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September 24, 2004 -- From short sprints in the Caribbean to long hauls in South America and Alaska, 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Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 (800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com). Click on ship name below for details page.

  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $349, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from Los Angeles. From $509, Feb 6 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, roundtrip from Philadelphia. From $600, Oct 15, 2005 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $849, May 8 & Sept 18 sailings.
  • Carnival Liberty: 12-night Europe, roundtrip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,299, Oct 12, 2005 sailing.

The Cruise Professionals (800-265-3838; www.cruiseprofessionals.com)

  • Crystal Harmony: 7-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $995, Oct 24 & 31 sailings.
  • Crystal Serenity: 11-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Lisbon. From $3,695, Oct 29 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 17-night South America, Buenos Aires to Ft. Lauderdale. From $3,995, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night Canada & New England, Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. From $3,155, Oct 30 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,995, Dec 15 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Wind: 14-night ultra-luxe Transatlantic crossing, Barcelona to Barbados. From $3,914, Oct 20 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 12-night ultra-luxe Canada & New England, Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. From $5,447, Oct 17 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 14-night ultra-luxe South America, roundtrip from Puerto Caldera. From $3,085, Nov 22 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Voyager: 9-night Europe, Barcelona to Tenerife. From $3,595, Nov 21 sailing. Deal includes a 2-category upgrade and complimentary economy-class airfare or $1,000 savings, plus a complimentary shore excursion in Lisbon.
  • Radisson Paul Gauguin: 7-night French Polynesia, roundtrip from Papeete. From $3,146, Oct 9, 23 & 30 sailings. Free economy air from 86 North American gateways or $625 cruise-only credit.

Cruise Value Center (800/231-7447; www.cruisevalue.com). Click on ship name below for details page.

  • Carnival Spirit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $598, May 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 11-night Hawaii, Honolulu to Ensenada. From $899, Oct 7 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $564, May 16 sailing.
  • MSC Lirica: 11-night Panama/Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $979, Jan 13 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 5-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $341, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 11-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $950, Feb 21 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499, April 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Paradise: 4-night Mexico, roundtrip from Long Beach, CA. From $213, Jan 31 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, roundtrip Miami. From $239, Dec. 13 2004 sailing.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Mexico, roundtrip Los Angeles. From $579, Jan 29 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $697, Dec. 15 2004 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $599, Dec. 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night wstern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $649, Dec. 13 sailing
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Baltimore. From $750, Oct. 8 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 10-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Baltimore. From $799, Oct. 15 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 11-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $799, Dec. 6 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $849, Oct. 17 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 9-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $854, Oct. 31 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $899, Dec. 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 10-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Norfolk. From $899, Nov. 20 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 10-night Southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $950, Oct. 15 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $999, Dec. 2 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Crown: 13-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Baltimore. From $1,070, Nov 21 sailing.

Largay Travel (800-322-9481; www.largaytravel.com)

  • Sea Dream Yacht Club Seadream I: 7-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, round trip from St. Thomas. From $1,999, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 10-night Trans-Atlantic, Lisbon to Miami. From $1149, Nov 3 sailing. Deal include free roundtrip airfare and 2-for-1 cruise fares.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 7-night Bermuda, roundtrip from New York. From $700, Oct 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Canada & New England, roundtrip from New York. From $1,465, Oct 20 sailing. Deal includes a $50 per person shipboard credit.
  • Windstar Wind Surf: 7-night Europe, Civitavecchia/Rome to Nice. From $2,501, Oct 31 sailing. Deal includes a $50 per person shipboard credit.
  • Princess Coral Princess.10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,269, Oct. 21 sailing. Deal includes a $50 shipboard credit.
  • Holland America : 16-night Hawaii, roundtrip from San Diego. From $2,737, Nov 20 sailing. Deal includes a $25 per person shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Harmony: 8-night Pacific Coast, Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica) to Los Angeles. From $1,395, Feb. 6 sailing. Deal includes a $100 per cabin shipboard credit & a bottle of wine.
  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,995, Mar 24 sailing. Deal includes a $100 per cabin shipboard credit & a bottle of wine.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Endeavor: 7-night Baja Mexico, roundtrip from Cabo San Lucas. From $2,449, Jan 15 sailing. Deal includes a $50 shipboard credit.

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

  • Carnival Fascination: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $259, Nov 15 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $259, Dec 16 sailing.
  • NCL Spirit: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $199, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Holiday: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Mobile. From $379, Dec 6 sailing.
  • Carnival Celebration: 6-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Jacksonville. From $349, Oct 17 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, Oct 24 and Nov 7 sailings.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $699, Oct 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $539, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From 799, Dec 12 sailing.

Vacation Outlet (800/690-2210; www.vacationoutlet.com). Click on ship name below for details page.

  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 8-night southern Caribbean, Bayonne to Miami. From $549, Oct 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $649, Jan 20 & 28 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaiian Islands, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $799, Dec 15 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 10-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $849, Jan 9 & 29 sailings.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $850, May 20 sailing.

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

  • Windstar Windsurf: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from Cozumel. From $1,279, Jan 23 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,050, Oct 31 sailing. No single supplement.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $599, Nov 26, 2005 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess: 10-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $949, Jan 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 12-night eastern Caribbean, from Norfolk to Tampa. From $699, Oct 31 sailing.
  • Disney Wonder: 4-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Pt. Canaveral. From $499, Jan 9 sailing.
  • NCL Dawn: 7-night Bahamas, roundtrip from New York. From $649, March 6 sailing.
  • NCL Dawn: 11-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $849, Nov 28 sailing.
  • NCL Dawn: 10-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $799, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Seabourn Legend: 14-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, from Caldera to Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,998, Dec 5 sailing.

Other Deals: Cruise West Rates Go South

The adventure line is guaranteeing the lowest rate to early bookers and offering discounts of up to $3,600 per couple on 2005 Alaska itineraries when booked and paid in full by December 10 for departures before June 15; and up to $2,000 for sailings after June 15. After December 10, couples can still save as much as $1,800 for fully paid reservations through February 25. Solo travelers can reap half the couple's savings. There are 12 cruise tour packages that range from four to 25 days on Cruise West's fleet of 70- to 144-passenger ships. Naturalists accompany all sailings, presenting lectures on Alaska's spectacular landscape and wildlife, as well as guiding shore excursions. The onboard vibe is casual and the trips focus on exploring and learning. Prices range from $1,149 per person, double occupancy for a four-day "Glacier Wonderland" cruise in Prince William Sound in the spring to $19,499 for a mid-season departure of the 25-night "In Harriman's Wake" sailing on the line's flagship, the 114-passenger all-suite Spirit of Oceanus -- a 3,600-mile exploration of British Columbia, Alaska, the Aleutians and Far East Russia. Fares include shore excursions and port charges.

Contact Cruise West at 800-888-9378; www.cruisewest.com.