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Alaska on Sail This Week

For select Alaska cruises this summer, Regent Seven Seas (tel. 866/213-4800; www.rssc.com) is offering special 2-for-1 fares for bookings made by Sunday, March 25, 2007. Rates start at $2,848 per person for 7-night Alaska cruises between Seward and Vancouver aboard the posh Seven Seas Mariner. Fares include open bar.

Happy Birthday to You

Carnival (tel. 800/327-9501; www.carnival.com) is serious about filling its ships. To celebrate its 35th year in business, Carnival is offering discounted rates and free cabin upgrades (within like categories, inside to inside, balcony to balcony, etc) during its one-day sale on Thursday, March 22. For 4A inside cabins, fares for 3- and 4-night cruises start at $199 per person; $279 per person for 5-night cruises; and $399 for 7 nighters. The sale day applies to a variety of itineraries throughout 2007-08, from the Caribbean to Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England and Bermuda.

Full deposit required at the time of booking. Certain restrictions apply and discounts are not combinable with any other discount or promotional offer. Valid on new individual bookings made on March 22 on select cruises through Dec. 16, 2007, not including Europe. When booking, request fare code CP1S.

Asia Incentives

Four Asia cruises aboard Peter Deilmann Cruises' (tel. 800/348-8287; www.deilmann-cruises.com) 513-passenger Deutschland between December 18, 2007 and February 21, 2008, will include free airfare from the New York and 16 other US gateways, free shore excursions and free transfers between the airport and ship. The perks apply to North American travelers for these sailings:

  • A 20-night sailing departing Dec. 18 from Phuket (Thailand) including a hotel stay the night before the cruise. Ports include Benoa (Bali) for two nights and a two-night stay in Hong Kong, plus day visits to Pare Pare (Sulawesi, Indonesia), Sandakan (Malaysian Borneo), and Puerto Princesa (Philippines).
  • An 18-night cruise on Jan. 8 from Hong Kong includes a two-night stay aboard the ship in Hong Kong, and calls to Hanoi, Da Nang/Hoi An, a two-night stay in Ho Chi Min City (Vietnam), and a two-night stay in Singapore.
  • The Jan. 22 voyage includes two full days in Singapore, plus calls at Phnom Penh, Da Nang and Hong Kong before visiting the island of Okinawa in Japan, Shanghai and Xiamen in China, and finally ending with an overnight in Hong Kong.

The 14-night cruise on Feb. 9 starts with two days in Hong Kong and visits Da Nang, Singapore, Phuket and Yangon (Myanmar).

Fares for the 14-night cruises, including the free air, free shore excursions and transfers, start at $6,606 per person for a double cabin. Free airfare is via Frankfurt and rates include a one-night hotel stay coming and going at the Frankfurt Sheraton at the airport. For those who want to use frequent flyer miles instead of the free airfare, deduct $750 from cruise rates; Canadians get a $1,000 air deduction.

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)

  • Carnival Liberty: 6-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $449, April 22 sailing. Get 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $479, April 22 & May 6 sailings. Get 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $799, May 12 sailing. Reap 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • NCL America Pride of Hawaii: 7-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $599, April 30 sailing. Enjoy a free $100 to $150 onboard credit if booking a suite or above.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $599, April 14 sailing. Deal includes two free bathrobes if you book now.

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

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

  • Celebrity Constellation:
11-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $849, April 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 11-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $879, April 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, Tampa to San Juan. From $479, April 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 8-night eastern Caribbean, San Juan to Baltimore. From $539, April 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, New Orleans to San Juan. From $399, April 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 13-night Trans-Atlantic, San Juan to Rome. From $749, May 1 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $769, May 12 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $713, May 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $699, May 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $649, May 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $559, May 25 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $709, June 3 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $679, June 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $439, September 6 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $399, September 8 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $429, September 9 sailing.
  • Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/825-3633; www.vacationoutlet.com)

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

    • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 7-night Greek Isles and Turkey, roundtrip from Venice. From $669, Nov. 10 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 12-night British Isles and Norwegian Fjords, roundtrip from Harwich. From $2,399, June 18 sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean Brilliance: 12-night western Mediterranean, roundtrip from Barcelona. From $1,999, June 2 sailing.
    • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 14-night Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale. From $5,995, Dec. 21 sailing.
    • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $3,697, Aug. 15 sailing.
    • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 10-night Mediterranean, Nice to Dover. From $5,577, June 2 sailing.
    • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night New England and Canada, Boston to Montreal. From $899, May 26 sailing.
    • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaii, roundtrip from San Diego. From $1,909, Dec. 5 sailing.
    • Holland America Statendam: 24-night South Pacific, Los Angeles to Auckland. From $3,099, Sept. 23 sailing.
    • Holland America Zuiderdam: 17-night Panama Canal, Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,399, Oct. 3 sailing.

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