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Here's 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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-luxe lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $599, May 15 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Crown: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from New York. From $629, Sept 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $699, March 13 sailings.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 11-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $830, Oct 31 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,629, Oct 15 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $449, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $699, Aug 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $559, Oct 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,034, June 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Philadelphia. From $690, Oct 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 8-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $580, April 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $547, Aug 27 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $544, Oct 8 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 7-night northern Europe, round-trip from London. From $1,049, July 2 sailing.
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $829, May 15 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $508, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Holiday: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Mobile. From $279, Sept 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 6-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $419, May 7 sailing.

Icruise (tel. 866/942-7847; www.icruise.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 9-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne. From $1,209, Jun 17 sailing. Deal includes one bottle of complimentary wine every night.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night transatlantic crossing, Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon. From $730, Apr 10 sailing. Deal includes one bottle of complimentary wine every night.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $2,881, May 22 sailing. Free upgrade to a suite, plus deal includes $100 per stateroom onboard credit.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $650, Apr 2 &16 sailings.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, May 21 sailing. Deal includes $100 per stateroom on board credit.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $695, Apr 2 & Apr 9 sailings.

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

  • Costa Atlantica: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599. Apr. 3 sailing
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $885. May 7 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 5-night river cruise, round-trip from New Orleans. From $534. June 19 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $449, Jul. 11 sailing
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night river cruise, Nashville to Chattanooga. From $758. Jul. 30 sailing
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $623. Aug. 17, Sep. 10, and Sep. 24 sailings
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Bluegrass cruise, Nashville to Cincinnati. From $758. Aug. 19 sailing
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $623. Sep. 3, Sep. 17, Oct. 1, and Dec. 3 sailings
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549. Oct. 15 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $499. Nov. 12 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $499. Dec. 10 sailing
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 7-night river cruise, round-trip from New Orleans. From $758. Dec. 5 sailing

Largay Travel (tel. 800/322-9481; www.largaytravel.com)

  • Sea Dream I: 7-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Barcelona to Seville. From $3,799, Oct 1 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 6-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Rica. From $1,889, Mar 3 sailing.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Athens. From $1,599, Nov 7 sailing. Deal includes free airfare.
  • Oceania Regatta: 12-night Caribbean, round-trip Miami. From $1,999, Mar 18 sailing. Deal includes free airfare and a $300 shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Caribbean, round-trip Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,995, Mar 24 sailing. Deal includes a $100 shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.
  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Alaska, round-trip San Francisco. From $2,395, May 30 sailing. Deal includes a $100 shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 8-night Caribbean, round-trip New York. From $1,749, Mar 25 sailing. Deal includes a free stay at the Mandarin Oriental.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Transatlantic, New York to Southampton. From $1,499, Apr 16 sailing. Deal includes a $500 shipboard credit.

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

  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $499, October 2,9,16,23,30; Nov 6,13 & Dec 11, 2005 sailings.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Philadelphia. From $690, Oct 15, 2005 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 9-night Alaska & California Coastal, Vancouver to Los Angeles. From $764, Sept 16, 2005 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $899, Sept 3,10,17; Oct 22,29; Nov 5,12 & Dec 3, 2005 sailinsg.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 12-night Europe, Rome/Civitavecchia to Copenhagen. From $1,999, June 8, 2005 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $969, Apr 2 sailing
  • Carnival Triumph: 6-night Bahamas, round-trip from Charleston. From $729, May 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $739, Apr 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $509, Sept 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 14-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Amsterdam. From $1,210, May 7 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Scandinavia/Russia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,910, May 21 sailing.
  • NCL Spirit: 17-night Panama Canal transit, Miami to Los Angeles. From $1,399, Apr 24 sailing.
  • NCL Spirit: 9-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $719, Apr 1 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 9-night southern Caribbean/Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,499, Mar 6 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Paul Gauguin: 7-night French Polynesia, round-trip from Papeete, Tahiti. From $1,995, Mar 26 sailing.

Mercury's Rising, Prices Dropping

Pied Piper Travel is offering low rates on its annual 10-night gay group cruise on Celebrity's Mercury. The 10-night Mexican Riviera cruise departs April 24, sailing round-trip out of San Francisco. Calls include Monterey and Catalina Island, California, along with Mazatlan, Puertro Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Rates start at $651 per person, double occupancy, for an inside cabin; $851 per person for oceanview cabins; and $1,351 for balcony cabins. For more info, click on http://home.att.net/~gaygroupcruises/flyers/4-24-05.htm or call tel. 800/TRIP-312 or 212/239-2412.

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