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A River of Perks

Peter Deilmann Cruises

(tel. 800/348-8287; www.deilmann-cruises.com) is offering two free hotel nights for passengers on "City of Lights" nine-day cruise tour departures in July and August. Get two complimentary hotel nights, pre- or post-cruise, at the deluxe St. Lazare Concorde in Paris, breakfast daily, a city tour and transfers between the ship and the hotel -- a $399 per person value. These two extra nights are in addition to two nights spent onboard the elegant 100-passenger Cezanne in the heart of Paris, preceding the cruise along the Seine River. Some restrictions apply. Cruise-tour fares of $2,515 to $3,395 per person, double, include the two free hotel nights in Paris, five complimentary excursions, accommodations in outside staterooms, and all meals onboard ship.

Europe Teasers

Regent Seven Seas (tel. 800/325-3968; www.rssc.com) is offering a handful of Europe cruises with free round-trip airfare and free shore excursions if you book by May 31, 2009.

  • 7 nights Stockholm to Copenhagen aboard Seven Seas Voyager. July 31, 2009. Fares start at $4,250 per person.
  • 7 nights Copenhagen to Stockholm aboard Seven Seas Voyager. Aug 7, 2009. Fares start at $4,250 per person.
  • 7 nights Monte Carlo to Athens aboard Seven Seas Navigator. Aug 7, 2009. Fares start at $3,650 per person.
  • 7 nights Stockholm to Copenhagen aboard Seven Seas Voyager. Aug 14, 2009. Fares start at $4,250 per person. Deal includes kids sail free.
  • 7 nights Copenhagen to Stockholm aboard Seven Seas Voyager. Aug 21, 2009. Fares start at $4,250 per person.
  • 7 nights Monte Carlo to Athens aboard Seven Seas Navigator. Sept 4, 2009. Fares start at $3,650 per person.

Crystal Doles out Onboard Credits

Crystal (tel. 866/211-0121; www.crystalcruises.com) is dishing out the deals on Northern Europe cruises this summer. Save up to $3,000 per couple ($1,500 per person) on cruise fares, plus reap up to $2,000 per couple ($1,000 per person) in shipboard credits. The credits can be used for spa treatments, wine, gratuities, boutique purchases, shore excursions, and just about anything except gambling in the casino. Certain restrictions apply.

  • June 30 (V9215): 11 nights, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $4,245 per person
  • July 25 (V9217): 11 nights, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $4,590 per person
  • Aug 5 (V9218): 7 nights, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $3,240 per person
  • Aug 12 (V9219): 11 nights, Stockholm to London. From $4,590 per person
  • Sept 3 (V9221): 14 nights, London to Boston. From $4,745 per person

Red Hot NCL Deals

Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) is offering low prices on cruises booked between Saturday April 25 and Friday May 1, 2009.

Norwegian Star (May 2, 2009); Norwegian Sun (May 3, 2009); and Norwegian Pearl (May 17, 2009). 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle or Vancouver, calling in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and British Columbia; $349 best available inside/person, 3rd & 4th guests from $99 on select Norwegian Sun sailings; Promo Type PG6 or PGHOT.

Norwegian Pearl (May 3, 2009). 5-day Pacific Coastal, round-trip from Los Angeles, calling in San Francisco; Astoria, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia; $199 best available inside/person, Promo Type PG6.

Norwegian Sky (May 15 & 29, 2009). 3-day Bahamas cruise round-trip from Miami, calling in Grand Bahamas Island; Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (NCL's private island); $199 Best Available Inside/person, third and fourth guests from $99; Promo Type PG6.

Norwegian Jade (May 31, 2009). 13-day British Isles & Northern Europe, round-trip from London (Southampton), calling in Paris (Le Havre), France; Falmouth, England; Cork, Dublin, Belfast Ireland; Glasgow (Greenock), Inverness (Edinburgh); Amsterdam, Netherlands and Brussels (Zeebrugge), Belgium; $999 best available inside/person; Promo Type PG6.

Norwegian Dawn (June 7 & 14, 2009). 7-day Bermuda, round-trip from New York, calling in King's Wharf; $699 best available inside/person; Promo Type PGHOT.

