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Barge Bargains Abound

French Country Waterways (tel. 800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com) is offering special spring savings of $800 per person on all April departures of its luxury eight- to 18-passenger barge cruises to four regions of France: Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy, Champagne and the Upper Loire Valley, as well as to charters. The all-inclusive rates for the six-night sailings in April are $3,095 to $4,195 per person, double occupancy. For sailings in early May, save $400 per person, with rates ranging between $3,495 and $4,595 per person double occupancy; in fact, these "Value-season" rates are in effect for two weeks of each month between May and October, except in June and September. Fares include all meals, dinner ashore one evening at a Michelin-starred restaurant, wine at lunch dinner, open bar and daily excursions to historic cities, medieval towns, stately ch¿teaux, and Gothic and Romanesque churches, plus private wine tastings. Bicycles are carried aboard, so passengers are free to cycle along canal towpaths in free time. Spacious suites on the Adrienne, Horizon II and Princess have king-size beds, while all staterooms and suites offer private bathrooms, ample storage space, hair dryer, extra pillows and fresh flowers.

NCL on Sale

These deals are valid on reservations made before Sunday, December 25, 2005. Reap these rates by booking through a travel agent or direct with NCL (tel. 800/333-7300; www.ncl.com). Mention code Promo Type SD1 when booking.

  • Norwegian Jewel: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $679 for inside cabin, February 19 sailing.
  • Norwegian Majesty: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $449 for inside cabin, January 21 sailing.
  • Norwegian Sun: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599 for inside cabin, February 25 sailing.
  • Norwegian Dream: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Houston. From $649 for inside cabin, February 11 sailing.
  • Norwegian Crown: 16-night Panama Canal transit, Valparaiso to Philadelphia. From $1,399 for inside cabin, April 9 sailing.

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 Spirit: Seven-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $699, February 26 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 15-night repositioning Caribbean, Charleston to Boston. From $899, April 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: Seven-night Europe, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,449, July 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 10-night Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $850, March 17 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $2,198, July 20 sailing.
  • Amadeus Waterways Amadagio: Seven-night Europe, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,599, April 2 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $1,049, April 16 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 14-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $2,450, January 29, sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $849, January 14 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: Seven-night Mediterranean, Rome to Venice. From $2,585, July 12 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: Four-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $349, February 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: Seven-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles From $499, February 12 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale From $699, February 5 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: Seven-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle From $749, May 20 sailing.
  • MSC Cruises Lirica: 11-night Panama, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,045, February 26 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $899, Dec. 31 sailing
  • Celebrity Constellation: Seven-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $850, Dec. 31 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: Seven-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $849, Dec. 31 sailing
  • Carnival Glory: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $869, Dec. 31 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $899, Dec. 31 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: Seven-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, January 15 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $429, January 15 and 22 sailings
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, January 21 sailing
  • Celebrity Century: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $550, January 21 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, January 21 sailing
  • Celebrity Century: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $550, January 28 sailing

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

  • Costa Mediterranea: Two-night Bahamas, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $185
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston From $429, January 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, January 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor : Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami, round-trip From $699, March 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Norfolk. From $849, January 18 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Infinity: Seven-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $950, January 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 12-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Galveston. From $999, March 20 sailing.
  • Windstar Wind Surf: Seven-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Barbados. From $1,749, February 5 sailing.
  • Amadeus Symphony: 12-night Danube River, from Prague to Budapest. From $1,699, April 12 sailing. Includes 3 nights in Prague.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo: 12-night Antarctic Peninsula, from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. From $3,099, January 11 sailing. Deal includes no single supplement.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo: 21-night transatlantic, from Jamaica to Barcelona. From $1,849, April 14 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: Seven-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, Aug 27 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: Four-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York City. From $479, June 22 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Scandinavia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,950, June 27 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 14-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1,899, September 30 sailing.

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