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The Hunt for Cheap October

MSC Cruises

(www.msccruises.com) is doling out "Last-Minute" deals on select five- and ten-night Caribbean cruises aboard the Poesia out of Fort Lauderdale, starting at $249.
  • 10-night "Dazzling Dutch Caribbean & the Panama Canal" Baseball Greats Cruise: calling at Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico; departing Nov. 20; rates begin at $649.
  • 10-night "Tropical Splendors, European Charm": calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Nov. 30; rates begin at $599.
  • 10-night "Remarkable Rainforests & The Panama Canal": calling at Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; rates begin at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Dec. 10; rates begin at $599.
  • 5-night "Caribbean Escape": calling at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, with two days at sea; departing Nov. 10 and Nov. 15, 2009; rates begin at $249.

All rates are cruise-only, per person, double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian citizens; government fees and taxes are additional and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Certain restrictions apply and the "Last-Minute" offer is available on new bookings made by October 31.

NCL Puts October on Sail

NCL

's (tel. 866/234-7350; www.ncl.com) "Deals of the Decade Sale" spells big savings for you. Effective immediately, the sale runs through Nov. 1, 2009, on select sailings through April 30, 2010, to the Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, Hawai'i, Mexican Riviera, and through the Panama Canal. Three- and four-night Bahamas cruises aboard Norwegian Sky start at $159 per person; weeklong cruises to Hawai'i on Pride of America start at $849 per person; to the eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Pearl from $349 per person; to Bermuda starting at $449 per person; to Europe from $449 per person; or to the Mexican Riviera on Norwegian Star from $299 per person. There's also a two-night Dinner & Dance cruise on November 13, 2009 from Miami for those looking to sample Freestyle Cruising from $119 per person with third through eighth guests sailing for just $49 a night. Certain restrictions apply.

Rich Special Offers from Seabourn

Seabourn (tel. 800/929-9291; www.seabourn.com) is cutting deals for sailings through the Panama Canal.

  • Costa Rica, Panama & Belize, Seabourn Legend: 14 nights, departing Dec. 7, 2009, and Jan. 18 & Feb. 15, 2010. Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From $3,999.
  • Belize, Panama & Costa Rica, Seabourn Legend: 14 nights, departing Nov. 23, 2009, and Jan. 4 & Feb. 1, 2010. Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. From $4,249.
  • Treasures of the Inca Coast, Seabourn Spirit: 19 nights on Jan. 4, 2010. Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. From $6,999.

Certain restrictions apply.

Amazing Deals are a Steal at NCL

These discounts are available from NCL (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) if booked between Sat Oct. 10 & Fri Oct. 16, 2009. Mention promotion codes when booking. Certain restrictions apply.
  • Oct. 16, 2009 aboard Norwegian Spirit. 7-night Canada & New England from Quebec, calling in Sept-Illes; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts; $249 best available inside per person; promo type PGHOT.
  • Oct. 18, Nov. 15 & 22, 2009 aboard Norwegian Gem. 7-night Western Mediterranean round-trip from Barcelona calling in Valletta, Malta; Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia); Florence (Loverno) and Cannes, France; $449 best available inside per person; promo type PGHOT.
  • Nov. 13, 2009 aboard Norwegian Jewel. 2-night Dinner & Dance cruise round-trip from Miami; $119 best available inside per person; third through eighth guests sailing for just $49 a night.
  • Nov. 20 & Dec. 4, 2009 aboard Norwegian Dawn. 9-night southern Caribbean round-trip from Miami, calling in Samana, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados and Basseterre, St.Kitts; $499 best available inside per person; promo type 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-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, San Diego to Miami. From $1,399, Mar. 28 sailing. Deal includes a $75 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $449, Dec. 21 sailing. Deal includes a $50-$100 per couple shipboard credit and reduced fares on 3rd and 4th passengers.
  • Crystal Symphony: 12-night Caribbean, New York City to Miami. From $3,810, Nov. 11 sailing. Â?Food and Wine at Sea' themed cruise includes private events with celebrity chefs and distinguished wine experts and a $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $5,640, May 25 sailing. Â?Wine & Food Festival' deal includes special meals, lectures, and tastings from world-renowned chefs and wine experts, both on board and ashore as well as a $2,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,999, Dec. 22 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion in Hilo.
  • Holland America Veendam: 12-night South America, Buenos Aires to Santiago. From $1,199, Feb. 23 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion.
  • Regent Mariner: 12-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Istanbul to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $9,205, June 29 sailing. Deal includes a $400 per couple shipboard credit and cocktail reception.
  • Regent Navigator: 11-night ultra-lux Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $4,565, Apr. 14 sailing. If booked by December 31, 2009, receive 2-for-1 cruise fares, $1,000 per person savings, free economy class air and free unlimited shore excursions.
  • Silversea Silver Wind: 10-night ultra-lux Mediterranean & Greek Isles, Rome/Civitavecchia to Athens. From $6,098, Nov. 7 sailing. If reserved by December 31, 2009, receive a $500 per person shipboard credit and free or specially priced economy class airfare.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 16-night ultra-lux Asia & Australia, Singapore to Sydney. From $6,348, Dec. 3 sailing. If reserved by December 31, 2009, receive a $500 per person 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.

  • Celebrity Solstice: 11-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $2,899, July 24, 2010 sailing. Deal includes $200 per person discount if a fully-refundable booking is made by Oct. 31.
  • Princess Star Princess: 28-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen. From $1,955, Apr. 24, 2010 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, Miami to San Diego. From $760, Jan. 3, 2010 sailing.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,729, Mar. 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes 3-night pre-cruise stay at Lago Mar. Resort & Spa.
  • Holland America Eurodam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $649, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • AMA Waterways Amalya: 12-night Rhine, Zurich to Amsterdam. From $3,319, May 27, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amadante: 10-night Danube, Prague to Budapest. From $2,989, Apr. 29, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amadagio: 14-night Black Sea, Budapest to Istanbul. From $3,279, Apr. 10 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amacello: 10-night Europe, Amsterdam to Paris. From $2,589, Apr. 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 20-night ultra-lux Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. From $7,059, May 6, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 12-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Athens to Barcelona. From $7,553, Oct. 27, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-lux Russia & the Baltic, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $5,453, July 11, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $3,268, Aug. 11, 2010 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from Baltimore. From $489, Oct. 25 sailing. Deal includes up to an 8-category cabin upgrade and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $649, Nov. 8 sailing. Deal includes a free spa treatment with any balcony or higher category stateroom and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 13-night Panama Canal Eastbound, Lost Angeles to Miami. From $699, Nov. 23 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 5-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $246, Oct. 24 and Nov. 2 sailings. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Canada & New England, Quebec City to Boston. From $249, Oct. 16 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 $449, Nov. 14 sailing. Deal includes a free spa treatment with a balcony or higher-category cabin -- must call to book. Deal also includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $599, Oct. 22 sailing. Deal includes a free cabin upgrade and two free onboard cocktail parties.
  • Celebrity Century: 14-night Transatlantic westbound, Barcelona to Miami. From $599, Nov. 28 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Nov. 15 and 29 sailings. Deals include a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Carnival Splendor: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $399, Oct. 25 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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

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