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Today's the Day to Save

Carnival Cruises (tel. 888-CARNIVAL; www.carnival.com) is dropping rates for one day on Thursday, July 26th. The 24-hour sale translates into discounted fares and free cabin upgrades when booking most Carnival cruises between now and Dec. 15, 2008. Sample fares include 3-night Bahamas or Baja California, Mexico sailings starting as low as $229 per person; 4-nighters to the Bahamas or western Caribbean going for as little as $249 per person; and 7-night Caribbean cruises dipping as low as $499 a person. Certain restrictions apply and upgrades apply to like cabin categories only (inside to inside, outside to outside, balcony to balcony etc). Rates subject to change at any time without prior notice and fares are valid on new individual bookings only. Request fare code CP1S.

Dream Fares

SeaDream Yacht Club (tel. 800-707-4911; www.seadreamyachtclub.com) offers posh yacht-style island-hopping Caribbean cruises that can't be beat. Fares include wine, open bar, tips and use of water toys. If you're willing to take a chance on your exact cabin assignment, check out these discounted fares. Note, certain restrictions apply, prices are valid on new bookings only, and double-occupancy deck 2 cabins are guaranteed, though your cabin number will be confirmed within one week of sailing.

SeaDream I

  • 7-night Caribbean cruises round-trip from San Juan Dec. 9 and 16; fares start at $2,999 per person
  • 7-night Caribbean holiday cruise round-trip from San Juan Dec. 23; fares start at $4,199 per person

SeaDream II

  • 11-night Caribbean Thanksgiving cruise from Miami to St. Thomas Nov. 14; fares start at $4,699 per person
  • 9-night Caribbean cruise from San Juan to St. Thomas Nov. 30; fares start at $3,299 per person
  • 9-night Caribbean cruise from San Juan to St. Thomas Dec. 14; fares start at $2,999 per person
  • 7-night Caribbean cruise from San Juan to St. Thomas Dec. 30; fares start at $4,599 per person

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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)

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

  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $649, Aug. 25 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 7-ngiht Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $649, Sept. 2 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $749, Sept. 8, 22, 29, Oct. 6, and 13 sailings.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 10-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $749, Sept. 9, and 19 sailings.
  • Princess Island Princess: 19-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1899, Sept. 20 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Hawaii: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $699, Sept. 29 and Nov. 12 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $859, Oct. 7 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 15-night Transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami. From $799, Oct. 9 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec. 2, 9, and 16 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 9-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Cape Liberty. From $799, Oct. 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty. From $599, Oct. 21 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 14-night Australia/New Zealand, round-trip from Sydney. From $1999, Oct. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $459, Oct. 28 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $999, Oct. 31, Nov. 30, Dec. 10 sailings
  • Princess Island Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, Acapulco to San Juan. From $1099, Nov. 3 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $699, Nov. 11 sailing.
  • Princess Island Princess: 11-night Panama Canal, San Juan to Acapulco. From $1098, Nov. 13 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 13-night Italy & Croatia, Rome/Civitavecchia to Barcelona. From $1099, Nov. 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, Dec. 1 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 14-night South America, Buenos Aires to Valparaiso. From $949, Dec. 9 sailing.

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

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