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Sailing to Bargainsville

Windjammer's (tel. 800/327-2600; www.windjammer.com) wheeling and dealing this winter. For February sailings, fares start as low as $399 per person on the Legacy for standard cabins on six nighters between St. Maarten and Tortola; and start at $499 per person for commodore-class cabins. On all cabins in March, pay for one passenger and the second person in the cabin gets a 50% discount aboard the Polynesia in the French West Indies round-trip from St. Maarten; the Legacy between St. Maarten and Tortola; and the Yankee Clipper in the Grenadines round-trip from St. Lucia. Sign up for the two-week Legacy or Polynesia "Rum Race" repositioning cruises departing April 30 and pay just $1,200 per person for standard cabins -- a 50% discount. Both sailings are from St. Lucia to Aruba. Finally, between May and September, reap free round-tripairfare from JFK, Atlanta or Miami to Aruba for the Polynesia's six-night cruises (free air does not include $135 per person in taxes). For all deals above, full payment is required at time of booking, the promotions can't be combined with any other special offers and the deal is valid for new bookings only. Other restrictions may apply.

Seabourn Sail & Stay

Book Seabourn's (tel. 800/929-9391; www.seabourn.com) May 12th French Riviera and Italy cruise aboard the 208-passenger Legend and enjoy two free pre-cruise hotel nights at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat in Monte Carlo. After the two-night hotel stay, the cruise departs May 12 from Monte Carlo and visits Cassis, Le Lavandou, St. Tropez, Cannes and Corsica in France, as well as Livorno/Florence and Portofino, Italy, before returning to Monte Carlo. Fares for the cruise (including the two free hotel nights) start at $4,198 per person. Rates include all-suite accommodations, open bar, all gratuities and a complimentary shore excursion in Portofino -- a tour of the 14th-century La Cervara Abbey monastery. Certain restrictions may apply and guests must be residents of North, Central or South America, the Caribbean or Asia Pacific to book these rates.

River of Deals

Uniworld Grand River Cruises (tel. 800/733-7820; www.uniworld.com) is offering $200 off per couple on its eight-night Seine River cruises round-trip from Paris this spring and summer aboard the River Baroness. Discounted fares for outside staterooms start at $1,798 per person, cruise only. Sailings begin March 25, 2007, and if you book and deposit your trip by March 31, 2007, you can save $200 per couple ($100 per person) on all Paris and Normandy cruises (excluding the April 29 and May 13 departures). Fares include all meals and entertainment on board, plus shore excursions and all-English-speaking guides and staff. Optional pre-cruise hotel stays are offered in Paris as well.

One-Day Sail, Err, Sale

Book your cruise this Friday, February 23, and save big on seven-night Med cruises with Costa (tel. 800/462-6782; www.costacruises.com). The one-day sale applies to seven-night Costa Victoria sailings round-tripout of Civitavecchia/Rome, with ports including Catania, Sicily; Patmos and Mykonos, Greece; Izmir, Turkey; and Santorini, Greece. Fares start at $799 per person and apply to the following departure dates: April 30; May 7, 14; June 4, 18, 25; October 1, 8, 22, 29; and November 5. Weeklong cruises aboard Costa Fortuna start at $849 per person and sail round-tripout of Savona/Genoa and visit Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily; Tunis, Tunisia; Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, Spain; and Marseille, France. Applicable dates are April 1, 8, 15, 29; May 6, 27; and October 7, 14, 21. First come first served, phone lines are open between 8:30am and 8pm EST on Friday, February 23. Some restrictions may apply; offer is for new bookings only and cannot be combined to any other offer. Ask for discount code ES when booking.

Asia Incentives

Intrav (tel. 800/456-8100; www.intrav.com) is offering discounted airfare and select savings aboard seven departures of the 128-guest Clipper Odyssey in China, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines. Enjoy $1,000 off economy or business class air, and up to $1,000 savings on select April, May and September cruises. All fares include gratuities, shore excursions and explorations via zodiac boats, and at least one onboard expert lecturer; in some cases hotel stays and local flights are also part of the package.

  • The 15-day Islands of China & Japan explores Hong Kong; Taipei, Taiwan; Okinawa; Kerama Islands; Nagasaki; Hiroshima; and tiny Miyajima. Fares for the 15-day April 18 voyage start at $6,260 per person including a $1,000 discount.
  • The 14-day Temples & Gardens of Ancient Japan sails from Kobe and visits Okayama; Hiroshima; Miyajima Island; Uwajima; Pusan, South Korea; Hagi; Matsue; Kanazawa; Sado Island; and Aomori. Per person prices for the 14-day May 1, 11 and 23 voyages start at $8,175 per person.
  • The 14-day Culture & Antiquities of Vietnam includes calls at Cat Ba Island; Hue; Da Nang; Qui Nhon; Nha Trang; zodiac expeditions off Port Dayot and along the coral reef at Hou Mien Island; and Ho Chi Minh City. Fares for 14-day cruise tour on September 1 and 19 start at $6,075 per person.
  • The 18-day Philippine Islands journey includes calls at Palawan, Iloilo City, Cebu, Tacloban, Samara Sea, Manila, and Baguio. Fares for the 18-day April 3 voyage start from $7,820 per person including a $750 discount.

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.

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)

  • Viking River Viking Europe: 9-night Tulips & Windmills, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,104, including all shore excursions, March 24 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Seine: 7-night Paris & Normandy, Paris to Le Havre. From $1,042 including all shore excursions, March 25 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Sky: 9-night Tulips & Windmills, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1154, including all shore excursions, March 25 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Pride: 7-night Holland, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $842, including all shore excursions, March 28 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Burgundy: 7-night Burgundy & Provence, Avignon to Chalon-sur-Saone. From $1,242, including all shore excursions, April 1 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Seine: 7-night Paris & Normandy, Le Havre to Paris. From $1,342, including all shore excursions, April 1 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Europe: 9-night Tulips & Windmills, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,304, including all shore excursions, April 2 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Sky: 9-night Tulips & Windmills, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,304, including all shore excursions, April 3 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Spirit: 7-night Holland, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,242 including all shore excursions, April 8 sailing.
  • Viking River Viking Burgundy: 7-night Burgundy & Provence, Chalon-sur-Saon to Avignon. From $1,242, including all shore excursions, April 8 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 10-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Athens. From $2299, April 17 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Insignia: 12-night eastern Mediterranean, Istanbul to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $2,999, June 17 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $3,799, July 9 and July 23 sailings. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Nautica: 14-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $3,799, July 28 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Istanbul. From $3,799, August 6 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Nautica: 10-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Athens. From $2,499, August 11 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night Mediterranean, Istanbul to Venice. From $3,799, August 20 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Nautica: 12-night Mediterranean, Athens to Istanbul. From $2,999, August 21 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night Mediterranean, Venice to Athens. From $2,799, September 3 sailing. Deal includes free airfare from JFK.

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

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

  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,645, November 24 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Paul Gauguin: 7-night ultra-lux Tahiti/South Pacific, round-trip from Papeete. From $2,295, October 6 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-lux western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,697, November 30 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 14-night ultra-lux eastbound Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale. From $5,995, December 21 sailing.
  • Uniworld River Ambassador: 7-night Rhine River cruise, Basel to Amsterdam. From $2,298, November 3 sailing. Deal includes free air from NYC.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 8-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Villefranche to Monte Carlo. From $3,897, May 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 10-night Sea of Cortez, round-trip from San Diego. From $799, April 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 15-night eastbound Panama Canal, San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,749 October 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 21-night westbound transatlantic, Piraeus/Athens to Ft. Lauderdale. From $3,879, April 9 sailing.

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