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Cruise Deals for the Week of October 8, 2009

In this week's roundup of cruise bargains, MSC drops prices in October, NCL does the same (and for spring, too), and lines around the world float special offers through the leading specialty agents.

The Hunt for Cheap October

MSC Cruises

(www.msccruises.com) is doling out "Last-Minute" deals on select five- and ten-night Caribbean cruises aboard the Poesia out of Fort Lauderdale, starting at $249.
  • 10-night "Dazzling Dutch Caribbean & the Panama Canal" Baseball Greats Cruise: calling at Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; and Playa del Carmen, Mexico; departing Nov. 20; rates begin at $649.
  • 10-night "Tropical Splendors, European Charm": calling at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Nov. 30; rates begin at $599.
  • 10-night "Remarkable Rainforests & The Panama Canal": calling at Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Playa del Carmen, Mexico; rates begin at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort de France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Nassau, Bahamas; departing Dec. 10; rates begin at $599.
  • 5-night "Caribbean Escape": calling at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, with two days at sea; departing Nov. 10 and Nov. 15, 2009; rates begin at $249.
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All rates are cruise-only, per person, double occupancy for U.S. and Canadian citizens; government fees and taxes are additional and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Certain restrictions apply and the "Last-Minute" offer is available on new bookings made by October 31.

NCL Puts October on Sail

NCL

's (tel. 866/234-7350; www.ncl.com) "Deals of the Decade Sale" spells big savings for you. Effective immediately, the sale runs through Nov. 1, 2009, on select sailings through April 30, 2010, to the Bahamas & Florida, Bermuda, Caribbean, Europe, Hawai'i, Mexican Riviera, and through the Panama Canal. Three- and four-night Bahamas cruises aboard Norwegian Sky start at $159 per person; weeklong cruises to Hawai'i on Pride of America start at $849 per person; to the eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Pearl from $349 per person; to Bermuda starting at $449 per person; to Europe from $449 per person; or to the Mexican Riviera on Norwegian Star from $299 per person. There's also a two-night Dinner & Dance cruise on November 13, 2009 from Miami for those looking to sample Freestyle Cruising from $119 per person with third through eighth guests sailing for just $49 a night. Certain restrictions apply.

Rich Special Offers from Seabourn

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Seabourn (tel. 800/929-9291; www.seabourn.com) is cutting deals for sailings through the Panama Canal.

  • Costa Rica, Panama & Belize, Seabourn Legend: 14 nights, departing Dec. 7, 2009, and Jan. 18 & Feb. 15, 2010. Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From $3,999.
  • Belize, Panama & Costa Rica, Seabourn Legend: 14 nights, departing Nov. 23, 2009, and Jan. 4 & Feb. 1, 2010. Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. From $4,249.
  • Treasures of the Inca Coast, Seabourn Spirit: 19 nights on Jan. 4, 2010. Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile. From $6,999.

Certain restrictions apply.

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Amazing Deals are a Steal at NCL

These discounts are available from NCL (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) if booked between Sat Oct. 10 & Fri Oct. 16, 2009. Mention promotion codes when booking. Certain restrictions apply.
  • Oct. 16, 2009 aboard Norwegian Spirit. 7-night Canada & New England from Quebec, calling in Sept-Illes; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts; $249 best available inside per person; promo type PGHOT.
  • Oct. 18, Nov. 15 & 22, 2009 aboard Norwegian Gem. 7-night Western Mediterranean round-trip from Barcelona calling in Valletta, Malta; Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia); Florence (Loverno) and Cannes, France; $449 best available inside per person; promo type PGHOT.
  • Nov. 13, 2009 aboard Norwegian Jewel. 2-night Dinner & Dance cruise round-trip from Miami; $119 best available inside per person; third through eighth guests sailing for just $49 a night.
  • Nov. 20 & Dec. 4, 2009 aboard Norwegian Dawn. 9-night southern Caribbean round-trip from Miami, calling in Samana, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John's, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados and Basseterre, St.Kitts; $499 best available inside per person; promo type PGHOT.

