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Single Supplement Scrapped

Picasso Tours & Cruises (tel. 800/995-7997; www.picassotours.com) has eliminated the single supplement -- the additional fee that a solo traveler would pay -- on select cruises to the Greek Isles and Turkey aboard classic mid-size ships built in the 1970s and 1980s (and subsequently refurbished). This special is valid on new reservations only made through June 30, 2010. Single travelers or anyone who prefers a cabin to themselves can take advantage of the promotion (typically, cruise fares are based on double occupancy of a cabin, so singles often have to pay as much as twice the fare). Certain restrictions apply.

  • The 3-night "Aegean Legends" cruise aboard Aquamarine starts at $320 per person, with departures Aug 20 & 27; Sept 3 & 10; Oct. 8, 15, 22, & 29; and Nov 5.
  • The 3-night" Aegean Legends" cruise aboard Aegean Pearl starts at $320 per person, with departures on June 4 & 11; Sept 3, 10, 17, & 24; and Oct. 1.
  • The 4-night "Jewels of the Aegean" cruise aboard Aquamarine starts at $500 per person, with departures on Nov 1 & 8.
  • The 4-night "Jewels of the Aegean" cruise aboard Aegean Pearl starts at $500 per person, with departures on June 28 and Sept 13 & 27.
  • The 7-night "Three Continents & Istanbul" cruise aboard Cristal starts at $930 per person, with departures on July 30; Aug 27; Sept 24 and Oct 8 & 22.

Picasso Tours & Cruises is owned and operated by Picasso Travel, one of the largest air consolidators in North America that had been in business for more than 30 years.

South Pacific for Peanuts

Paul Gauguin Cruises (tel. 800/848-6172; www.pgcruises.com) is offering up to 55% off on Tahiti and Society Island sailings aboard the elegant 332-passenger Paul Gauguin if you book them before June 20, 2010. The round-trip cruise from Papeete, Tahiti, will visit Raiatea, Tahaa, Moorea, and legendary Bora Bora. Fares include all alcoholic beverages and tips. Certain restrictions apply.

  • June 5, 12, 19, 2010: 7 nights from $2,770 per person, including free airfare from Los Angeles.
  • July 24, 31; August 7*, 2010: 7 nights from $3,495 per person, including free airfare from Los Angeles.
  • Sept. 18, 25, 2010: 7 nights from $3,395 per person, including free airfare from Los Angeles.
  • Oct. 23, 30, 2010: 7 nights from $3,145 per person, including free airfare from Los Angeles.

* Aug. 7 and a 10-night Aug. 14 sailing (with fares starting at $4,195 per person) feature an onboard photography program for $350 extra per person, which includes tips from two expert photographers who accompany group on excursions and host special dinners and talks as well.

Hot Deals from Norwegian

NCL (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) is offering these great deals if booked between Saturday May 29 & Friday June 4, 2010. Call to book and mention promotion codes. Certain restrictions apply.

Book any 2010 summer sailing by May 31, 2010 (new reservations only), and kids sail starting at $99; book now through May 30, and get up to six-category upgrade and coupon book for onboard purchases.

  • June 4, 2010, aboard Norwegian Sky: 3-night Bahamas round-trip from Miami, calling in Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island). Fares start at $239 per person for best available inside cabins. Call to book and mention promotion code PGHOT.
  • June 5, 2010, aboard Norwegian Jewel: 7-night Bahamas and Florida round-trip from New York, calling in Orlando, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island); Nassau and Grand Bahamas Island. Fares start at $499 per person for best available inside cabins. Call to book and mention promotion code PG6.
  • June 6, 2010, aboard Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bermuda round-trip from New York, calling in King's Wharf. Fares start at $529 per person for best available inside cabins. Call to book and mention promotion code PGHOT.

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)

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Spain & Italy, Barcelona to Venice. From $6,470, Aug. 12 sailing. Deal includes free air and $2,000 per couple "As You Wish" shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night United Kingdom & Ireland, round-trip from London. From $5,795, Aug. 25 sailing. Deal includes free air and $2,000 per couple "As You Wish" shipboard credit.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,519, Aug. 22 sailing. Food Network events include culinary demonstrations led by Iron Chef Cat Cora and Chef Aaron Sanchez from Chefs vs. City along with prepaid gratuities and special turndown gifts.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Juneau. From $4,799, June 30 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit per couple.
  • Regent Mariner: 10-night ultra-luxe Black Sea, Athens to Istanbul. From $7,550, Aug. 26 sailing. Deal includes $500 spa or shipboard credit per suite.
  • Regent Voyager: 10-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Monte Carlo to Athens. From $8,050, Sep. 23 sailing. Deal includes free air and free unlimited shore excursions if reserved by June 30.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 10-night ultra-luxe New England & Canada, round-trip from New York. From $5,662, Oct. 4 sailing. Deal includes free economy class airfare if reserved by June 30.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 10-night ultra-luxe British Isles, round-trip from London. From $6,098, Aug. 3 sailing. Deal includes free economy-class airfare if reserved by June 30.
  • Seabourn Legend: 7-night ultra-luxe French Riviera & Italy, Monte Carlo to Rome. From $3,134, June 5 sailing. Deal includes one shore excursion by private car in Cannes.
  • Oceania Insignia: 12-night Mediterranean, Monte Carlo to Venice. From $3,299, Oct. 29 sailing. Deal includes $100 spa or shipboard credit per stateroom and prepaid gratuities.

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

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.

  • 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, 2011 sailing.
  • Princess Ocean Princess: 25-day West Africa, Rome/Civitavecchia to Cape Town. From $4,519, Oct. 27 sailing.
  • Oceania Marina: 12-day Mediterranean, round-trip from London. From $4,799, July 29, 2011 sailing. Deal includes airfare and private cooking lessons with Chef Raymond Ost.
  • Oceania Marina: 16-day Mediterranean, London to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $5,199, Aug.10, 2011 sailing. Deal includes airfare and cooking lessons with Chef Jacque Pepin.