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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of August 10, 2006

Here are some of the best deals a handful of major travel agencies are advertising this week, including hot Norwegian Cruise Line deals plus a 'Kids Sail Free' special from MSC.

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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $939, July 7, 13, 27, and Aug 3, 2007 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $229, Sept 4, 11, 25, Oct 2, and Nov 6 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Boston. From $999, Sept 30, and Oct 7 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 11-night Europe, round-trip from Barcelona. From $999, Nov 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $749, Nov 12, 26, and Dec 3 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Nov 26, Dec 3, 10, & 17 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, Nov 25, Dec 9, & 23 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 6-night Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Dec 3, & 17 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston, TX. From $649, Dec 23, & 30 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $549, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, and Dec 2 sailings.
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CruisesOnly (tel. 800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $199, Sep 25, Oct 8 sailings.
  • Costa Mediterranea: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $549, Dec 3 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from New York. From $499, Oct 15, 22 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 9-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Cape Liberty. From $699, Sep 8, 22 sailings.
  • Disney Wonder: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $1,259, Sep 7 sailing.

Cruise Value Center (tel. 800/231-7447; www.cruisevalue.com)

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  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $429, Oct. 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Long Beach. From $579, Dec 3, 10 sailings.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $349, Nov 13 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome/Civitavecchia. From $1199, Oct 6 and Nov 10 sailings.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 14-night Europe, Rotterdam to Pireaus/Athens. From $922, Sept 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $488, Nov 11 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 7-nigth southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $563, Nov 4 sailing.
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $605, Aug 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Cape Liberty. From $499, Sept 17 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $269, Nov 2 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Summit:  7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $900, Sep 2 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess:  7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Sep 2 and Sep 16 sailings.
  • Carnival Glory:  7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral.  From $429, Sep 8 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam:  7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $843, Sep 10 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas:  9-night Alaska, repositioning from Vancouver to Los Angeles.  From $839, Sep 15 sailing
  • Holland America Oosterdam:  7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle.  From $750, Sep 16 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam:  14-night Europe, Rotterdam to Athens. From $1,299, Sep. 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam:  10-night Mediterranean, Athens to Lisbon.  From $1199, Oct. 22 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam:  15-night South Atlantic, Lisbon to Rio de Janeiro.  From $1299, Nov. 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas:  7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral.  From $499, Sep. 17 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam:  7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver.  From $754, Sep. 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor:  7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.  From $429, Sep. 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation:  7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.  From $449, Sep. 24 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn:  7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York.  From $699, Sep. 30 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas:  7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Boston.  From $899, Sep. 30 and Oct. 7 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn:  7-night Bahamas/Florida, round-trip from New York.  From $479, Oct. 15 sailing.
  • Princess Island Princess:  15-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles.  From $1,499, Nov. 20 and Dec. 5 sailings.
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Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/690-2210; www.vacationoutlet.com)

  • Carnival Fascination: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $209, Aug 28 sailing.
  • Carnival Fantasy: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $249, Sep 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $449, Sep 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $649, Dec 7 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $649, Sep 24 sailing.

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

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  • Crystal Serenity: 10-night Mediterranean, Athens/Pireaus to Monte Carlo. From $3,305, Oct 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Long Beach. From $679, Oct 29 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $569, Nov 4 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $529, Nov 5 sailing.
  • Oceania Nautica: 10-night eastern Mediterranean, Athens/Pireaus to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $2,899, Nov 5 sailing.
  • NCL Dream: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from Houston. From $409, Nov 11 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $799, Nov 18 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $699, Nov 23 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,029, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 10-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $899, Dec 12 sailing.

Hot Norwegian Deals

Book a Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 800/327-7030; www.ncl.com) by Sunday, August 13, 2006, and cash in on some low rates. You must mention the promo codes below when booking. What are you waiting for?

