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New Year's Deals Fit for a Princess

For bookings through Feb 28, 2010, Princess Cruises (www.princess.com) is offering two ways to save.

Book a cabin with a private balcony for the cost of an oceanview stateroom with the line's "Balcony Bonanza" promotion on select summer 2010 cruises and cruisetours to Europe, Alaska or the Caribbean. Balcony Bonanza pricing begins at $899 per person for a seven-day Caribbean sailing, with balconies on a 12-day Europe sailing starting at $2,799.

Those cruising to Alaska can save up to 25% on land and sea cruisetours with the line's "Denali or Sale" deal. All Princess cruisetour itineraries include at least two nights in the Denali area, with lodging at Princess' own wilderness lodges, plus a cruise featuring the Glacier Bay National Park. The deal features a variety of 10- to 15-night itineraries, including the popular Direct to the Wilderness rail service, which gets travelers to the wilderness faster, plus options in the Kenai and Copper River areas. Passengers can also take advantage of Princess' special round-trip packages that include air from Seattle or Vancouver, and two family cruisetour options with special amenities and tours included just for family groups. Cruisetour fares for a 10-night vacation begin at $1,274 per person.

Hurry! Book Now With Windstar

Windstar Cruises (www.windstarcruises.com) is throwing a fire sale through Saturday, Jan 16, 2010. Save on 2010 Winter Costa Rica and Caribbean cruises aboard its three 148- to 312-passenger sailing yachts that marry sporty and elegant perfectly.

  • Wind Star's 7-day Costa Rica cruise departs and returns to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, visiting San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahía Drake, Curu (National Wildlife Refuge), and Tortuga Island, Costa Rica.
  • Wind Spirit's new 7-day St. Martin roundtrip itinerary includes calls at St. Kitts, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda and St. Barts.
  • Wind Surf's 7-day roundtrip sailings from Bridgetown, Barbados. The northbound itinerary includes St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Barts, Guadeloupe, Iles des Saintes and St. Lucia. The southbound itinerary includes Bequia, Dominica, St. Lucia, Mayreau, Grenada and Tobago.

Fares start from $1,199 per person, double occupancy on the January 16 through March 20, 2010 sailings. The promotion can not be combined with other offers, is valid on new bookings only and other restrictions may apply.

RSSC Doling out Two for Ones -- Again

For a limited time, Regent Seven Seas (www.rssc.com) is offering 2-for-1 rates along with free air and free unlimited shore excursions aboard the newly refurbished Seven Seas Navigator on several Caribbean cruises round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. The special offer applies to these sailings: 10-nighter departing on March 19 and starting at $4,565 per person; 11-nighter departing March 29 and starting at $5,065 per person; 5-nighter departing on April 9 and starting at $2,965 per person; and an 11-nighter departing April 14 starting at $4,565. A May 6, 20-night Panama Canal sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco starts at $7,865 per person. Certain restrictions apply.

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-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night Eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $709, Apr. 18 sailing. Deal includes a $200 onboard credit if booked by Jan. 30, 2010.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night Western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $949, June 20 sailing. Deal includes a $200 onboard credit if booked by Jan. 30, 2010.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,699, July 9 sailing. Deal includes a $300 onboard credit if booked by Jan. 30, 2010.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Oceanus: 61-night East Asia -- World Cruise Chapter 1, Singapore to Alexandria. From $38,995, Mar. 5 sailing. Deal includes savings of $1,500, if booked by Jan. 15, 2010.
  • Crystal Serenity: 19-night World Voyage V, Dubai to Athens. From $12,425, Mar. 15 sailing. Deal includes 2-for-1 fares and $1,000 per couple shipboard credit
  • Crystal Serenity: 21-night World Voyage III, Cape Town to Mumbai. From $13,190, Feb. 9 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion in Cochin, pre paid gratuities, 2-for-1 fares, and $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Veendam: 12-night South America, Buenos Aires to Santiago. From $1,299, Feb. 11 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary per couple shore excursion in Puerto Montt.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska. From $949, June 27 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary per couple shore excursion in Juneau.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 35-night ultra-lux World Cruise Segment IV, Hong Kong to Cape Town. From $24,265, Mar. 11 sailing. Deal includes free unlimited shore excursions and if reserved by Mar. 31, 2010, receive 2-for- cruise fares, $1000 per person savings, and business class air upgrade.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 11-night ultra-lux Asia, Hong Kong to Singapore. From $7,198, Mar. 4 sailing. Deal includes one shore excursion by private car or a $500 per couple shipboard credit.

