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NCL on Sale

These deals are valid on reservations made before Sunday, December 11. Reap these rates by booking through a travel agent or direct with Norwegian Cruise Lines (tel. 800/333-7300; www.ncl.com). Mention code Promo Type SD1 when booking.

  • Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $899 for outside cabin, January 14 sailing.
  • Norwegian Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $499 for outside cabin, January 21 sailing.
  • Norwegian Star: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $649 for inside cabin, January 28 sailing.
  • Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Maui. From $699 for inside cabin, February 4 sailing.
  • Norwegian Crown: 16-night Panama Canal transit, Valparaiso to Philadelphia. From $1,399 for inside cabin, April 9 sailing.

Say Oui Oui to These Rates

French Country Waterways (tel. 800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com) is offering special spring savings of $800 per person, or $1,600 per couple, on all April departures of its luxury eight- to 18-passenger barge cruises to four regions of France: Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, Champagne and the Upper Loire Valley, as well as to charters. The all-inclusive rates for the six-night sailings between April 2 and April 30 are $2,995 to $4,195 per person, double occupancy. Rates include all meals, dinner ashore one evening at a Michelin-starred restaurant, wine at lunch dinner, open bar and daily excursions to historic cities, medieval towns, stately ch¿teaux, Gothic and Romanesque churches, and private wine tastings. Bicycles are carried aboard, so passengers are free to cycle along canal towpaths in free time.

Discount Air and Big Band Swing

Crystal Cruises (tel. 888/799-4625; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering discounted business-class air upgrades from major U.S. gateway with all 2006 European cruises booked by March 31, 2006. The upgrades are now priced at $1,099 to $1,299, about 50% lower than the regular fares, for one-way flights and are in addition to Crystal's published coach class airfares. The rates apply to all of Crystal's 2006 Mediterranean, Baltic, Northern Europe and Transatlantic cruises between April 29 and Nov 15 aboard the line's ultra-luxe Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

Fans of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra will fall for the special 15% savings on Crystal's 940-passenger Crystal Symphony's Big Band theme cruise on April 29, when the ship does a transatlantic crossing from Miami to Lisbon. Led by Buddy Morrow, the orchestra will play classic tunes from the 40's, plus Dixieland, jazz, and rhythm and blues. Make your reservations by December 31 and save 15% (or up to $1,100 per person) on all stateroom categories.

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.

Chartwell Travel (tel. 800/772-2103; www.chartwelltravel.com)

  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $529, January 22, 29 & February 5 sailings.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $579, February 4 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $529, January 28 & February 4 sailings.
  • Cunard QE2: 6-night westbound Transatlantic, from Southampton. From $599, January 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, February 25 sailing.

Cruise Brothers (tel. 800/827/7779; www.cruisebrothers.com)

  • Holland America Noordam: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from New York City. From $1,499, March 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Anchorage. From $1,169, June 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 10-night Baltic, round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark. From $2,329, July 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $899, March 19 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 14-night Europe, round-trip from Southampton. From $2,590, July 1 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York City. From $819, March 26 sailing.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo: 10-night Mediterranean, Athens to Venice. From $2,595, May 6 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $950, June 2 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $2,745, January 10 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Transatlantic, Southampton to New York City. From $1,049, May 17 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $359, December 23 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $1,049, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $949, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $369, December 23 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $913, December 24 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $550, March 19 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $463, February 4 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $794, February 5 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty, NJ. From $740, April 22, 29 sailings.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $686, May 21 sailing.

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

  • Costa Mediterranea: 2-night Bahamas, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $185.
  • Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas: 3-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $699, December 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $750, May 20 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $799, February 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $879, December 24 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Legend: 8-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $949, December 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $899, December 19 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $400, December 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $419, December. 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,049, December 24 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 9-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,150, December 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 8-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $999, December 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,179, December. 25 sailing.
  • Carnival Inspiration: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $629, December 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $799, December. 18 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,079, December 18 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Liberty: 8-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,019, December 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego From $549, February 4 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $650, January 29 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii round-trip from Honolulu. From $699, January 22 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Fantasy: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $479, December 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 8-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, December 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam: 16-night Australia/New Zealand, Auckland to Sydney. From $2,899, December 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $899, December 31 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $849, December 31 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 10-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $1,099, December 23 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $799, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel: 6-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $499, January 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance: 6-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, January 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 8-night Transatlantic, from Bayonne, NJ to Dover. From $700, Apr 28 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, January 28 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 14-night transatlantic, from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton. From $1,299, Apr 22 sailing.
  • Norwegian Jewel: 14-night transatlantic, from Miami to Barcelona. From $1199, Apr 30 sailing.

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