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South of the Border Savings

Holland America (tel. 877/724-5425; www.hollandamerica.com) is offering discounted 25- and 28-night journeys to the Caribbean and southern reaches of South America aboard the Prisendam. Highlights include seven full days on the Amazon River, plus calls on Devil's Island in French Guyana (the setting of the classic novel Papillon) as well as Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Half Moon Cay, Holland America's private island in the Bahamas. The 28-night journey departs New York City on April 23, ending in Ft. Lauderdale, with fares starting at $3,999 for inside cabins and $4,599 for outsides. The 25-night cruise sails round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale on April 26, with rates starting at $3,599 for inside cabins and $4,099 for outsides. Rates apply to new bookings only and you must mention Promo FL when making your reservation.

Repeaters Rate

Through 2006, repeater passengers with Norwegian Coastal Voyage (tel. 800/323-7436; www.norwegiancoastalvoyage.us) can save $75 to $300 per person on most itineraries.

  • Three 10- and 11-day Special Interest itineraries aboard the 171-berth MS Lofoten focus on three scenic regions: Western Fjords, Lofoten Islands and Fjords to the North. Save $100 per person, and AARP members an additional $100 per cabin. The voyages from Bodo or Bergen depart between May and August 2006 and they normally run $3,230 to $5,025 per person, double occupancy.
  • The 19- and 21-day Antarctica & the Chilean Fjords trips depart Buenos Aires and Santiago between November 2006 and March 2007 aboard the MS Nordkapp and the MS Nordnorge. Designed for active travelers, the journeys include five days exploring Antarctica with possible landings in the Ukraine as well. The South American leg of the trip includes visits to Ushuaia and Puerto Natales, passing close by the penguin-inhabited Tucker Island. The 21-day itinerary includes extensive exploration of South Georgia and the Falklands Island.¿Normal farces range from $5,495 to $9,800 per person, with discounts of $300 offered for repeat passengers, plus $150 off per cabin for AARP members.
  • Coastal Odyssey outings are discounted $75 to $150 per person (except in June and July). The itinerary, along the fjord-cut coast of Norway between Bergen and far north to Kirkenes, features 34 port calls (on the round-trip) including Bergen, a Viking and Hanseatic city; 1,000-year old Trondheim; fishing villages in the rugged Lofoten Islands; and Hammerfest, the world's northernmost town. Regular fares for six-day trips are $869 to $1,871 per person, double occupancy; seven days are $1,058 to $2,279; and the 12-day round-trip is $1,580 to $3,402 (rates are highest in June and July).
  • NCV Escorted Vacations are discounted $75 to $150 per person and are combinable with AARP member cabin discounts of $100 to $150 (neither discount is available in June and July, however). Escorted Vacations feature the best of Norway on three 13- to 18-day itineraries that include exploring both land and sea. Departures between May 14 and September 13 are $4,825 to $7,060 per person.
  • NCV Independent Vacations are discounted $75 to $150 per person and are combinable with AARP member cabin discounts of $100 to $150 (neither discount is available in June and July, however). Independent Vacations are flexible 12-day to 17-day air-inclusive packages that combine the coastal voyage with first-class hotels, breakfast daily, Oslo and Bergen Cards, and the Oslo-Bergen train journey. They operate daily nearly year-round; fares are $2,920 to $5,330 per person, double occupancy.

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-luxe lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

Cruise Brothers (tel. 800/827/7779; www.cruisebrothers.com)

  • NCL Norwegian Star; 8-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $714, October 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $649, October 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam; 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $749, October 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn; 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York City. From $649, October 15 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Hawaii; 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $899, August 28 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $549, August 20 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess; 10-night Europe, round-trip from Southampton/London. From $1,590, August 30 sailing.
  • Discover World Cruises MV Discovery; 11-night Middle East, round-trip from London. From $2,895, October 28 sailing.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo; 11-night Mediterranean, Venice to Athens. From $1,695, October 25 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $1,599, December 23 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Glory; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $529, April 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, April 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam; 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $699, August 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas; 9-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Cape Liberty. From $799, Sep 8 & Sep 22 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas; 7-night western Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $999, August 12 sailing.

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

  • Costa Magica; 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $382, April 21, 28 sailings.
  • Holland America Westerdam; 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $699, May 14 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury; 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $1000, June 23 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $799, July 29 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $914, July 8 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,369, July 30 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $709, July 16 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam; 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,492, July 20 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess; 7-night Northern Europe, round-trip from Southampton. From $1,005, July 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam; 10-night Europe, round-trip from¿Copenhagen. From $1,360, June 2 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Valor; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, March 26 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.¿From $550, March 26 and April 2 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $549, March 26 and April 2 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, April 1 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit; 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego.¿From $599, April 6 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale.¿From $550, April 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, April 16 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas; 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles.¿From $699, April 23 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam; 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle.¿From $782, May 14 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit; 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $800, May 20 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Fascination; 3-night Bahamas Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $309, May 5 & May 12 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas; 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $429, May 4
  • Celebrity Constellation; 8-night Transatlantic, Cape Liberty to London. From $400, April 28 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty; 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $729, May 14 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Hawaii: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $899, August 28 sailing.

Vacation Shoppe (tel. 866/727-8473; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Celebrity Millennium; 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $550, April 9 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith; 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $450, April 8 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century; 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $550, April 2 sailing.
  • Norwegian Jewel; 7-night western Med, round-trip from Barcelona. From $899, May 21 sailing.
  • Norwegian Dream; 14-night transatlantic, from Dover to Miami. From $849, September 20 sailing.
  • Norwegian Majesty; 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $849, May 28 sailing.
  • Norwegian Pride of Hawai'i; 7-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from Honolulu. From $799, August 4 sailing.
  • Norwegian Dawn: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $899, April 26 sailing.

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