MSC Balcony Blowout

MSC Cruises (www.msccruisesusa.com) is extending the deadline to book its "Balcony Blowout" rates savings on Mediterranean and Northern Europe sailings until May 31, 2009. "Balcony Blowout" rates begin at $999 per person for a balcony stateroom on these 7-night cruises (while space lasts):

  • MSC Poesia: Eastern Mediterranean round-trip from Venice or Bari.
  • MSC Orchestra: Baltic or Norwegian Fjords round-trip from Copenhagen; Western Mediterranean roundtrip from Barcelona or Genoa.
  • MSC Splendida (which debuts in July 2009): Western Mediterranean round-trip from Barcelona, Genoa, Civitavecchia, or Marseille.
  • MSC Fantasia (which debuted in December 2008): Western Mediterranean round-trip from Genoa, Barcelona, Naples or Marseille.
  • MSC Musica: Eastern Mediterranean round-trip from Venice or Bari.

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)
  • Crystal Serenity: 14-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $5,965, June 14 sailing. Deal includes a $300 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night Northern European, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $4,245, June 30 sailing. Deal includes a $2,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,199, June 28 sailing. "Food and Wine at Sea" themed cruise includes a winemakers lunch at the Pinnacle Grill, two one-hour wine tastings, and one bottle of wine per stateroom.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $799, Aug. 2 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion in Juneau.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 18-night Panama Canal, Vancouver to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,599, Sept. 26 sailing. Deal includes a $100 shipboard credit.
  • Regent Paul Gauguin: 11-night ultra-lux Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $2,795, July 4 sailing. Deal includes a $400 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-lux Baltic, Copenhagen to Stockholm. From $5,550, July 24 sailing. Reserve your cruise by May 31, 2009 and receive free shore excursions and free economy class air.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 12-night ultra-lux Alaska, round-trip from San Francisco. From $6,646, June 26 sailing. Deal includes free air plus a $500 per person shipboard credit if booked by May 31, 2009. Airfare offer valid from select U.S. gateways only, restrictions apply.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Athens to Venice. From $5,945, July 25 sailing. Reserve your cruise by May 31, 2009 and get free airfare from the east coast, $99 airfare from central U.S. and $299 airfare from west coast.
  • Uniworld River Duchess: 24-night Grand Europe, Amsterdam to Bucharest. From $8,429, Oct. 16 sailing. Deal includes two hotel nights and 2-for-1 savings if booked by Apr. 30, 2009.

Cruise Brothers

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

Cruise One, Satellite Beach

(tel. 888/368-0655; www.skennedy.cruiseone.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 Journey: 13-night Scandinavia & Russia, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $3,799, June 30 sailing. Deal includes airfare from most major airports and special President's cruise features.
  • Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $659, Nov. 1 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 21-night Transatlantic, Civitavecchia/Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,813, Nov. 30 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 13-night British Isles, round-trip from Southampton/London. From $1,499, June 25 sailing.
  • Holland America's Noordam: 26-night Transatlantic, Civitavecchia/Rome to Ft Lauderdale. From $2,599, Oct. 6 sailing.
  • Holland America's Zaandam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $649, June 19 sailing.
  • Celebrity Equinox: 15-night Europe, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $2,349, Sept. 26 sailing.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 12-night eastern Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,249, Nov. 9 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Splendor: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $559, May 3 and 10 sailings. Deal includes up to a 2-category upgrade on select stateroom categories and $240 free onboard spending with select cabins.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $849, May 17 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $579, May 1 sailing. Call to take an extra $50 off the sailing price. Deal includes up to $250 onboard spending on select cabin categories.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $499, May 23 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Carnival Fascination: 5-night Key West & Bahamas, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $449, May 11 and 25 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.

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

Landmark Travel (tel. 800/547-0727; www.landmark-travel.com)

  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 6-night ultra-lux Europe, Funchal to Monte Carlo. From $2,450, May 10 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward). From $3,695, June 3 sailing. Deal includes free air and unlimited shore excursions.
  • Seabourn Odyssey: 7-night ultra-lux Europe, Venice to Athens (Piraeus). From $2,763, Aug 1 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 10-night ultra-lux Europe, Stockholm to Southampton (London). From $6,695, Aug 28 sailing. Deal includes free air and unlimited shore excursions.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 13-night ultra-lux South Africa, Capetown to Rio. From $5,315, Nov 21 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 7-night ultra-lux Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,495, Nov 23 sailing.

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

  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver (Canada Place) to Seward. From $349, May 24 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Carnival Elation: 3-night Baja California, round-trip from San Diego. From $209, May 7, 14, and 21 sailings. Deal includes up to a 2-category upgrade on select cabins and sailing dates.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $799, June 7 and 21 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $549, May 29 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Carnival Holiday: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Mobile. From $319, May 28 sailing. Deal includes up to a 2-category upgrade on select cabins, a 15% discount on shore excursions, and up to $100 onboard spending with select cabin categories.

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