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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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

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

Cruise Value Center (tel. 800/231-7447; www.cruisevalue.com)

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

  • Holland America Amsterdam: 10-night Canada/New England, New York to Montreal.  From $1,187, Sep. 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 14-night western Europe and Mediterranean, Rotterdam to Athens.  From $1,394, Sep. 14 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph:  7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.  From $449, Sep. 15 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York.  From $729, Sep. 23 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu.  From $649, Sep. 23 sailing
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $449, Sep. 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Boston. From $699, Oct. 14 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 11-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Cape Liberty, NJ.  From $1,199, Oct. 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $449, Oct. 29 sailing.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $549, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $459, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans.  From $549, Dec. 16 sailing.

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

Vacation Shoppe (tel. 866/727-8473; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 11-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami. From $599, Nov 14 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 10-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami. From $999, Nov 15 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 13-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami. From $919, Nov 7 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 17-night transatlantic, Rome/Civitavecchia to New Orleans. From $1,299, Nov 29 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary II: 6-night transatlantic, Southampton to New York. From $999 (free balcony upgrade), Nov 5 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 15-night transatlantic, Dover to Bayonne. From $1,699, Sept 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 12-night transatlantic, Harwich to Boston. From $999, Sep 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $479, Oct 8 sailing.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $549, Oct 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $549, Oct 22 sailing.

Jammin' Deals Down Your Throat

Wacky and totally fun Windjammer Barefoot Cruises (tel. 800/327-2600; www.windjammerbarefoot.com) is offering 7 day Caribbean cruises for as low as $499 per person aboard its fleet of wonderfully rustic tall ships. Hop aboard the 122-passenger Legacy and visit the ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao and Klein Curacao, for as little as $599 through October. On the 112-passenger Polynesia, aka Poly, rates start at $499 per person for eastern Caribbean sailings that hit Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Les Saintes, Nevis and Falmouth Harbor in Aug. and on the Sept. 3, 10 and 24 departures. The 64-passenger Yankee Clipper is doing weeklong St. Lucia and Grenadines trips through Sept and on Oct 1 and 15 for fares dipping down to $499 a person. Finally, aboard the free-wheelin' 72-passenger Mandalay, affectionately known as Mandy, check out the 50 percent-off rates on 14-day sailings departing Oct. 1 and 15, with ports including Antigua, Bequia, Tobago Cays, Carriacou, Dominica, Grenada, Iles des Saints, Martinique, Mayreau, Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.

Ole! To These South America Cruise Deals!

Rates for 9-night South America cruises aboard SeaDream Yacht Clubs' (tel. 800/707-4911; www.seadreamyachtclub.com) casually elegant 110-passenger SeaDream I between Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires are going for as low as $3,499 per person on the Dec 11 voyage; $5,199 for the Dec 20 sailing; and $5,299 for the Nov 23 departure. Fares include open bar, gratuities, use of watersports and a complimentary tour of Iguacu Falls. Some restrictions apply and these special promotional rates include the condition that you do not select your stateroom at time of booking; your deck 2 cabin assignment will be confirmed by SeaDream within one week of sailing.

Big Deals From Regent Seven Seas

Book a new Regent Seven Seas (tel. 877/505-5370; www.rssc.com) cruise by Sept 30, 2006, and get a free Nordstrom gift card valued is $100 per guest ($200 maximum per suite). Offer is combinable with most other offers and some restrictions may apply. Nordstrom Gift Cards have no fees or expiration and may be redeemed at any Nordstrom Store, Nordstrom Rack or online at www.nordstrom.com.

One more reason to do a holiday cruise with the kids -- on the 8-night Dec 18, 2006 Mexican Riviera cruise aboard Seven Seas Mariner, children 17 and under sail free when occupying the third or fourth berth of the stateroom. Certain restrictions apply, offer has limited capacity and promotion is not combinable with any other offer.

Free Fly'n Adventures

Expedition cruise specialist AdventureSmith Explorations (tel. 800/728-2875; www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) is offering free air between Los Angeles and La Paz, Mexico, with its "Among the Great Whales" cruises or up to 25 percent off select "Baja: Whales & Wildlife" cruises, both featuring Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Spend three days in the heart of the gray whale's winter feeding grounds at Bahia Magdalena on the Pacific coast. See the creatures up close from the decks of the small ships or from the inflatable Zodiac boats the vessels carry aboard.

"Among the Great Whales" cruises on the 68-passenger Sea Bird or Sea Lion depart between Jan and Mar 2007, with prices starting at $3,990, per person, based on double occupancy. Complimentary air between Los Angeles and La Paz aboard Aeromexico is included with these cruises. Special cruise features include Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, snorkeling gear, wet suits, video microscope, hydrophone and "Splash-Cam." In addition, AdventureSmith Explorations offers group discounts as well as family-friendly pricing: For groups of eight or more, guests receive a 5 percent discount; kids under 21 traveling with an adult get $500 off the double occupancy price.

"Baja: Whales & Wildlife" cruises aboard the 138-passenger Spirit of Yorktown depart between Dec 2006 and Mar 2007, with prices starting at $2,299, per person, based on double occupancy. On select dates, guests may receive up to 25 percent off their cruise price including a holiday cruise departing Dec 23, 2006. These cruises sail round-trip from Cabo San Lucas.

Book Now, Save Later

Viking River Cruises (tel. 877/668-4546; www.vikingrivercruises.com) is offering Early Booking Discounts (EBD) for all itineraries in 2007, which take travelers to Europe, Russia and China. Book and pay in full by October 18, 2006, and take advantage of the "EBD" offer to save $350 per person ($700 maximum per cabin).

For 2007, Viking River Cruises offers 14 different itineraries, ranging from seven to 14 nights along the Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine, Saone, Rhone, and Elbe Rivers, plus Russia's Waterways of the Czars and Ukraine's Dnieper River. Various itineraries highlight Amsterdam, Vienna, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, Prague, and more, plus quaint European towns and villages along route.

The new 306-passenger Viking Century Sun and Viking Century Sky offer three different China cruisetour itineraries next year ranging from nine to 15 nights, each including a Yangtze River cruise featuring the Three Gorges, Lesser Three Gorges, and Yangtze Dam, plus overnight five-star hotel stays in Beijing, Xian (home of the Terra Cotta Warriors) and Shanghai.

All Viking River Cruises are non-smoking and have English-speaking guides and crew.

Sliced and Diced World Cruise Segments on the QM2 Going For a Song

Cunard is offering discounts of up to 60 percent off brochure rates for worldwide QM2 voyages early next year. On Jan 10, sail around South America's Cape Horn, from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco; the 26-day cruise starts at $3,402 per person for an inside cabin (D8); $3,830 for an outside cabin (C4); and $4,230 for balcony stateroom (B4). A 14-day South Pacific sailing from San Francisco to Sydney on Feb 5, is starting at $2,904 per person for an inside (D8); $3,504 for an outside (C4); and $3,881 for a balcony stateroom (B4). On Feb 20, the 19-day Sydney to Dubai sailing is going for $3,721 per person for an inside (D8); $4,321 for an outside (C4); and $4,729 for a balcony cabin (B4). The 15-day Dubai to Southampton cruise departing March 11 is being offered at $2,904 per person for an inside (D8); $3,264 for an outside (C4); and $3,641 for a balcony cabin (B4). Finally, the 7 day crossing from Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale on March 26 is starting at $999 per person for an inside (D8); $1,009 for an outside (C4); and $1,129 for a balcony cabin (B4). Some restrictions apply and be sure to mention promotion code UEB-UED when booking.

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