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Perks Aplenty

Costa Cruises (tel. 800/GO-COSTA; www.costacruises.com) is offering two free hotel night stays and transfers for passengers booking select 7- to 12-night Mediterranean cruises with airfare. This offer is available on sailings departing from Venice, Civitavecchia, and Savona between September 1 and November 30. Packages with 7-night cruise and roundtrip air from New York (JFK) and Newark, for example, begin at $1,652 per person. With the package, guests may choose from hotel stays either pre or post cruise (one day pre or two days post) at the Laguna Palace Mestre in Venice, the Hotel Claridge in Rome and the Hotel Bristol Palace in Savona. All transfers are included. The offer is available through May 31.

It's Tahiti Time with Regent

Regent Seven Seas (tel. 800/505-5370; www.rssc.com) is offering 7-night Tahiti cruises for as low as $2,195 per person. Sailing round-trip out of Papeete, Tahiti, aboard the elegant Paul Gauguin, bookings must be made by April 30, 2009, to be eligible for the low fares on sailings departing May 26; June 13, 20 and 27; July 4; and Aug 8, 15 and 22, 2009. The deal also includes the third guest in the cabin sailing free. Certain restrictions apply.

Sister Savings

Sister lines, Azamara Cruises (tel. 877/999-9553; www.azamaracruises.com) and Celebrity Cruises (tel. 800/437-3111; www.celebritycruises.com), are offering two-for-the-price-of-one rates for cruises booked through April 30, 2009, on a limited number of cabins on select Alaska and Europe sailings.

Aboard the 694-guest Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, the "The Azamara Assurance" deal offers savings of up to 50% off published brochure rates on 21 different 7- to 15-night cruises sailing between May and November 2009 through the Mediterranean, the Greek Isles, the Black Sea, Western Europe, Iceland and Scandinavia/Russia. Sample discount fares for a 14-night "Best of Italy" cruise in a verandah stateroom (double occupancy) sailing on August 9, 2009, that was $3,999 per person is now $1,999 per person; and a seven-night Mediterranean cruise sailing on May 2, 2009, that was $2,099 per person, is now being offered at $1,049 per person.

Celebrity's "The Celebrity Starring You Promise" promotion offers savings of up to 51% off published brochure rates on 53 different cruises sailing in Alaska and Europe between May and September 2009. Alaska sailings range from seven to 13 nights aboard Celebrity Mercury, Infinity and Millennium; a 7-night "Southbound Alaska" cruise between Vancouver and Seward on June 5, 2009, that was $999 per person based on double occupancy in an inside stateroom, is now being offered at $499 per person. For select 10- to 14-night Europe cruises booked through April 30, 2009, reap savings such as a 12-night Mediterranean cruise on July 21, 2009, that was being offered at $2,199 per person for an inside stateroom, now going for $1,149 per person.

Both the Azamara and Celebrity offers include price protection; if Azamara or Celebrity publish a lower price for the same stateroom category on the same sailing that you previously booked, the guest must call Azamara/Celebrity to verify eligibility for the lower price. A limited number of special rate programs are excluded. Guests or their travel agents must make their requests for a price adjustment no later than 48 hours prior to sailing by calling Azamara/Celebrity. Other terms and conditions 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)
  • Crystal Serenity: 14-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $5,965, June 14 sailing. Deal includes a $300 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 16-night Asia, Singapore to Dubai. From $5,920, May 1 sailing. "Food and Wine at Sea" themed cruise features celebrity chefs and distinguished wine experts, and includes prepaid gratuities (value of $416) and a $200 wine 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 Oosterdam: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Venice. From $139, July 18 sailing. Deal includes complimentary shore excursion in Kusadasi.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night Glacier Bay, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, July 4 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion in Skagway.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 14-night Black Sea & Egyptian, round-trip from Athens. From $1,699, Oct. 3 sailing. Â?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 Zuiderdam: 18-night Panama Canal, Vancouver to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,599, Sep. 26 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit and a dinner in the alternative restaurant, Pinnacle Grill.
  • Regent Voyager: 14-night Scandinavian, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $9,675, June 26 sailing. Reserve your cruise by May 31, 2009 and receive free shore excursions and free economy class air.
  • Regent Navigator: 7-night Mediterranean, Athens to Istanbul. From $5,760, July 17 sailing. Deal includes $400 shipboard credit.
  • Regent Navigator: 9-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Funchal. From $2,660, May 1 sailing. "Theater and Film at Sea" themed cruise includes a $400 shipboard credit a welcome caviar and champagne reception, a hosted connoisseur dinner in Portofino il Ristorante, and a private bridge tour.

Cruise Brothers

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

Cruise One, Satellite Beach

(tel. 888/368-0655; www.skennedy.cruiseone.com)
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $409, Nov. 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 14-night southern Caribbean and Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,199, Nov. 6 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $549, Nov. 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, Nov. 1 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,499, Oct. 23 sailing.
  • Holland America Prinsendam: 54-night transatlantic to Europe, Africa and Med, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $7,999, Mar. 24 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night Canada, New England, Montreal to New York. From $3,835, Oct. 30 sailing. Deal includes $1,000 onboard credit.
  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $2,480, Nov. 22 sailing. Deal includes $500 onboard credit.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Bayonne. From $599, Nov. 7 sailing.
  • Disney Magic: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $849, Dec. 5 sailing.

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.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier, round-trip from Vancouver. From $429, May 3 and 31 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Carnival Elation: 4-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $239, May 3 and 10 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $799, May 24 and 31 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $529, May 10 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night Canada & New England, Montreal to Boston. From $599, May 23 and June 6 sailings.

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

  • Holland America Eurodam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31, Nov. 14 & 28, Dec. 5 & 12 sailings.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $549, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, 8 & 15 sailings.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Nov. 1 and Dec. 13 sailings.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 16-night Hawaii, San Diego to Vancouver. From $1,099, Apr. sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $699, June 12, 19, & 26, July 3, 17, 24 & 31 sailings.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $699, June 13, 20 & 27, Juoy 4, 18, & 25, Aug. 1 sailings.
  • Holland America Volendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $699, June 10, 17, & 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 sailings.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $999, Oct. 14 & 24, Nov. 3 & 13 sailings.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 12-night Scandinavia & Russia, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $999, May 31 & June 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $1,199, June 18 & 26, July 28 sailings.

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

  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 13-night ultra-lux South Africa, Capetown to Rio. From $5,315, Nov 21 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Anchorage (Seward). From $3,295, June 17 sailing. Deal includes free air and unlimited shore excursions.
  • 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.
  • Seabourn Odyssey: 7-night ultra-lux Europe, Venice to Athens (Piraeus). From $2,763, Aug 1 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 6-night ultra-lux Europe, Funchal to Monte Carlo. From $2,695, May 10 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 11-night ultra-lux Europe, Athens to Civitavecchia (Rome). From $6,595, Sep 28 sailing. Deal includes free air and unlimited shore excursions.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $289, May 8 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 12-night Hawaii northbound, Honolulu to Vancouver. From $899, Apr. 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $619, Apr. 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 5-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $429, May 18 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 15-night South America & Mexico, Valparaiso (Santiago) to San Diego. From $599, Apr. 26 sailing. Deal includes reduced air from select gateways.

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