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October 13, 2004 -- We've cherry-picked the best deals that 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Charleston, SC. From $489, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $649, April 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $678, Jan 29 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seattle. From $710, May 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 11-night Hawaii, Ensenada to Honolulu. From $599, Oct 31 & Nov 21 sailings.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Sea: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Houston. From $971, Dec 18 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $843, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $799, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 8-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $899, Dec 18 sailing.
  • Costa Atlantica: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $899, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $899, Dec 19 sailing
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $899, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $799, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $979, Dec 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,014, Dec 20 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 8-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $899, Dec 19 sailing.

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

  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Trans-Atlantic Crossing, Southampton to New York. From $1,749, Apr 16 sailing. Deal includes a $500 per stateroom shipboard credit,
  • Oceania Regatta: 12-night Caribbean, roundtrip Miami. From $1,999, Feb 20 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Oceania Insignia: 12-night South America, Puerto Caldera to Valparaiso. From $2,499, Dec 5 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Sea of Cortez, roundtrip San Diego. From $810, Nov 20 sailing. Deal includes $25 per person shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Rotteram: 10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale. From $1,210, Dec 12 sailing. Deal includes $25 per person shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Harmony: 7-night Caribbean, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale. From $1,495, Oct 24 sailing. Deal includes pre-paid shipboard gratuities and private cocktail reception.
  • Crystal Harmony: 11-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica). From $1,995, Jan 4 sailing. Deal includes $100 per cabin shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.
  • Celebrity Millenium: 7-night Caribbean, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale. From $790, Jan 23 sailing.
  • Radisson Paul Gaugin: 7-night French Polynesia, roundtrip Papeete. From $2,988, Dec 11 sailing. Deal includes free full-day island visit with gala lunch in Bora Bora.

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

  • Carnival Ecstasy: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $399, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $449, Dec 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas Christmas sailing, roundtrip from Miami. From $329, Dec 24 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $199, Nov 14 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $329, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $559, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $699, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, Nov 7 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,199, Dec 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Panama Canal, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,099, Dec 12 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $559, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $649, May 18 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $799, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, Jan 18, Feb 7, 27 & April 8 sailings.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 11-night California & Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Francisco. From $900, Nov 3 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $930, May 20 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 11-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from San Diego. From $950, Dec. 6 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $795, Feb. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $898, Nov. 7 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 7-night western Mediterranean, roundtrip from Barcelona. From $799, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, roundtrip from Los Angeles. From $684, Nov. 14 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night Hawaii, Honolulu to Ensenada. From $599, Dec 2 sailing.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo: 12-night Amazon, Manaus to Barbados. From $1,999, Mar 12 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Paul Gauguin: 7-night Tahiti, roundtrip from Papette. From $1,572, Dec. 4 sailing.

Paul Gauguin on Sale

Between January and March of 2005, the lovely Paul Gauguin's 7-night Tahiti cruises are being offered as low as $1,795 per person through Radisson Seven Seas Cruise (tel. 800/285-1835; www.rssc.com). The cruises depart Papeete on Saturdays and visit Raiatea, Tahaa (for a call at the ship's private islet of Motu Mahana), Bora Bora, and Moorea. Among the 320-passenger ship's many impressive amenities, are a French spa (Carita of Paris), and a retractable marina for watersports. The comfy staterooms feature sitting areas, mini-bars, and marble bathrooms, and many have private verandahs. All sailings include shipboard gratuities, wine with lunch and dinner, soft drinks throughout and an in-stateroom bar set-up. Air add-ons from 86 North American gateways start from $899.