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  • Sept 3, 2006, Norwegian Majesty: 7-day Bermuda cruise round-trip from Boston, calling in St. George's; $549 per person for best available outside cabin. Promo Type SD1
  • Sept 10, 2006, Pride of Aloha: 7-day Hawaii cruise round-trip from Honolulu, calling in Nawiliwili, Hilo, Kona and Kahului; $699 per person for best available inside. Promo Type SD1
  • Nov 18, 2006, Norwegian Wind: 11-day Hawaii cruise round-trip from Honolulu, calling in Hilo, Lahaina, Nawiliwili, Fanning Island and Kona; $699 per person for best available inside. Promo Type SD1
  • Nov 29, 2006, Norwegian Crown: 18-day South America cruise from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Valparaiso, Chile, calling in Punta del Este, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Port Stanley, Cape Horn, Ushuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco, Puerto Montt, Corral, Talcahuano and Coquimbo; $1,399 per person for best available inside; Promo Type SD1
  • Dec 17, 2006, Norwegian Jewel: 7-day eastern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Miami calling in San Juan, St. John's, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay; $549 per person for best available inside; Promo Type SD1

Cruisin's Cheaper than Staying Home

With newly refurbished cabins, easyCruise's (www.easycruise.com) 170-passenger easyCruiseOne returns to the Caribbean on Dec 8, 2006. Through April 12, 2007, the ship departs Philipsburg, St. Maarten each Friday, and calls at St. Barts (Saturday) and Anguilla (Sunday). It pays a return call to St. Maarten on Monday, and then visits St. Kitts (Tuesday), Antigua (Wednesday), and Nevis (Thursday). You can start your cruise in St. Maarten on Friday or Monday, or in Antigua on Wednesday --- both islands with international airports. There's a two-night minimum and a 14-night maximum stay. easyCruiseOne arrives in port in the late morning and doesn't depart again until the wee hours of the morning so passengers are free to explore the nightlife (if there is any) of the islands. Unlike traditional cruises, fares do not include meals or cabin service, which are charged to guests on an ala carte basis.

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Current promotional rates for outside cabins during the Caribbean season include these departures from St. Maarten (to book, go to www.easycruise.com and click "Enter Promotional Code"):

  • A 3-night, weekend package (Friday Â? Monday) starts at $178 US per person. When booking enter promotional code smac31
  • A 4-night mid-week package (Monday Â? Friday) starts at $160 US per person. Use promotional code smac41
  • A 7-night package (from Friday, Monday or Wednesday) starts at $322 US per person. Use promotional code smac71

easyCruiseOne is currently sailing the French and Italian Rivieras until October 2006 when it will undergo renovations before heading to the Caribbean. The facelift will include a new paintjob for the hull, from all orange to grey with orange trim, plus the addition of a new café, bar and restaurant, and the much welcome addition of windows to 60 cabins (now making all the ship's cabins outsides).

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Can't Beat Free! Kids Go for Nothing on MSC

Bring the whole family on an Italian-flavored MSC (tel. 800/666-9333; www.msccruises.com) Caribbean cruise. The line is extending its special "Kids Sail Free" offer to nearly all of its winter 2006-07 Caribbean season sailings. Kids 17 and under sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults sail free on MSC Lirica and MSC Opera on nearly all of the ships' round-trip sailings from Fort Lauderdale. Ports of call include Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, Colombia, Bahamas, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman and Mexico. Both ships have a children's playroom, supervised kids' activities and private in-cabin babysitting for an hourly fee. Most cruise-only fares are $1,150 per person (double occupancy) or less. A limited number of cabins are available and some restrictions apply.

These Savings are Crystal Clear

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Crystal Cruises (tel. 888/799-4625; www.crystalcruises.com) has announced its 2007 Value Collection sailings, six 10- to 17-night cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offered at discounts of up to 52 percent. Most of the itineraries are repositioning cruises and include many days at sea. The discounted sailings include a 14-night Mexico and Panama Canal cruise from Miami to Los Angeles on Feb 11 starting at $2,980 per person for an outside cabin and a March 11, 17-night Los Angeles to Hong Kong cruise starting at $3,195 per person for an outside cabin (all but two days are spent at sea). All fares include non-alcoholic beverages (soda, bottled water, etc).

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