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Nickelodeon Teams Up with Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) and Nickelodeon are offering a pair of special "Nickelodeon All Access Cruises" in 2011, giving guests access to seven days of special entertainment all day, every day aboard Norwegian Jewel (sailing from New York on Feb. 20, 2011) and on the cruise line's newest ship, Norwegian Epic (sailing from Barcelona on July 24, 2011). Families who book an All Access Cruise between Aug. 23, 2010 and Sept. 13, 2010 will get up to $250 in onboard credits, based on stateroom category; and half off the deposit (excluding the Garden Villa and other suite categories).

The special (and gross!) programming on these two cruises includes the chance for the whole family to get slimed together; meet-and-greet sessions with the stars of Nickelodeon's live-action shows, including iCarly and True Jackson VP; special never-before-seen episodes of Nickelodeon's hit TV shows like iCarly, Victorious and SpongeBob SquarePants; meet-and-greet sessions with Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and Aang the Last Airbender; Nickelodeon's signature messy game shows like Slime Time LIVE! and poolside events; and breakfast with Nickelodeon characters every day of the cruise.

South Pacific Odyssey for a Song

Cruise the sexy South Pacific for less aboard the elegant and intimate Paul Gauguin (tel. 800/848-6172; www.pgcruises.com) in 2011 and get free airfare from Los Angeles in the deal.

Tahiti & Society Islands

  • 7 nights from $3,997: Feb. 19, 26; Dec. 3, 2011
  • 7 nights from $4,147: March 26; April 2, 9, 30; May 7; Oct. 29; Nov. 5, 12, 2011
  • 7 nights from $4,397: June 4, 11; Sept. 17, 24; Oct. 1, 2011
  • 7 nights from $4,497: July 9, 16, 23; Aug. 20; Dec. 21, 28, 2011

Society Islands & Tuamotus

  • 10 nights from $4,247: Jan. 5; Feb. 9, 2011
  • 10 nights from $4,447: March 16; May 25; Oct. 19, 2011
  • 10 nights from $4,647: June 29; Aug. 10, 2011

Cook Islands & Society Islands

  • 11 nights from $4,697: Jan. 29; Dec. 10, 2011
  • 11 nights from $4,997: March 5; May 14; June 18; July 30; Oct. 8, 2011

Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands

  • 14 nights from $5,797: Jan. 15, 2011
  • 14 nights from $5,997: April 16; Aug. 27; Nov. 19, 2011

Crystal's Early Winter Treats

Crystal Cruises (tel. 866/211-0122; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering an alternative to typical holiday celebrating. Have your turkey and trimmings at sea on one of these discounted 7- to 14-night November and December cruises in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, or Canary Islands. Reap the promotional fares and a $500 per person onboard spending credits if you book by Sept. 30, 2010. Certain restrictions apply.

  • Cruise #0227, 7 nights round-trip from L.A. on Nov. 21, balcony cabins start at $2,730 per person and the penthouse starts at $4,885 per person.
  • Cruise #0228, 7 nights round-trip from L.A. on Nov 28, balcony cabins start at $2,730 per person and the penthouse starts at $4,885 per person. Featured guest speakers on this sailing include Christopher Coburn (Cleveland Clinic's chief of technology commercialization), Captain Robert Gibson (18 years as a NASA astronaut), and Rhea Seddon (one of the first six women to enter NASA's Astronaut Program).
  • Cruise #0229, 7 nights round-trip from L.A. on Dec. 5, balcony cabins start at $2,730 per person and the penthouse starts at $4,885 per person. Wellness experts on this sailing focus on yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, and general fitness. Instructors include Dr. Martin Lee, a Stanford University physicist who founded the Tai Chi Cultural Center in Los Angeles in 1974.
  • Cruise #0230, 10 nights round-trip from L.A. on Dec. 12, balcony cabins start at $3,960 per person and the penthouse starts at $6,940 per person. This Wine and Food Festival theme cruise includes lectures and by esteemed chefs and wine experts, special meals, and tastings both on board and ashore.
  • Cruise #0331, 14 nights round-trip from Miami on Dec. 21, balcony cabins start at $8,840 per person and the penthouse starts at $17,880 per person. Kids 17 and under sail free.

Elegance on Sale

Cunard (tel. 800/7-CUNARD; www.cunard.com) is offering discounted fares aboard the classically-designed 2,000-passenger Queen Victoria on these upcoming 2011 Americas cruises.

  • Panama Canal Treasures: 17 nights, departs Jan. 13 from New York, calling on Fort Lauderdale, Oranjestad (Aruba), Panama Canal transit, Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Huatulco (Mexico), Acapulco (Mexico), Manzanillo (Mexico), and Los Angeles. Fares start at $3,295 per person.
  • Panama Canal Adventure: 15 nights, departs March 3 from Los Angeles, with stops in Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Ixtapa (Mexico), Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Panama City (Panama), Panama Canal transit, Willemstad (Curaçao), and Fort Lauderdale. Fares start at $2,795 per person.
  • Round-trip Panama Canal: 11 nights, departs March 18 round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, calling on Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Philipsburg (St. Maarten), St. George's (Grenada), Bonaire (Antilles), and a partial transit of the Panama Canal. Fares start at $1,995 per person.

