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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

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

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

  • Carnival Elation: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.  From $399, Oct. 8 and Oct. 15 sailings.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Mediterranean, Athens to Lisbon.  From $999, Oct. 22 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $699, Oct. 28 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 12-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Lisbon. From $2,299 including free air from JFK, Nov. 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From 499, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 25 and Dec. 2 sailings.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 15-night south Atlantic, Lisbon to Rio. From $999, Nov. 5 sailing.
  • Oceania Nautica: 10-night Mediterranean, Athens to Rome. From $1,799 including free air from JFK, Nov. 5 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.  From $499, Nov. 26 sailing.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night Mediterranean, Venice to Lisbon. From $2,999 including free air from JFK, Nov. 11 sailing.
  • Oceania Nautica: 12-night Mediterranean, Rome to Istanbul. From $2,299 including free air from JFK, Nov. 15 sailing.
  • Princess Regal Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, San Juan to Acapulco. From $799, Nov. 17 and Dec. 7 sailings.
  • Princess Island Princess: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1,499, Dec. 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam: 14-night New Zealand & Australia, Sydney to Auckland.  From $1,599, Dec. 8 sailing.
  • Carnival Celebration: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $159, Oct. 7 sailing.

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

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

  • Celebrity Constellation: 12-night westbound transatlantic, Dover to New Jersey. From $819, Sept. 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 13-night eastbound transatlantic, Miami to Amsterdam. From $859, Apr. 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, Nov. 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $499, Oct. 28 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $599, Nov. 25 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from San Diego. From $2,199, Dec. 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $679, Jan. 14 sailing.
  • NCL Star: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $599, Nov. 30 sailing.
  • NCL Spirit: 11-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $599, Nov. 26 sailing.
  • NCL Pearl: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Dec. 18 sailing.

Book Carnival Today For Big Deals

Book a Carnival Cruise(tel. 888/CARNIVAL; www.carnival.com) on Thursday, September 28 and pay discounted rates and reap a free best available cabin upgrade for virtually all sailings between now and December 15, 2007. The special one-day sale, including upgrades, offers three- and four-night sailings for as low as $229 per person; five nighters for as low as $289; seven-night sailings starting at $429 per person; and eight nighters at $599.

Certain restrictions apply. Best available cabin upgrades offered within like cabin categories (Interior to Interior, Oceanview to Oceanview and Balcony to Balcony). Mention fare code CP1S when booking.

Don't Lie About Your Age

If at least one passenger in the cabin is 50 years or older, save up to 60% on selected 2007 MSC Cruises (tel. 800/666-9333; www.msccruises.com) Caribbean and Panama sailings of MSC Lirica and MSC Opera. Senior Saver fares for the eleven-night round-trip cruises from Fort Lauderdale start at just $695 per person, double occupancy (cruise only, not including government fees and taxes). The deal is valid for new reservations made through November 30 on MSC Lirica's eleven-night sailings January 20 through April 18 and MSC Opera's eleven-night itineraries January 14 through April 1. Ports include San Juan, St. Maarten, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Tortola and Samana. The Panama itineraries include visits to Ocho Rios, Cartagena, San Blas, Cristobal (Panama), Puerto Limon and Roatan Island.

A Holiday Gift From Holland America

On 19 holiday cruises between December 16 and December 31, Holland America (tel. 877/724-5425; www.hollandamerica.com) is giving families who book five or more cabins some extra perks and special pricing. The line's Family Reunion Program free extras such as a fountain soda card for each family member, family photos and dinner in the specialty Pinnacle Grill Restaurant; on Caribbean itineraries, freebies may include snorkel gear and swim mats rentals on Half Moon Cay. Per person fares begin at $799 for a seven-night Caribbean cruise; third and fourth berth fares on the eleven-night December 16 Noordam holiday sailing are $99 for insides and outsides and $199 for verandas and suites. This promotion applies to cruises of seven to 20 nights in the Caribbean as well as Mexican Riviera, Hawaii, New Zealand/Australia and South America and Antarctica. On holiday cruises, the ships are festively decorated, Santa pays a visit and special activities include holiday movie showings, carolers, special meals and more. Clergy from the Catholic, Protestant and Jewish faiths are aboard to conduct services as well.

Eat Turkey Italian Style

On the November 19 seven-night western Caribbean cruise aboard Costa Cruises (tel. 800/462-6782; www.costacruises.com) CostaMagica, kids sail free. The cruise sails round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale and calls on Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios and Grand Turk, in the Turks & Caicos. Early Booking Fares for the sailing start at $499; guests who take advantage of Early Booking Fares can sail with their kids in the same cabin for free, excluding government fees.

Hot Norwegian Deals

Book a Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 800/327-7030; www.ncl.com) by Sunday, October 1, 2006 and cash in on some lowwwww rates. You must mention the promo codes below when booking. What are you waiting for?

  • Oct. 14, 2006, Norwegian Dream: 7-day western Caribbean cruise round-trip from Houston, calling in Progresso, Playa Del Carmen and Belize City; $449 per person for best available outside cabin. Promo Code: SD1
  • Oct. 26, 2006, Norwegian Sun: 7-day western Caribbean cruise round-trip from New Orleans, calling in Costa Maya, Santo Tomas, Belize City and Cozumel; $399 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Code: SD1
  • Nov. 5, 2006, Pride of Aloha: 7-day Hawaii cruise round-trip from Honolulu, calling in Nawilwili, Hilo, Kona and Kahului; $699 per person for best available inside. Promo Code: SDO
  • Nov. 12, 2006, Norwegian Jewel: 7-day eastern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Miami, calling in San Juan, St. John's, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay; $499 per person for best available inside cabin. Promo Code: SD1
  • Nov. 26, 2006, Norwegian Dawn: 11-day western Caribbean, round-trip from New York, calling in Great Stirrup Cay, Cozumel, Belize City, Roatan, Georgetown and Ocho Rios; $599 per person for best available inside. Promo Code: SD1

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