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River of Savings

French Country Waterways (tel. 800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com) is offering savings of more than 30% on July and August sailings for passengers booking passage on its 8-passenger luxury barge Princess, formerly the private barge of shipping magnate Daniel K. Ludwig. The barge plies the Canal de la Marne au Rhin between Nancy and Hochfelden in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France on leisurely 6-day sailings, passing medieval villages, green pastures dotted with cows, and fields of grain and pine forests. The reduced fares start at $4,500 per person on all nine departures in July and August. Daily excursions are included in the fares include the likes of a walking tour of elegant Nancy and visit to Musée Historic, a peak at the Chagall stained-glass window in the Chapel of the Cordeliers in Sarrebourg, a wine tasting in the village of Dahlenheim, and dinner at the Michelin two-starred Le Cerf in Marlenheim. Rates include fancy French meals on board, dinner ashore at Le Cerf, estate-bottled wines at lunch and dinner, open bar, bicycles, English- and French-speaking crew, and private transfers between Strasbourg and the barge. The Princess has four suites with king-size beds, a salon with large picture windows and well-stocked bar, formal dining room, separate library, powder room and canopied sundeck for relaxing and al fresco meals. The discounts are not available on charters or in combination with other offers.

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

  • RSSC Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $4,465, June. 11 sailing. Deal includes a $500 new-to-Regent stateroom credit and free round-trip economy air.
  • RSSC Paul Gauguin: 7-night ultra-lux Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $3,704, Aug. 2 sailing. Deal includes a $500 new-to-Regent stateroom credit and a $400 shore excursion credit.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $679, June 6 sailing.
  • Holland America Eurodam: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $399, Oct. 15 sailing.
  • RSSC Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $4,465, July 23 sailing. Deal includes a $500 new-to-Regent stateroom credit, kids sail free and a $400 shore excursion credit.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $499, Nov. 9 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 12-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Los Angeles. From $3,998 Sept. 5 sailing. Deal includes a $500 onboard credit.
  • Holland America Volendam: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $699, May 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $499, Oct. 18 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,199, May 19 sailing.

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)

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

  • Carnival Fantasy: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $329, Mar. 13, Apr. 10-May 8, & Aug. 14 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $329, Aug. 25 sailing.
  • Carnival Fantasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $349, Mar. 31, Apr. 14-May 3, & Aug. 23 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $329, Sep. 6 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $449, Apr. 13, 20 & 27 sailings.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $579, Apr. 13-27 and Sep. 28 sailings.
  • Carnival Legend: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $599, Apr. 17, Aug. 31-Nov. 9 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Sep. 13 & 27 sailings.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $599, Mar. 30-Apr. 27 & Aug. 24 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $599, Sep. 21 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, from Seward to Vancouver. From $599, May 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $599, Nov. 4-Dec. 14 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $559, Sep. 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $649, May 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, Sep. 7 & 21 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $649, Sep. 14 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Anchorage. From $729, May 21 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $784, Aug. 31 and Oct. 19 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $818, May 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $871, Jun. 6 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 9-night Atlantic Canada & Quebec, round-trip from Cape Liberty, NJ. From $909, Oct. 9 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 10-night Alaska, round-trip from San Francisco. From $1049, Jun. 6, Aug. 25 & Sep. 4 sailings.
  • Uniworld River Ambassador: 7-night Holland, Amsterdam to Rotterdam. From $1319, Mar. 29 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $3895, Jun. 4 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 6-night Mediterranean, Lisbon to Venice. From $739, Apr. 20 sailing. Cruise 5+ nights in an oceanveiw cabin or higher and receive one free companion airline ticket for future travel.
  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 9-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $679, Mar. 21 sailing.
  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $229, Apr. 11 sailing. Book a 6A category cabin and automatically get a 6D category stateroom for the same price.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty (Bayonne). From $849, Apr. 20 sailing. Cruise 5+ nights in an oceanveiw cabin or higher and get one free companion airline ticket for future travel.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier, round-trip from Seattle. From $649, May 9 sailing. Cruise 5+ nights in an oceanveiw cabin or higher and receive one free companion airline ticket for future travel.

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

  • Celebrity Constellation: 13-night eastbound Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Harwich. From $599, April 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam: 14-night Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego. From $1,899, Feb. 20 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 36-night Panama Canal/Amazon River, Vancouver to Tampa. From $3,699, Sept. 26 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,399, Dec. 7, sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night New England/Canada, round-trip from Boston. From $1,279, Aug. 9 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 13-night New England/Canada, Ft. Lauderdale to Montreal. From $1,399, May 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 12-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $1,699, June 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Freedom: 14-night eastbound Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $949, April 25, 2009 sailing.
  • Carnival Freedom: 16-night westbound Transatlantic, Civitavecchia/Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, Nov. 5, 2009 sailing.
  • Carnival Splendor: 16-night westbound Transatlantic, Civitavecchia/Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,499, Oct. 29 sailing.

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