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Hit the high seas and local water ways with this roundup of some the best deals in cruising currenly available.

Surf's Down!

While there are few deals in Europe these days if you have your sights set on a land-based vacation, if you head for the sea, sails abound. A cabin on the 308-passenger Wind Surf (tel. 800/258-7245; www.windstarcruises.com), a five-masted super yacht with three dining venues, a spa and two pools, starts at $1,495 per person for a 7-night cruise round-trip out of Nice on May 23. Not bad, and neither are the ports of call: Portofino, St. Tropez, Marseille, Porto Vendres, and Sanary Sur Mer. Other good deals in the western Mediterranean on Surf start as low as $1,695 to $1,995 for departures in April and May.

Deals Are Hot on Antarctica Cruises

On four of its two-week Antarctica journeys this winter (Nov 10, Nov 24, Dec 19 and Feb 15 departures), Abercombie & Kent (tel. 800/554-7016; www.abercrombieandkent.com) is offering savings of $500 per adult passenger when you book by March 31, 2005. Children save 50% on the special December 19 family holiday cruise. Follow in the footsteps of Sir Ernest Shackleton on these 18- and 19-night cruise-tour packages that explore Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands on the 199-passenger Explorer II. The luxurious ship is very comfortable, but well equipped to handle the challenging waters of the South Pole. It has an ice-strengthened hull and carries a fleet of 12 zodiac landing craft for exploring remote shore points. Starting rates range from $6,370 to $9,070 per person, and include open bar, gratuities, sightseeing expeditions and a free parka and backpack.

Skip Out on Air to the Baltics

Radisson Seven Seas (tel. 800/285-1835; www.rssc.com) is offering free airfare from 86 North American gateway cities on three Europe cruises this summer aboard the Seven Seas Voyager. On the 10-night June 10th trip from Le Havre to Stockholm, rates start at $5,516 per person; and for the pair of 7-night cruises July 30 and Aug 13 between Copenhagen and Stockholm, fares start at $3,996 per person. All three trips include overnight stays in St. Petersburg. Guests who want to arrange and pay for their own airfare are eligible for $1,000 per person discounts instead.

What Online Agencies Are Currently Offering

Here's 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)

  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night California Coastal, round-trip from San Francisco. From $620, April 10 & 17 sailings.
  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, May 13 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 15-night Caribbean, Charleston to Boston. From $779, April 16 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $794, April 10 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia. From $1,899, Aug 13, 25; September 6, 18 & 30 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 9-night Alaska cruise/tour, round-trip from Vancouver. From $1,274, Aug 19 sailing.

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

  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,695, March 17 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip Rome. From $2,495, May 14 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to London. From $2,995, May 26 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Alaska, round-trip San Francisco. From $2,395, May 30 sailing. Deal includes free passage to kids under 12 when sharing a stateroom with 2 adults.
  • Crystal Harmony: 7-night Alaska, round-trip Vancouver. From $1,495, May 21 sailing.
  • 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 Shadow: 10-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Athens to Istanbul. From $4,897, June 4 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 9-night ultra-luxe Northern Europe, Honfleur to Copenhagen. From $4,077, June 26 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Rome to Villefranche. From $2,448, May 12 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 14-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale. From $3,998, Dec 5 sailing
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 6-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Puntarenas. From $1,889, May 6 sailing.

Cruise Value Center (tel. 800/231-7447; www.cruisevalue.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $244, Sept 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Ecstasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $399, May 7 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $780, May 20 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Norfolk. From $854, April 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Philadelphia. From $752, Sept 10 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $599, Oct 1 sailing.
  • Disney Magic: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $823, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $469, Sept 25 sailing.
  • CostaMediterranea: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, April 3 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $461, Dec 3 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 9-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne. From $650, Nov 10 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-Night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $629, Nov 25 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 9-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, Sept 16 sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Crown: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from New York. From $999, May 29 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $1,159, June 22 & July 13 sailings. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $1,179, July 3 sailing. Deal includes free bottle of wine every-night.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Bayonne. From $899, June 26 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round -trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $697, Mar 13 sailing. Deal includes free upgrade from oceanview to balcony cabin.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round- trip from San Diego. From $680, Apr 2 sailing. Deal includes free upgrade from inside to oceanview cabin.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Scandinavia Russia, round -trip from Dover. From $2,300, June 18 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night Mediterranean, sailing round-trip from Rome. From $1,330, June 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7--night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, May 8 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $729, March 12 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.

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

  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Big Band/Quilting river cruise, round-trip from Memphis. From $1,043, April 18 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $885, May 7 sailing.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $938, May 14 sailing
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 7-night Golf river cruise, New Orleans to Pensacola. From $758, June 2 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 5-night river 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 river cruise, Nashville to Chattanooga. From $758, July 30 sailing
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Bluegrass cruise, Nashville to Cincinnati. From $758, Aug 19 sailing
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $622, Sep. 10 & Sep. 24 sailings.
  • Delta Queen American Queen: 7-night American History river cruise, 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 holidays cruise, round-trip from New Orleans. From $758, Dec. 5 sailing.

Largay Travel (tel. 800/322-9481; www.largaytravel.com)

  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Trans-Atlantic, New York to Southampton. From $1,749, Apr 10 sailing. Deal includes an Orient Express transfer between London's Victoria Station and the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal in Southampton or $500 per stateroom shipboard credit.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 12-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Galveston. From $1,200, Apr 25 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Rome/Civitavecchia to Villefranche. From $2,448, May 12 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,995, Mar 24 sailing. Deal includes a $100 shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.
  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night Mediterranean, Venice to Athens. From $2,695, May 16 sailing. Deal includes a full-day visit to Ephesus with lunch.
  • Seabourn Legend: 11-night ultra-luxe transatlantic crossing, St. Thomas to Lisbon. From $1,795, Mar 27 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-luxe Northern Europe, Copenhagen to Stockholm. From $2,996, Aug 13 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, Sept 18 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera & Sea of Cortez, round-trip from San Diego. From $598, Oct 1 & 8 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $639, April 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $699, May 1 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 10-night western Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,280, Sept 23 sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Mar 13 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $989 for single occupancy, Mar 26 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $629, Apr 24 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,448, Dec 5 sailing.
  • Radisson Norwegian Mariner: 6-night Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Punta Arenas. From $2,069, May 6 sailing.
  • Radisson Norwegian Mariner: 8-night Mexican Riviera, Punta Arenas to Los Angeles. From $2,700, May 12 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night transatlantic, from NYC to Southampton. From $1,499, Nov 1 sailing. Deal includes free one-way air.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Scandinavia/Russia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,880, May 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 14-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from San Diego. From $2,299, Oct 23 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Scandinavia/Russia, round-trip from London. From $3,680, Jun 18 sailing.

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