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Free Flying

While seats last, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises (tel. 800/327-2600; www.windjammer.com) is offering free roundtrip airfare to Aruba from New York, Chicago and Miami for the Polynesia's ABC islands cruises between May and September. Also, buy-one-get-one-free deals are being offered on the June 23 sailing to Costa Rica aboard the Legacy; the June 3 and 10 voyages aboard Mandalay to Panama and the San Blas Islands; and Polynesia's June 3, 10 and 24 sailings to the ABC Islands out of Aruba.

Hot Norwegian Deals

Book a Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) cruise by Friday, May 11, 2007, and cash in on some low rates. You must mention the promo codes below when booking. What are you waiting for?

  • June 10, 2007, Norwegian Sun: 7-day Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver, calling in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sawyer Glacier and Skagway; $549 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1.
  • July 15, 2007, Norwegian Jewel: 7-day western Mediterranean, roundtrip from Barcelona, calling in Canes, France; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia and Livorno, Italy; $999 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1.
  • July 29, 2007, Norwegian Majesty: 7-day Bermuda, roundtrip from Boston calling in St. George's; $799 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1.
  • October 28, 2007, Norwegian Spirit: 6-day Canada/New England, roundtrip from New York, calling in Halifax, Bar Harbor, Boston and Martha's Vineyard; $549 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1.
  • December 16, 2007, Norwegian Dawn: 7-day western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami, calling in Samana, Tortola, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay; $549 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1.

Carnival Salutes the Military with Discounts

To mark Memorial Day, Carnival (tel. 800/327-9501; www.carnival.com) is offering a promotion throughout the month of May inviting active and retired military personnel to book up to three cabins for themselves and their friends and family members at special discounted rates. Reservations must be made by May 31, 2007, to qualify for this promotion. The deal applies to a variety of 3- to 8-night cruises departing through March 31, 2008, from six North American ports. Fares start at $199 per person for 3-night cruises from Miami and Port Canaveral, and 4 nighters from Long Beach, CA; $249 for five-night sailings from Mobile, AL, and Jacksonville, FL.; $379 per person for six nighters from Fort Lauderdale; $399 per person for 7-night cruises from Miami; and $499 per person for eight-night sailings from Fort Lauderdale. Certain restrictions apply. Deal is valid for individual bookings only, is capacity controlled and not applicable with other discounts. Mention fare code CPM1 when booking and military personnel must provide proof of service.

German and Baltic Cruises

A pair of 9-night cruise-hotel packages in northern Europe is on sale. Departing July 20 and August 11, fares include a 7-night cruise aboard Orient Lines' (tel. 800/333-7300; www.orientlines.com) Marco Polo from Stockholm to Copenhagen (visiting Latvia, Estonia, Poland and Germany), and two nights post-cruise hotel stay and a sightseeing tour in Copenhagen. Fares start at $1,299 for an inside cabin, from $1,899 for an outside, and from $2,199 for the deluxe oceanview category.

When booking, mention promotion code MPOTOBAGTY for the July 20 sailing and promo code MPOTOB2GTY for the August 11 package.

Alaska on Sale

Regent Seven Seas (tel. 866/213-4800; www.rssc.com) is offering select Alaska cruises for 50% off. Seven-night voyages departing May 23, June 20 and July 11 start at $2,848 per person after the discount. On all three sailings the complimentary Club Mariner youth program will be operating. The June and July sailings also feature the "Ambassadors of the Environment Youth Circle of Interest" program, that teaches children ages 10 to 17 and their families about marine eco-systems and conservation (cost for this is $110 per person and pre-registration is suggested). Certain restrictions apply. Offer expires May 13, 2007, is not combinable with any other promotion and is valid for new bookings only.

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)

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

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

  • Holland America Volendam: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $399, June 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $409, September 24 and September 29 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $449, December 16 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $449, December 8 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $499, October 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska from Seward to Vancouver. From $499, June 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale From $509, December 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 9-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Philadelphia. From $539, October 27 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Oct, 28 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $549, November 3 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $559, November 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $559, December 8 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 7-night Canada/New England, roundtrip from New York. From $899, September 15 sailing.
  • Princess Regal Princess: 15-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Los Angeles. From $1399, August 16 sailing.

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