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 for an inside cabin unless otherwise stated, and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-luxe lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

  • Azamara Journey: 12-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,999, Feb. 11 sailing. Deal includes $1,000 onboard credit, wine at lunch and dinner, bottled water, gratuities.
  • Azamara Journey: 12-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,699, Mar. 23 sailing. Deal includes wine at lunch and dinner, bottled water, gratuities.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 13-night transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona. From $899, May 1 sailing. Deal includes $100 onboard credit and reduced deposit.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 14-night transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Rome. From $1,149, May 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 15-night transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam. From $1,079, May 7 sailing.
  • Celebrity Eclipse: 13-night transatlantic, Miami to Southampton. From $1,079, April 16 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 21- night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,449, Oct. 22 sailing.
  • Holland America Eurodam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $449, Oct. 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam: 28-night Panama Canal transit, round-trip San Diego. From $1,899, Oct. 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam: 15-night transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona. From $1,199, Apr. 3 sailing.

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Crystal Serenity: 14-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $7,995, Dec. 21 sailing. Deal includes 2-for-1 fares, $1,000 per couple shipboard credit and kids sail free. Plus, reserve your cruise by Sept. 30 and save $2,000 per couple in select categories.
  • Crystal Serenity: 10-night Transatlantic, Lisbon to Miami. From $4,000, Dec. 1 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, up to $1,550 shipboard credit per couple, plus free airfare, and $1000 "As You Wish" shipboard credit per couple.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 9-night Bahamas, round-trip from Baltimore. From $848, Jan. 15, 2011 sailing. Deal includes up to $100 onboard credit and 50% reduced deposit if booked by Sept. 28.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour: 7-night Baja California Sur, round-trip from Cabo San Lucas. From $3,049, Dec. 24 sailing. Deal includes $400 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin: 14-night New Zealand & South Pacific, Papeete to Auckland. From $6,195, Nov. 6 sailing. Deal includes $500 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Veendam: 12-night South America, Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. From $1,099, Nov. 14 sailing. Deal includes $150 shore excursion credit per couple.
  • Regent Mariner: 10-night Mediterranean, Istanbul to Monte Carlo. From $7,055, Sept. 22 sailing. Deal includes 2-for-1 cruise fares, free air, additional savings and free unlimited shore excursions if reserved by Sept. 30 on Bon Appétit Travel Series cruise.
  • Silversea Silver Spirit: 7-night Europe, Lisbon to Nice. From $4,798, Sept. 25 sailing. Deal includes $250 per person shipboard credit if reserved by Oct. 31 and private car and driver in Cadiz, Malaga or Barcelona.
  • Seabourn Pride: 10-night Japan, Korea, & Beijing, Kobe to Beijing. From $6,000, Sept. 27 sailing. Deal includes $500 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Oceania Nautica: 12-night Southern Europe, Rome to Venice. From $7,738, Oct. 18 sailing. Deal includes free air and up to 50% off cruise fares if reserved by Aug. 31.

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

  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. Oceanview from $799, Oct. 31, Jan. 2 & 30 sailings. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 14-night Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Miami. Oceanview from $1,699, Nov. 21 & Apr. 10 sailings. Deal includes $100 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 11-night Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. Oceanview from $1249, Nov. 15 sailing. Deal includes $100 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Eclipse: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. Oceanview from $949, Jan. 22 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Eclipse: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. Oceanview from $949, Jan. 29 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. Oceanview from $1,199, Nov20 & Dec. 4 sailings. Deal includes $100 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 10-night Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. Oceanview from $1,199, Dec. 17 & Mar. 11 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.

Cruise Brothers

(tel. 800/827-7779; www.cruisebrothers.com)
  • Costa Atlantica: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $599, Dec. 19 sailing. Deal includes "Kids sail for $199."
  • Princess Emerald Princess: 10-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $1,299, Dec. 18 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $749, Dec. 19 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $549, Dec. 19 sailing. Deal includes onboard extras.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from Baltimore. Ocean views from $499, Jan. 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. Penthouse suites from $2,829, June 17 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 14-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1,629, Mar. 16 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 14-night Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Miami. From $999, Nov. 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Eclipse: 13-night Transatlantic, Southampton to Miami. From $799, Oct. 31 sailing.

Cruise Members Only

(tel. 800/999-3543; www.cruisemembersonly.com)

The annual $50 membership fee is being waived for Frommers.com subscribers who mention Frommers.com when booking any cruise.

  • NCL Norwegian Gem: 22-day Transatlantic, Venice to New York City. From $1,249, Oct. 23 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 16-day Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Miami. From $919, Jan. 1 sailing.
  • Oceania Marina: 16-night Tastes of Europe, Dover to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $6,299, Aug. 10, 2011 sailing. Deal includes airfare and cooking lessons from chef Jacques Pépin.
  • Oceania Marina: 12-night Treasures of the Continent, round-trip from Dover. From $5,899, July 29, 2011 sailing. Deal includes airfare and cooking lessons from chef Raymond Ost of Sandrine's Bistro.
  • Oceania Marina: 10-day Pearls of the Riviera, Barcelona to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $3,399, Apr. 16 sailing.

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