Cruise Brothers

(tel. 800/827-7779; www.cruisebrothers.com)
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Feb. 7 sailing. Deal includes $100 onboard credit.
  • NCL Norwegian Gem: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $879, Feb. 13 sailing.
  • MSC Splendida: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $799, Aug. 2 sailing. Deal includes "kids sail free".
  • Viking River Viking Pakhomov: 12-night Russia, St Petersburg to Moscow. From $2796, May 31 sailing. Deal includes free excursions.
  • Princess Emerald Princess: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $649, Apr. 11 sailing. Deal includes $75 onboard credit.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $849, Apr. 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from New York. Ocean views from $849, May 2 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $849, Apr. 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from New York. Ocean views from $849, May 2 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $499, Apr. 23 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Azamara Quest: 12-night Mediterranean, Rome/Civitavecchia to Athens. From $2,899, May 29 sailing.
  • Seabourn Legend: 8-night Caribbean, round-trip from St Thomas. From $2,799, Mar. 25 sailing.
  • Princess Royal Princess: 10-night South Pacific, round-trip from Papeete. From $1,299, Nov. 29 sailing. Deal includes $75 onboard credit.

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.

  • Princess Star Princess: 28-day Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen. From $1955, Apr. 24 sailing.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 11-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia. From $2899, July 24 sailing.
  • AMA Waterways Amalya: 12-night Rhine, Zurich to Amsterdam. From $3319, May 27 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade and 30-minute massage.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 10-night Ultimate Pleasure, Lago Mar to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1729, Mar. 11 sailing. Deal includes first three nights at Lago Mar Resort & Spa.
  • AMA Waterways Amacello: 10-night Europe, Amsterdam to Paris. From $2589, Apr. 11 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade and 30-minute massage.
  • AMA Waterways Amalegro: 10-night Danube, Prague to Budapest. $3089, May 31 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade and 30-minute massage.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 12-night Scandinavia/Russia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1619, June 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 7-night United Arab Emirates, round-trip from Dubai. From $689, Apr. 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $449, Feb. 14 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 7-night South Caribbean, Colon to Ft. Lauderdale. From $539, Apr. 11 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 10-night Riviera, Barcelona to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $2699, Apr. 4 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Nautica: 12-night Ionia, Venice to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $3499, July 24 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Regatta: 14-night Scandinavia, London to Stockholm. From $4299, July 12 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Norwegian Gem: 21-night Greek Isles, New York City to Venice. From $1249, Apr. 10 sailing.
  • Norwegian Gem: 21-night Greek Isles, Venice to New York City. From $1249, Oct. 23 sailing.

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

  • MSC Cruises MSC Fantasia: 11-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $699, Jan. 30 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Carnival Paradise: 4-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $279, Feb. 1 and 8 sailings. Deal includes up to a 2-category cabin upgrade on select cabins and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Sky: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $169, Jan. 22 and Feb. 5 sailings. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Carnival Destiny: 5-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $329, Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 sailings. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Brazil, round-trip from Santos (Sao Paulo). From $569, Jan. 22 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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

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

  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Feb. 13 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Costa Cruises Costa Serena: 11-night Canary Islands, round-trip from Savona (Genoa). From $999, Feb. 20 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Carnival Splendor: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $419, Feb. 28 sailing. Deal includes up to a 2-category cabin upgrade and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $249, Feb. 6 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 6-night South America/Brazil, round-trip from Santos (Sao Paulo). From $369, Feb. 28 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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

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