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November 10, 2004 -- We've rounded up 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 Spirit: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $649, May 18 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 8-night California & Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Francisco. From $725, March 12 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 10-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $749, Dec 15 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 7-night Scandinavia, round-trip from Southampton. From $1,099, July 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 12-night Northern Europe, Rotterdam to Copenhagen. From $2,374, July 14 & Aug 7 sailings.

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

  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $599, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $629, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $649, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $749, Nov 28 sailing; from $799, Dec. 19 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $699, Dec 19 sailing
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $799, Dec. 11 sailing; from $849, Dec. 18 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 9-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $669, Dec 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $449, Dec. 12 sailing; from $499 Dec. 5 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $495, Dec 11 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $545, Jan. 8 sailing.

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

  • Oceania Insignia: 14-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Istanbul. From $2,799, Apr 1 sailing. Deal includes free air.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Trans-Atlantic, New York to Southampton. From $1,519, Apr 10 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,282, Jan 29 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Florida & Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $699, May 1 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night New England, round-trip from Boston. From $897, Jul 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Apr 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $559, Apr 17 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 11-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Costa Rica. From $1,995, Jan 4 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Harmony: 8-night Pacific Coast, Costa Rica to Los Angeles. From $1,395, Feb 6 sailing. Deal includes $100 shipboard credit.

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

  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $215, Dec 17 sailing.
  • Disney Wonder: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $379, Dec 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Fantasy: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $279, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Dec 6 sailing.
  • Carnival Sensation: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $279, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas. 6-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $699, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Carnival Inspiration: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $369, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Dec 12 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $499, Nov 27 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Celebration: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $279, Sept 10,19 & 24 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian spirit: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $399, Jan 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas
  • : 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $549, Jan 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation
  • : 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $700, April 2 & 9 sailings.
  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $849, May 13 sailing.

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

  • MSC Lirica: 11-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $900, Feb 4 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $545, Jan 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $569, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $729, Jan 30 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night Hawaiian Islands, Honolulu to Ensenada. From $899, Dec 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night northbound Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $649, May 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night eastbound Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon. From $719, April 10 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $749, Feb 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 9-night New England, Norfolk to Montreal. From $999, May 12 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 7-night Alaska Inside Passage, round-trip from Seattle. From $998, May 22 sailing.

Around the World for a Song. Or Two

Seabourn (tel. 800/929-9391; www.seabourn.com) is offering its 56-night world cruise from Hong Kong to Venice on March 27, for fares as low as $15,995 per person (or $286 a day), based on double occupancy -- a 60% discount. Shorter segments of the cruise are available at 50% savings. The cruise visits three continents and 28 ports of call, including history- and culture-packed Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Mumbai, and Istanbul. When not in port, relax on the all-suite ship; the vibe is low-key, but cushy. Included in the rates are mini-massages on deck, Molton Brown bathroom products, and unlimited champagne, wines and spirits. Plus, on the world cruise, five complimentary Exclusively Seabourn shore excursions are part of the package in Thailand, Dubai, the Sinai, Ephesus and the Dalmatian island of Korcula.

Hot Deals on Icy Itineraries

Norwegian Coastal Voyage (tel. 800/ 323-7436; www.norwegiancoastalvoyage.us) is offering savings of $150 to $300 per person on bookings made by Dec. 31 for voyages to the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen, 600 miles from the North Pole. Get $300 off new bookings for the June 7, 14, and 21 11-night trips aboard the 100-berth MS Polar Star, an icebreaker (rates start at $6,070 per person). Reap $150 savings on every eight-night expedition between June 13 and August 19 on the 163-berth MS Nordstjernen (North Star), a traditional coastal ship (rates start at $3,615 per person). Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago, an icy landscape of fjords, cliffs and rugged mountains. Wildlife and plants still manage to flourish there, though, from polar bears, to wild reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, whales, and seals. Rates include airfare from New York, plus all shore excursions, port charges and transfers.

Dream Deals

Save 25% on select year-end and Spring Break 7-night cruises on SeaDream Yacht Club's (tel. 800/707-4911; www.seadreamyachtclub.com) pair of 110-passenger ships in the Caribbean, Belize and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, when booking two or more staterooms on the same sailing. Special rates for three holiday cruises, departing Dec 19 and 26, start at $2,999 per person for Deck Two, Yacht Club staterooms, while eight sailings in March and April start at $2,199 per person. The sporty and deluxe Sea Dream I and II offer guests a refined, but casual setting that offers top-shelf cuisine and service, along with plenty of fun diversions, including mountain bikes and ski jets carried aboard for use in port. Rates include all drinks, spirits, tips and some shore excursions.

Book Now for Royal Deals on Princess

If you book any cabin on any of Princess's Caribbean itineraries through Just Cruisin' Plus (tel. 800/888-0922; www.justcruisinplus.com) 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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