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A Chum Bucket Filled with Deals and Discounts on 2005 Cruises

Deals of the Ancient Mariner

Actually, this Mariner is pretty new, and rates sure are enticing from Radisson Seven Seas (tel. 800/285-1835; www.rssc.com). There's not a bad room in the house on this all-suite, all-balcony 700-passenger ship. For 7-night Inside Passage cruises round-trip out of Vancouver, between Vancouver and Seward, or between Whittier and Vancouver, rates start as low as $2,987 per person for cruises between June 1 and Sept 7. Prices include tips, wine with dinner and a one-time stocked mini-bar. Ports of call include Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and sometimes Ketchikan, plus sailing through fjords and past glaciers.

A Tall Ship with Small Rates

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With fares starting at just $1,425, it doesn't pay to stay home. See the Greek Isles and Turkey aboard Star Clippers' beautiful 170-passenger Star Flyer, a four-masted clipper ship oozing with charm. Discounts from Star Clippers (tel. 800/442-0556; www.starclippers.com) apply to a handful of 7-night cruises between June and early September, either round-trip from Pireaus/Athens or between Pireaus/Athens and Istanbul.

Oceans of Value

With the euro still heading for the stratosphere, it's a no-brainer that booking a cruise (and paying US dollars for it) is the way to get the best value in Europe this year. Oceania Cruises (tel. 800/531-5658; www.oceaniacruises.com) is offering free airfare and two-for-one cruise fares on cruises to Europe this year, with some voyages starting as low as $1,799 per person aboard its three 684-passenger ships, the Regatta, Insignia and Nautica. The discounts apply to six sailings that must be booked before March 31, 2005, including a pair of 10-night sailings between Barcelona and Athens in November; a 12-night sailing from Barcelona to Lisbon in May; a 14-night cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul in April and one from Barcelona to Venice in August; and a 16-night sailing between Barcelona and Stockholm in May.

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

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

  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $529, Oct 23 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, April 3,10,17,24 & May 1 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, April 2 & 16 sailings.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $899, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 15-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,100, Oct 14 sailing.
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The Cruise Professionals (tel. 800-265-3838; www.cruiseprofessionals.com)

  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Mediterranean, Lisbon to Rome. From $2,995, May 4 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 9-night Alaskan, Vancouver to San Francisco. From $1,825, May 21 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night Mediterranean, Rome to Venice. From $2,695, May 9 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Alaska, round-trip from San Francisco. From $2,395, May 30 sailing. Deal includes free passage for kids under 12 when sharing a stateroom with 2 adults.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 11-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, Rome to Barcelona. From $4,999, May 3 sailing. Deal includes $250 per cabin shipboard credit, private cocktail parties and two shore excursions.
  • Silversea Silver Wind: 7-night ultra-luxe Africa/Arabian Coast, round-trip from Mahe. From $1,847, Nov 22 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 10-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $2,897, May 5 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper:9-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to Barbados. From $2,197, November 2 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 6-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to Puntarenas. From $1,889, May 6 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-luxe Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $2,987, June 1 sailing.

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

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  • Celebrity Zenith: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $750, April 10 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Scandinavia & Russia, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,600, May 21 & June 2 sailings. Deal includes free travel insurance and a $100 onboard credit per cabin.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night repositioning cruise, Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon. From $709, Apr 10 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 12-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $1,799, Jun 29 sailing. Deal includes complimentary bottle of wine each night.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $649, March 26 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $999, March 27 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Apr 9 & Apr 23 sailings. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Florida & Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $1,014 June 19 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $1,439 Jun 19 sailing. Deal includes free travel insurance.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $673, Apr 2 & Apr 9 sailings.
  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, from Vancouver to Seward. From $815, Jun 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Norfolk, Virginia. From $880, Apr 10 sailing.

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

  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $849, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $649, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, March 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $649, March 20 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $749, May 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, May 11 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 7-night Golf on the Gulf, New Orleans to Pensacola. From $758, June 2 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 5-night Riverbonding cruise, round-trip from New Orleans. From $534, June 19 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey, round-trip from Venice. From $1,350, June 25 sailing.
  • MSC Lirica: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $1,350, July 24 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Civil War, Nashville to Chattanooga. From $758, July 30 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Bluegrass, Nashville to Cincinnati. From $758, Aug. 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $622, Sept 10 & 24 sailings.
  • Delta Queen American Queen: 7-night Legends of American History, round-trip from New Orleans. From $870, Sep. 10 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $559, Oct. 8 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Delta Queen: 5-night Fall Foliage, Cincinnati to Pittsburgh. From $868, Oct. 29 sailing.
  • Delta Queen Mississippi Queen: 7-night Old Fashioned Holidays/World War II, round-trip from New Orleans. From $758, Dec. 5 sailing.
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Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/690-2210; www.vacationoutlet.com)

  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $569, May 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, April 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seattle. From $749, May 15 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night Norwegian Fjords, round-trip from Amsterdam. From $1,250, Aug 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 10-night Baltics, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $1,799, July 10 & 30 sailing.

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

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  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $699, Oct 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $589, Oct 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Pt. Canaveral. From $579, Dec 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $479, Dec 4 sailing.
  • NCL Dream: 11-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seattle. From $999, May 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York City. From $599, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 12-night Hawaii, Honolulu to Vancouver. From $999, April 28, 2006 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-luxe Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $2,857, Sept 7 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 12-night ultra-luxe transpacific, from Whittier, Alaska to Tokyo. From $3,999, Sept 14 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 5-night ultra-luxe western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,498, Apr 22 sailing. Includes one category upgrade.
  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night eastern Mediterranean, Barcelona to Istanbul. From $2,799, Apr 1 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Regatta: 16-night Europe, Barcelona to Stockholm. From $3,499, May 23 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Regatta: 14-night Mediterranean, London to Rome. From $3,499, Sept 14 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night Mediterranean, Rome to Barcelona. From $2,299, May 7 sailing. Deal includes free air.

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