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Barge In with Good Deals

RiverBarge Excursion Lines (tel. 888/462-2743; www.riverbarge.com), a company specializing in folksy trips along America's rivers, is offering deals on outings this summer aboard its 198-passenger R/B River Explorer (that R/B stands for River Boat). Save $200 on the August 10th departure, a 7-night trip that starts in St. Louis, MO, and sails along the Ohio River before ending in Cincinnati. All-inclusive rates after the discount start at $2,130 per person. On the 7-night August 31st trip, get a $50 on board credit per stateroom that you can use toward cocktails and gift shop purchases. On this date, also reap savings of up to $200 off for guests who have sailed with the line before. This trip journeys from St. Louis to Nashville, traversing the upper Mississippi, Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. All-inclusive rates start at $2,335 per person.

Tote the Tykes to Tahiti

Bring the kids to Tahiti this summer; they'll have lots to brag about when they get back. On the August 13 and 20 sailings of Radisson's (tel. 800/477-7500; www.rssc.com) elegant 320-passenger Paul Gauguin, children under 18 sail free when sharing a stateroom with their parents. This deal applies to one child per stateroom only. On these dates, rates for adults start at $2,195 per person. The weeklong cruises sail round-trip out of Papeete and call on Raiatea, Tahaa (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora and Moorea. Rates include wine with dinner, all soft drinks, stocked mini-bars, gratuities and watersports equipment. For $199 extra, kids 9 to 15 can sign up for the line's "Ambassadors of the Environment" program, which includes a bunch of interactive activities created by ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of legendary oceanographer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau. Kids can learn about different types of coral and fish species as well as jungle life and local culture through hikes, snorkeling, whale watching and diving excursions.

Yes, it is a Big Deal

Buy one get, one free when you sign up for 7-night Costa Rica cruises on Windjammer Barefoot Cruise's (tel. 877/578-1301, www.windjammer.com) 92-passenger Amazing Grace, an eclectic supply ship that promises a unique experience. The deal applies to sailings on June 11 and 25, and July 9 and 16, and the cruises sail between Balboa, Panama, and Playa Herradura, Costa Rica. Rates, which start at $800 to $1,000 per person for these dates (before the promotion kicks in), include complimentary Bloody Mary's at breakfast, rum swizzles at happy hour and wine at dinner. The sailings include free organized kids activities for ages 6 to 17.

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 Dream: 11-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle From $749, Sept 1 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $749, Sept 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 9-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne. From $799, Sept 23 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 11-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Galveston. From $1,030, Nov 24 sailings.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 10-night Gems of the Baltic, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $1,299, July 20 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Legend: 8-night Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $1,150, Sept 26 sailing. This is The Apprentice cruise.
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $553, Dec 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, Round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $799, July 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 12-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne, New Jersey. From $1,300, Oct 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $540, Dec 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $1,079, July 3 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $1,129, July 16 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $958, July 23 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $938, July 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 12-night Northern Europe, round-trip from Copenhagen, Denmark. From $,1169, July 2 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $439, June 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 10-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $799, Jul. 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 5-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York City. From $509, Aug. 27 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, Sep. 4 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $519, Sep. 11 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $799, Sep. 17 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $729, Sep. 18 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $799, Oct. 5 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $499, Sep. 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $569, Oct. 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $579, Oct. 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $599, Oct. 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $569, Oct. 10 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $599, Oct. 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $649, Nov. 8 and Nov. 16 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $629, Nov. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $499, Nov. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $529, Dec. 4 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 10-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $799, Dec. 17 sailing.

Mann Travel & Cruises/123Travel (tel. 800/835-9828; www.123travel.com)

  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 10-night Christmas Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $799, Dec. 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $380, Nov. 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $619, Sep. 18 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles Long Beach. From $599, Sep. 11 sailing.
  • Princess Tahitian Princess: 10-night Tahiti/South Pacific, round-trip from Papeete. From $1199, Oct. 31 sailing.
  • Orient Marco Polo: 30-night Americas/Panama Canal, Santiago to Montego Bay. From $4690, Mar. 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $549, Sep. 10 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Florida & Bahamas, round-trip from New York City. From $819, Mar. 26 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 15-night Transatlantic, Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,030, Oct. 14 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 9-night Alaska, Vancouver to Los Angeles. From $799, Sep. 16 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $339, Sept 26 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $679, June 12 & 19 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip from Baltimore. From $799, Sept 2 & 30 sailings.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $800, July 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 12-night Vikings & Czars, Rotterdam to Copenhagen. From $1,499, July 14 sailing.

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