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Seniors Get a Break in Norway

Hurtigruten (tel. 800/323-7436; www.hurtigruten.us) is rewarding seniors over age 60 with a 10% discount when sailing along the 1,250-mile Norwegian coastline of stunning fjords and quaint fishing villages. The deal can be combined with offers including: "10% Repeater Discount" for passengers who sailed on any Hurtigruten ship in the past three years; AARP discounts where members receive a $50 shipboard credit on 12-day cruises or $35 on the six- and seven-day sailings; and "Welcome Back Discount" where passengers booking a future cruise within five weeks of their last voyage receive a NOK 2,000 (US$320) onboard credit. Six-, seven- and 12-day cruise-only fares, with the senior savings, range from $1,085 to $6,404 per person, double; combined with the "Repeater Discount," the range is $964 to $5,692. The offer applies to new bookings for sailing from Jan.1 - April 15 and Sept. 15 - Dec. 31, 2010. No deadlines or black-out days are in effect.

Each of the company's modern ships has lots of windows and outdoor deck space for scenery viewing and the onboard vibe is casual and focused on the beautiful landscape and sights. The ships make 34 port calls between the Hanseatic port of Bergen and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border. Small fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands, Art Nouveau Alesund, the ancient Viking capital of Trondheim and Norway's "Paris of the North" Tromso are just some of the highlights.

Hot Deals From Norwegian

NCL (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) is offering these great deals if booked between Saturday Jan. 23 & Friday Jan 29, 2010. Mention promotion codes when booking. Certain restrictions apply.

New reservations booked now through Jan 31, 2010, on select Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Star and Norwegian Sun for sailings at least nine months out for Alaska and Panama Canal routes, and get up to $400 in onboard credits, up to a six-category upgrade and reduced deposits.

Book any category suite fleetwide by April 1, 2010 (including Penthouse, Deluxe Owners Suite, Courtyard Villa and Garden ) for sailings at least nine months out, and get up to $300 in onboard credits.

Feb. 5, 2010, Norwegian Sky. 3-day Bahamas round-trip from Miami, calling in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island); $169 best available inside/person; mention promo type PGHOT.

Feb. 27 & March 6, 2010, Norwegian Gem. 7-day Bahamas & Florida round-trip from New York, calling in Orlando, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island); Nassau and Grand Bahamas Island; $549 best available inside/person; mention promo type PGHOT.

March 26, 2010, Norwegian Dawn. 9-day southern Caribbean round-trip from Miami, calling in Samaná, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados and Basseterre, St. Kitts; $649 best available inside/person; mention promo type PGHOT.

April 11, 2010, Norwegian Sun. 15-day Panama Canal from Santiago (Valsparaiso), Chile, calling in Iquique, Arica; Lima and Trujillo, Peru; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and Ocho Rios, Jamaica; $999 best available inside/person; mention promo type PGHOT.

May 22, 2010, Norwegian Star. 7-day Sawyer Glacier round-trip from Seattle, calling in Ketchikan; Juneau; Skagway and British Columbia; $549 best available inside/person; mention promo type PGHOT.

Bring a Friend on the House

Uniworld (tel. 800/733-7820; www.uniworld.com) is offering free companion airfares on eight of Europe river cruises in 2010 if booked and paid in full by Feb. 26, 2010. Uniworld is giving each travel companion a free air ticket for international economy travel to Europe from New York when the first traveler pays Uniworld's 2010 published brochure rates. The only item that the companion traveler is required to pay is government taxes and fees of up to $159 per person. Low air add-on prices from other US and Canadian gateways are available, such as $80 per person from Chicago; $160 per person from Los Angeles; and $200 per person from Toronto.

The Europe itineraries range from 14 to 32 days, and include programs such as European Serenade from Vienna to Amsterdam; the Legendary Rhine and Moselle from Amsterdam to Basel; European Jewels from Budapest to Amsterdam; and Eastern Europe Explorer from Vienna to Bucharest. All cruises include elegant riverview staterooms; all meals onboard with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner; fully hosted shore excursions, and all transfers on arrival and departure days.

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 Century: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,799, Aug. 2 sailing. Deal includes $300 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night Western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, Apr. 25 sailing. Deal includes a $200 onboard credit.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Oceanus: 18-night Middle East, Muscat to Alexandria. From $10,695, Apr. 17 sailings. Exclusive All-Travel deal includes free pre-cruise land package and $200 shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Britain, round-trip from London. From $4,210, June 14 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, 2-for-1 fares, free air, and a $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Russian, Copenhagen to Stockholm. From $4,375, Aug. 7 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, 2-for-1 fares, free air, and $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Regent Voyager: 14-night ultra-lux World Cruise Segment III, Singapore to Hong Kong. From $10,990, Feb. 25 sailing. Deal includes one shoreside experience by private car in Hong Kong, a cocktail reception, and if booked by Mar. 31, $1000 per person savings and air upgrade for $999.
  • Regent Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Greece & Turkey, Venice to Athens. From $7,250, May 14 sailing. Deal includes a $200 per couple shipboard credit, free air and free unlimited shore excursions.
  • Seabourn Legend: 7-night ultra-lux Italy, Monte Carlo to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $4,099, June 5 sailing. Deal includes one shoreside experience by private car in Cannes, and free round-trip airfare if reserved by Feb. 28.
  • Seabourn Odyssey: 7-night ultra-lux Greek Isles, Athens to Istanbul. From $4,599, May 8 sailing. Deal includes one shoreside experience by private car in Kusadasi, a wine pairing dinner, and free round-trip air.
  • Silver Spirit: 20-night ultra-lux Panama Canal, Los Angeles to New York. From $8,143, Apr. 2 sailing. Deal includes one shoreside experience by private car in Puerto Vallarta or a $500 per couple shipboard credit.

Cruise Brothers

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

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.

  • Azamara Quest: 14-night Ancient Empires, Athens to Rome. From $1999, Oct. 31 sailing.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 11-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia. From $2899, July 24 sailing
  • AMA Waterways Amadagio: 12-night Black Sea, Budapest to Istanbul. From $3279, Apr. 10 sailing. Deal includes 7 nights shipboard, 2 nights in Budapest and 3 nights in Istanbul and free cabin upgrade and 30-minute massage.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, San Diego to Miami. From $1059, Mar. 28 sailing
  • Princess Star Princess: 28-day Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen. From $1955, Apr. 24 sailing.
  • 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 Amalya: 12-night Rhine, Zurich to Amsterdam. From $3319, May 27 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 Enchantment of the Seas: 7-night South Caribbean, Colon to Ft. Lauderdale. From $539, Apr. 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 7-night United Arab Emirates, round-trip from Dubai. From $689, Apr. 5 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 14-night Scandinavia, London to Stockholm. From $4299, July 12 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • 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.
  • Norwegian Gem: 21-night Greek Isles, New York City to Venice. From $1249, Apr. 10 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 Paradise: 4-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $239, Jan. 25 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Sky: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $169, Feb. 5 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions, up to a 5-category cabin upgrade on select cabins and 30% off spa, casino deals, and more.
  • Carnival Destiny: 5-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $309, Feb. 8 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions and up to a 2-category cabin upgrade on select cabins.
  • Celebrity Century: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $229, Feb. 25 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 $499, Feb. 13 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Costa Serena: 11-night Canary Islands, round-trip from Savona (Genoa). From $759, Jan. 29 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Splendor: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $479, Jan. 31 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $329, Feb. 6 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 6-night South America, round-trip from Santos (Sao Paulo), Brazil. From $369, Feb. 28 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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