Barcelona. From $4,999, May 3 sailing. Deal includes $250 per cabin shipboard credit, private cocktail parties and two shore excursions.
  • Silversea Silver Wind: 7-night ultra-luxe Africa/Arabian Coast, round-trip from Mahe. From $1,847, Nov 22 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 10-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $2,897, May 5 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper:9-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to Barbados. From $2,197, November 2 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 6-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Puntarenas. From $1,889, May 6 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-luxe Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $2,987, June 1 sailing.

Icruise.com (tel. 866/942-7847; www.icruise.com)

  • Celebrity Zenith: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $750, April 10 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Scandinavia & Russia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,600, May 21 & June 2 sailings. Deal includes free travel insurance and a $100 onboard credit per cabin.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night repositioning cruise, Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon. From $709, Apr 10 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,799, Jun 29 sailing. Deal includes complimentary bottle of wine each night.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $649, March 26 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $999, March 27 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Apr 9 & Apr 23 sailings. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Florida & Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $1,014 June 19 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $1,439 Jun 19 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $673, Apr 2 & Apr 9 sailings.
  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, from Vancouver to Seward. From $815, Jun 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Norfolk, Virginia. From $880, Apr 10 sailing.

Just Cruisin' Plus (tel. 800/888-0922; www.justcruisinplus.com)

  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $849, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $649, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $649, March 20 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $749, May 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, May 11 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 7-night Golf on the Gulf, New Orleans to Pensacola. From $758, June 2 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 5-night Riverbonding cruise, round-trip from New Orleans. From $534, June 19 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey, round-trip from Venice. From $1,350, June 25 sailing.
  • MSC Lirica: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $1,350, July 24 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Civil War, Nashville to Chattanooga. From $758, July 30 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Bluegrass, Nashville to Cincinnati. From $758, Aug. 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $622, Sept 10 & 24 sailings.
  • Delta Queen American Queen: 7-night Legends of American History, round-trip from New Orleans. From $870, Sep. 10 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $559, Oct. 8 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 5-night Fall Foliage, Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. From $868, Oct. 29 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Old Fashioned Holidays/World War II, round-trip from New Orleans. From $758, Dec. 5 sailing.

Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/690-2210; www.vacationoutlet.com)

  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $569, May 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, April 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seattle. From $749, May 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night Norwegian Fjords, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,250, Aug 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 10-night Baltics, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $1,799, July 10 & 30 sailing.

Vacation Shoppe, Inc. (tel. 866/7-CRUISE; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $699, Oct 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $589, Oct 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $579, Dec 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $479, Dec 4 sailing.
  • NCL Dream: 11-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seattle. From $999, May 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York City. From $599, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 12-night Hawaii, Honolulu to Vancouver. From $999, April 28, 2006 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-luxe Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $2,857, Sept 7 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 12-night ultra-luxe transpacific, from Whittier, Alaska to Tokyo. From $3,999, Sept 14 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 5-night ultra-luxe western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,498, Apr 22 sailing. Includes one category upgrade.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night eastern Mediterranean, Barcelona to Istanbul. From $2,799, Apr 1 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Regatta: 16-night Europe, Barcelona to Stockholm. From $3,499, May 23 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Regatta: 14-night Mediterranean, London to Rome. From $3,499, Sept 14 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night Mediterranean, Rome to Barcelona. From $2,299, May 7 sailing. Deal includes free air.

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