October 27, 2004 -- We've rounded up what we believe are the most interesting offers out there: budget-priced deals, luxury lines, discounted steamboat journeys, free airfare and more.

What Travel Agencies Are Offering

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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

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

  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera from San Diego. From $669, Jan 28 & Feb 5 2005 sailings.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $700, April 2 & 9 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 10-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $1,249, May 30 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal Transit, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,289, April 17 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Mediterranean, roundtrip from Venice. From $1,629, April 29 sailing.
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The Cruise Professionals (tel. 800-265-3838, www.cruiseprofessionals.com)

  • Crystal Harmony: 10-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,395, Nov 29 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans. From $1,595, December 9 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-luxe Mexican Riviera, Colon to Aruba. From $1,748, November 29 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, San Juan to Antigua. From $2,437, March 18 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 12-night ultra-luxe South America, roundtrip from Puerto Caldera. From $3,065, Nov 22 sailing.
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  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 7-night ultra-luxe Orient, Ho Chi Minh to Singapore. From $2,260, December 15 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 10-night ultra-luxe Mexican Riviera, roundtrip Tampa. From $2,848, Nov 24 sailing.
  • Radisson Paul Gauguin: 10-night ultra-luxe Tahiti, roundtrip Papeete. From $4,351, December 18 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale. From $3,146, December 20 sailing.

Just Cruisin' Plus (tel. 800/888-0922; www.justcruisinplus.com) If you book any cabin on any of Princess's Caribbean itineraries through Just Cruisin' Plus between now and year-end, save an extra 5% off the lowest published fare. The booking and cruise must take place before December 31, 2004, and the deal applies to new reservations only. The savings is applied against the fare before port charges and taxes are added on. Space is limited.

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  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $629, Mar 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Inspiration: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $659, Mar 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $729, Mar 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Pt. Canaveral. From $749, Mar 19 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $909, May 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $849, May 22 sailing.
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  • NCL Norwegian Spirit 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $859, May 28 sailing.
  • Costa Mediterranea: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $645, March 20 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $495, December 11 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $545, December 18 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $595, March 12 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 11-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $950, Jan 13 sailing.
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Largay Travel (tel. 800-322-9481; www.largaytravel.com)

  • Yorktown Clipper. 7-night Baja & Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur, Mexico to San Carlos. From $2,268, Feb 23 sailing. Deal includes free airfare.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 7-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, Jan 15 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 12-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1,999, Feb 20 sailing. Deal includes free airfare and a $300 shipboard credit for select stateroom categories.
  • Oceania Regatta: 14-night Northern Europe, Stockholm to London. From $3,799, Jul 6 sailing. Deal includes free airfare.
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  • Radisson Seven Seas Voyager: 9-night ultra-luxe Mediterranean, from Athens to Barcelona. From $4,270, Nov 12 sailing. Deal includes 2-category upgrade, private onboard cocktail reception, and full-day tour to Lindos.
  • Radisson Paul Gauguin: 7-night ultra-luxe French Polynesia, roundtrip from Papeete. From $2,988, December 11 sailing. Deal includes private onboard cocktail reception and full-day Bora Bora tour.
  • Crystal Harmony: 11-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Costa Rica. From $1,995, Jan 4 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit.
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  • Crystal Harmony: 8-night Pacific Coast, Costa Rica to Los Angeles. From $1,395, Feb 6 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 12-night ultra-luxe South America, roundtrip from Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica). From $2,835, Nov 22 sailing. Deal includes private onboard cocktail reception and full-day tour to Lima.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Sea of Cortez, roundtrip from San Diego. From $810, Nov 20 sailing. Deal includes $25 per person shipboard credit.

Mann Travel & Cruises (tel. 800/835-9828; www.123travel.com)

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  • Holland America Maasdam: 11-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Norfolk. From $779, Nov 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 9-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,300, June 30 sailing. Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Miami. From $264, Jan 24.
  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Miami. From $259, Jan 28 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Charleston. From $629, Mar 26 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,289, Jan 7 sailing.
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  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $599, Apr 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 11-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $999, Dec. 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $1,015, Sep 9 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, roundtrip from Philadelphia. From $600, Oct 15 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $649, April 24 & May 1,8 & 15 sailings.
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  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 11-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $799, December 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 10-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $999, March 16, April 5 & 25 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 11-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $1,349, Sept 1, 2005 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Century: 2-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $180, Jan 12, 2006 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 10-night ultra-luxe Mexico/Caribbean, Tampa to Palm Beach. From $2,848, December 4 sailing.
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  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 15-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Los Angeles. From $1,099, May 1 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 9-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $770, Oct 29, 2005 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $699, December 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 5-night Mexico, roundtrip from Galveston. From $359, December 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 4-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $427, Jan 29 sailing.
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  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean baseball theme cruise, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $495, December 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 11-night westbound Hawaii, Ensenada to Honolulu. From $699, Nov 21 sailing.
  • Cunard QE2: 6-night westbound Transatlantic, Southampton to New York. From $999, December 15 sailing.

American West Steamboats Offer Free Air to Alaska in '05

Wanna sails a sternwheeler in Alaska? American West Steamboat Company (tel. 800-434-1232; www.americanweststeamboat.com) has just made it a bit cheaper. For summer 2005, the company will be including airfare for independent travelers between Seattle, WA, and Juneau, AK, on cruises booked by February 26, 2005. Customers meeting the deadline are also eligible for additional savings of up to $800 per couple on 7-night cruises departing June 4, June 25, and August 20.

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Launched in 2003, the 235-passenger Empress of the North is the first overnight sternwheeler to ply Alaska's Inside Passage in over 100 years, sailing roundtrip from Juneau and visiting Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Misty Fjords, and Glacier Bay National Park. Shore excursions are included in the cruise price, which starts at $2,999 per person.

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