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Deals and Sales on Keels and Sails

Once again, we've rounded up the best offers currently available to help you get the most bang for your cruise vacation dollar.

Kids Sail Free on MSC Holidays Cruises

MSC Cruises (tel. 800/666-9333; www.msccruises.com), which completed its first ever two-ship Caribbean season in 2005, is gearing up for 2006 by offering free berths for kids ages 12 and under during holidays sailings aboard the 1,586-passenger Lirica, both departing from Ft. Lauderdale. Deals apply to kids sharing a cabin with two paying adults.

Lirica's 10-night December 17 cruise visits San Juan (PR), Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Nassau, with three days at sea. Prices start at $1,150 per person, double occupancy. The vessel's 11-night December 27 sailing calls at Montego Bay (Jamaica), Cartagena (Colombia), Cristobal (Panama), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Roatan Island (Honduras), and Cozumel, with three days at sea. Prices start at $1,350 per person, double occupancy. Special holiday activities include holiday music, screenings of classic holiday films, visits from Santa, specially prepared seasonal menus, holiday decorations, and champagne toasts. Members of the clergy will be on board to conduct holiday services.

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Silversea "Silver Sailing" Deals Extended into 2006

Ultra-luxe Silversea Cruises (tel. 877/215-9986; www.silversea.com) has extended its Silver Sailing savings program to select voyages throughout 2006, offering fares up to 50% off. A complete list of Silver Sailings, with rates, is available on the line's website. Samples include:

  • Silver Whisper's 10-day "Pacific Coast Passage" (March 8, 2006), sailing from San Diego to Costa Rica with calls in Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Acapulco (Mexico), and Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala). Rates from $2,997 per person.
  • Silver Shadow's 8-day "Accent on Vietnam" voyage (April 9, 2006), sailing Hong Kong to Bangkok with calls in Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Fares start at $2,937 per person.
  • Silver Wind's 7-day "Mediterranean Moments" voyage (October 17, 2006), from Rome to Monte Carlo with calls in Naples and Palermo (Italy), and Bastia, Marseille, and Cannes (France). Rates from $2,937 per person.
  • Silver Whisper's 12-day "South China Sea Sunsets" voyage (December 10, 2006), from Bangkok to Singapore with calls in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Kota Kinabalu and Kuching (Malaysia), and Muara (Brunei). Rates start at $3,848 per person.
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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)

  • Carnival Cruise Lines Ecstasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston, TX. From $319, Sept 24 & Oct 3 sailings.
  • Celebrity Cruises Mercury: 11-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $750, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Holland America Line Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $599, Oct 8 sailing.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from Honolulu. From $659, Oct 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 11-night fall transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami From $699, Nov 11 sailing.
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Mann Travel & Cruises/123travel (tel. 800/835-9828; www.123travel.com)

  • Carnival Inspiration: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip Tampa. From $429, Jan. 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean senior special, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $559, Nov. 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $360, Jan. 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 10-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $799, Nov. 7 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 10-night Christmas western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $779, Dec. 17 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $849, Dec. 11 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 7-night high-season Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $919, Aug. 11, 2006 sailing.
  • Princess Tahitian Princess: 10-night Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $1,245, Dec. 10 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $739, Sept. 24, 2006 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 9-night Alaska, Vancouver to Los Angeles. From $779, Sept. 15, 2006 sailing.

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

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  • American West Steamboat Company Queen of the West: 7-night Three Great Rivers, round-trip from Portland, OR. Fly FREE and get $100 per cabin shipboard credit if booked by Sept. 15, all October sailings.
  • American West Steamboat Company Queen of the West: 7-night Three Great Rivers, round-trip from Portland, OR. From $1,080, Nov. 12 and 19 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from New York. From $499, Sept. 18 and 25 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night Texaribbean, round-trip from Houston. From $499, Dec. 3 and 10 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 11-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $949, Oct. 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Nov. 27 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston, From $529, Oct. 23 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $659, Oct. 26 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Nov. 26 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Nov. 26 sailing
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $549, Nov. 26 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Nov. 27 sailing
  • Princess Sun Princess: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $899, Oct. 9 sailing
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip from Baltimore. From $549, Sept. 16 and 30 sailings.

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

  • Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Liberty: 6-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $549, Nov. 20 sailing.
  • Celebrity Cruises Zenith: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty, NJ. From $550, Sept. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1 sailings.
  • Holland America Line Maasdam: 11-night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from Norfolk, VA. From $999, Nov. 5 and 26 sailings.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Star: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $599, Sept. 30, Nov. 17, and Nov. 25 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $649, Dec. 18 sailing.
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Vacation Shoppe (tel. 866/7-CRUISE; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Celebrity Galaxy: 12-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Galveston. From $850, Dec. 5 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $340, Dec. 8 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 10-night westbound Transatlantic, Lisbon to Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,795, Nov. 16 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 11-night Mediterranean, Rome to Barcelona. From $2,995, Oct. 14 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 10-night Canada/New England, Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,580, Oct. 27 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,795, Dec. 14 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night eastbound transatlantic, New York to Southampton. From $999, Nov. 1 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, Dec. 1 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Hawaii: 7-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from Honolulu. From $849, Sept. 24, 2006 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $659, Dec. 10 sailing.

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