What Travel Agencies Are Offering

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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 for an inside cabin unless otherwise stated, and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, San Diego to Miami. From $1,399, Mar. 28 sailing. Deal includes a $75 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $449, Dec. 21 sailing. Deal includes a $50-$100 per couple shipboard credit and reduced fares on 3rd and 4th passengers.
  • Crystal Symphony: 12-night Caribbean, New York City to Miami. From $3,810, Nov. 11 sailing. Â?Food and Wine at Sea' themed cruise includes private events with celebrity chefs and distinguished wine experts and a $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $5,640, May 25 sailing. Â?Wine & Food Festival' deal includes special meals, lectures, and tastings from world-renowned chefs and wine experts, both on board and ashore as well as a $2,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,999, Dec. 22 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion in Hilo.
  • Holland America Veendam: 12-night South America, Buenos Aires to Santiago. From $1,199, Feb. 23 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary shore excursion.
  • Regent Mariner: 12-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Istanbul to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $9,205, June 29 sailing. Deal includes a $400 per couple shipboard credit and cocktail reception.
  • Regent Navigator: 11-night ultra-lux Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $4,565, Apr. 14 sailing. If booked by December 31, 2009, receive 2-for-1 cruise fares, $1,000 per person savings, free economy class air and free unlimited shore excursions.
  • Silversea Silver Wind: 10-night ultra-lux Mediterranean & Greek Isles, Rome/Civitavecchia to Athens. From $6,098, Nov. 7 sailing. If reserved by December 31, 2009, receive a $500 per person shipboard credit and free or specially priced economy class airfare.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 16-night ultra-lux Asia & Australia, Singapore to Sydney. From $6,348, Dec. 3 sailing. If reserved by December 31, 2009, receive a $500 per person shipboard credit.
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Cruise Brothers

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

Cruise Members Only

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(tel. 800/999-3543; www.cruisemembersonly.com)

The annual $50 membership fee is being waived for Frommers.com subscribers who mention Frommers.com when booking any cruise.

  • Celebrity Solstice: 11-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $2,899, July 24, 2010 sailing. Deal includes $200 per person discount if a fully-refundable booking is made by Oct. 31.
  • Princess Star Princess: 28-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen. From $1,955, Apr. 24, 2010 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, Miami to San Diego. From $760, Jan. 3, 2010 sailing.
  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,729, Mar. 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes 3-night pre-cruise stay at Lago Mar. Resort & Spa.
  • Holland America Eurodam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $649, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • AMA Waterways Amalya: 12-night Rhine, Zurich to Amsterdam. From $3,319, May 27, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amadante: 10-night Danube, Prague to Budapest. From $2,989, Apr. 29, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amadagio: 14-night Black Sea, Budapest to Istanbul. From $3,279, Apr. 10 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • AMA Waterways Amacello: 10-night Europe, Amsterdam to Paris. From $2,589, Apr. 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes free cabin upgrade, 30-minute massage and bottle of wine in cabin.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 20-night ultra-lux Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. From $7,059, May 6, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 12-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Athens to Barcelona. From $7,553, Oct. 27, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-lux Russia & the Baltic, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $5,453, July 11, 2010 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $3,268, Aug. 11, 2010 sailing.

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

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  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from Baltimore. From $489, Oct. 25 sailing. Deal includes up to an 8-category cabin upgrade and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $649, Nov. 8 sailing. Deal includes a free spa treatment with any balcony or higher category stateroom and a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 13-night Panama Canal Eastbound, Lost Angeles to Miami. From $699, Nov. 23 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 5-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $246, Oct. 24 and Nov. 2 sailings. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Canada & New England, Quebec City to Boston. From $249, Oct. 16 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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

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

  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $449, Nov. 14 sailing. Deal includes a free spa treatment with a balcony or higher-category cabin -- must call to book. Deal also includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $599, Oct. 22 sailing. Deal includes a free cabin upgrade and two free onboard cocktail parties.
  • Celebrity Century: 14-night Transatlantic westbound, Barcelona to Miami. From $599, Nov. 28 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Nov. 15 and 29 sailings. Deals include a 10% discount on select shore excursions.
  • Carnival Carnival Splendor: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $399, Oct. 25 sailing. Deal includes a 10% discount on select shore excursions.

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

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