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August 11, 2004 -- As usual, we've rounded up the best deals and specials currently available from major travel agencies. Remember, cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Charleston. From $469, Jan. 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $549, Oct. 9 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $549, Oct. 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $562, Nov. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $699, Sept. 28 sailing.
  • Windstar Wind Surf: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from St. Thomas. From $1,797, Dec. 12 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: Ultra-luxe 7-night Caribbean, New York to San Juan. From $2,716, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: Ultra-luxe 7-night Caribbean, Colon to Aruba. From $2,571, Nov. 29 sailing.

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

  • Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2: 13-night Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $1,799, Dec. 21 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Mexico Sea of Cortez, roundtrip from San Diego. From $619, Oct. 30 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 12-night Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1,999, Nov. 27 sailing. Deal includes free airfare, bottle of wine, $100 shipboard credit, & pre-paid gratuities.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 7-night Trans-Atlantic, New York to Southampton. From $1,567, June 9 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 4-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $406, Dec. 18 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night New England, roundtrip from New York. From $2,495, Oct. 12 sailing.
  • Radisson Paul Gauguin: Ultra-luxe 7-night French Polynesia, roundtrip from Papeete. From $2,988, Nov. 13 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Ecstasy: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $319, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Holiday: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Mobile. From $259, Nov. 4 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 4-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $319, Dec. 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Canada, roundtrip from New York. From $549, Sept. 25 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess 7-night Canada/New England, roundtrip from New York. From $549, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $679, Nov. 6 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $649, Dec. 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Osterdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 14-night Europe, Copenhagen to Rome. From $999, Sept. 10 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 7-night Europe, roundtrip from Barcelona. From $659, Oct. 30 sailing.

Vacation Shoppe, Inc. (tel. 866/727-8473; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Carnival Liberty: 15-night Transatlantic, from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,099, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Transatlantic, from NYC to Southampton. From $1,399, Apr. 10 sailing. Deal includes free return air to any US gateway.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Baltimore. From $799, Oct. 8 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas: 3-night Mexico, roundtrip from Los Angeles. From $239, Jan. 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 14-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Jacksonville. From $999, Jan. 2 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,079, Feb. 28 sailing.
  • Princess Tahitian: 10-night Marquesas, roundtrip from Papeete. From $1,195, Dec. 3 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 13-night western Europe, from Copenhagen to Rome. From $1,099, Sept. 9 sailing.
  • Oceania Regatta: 11-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1,899, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • NCL Sun: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $529, Nov. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas: 3-night Bahamas, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $269, Jan. 7 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $495, Dec. 11 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 14-night Transatlantic, from Tampa to Barcelona. From $979, Apr. 30 sailing.

Twofers and Free Air, Get 'em While They're Hot

You can reap big savings with either 2-for-1 savings or free one-way air on a host of 5- to 17-night sailings on Radisson's Seven Seas Navigator (tel. 866/213-1272; www.rssc.com). You get both perks if booking the longer 13- or 17-night sailings. The east coast sailings on the 490-passenger, all-suite ship depart from New York, Montreal, Philadelphia, Norfolk, Charleson, and San Juan, and visit ports in eastern Canada, New England and the Mid-Atlantic states as well as the southern Caribbean. Rates include all gratuities, wine with dinner, soft drinks and one-time in-suite mini-bar set up.

Reap Savings of Up to 50%-65% Off Brochure Rates

Crystal Cruises (tel. 866.446.6625; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering great deals on 23 sailings in North America, South America and Europe through late fall. From low-priced business class air upgrades to lower cruise rates, deals are being offered on all three of the luxury line's ships, the Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Per diem rates start as low as $154 per person per day. A sampling of the goods includes:

  • 12-night Alaska cruises on Harmony start at $1,995, on three departures: Aug. 22, Sept. 3 and 15, roundtrip from San Francisco.
  • 10-night Mexican Riviera cruise on Harmony starts at $1,995, on the Sept. 28 departure, roundtrip out of Los Angeles
  • 17-night South America cruises on Symphony start at $3,995, on two departures: Nov. 10 and 28 between Ft. Lauderdale and Buenos Aires (includes air between Miami Buenos Aires or Rio)