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Hot Norwegian Deals

Book a Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) cruise by Friday, January 26 and cash in on some low rates. You must mention the promo codes below when booking. What are you waiting for?

  • March 4, 2007, Norwegian Sun: 7-day western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans, calling in Costa Maya, Santo Tomas, Belize City and Cozumel; $529 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1
  • May 13, 2007, Norwegian Pearl: 7-day Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle, calling in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan and Victoria; $649 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1
  • June 17, 2007, Norwegian Spirit: 6-day Bahamas and Florida, roundtrip from New York calling in Port Canaveral and Great Stirrup Cay; $679 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1
  • Sept 9, 2007, Norwegian Majesty: 7-day Bermuda, roundtrip from Boston calling in St. George's; $529 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1
  • November 25, 2007, Norwegian Pearl: 5-day western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami, calling in Cozumel and Georgetown; $349 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1

AARP Signs up Viking

Viking River Cruises (tel. 877/668-4546; www.vikingrivercruises.com) is now a preferred river cruise line of AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. To celebrate the partnership, Viking River Cruises is offering airfare to China starting at $199 per person (from Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seattle) when purchased in conjunction with a China cruisetour. The offer is good on either the 10-night Imperial Jewels itinerary (Shanghai to Beijing) which features a 4-night Yangtze cruise, or the 15-night Cultural Delights itinerary (Beijing to Shanghai) which includes a 9-night cruise. The deal applies to any available 2007 departure date booked and paid in full by February 7; the caller must ask for "Offer 14P."

Airfare is available for $299 from Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Tampa, or Washington D.C. Airfare rates do not include air taxes/fees/fuel surcharges of $320, and bookings must be paid in full at time of booking for offer to be applicable.

When booking any Viking River Cruises trip, AARP members are eligible to receive a $50 shipboard credit per cabin.

Seabourn Seizes the Deal

Head to the Med at the start of the season and save big aboard Seabourn Cruise Lines' (tel. 800/929-9391; www.seabourn.com) all-suite, 208-passenger Seabourn Legend. On April 21, fares start at $2,998 per person for the 7-night cruise from Barcelona to Monte Carlo. Also, discounted rates for the April 28, June 30 and August 11 weeklong cruises between Monte Carlo and Civitavecchia/Rome start at $3,998 per person. Roundtrip out of Monte Carlo, the May 12 and May 28 nine-night cruises are going for as low as $4,897 per person ($3,498 per person for past guests of Seabourn or any of its Carnival Corporation sister brands). The 7-night June 23, July 7, August 28 and Sept 15 cruises between Civitavecchia/Rome and Monte Carlo are starting at $4,699 per person (for the June 23 sailing, past guests pay as little as $2,998 per person). All fares aboard the elegant cruiser include open bar and gratuities plus, in certain ports, a special complimentary shore excursion.

Regent Waives the Air

On Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises this summer aboard Regent's (tel. 866/213-4800; www.rssc.com) Seven Seas Voyager, reap up to 40 per cent savings, free economy air, and if you book the cruise with a MasterCard, also a $250 shipboard credit per suite. Past Regent passengers, or Seven Seas Society members, enjoy an additional 10 per cent to 20 per cent savings on select cruises. Better yet, the May 26th and June 2nd sailings can be combined for a longer voyage and an additional savings of 5 per cent. On the May 14 seven-night sailing from Barcelona to Civitavecchia/Rome, fares start at $5,176 per person. Departing May 26, the 7-night Civitavecchia/Rome to Nice cruise starts at $5,546 per person, while the June 2 departure of a 10-night Nice to Dover cruise is starting at $5,577 per person.

All fares include open bar, gratuities and stocked suite mini bars. Some restrictions apply. Guests may choose $1,000 savings in lieu of the free airfare. The Seven Seas Society 10 per cent savings expires 1/31/2007 and the 20 per cent savings expires 2/28/2007 and is not combinable with any onboard booking or the standard Seven Seas Society Savings offer. After the expiration date the standard Seven Seas Society 5 per cent Savings will apply. The MasterCard onboard credit offer is good for new bookings only, and expires 2/15/07.

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)

  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $349, February 25 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499, Mar 4 & 18 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 6-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $549, Mar 18 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. Outsides from $799, May 5 & 12 sailings.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. Balcony cabins start from $1,199, May 5, 12 & 19 sailings. Deal includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles or San Francisco.

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

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

  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $349, February 11 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $529, February 25 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 11-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $699, March 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $599, April 4 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 8-night, San Juan to Norfolk. From $449, April 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $449, April 28 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $599, May 5 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $699, May 13 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $699, May 13 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $699, May 25 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night western Mediterranean, roundtrip from Barcelona. From $1,049, July 15 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Greek Isles, roundtrip from Venice. From $699, November 17 sailing.

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

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