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It's Easy to Cruise Polynesia with These Rates

Book by March 31 and Radisson Seven Seas (tel. 800-477-7500; www.rssc.com) is offering rates as low as $1,995 per person for 7-night French Polynesia cruises on the elegant 330-passenger Paul Gauguin for April 29; May 6, 20 & 27; and June 3 departures. These fares are $800 less than the normal prices. Better yet, guests on any 2006 Paul Gauguin cruise who book Air Tahiti Nui's nonstop New York-to-Papeete economy air add-ons by February 28 pay just $899 per person (instead of the regular fare, $1,399).¿The cruises call on Raiatea, Tahaa and Motu Mahana (the ship's private islet), plus spend two full days in both Bora Bora and Moorea. Extras include the use of a retractable water sports platform for free kayaking, water skiing and windsurfing, plus there's an optional scuba program as well. Fares include all tips, wine with dinner, all soft drinks and an in-cabin bar set up.

These Fares are Going South

Book by February 15 and reap big savings on a 15-night South America/Transatlantic cruise from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon aboard Holland America's (tel. 877/724-5425; www.hollandamerica.com) Rotterdam. The cruise departs on April 5 and rates for inside cabins start at $2,299 per person and for outside, at $2,599 per person. Rates include free round-trip airfare from Miami, Newark, New York's JKF or Washington-Dulles. There are six sea days and ports of call include Salavador and Recife, Brazil, plus the Canary Islands and Cadiz, Spain. When booking, ask for Promo #5069/Deviation #1374.

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

Chartwell Travel (tel. 800/772-2103; www.chartwelltravel.com)

  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $824, August 26 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 9-night Hawaii, round-trip from San Francisco. From $839, May 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, August 27 sailing. Deal includes airfare from various cities.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip departing from NYC. From $799, Sep 12, 21, 30 sailings.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 8-night Transatlantic, round-trip from Bayonne, NJ. From $600, April 28 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Zenith: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty, NJ. From $1,090, July 22 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night Europe, round-trip from Rome. From $1,317, August 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $900, August 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $480, Nov 23 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 12-night Europe, Barcelona to Venice. From $1,900, October 29 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $569, Nov 5 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York City. From $899, October 15 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $1,049, September 2 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $799, September 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Charleston, SC. From $699, October 21 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $459, April 29 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $550, April 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $749, May 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $769, April 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey, round-trip from Venice. From $859, May 21 & Jun 4 sailings.

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

  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle.¿From $729, May 12 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle.¿From $769, May 14 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle.¿From $769, May 20 sailing
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.¿From $750, May 28 sailing
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western¿Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $660, June 3 sailing
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $640, June 3 sailing
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $720, June 4 sailing
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $455, October 21 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $529, October 21 sailing

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

  • Carnival Inspiration: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $459, April 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, April 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, April 2 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $749, May 14 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $800, May 20 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $379, March 9 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 9-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $750, March 9 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 14-night South America, round-trip Buenos Aires. From $2550, February 19 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 7-night Europe, Venice to Monte Carlo. From $4,121, May 27 sailing. Deal includes free airfare or $1,000 discount.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $599, March 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, March 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $949, March 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, April 9 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 16-night transatlantic, New York to Rome. From $999, April 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,199, April 4 sailing.

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