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Crystal Clear Savings

Crystal Cruises (tel. 888/269-9414; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering stunning savings on the following trio of cruises:
  • Oct 18, sailing #V8325.
12-night Mediterranean, Civitavecchia/Rome to Barcelona. Discounted fares start at $4,445 per person with a free upgrade to a verandah cabin. Cruise is a Crystal Wine & Food Festival sailing, featuring wine expert Lettie Teague, executive wine editor at Food & Wine magazine.
  • Oct 30, sailing #V8326. 12-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Lisbon. Discounted fares start at $4,445 per person; verandah cabins start at $6,060 per person.
  • Nov 21, sailing #V8327. 10-night crossing, Lisbon to Miami. Discounted fares start at $3,145 per person with a free upgrade to a verandah cabin. Cruise features a big band and ballroom dance theme featuring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.
  • Restrictions apply: 51% savings applies to category C on voyage 8327 and the free one-category upgrade offer applies to categories A, B and C on voyages 8325 and 8327.

    Savings are in the Air

    Air Tahiti Nui (tel. 877/824-4846; www.airtahitinui-usa.com) is offering a two-for-one deal to celebrate its 10th anniversary, perfect for cruise passengers on sailings out of Papeete, Tahiti. With proof of a past French Polynesia visit, passengers receive one free companion ticket when they buy one round-trip economy ticket. The offer is valid on bookings made by June 30, 2008 for flights from Los Angeles (from $1,348) and New York (from $1,668) to Tahiti between August 18 and Sept. 24, 2008, when Air Tahiti Nui offers daily nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport and thrice weekly nonstop service from New York's JFK airport to Papeete

    Proof of travel can be either a copy of your passport page with the Tahiti entry stamp or a photo of yourself at a recognizable landmark in French Polynesia, like an overwater bungalow. The anniversary special is open to anyone who has been to Tahiti before, regardless of carrier used for their previous travel or length of time since their last visit. There is a 10-day maximum stay; the companion is only responsible for government taxes and fuel surcharges of approximately $317. Both passengers (paid and free) must travel together on the whole journey.

    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 Symphony: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $2,180, Nov. 23 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, $100 to $200 onboard credit depending upon stateroom category.
    • Crystal Symphony: 11-night UK, round-trip from London. From $5,370, July 13 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities and a $200 to $400 onboard credit depending upon stateroom category.
    • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Mediterranean, Athens to Monte Carlo. From $4,995, July 19 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, $300 to $3,000 onboard credit depending upon stateroom category, plus 1-category upgrade.
    • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Mediterranean, Monte Carlo to Athens. From $4,835, Sept. 24 sailing. Deal includes prepaid gratuities, $300 to $3,000 onboard credit depending upon stateroom category, plus 1-category upgrade.
    • RSSC Mariner: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $4,720, July 23 sailing. Deal includes a $400 shore excursion credit, kids 17 and younger sail free as third or fourth in stateroom.
    • RSSC Mariner: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $4,965, Aug. 6 sailing. Deal includes a $200 shipboard credit. Kids sail free as the third and fourth in a suite.
    • RSSC Navigator: 7-night Mediterranean, Athens to Monte Carlo. From $4,925, Sept. 20 sailing. Deal includes free business class air (or $3,000 off cruise fare) for butler suites (category MS - B) or free economy class air (or cruise-only credit of $1000 for categories C-H).
    • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $1,129, July 2 sailing. Deal includes a $50 shipboard credit.
    • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night Glacier Bay, round-trip from Vancouver. From $999, Sept. 14 sailing. Deal includes $50 shipboard credit and bottle of champagne.

    Cruise Brothers

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

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

    The Cruise Marketplace

    (tel. 800/826-4333; www.cruisemarketplace.com)

    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 before July 1, 2008.

    • NCL Norwegian Star: 7- night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $769, Dec. 20, 27 sailings.
    • NCL Norwegian Sun: 19-night South America, San Francisco to Santiago/Valparaiso. From $1,329, Nov. 4 sailing.
    • NCL Norwegian Gem: 14-night Transatlantic, Barcelona to New York. From $699, Nov. 16 sailing.
    • Azamara Quest: 14-night Mediterranean, Rome/Civitavecchia to Athens. From $2,769, Nov. 8 sailing.
    • Celebrity Expedition: 10-night Galapagos, round-trip from Quito. From $3,049, Dec. 14, Jan. 18 sailings.
    • Celebrity Infinity: 14-night Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego. From $1,149, Mar. 29 sailing.
    • Crystal Serenity: 13-night Spain, Barcelona to Lisbon. From $3,999, Oct. 30 sailing.
    • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1,799, Nov. 23 sailing.
    • Crystal Symphony: 15-night South America, Los Angeles to Santiago/Valparaiso. $3,119, Dec. 7 sailing.
    • Crystal Symphony: 12 -night Panama Canal, Caldera to Miami. From $2,699, Feb. 5 sailing.

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

    • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $748, Jul. 19 & 26, Aug. 2 & 9 sailing.
    • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $599, Aug. 22 sailing.
    • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $599, Aug. 29 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, Sep. 21 sailing.
    • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $586, Sep. 28 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $639, Sep. 28 sailing.
    • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Philadelphia. From $657, Oct. 25 sailing.
    • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From 623, Oct. 26 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $639, Oct. 26 sailing.
    • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $409, Nov. 2 sailing.
    • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $569, Nov. 15 sailing.
    • Princess Crown Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $648, Nov. 16 sailing.
    • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $409, Nov. 16 sailing.
    • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night Canada-New England, round-trip from New York, Nov. 30 sailing.
    • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $663, Dec. 7 sailing.
    • Carnival Liberty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $409, Dec. 13 sailing.

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

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

    • Carnival Inspiration: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $489, Jun. 26 sailing. Book a 1A category stateroom and automatically receive a 5A category stateroom for the same price.
    • NCL Norwegian Sky: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $239, Sep. 12 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $799, Aug. 29 sailing.
    • Celebrity Century: 8-night Best of Europe, Amsterdam to Barcelona. From $1,049, Aug. 31 sailing.

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