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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of August 13, 2009

Fleetwide upgrades from NCL for 2010 and 2011, discounts on Snake River cruises from American Safari, and a flotilla of special offers from the leading cruise specialty agents.

NCL Wheels and Deals

These red hot deals are available from NCL (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) if booked between Saturday, Aug. 15 and Friday, Aug. 21. Mention promotion codes when booking. Certain restrictions apply.

  • Oct. 3 & 10, 2009, Pride of America: 7-night inter-island Hawaii cruise roundtrip from Honolulu; calling in Kahului, Maui; Hilo, Kona, Hawaii and Nawiliwili, Kauai; $999 best available inside/person. Mention promo code PGHOT.
  • Oct. 17, 2009, Norwegian Pearl: 7-night eastern Caribbean round-trip from Miami, calling in Samaná, Dominican Republic; St.Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands and Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island); $479 best available inside/person. Mention promo code PGHOT.
  • Nov. 15, 22 & 29, 2009, Norwegian Jewel: 7-night western Caribbean round-trip from Miami; calling in Roatán, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico and Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian's private island); $449 best available inside/person. Mention promo code PGHOT.
  • Jan. 24, 2010, Norwegian Jade: 12-day eastern Mediterranean round-trip from Barcelona, calling in Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Ephesus (Izmir), Turkey; Alexandria, Egypt and Valletta, Malta; $899 best available inside/person. Mention promo code PGHOT.
  • All 2010 & 2011 sailings, fleetwide: Book through Aug 16, 2009, for up to a six-category upgrades ($600 per stateroom value). Mention promo code PGPTP10.
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Wine and Dine

American Safari Cruises (tel. 888/862-8881; www.amsafari.com) is offering up to $500 per person savings on all-inclusive 8-night cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers sailing from Lewiston, Idaho, to Astoria, Oregon, departing Sept 30, Oct. 8 and Oct. 16 aboard the 36-passenger Safari Explorer. Noted sommelier David LeClaire will sail along on the Oct. 16 special wine and culinary cruise and introduce fine wines during onboard food and wine pairings and will also accompany guests on off-yacht private and exclusive tastings at five wineries on shore. Also included on the cruise are a cave luncheon, tour of a brewery, complimentary massages from the onboard masseuse, yoga sessions, a jet-boat ride into Hells Canyon, eight transits through locks and dams on the rivers, historical centers, guided hikes, kayaking and skiff excursions. The 145-foot ship has an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, gourmet cuisine served at a single sitting and complimentary premium spirits, wines and microbrews. The salon features a large-screen TV, piano, elegant bar area and oversized view windows. Cabins are equipped with DVD players, Tempur-pedic mattresses and private bathrooms with heated floors (some with Jacuzzi tubs). Fares start at $5,295 per person double occupancy if booked by Aug. 21, 2009.

What Travel Agencies Are Offering

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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 for an inside cabin unless otherwise stated, and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)

  • Crystal Symphony: 11-night British Isles, round-trip from London. From $5,390, Aug. 23 sailing. "Golf" themed cruise includes complimentary clinics with PGA instructors, tee times at some of the world's most legendary courses, prepaid gratuities (value of $286 to $396 per couple) and a $2,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Serenity: 12-night Mediterranean, Istanbul to Venice. From $5,075, Sept. 14 sailing. ?Art and Architecture at Sea? themed cruise includes guest lecturers, live performances, and $2,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $799, Dec. 7 sailing. Deal includes exclusive $100 shipboard credit for oceanview cabin or above if booked by Oct. 15 2009.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 9-night Bahamas, round-trip from Baltimore. From $699, Nov. 21 sailing. Deal includes exclusive $100 shipboard credit for oceanview cabin or above if booked by Oct. 15 2009.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from San Diego. From $1,400, Nov. 22 sailings. Deal includes a complimentary per couple shore excursion in Hilo.
  • Holland America Volendam: 17-night Australia & New Zealand, Auckland to Sydney. From $1,699, Dec. 20 sailing. Deal includes a complimentary per couple shore excursion in Burnie.
  • Regent Voyager: 14-night ultra-lux Europea, Southampton to Copenhagen. From $9,795, June 5 sailing. Deal includes a $400 per couple shipboard credit and a cocktail reception.
  • Regent Voyager: 15-night ultra-lux Scandinavian, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $11,550, June 19 sailing. Deal includes a $400 per couple shipboard credit and a cocktail reception.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 14-night ultra-lux Europe, round-trip from London. From $7,497, Sept. 5 sailing. Deal includes one per couple shoreside experience by private car in St. Petersburg or Copenhagen, or a $500 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 9-night ultra-lux southern Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to Bridgetown. From $3,047, Dec. 2 sailing. Deal includes one per couple shoreside experience by private car in Castries, St. Lucia or a $500 per couple shipboard credit.
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Cruise Brothers

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

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

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  • Crystal Serenity: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $2,480, Nov. 22 sailing. Deal includes $500 per couple shipboard credit.
  • MSC Cruises Poesia: 17-night transatlantic, Venice to Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • MSC Cruises Magnifica: 16-night Canada/New England, New York to Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,349, Oct. 16 sailing. Deal includes $50 per stateroom onboard credit.
  • Oceania Cruises Regatta: 10-night western Europe, Barcelona to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $2,699, Apr. 4 sailing.
  • Azamara Journey: 12-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,399, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Azamara Journey: 14-night transatlantic, Barcelona to Miami. From $1,289, Dec. 4 sailing.
  • Azamara Journey: 14-night western Europe, Copenhagen to Barcelona. From $1,299, Aug. 30 sailing.
  • Azamara Quest: 14-night Turkey and Egypt, Athens to Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,499, Oct. 31 sailing.

Cruise Members Only

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(tel. 800/999-3543; www.cruisemembersonly.com)

The annual $50 membership fee is being waived for Frommers.com subscribers who mention Frommers.com when booking any cruise.

  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $3,268, Aug. 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes two-for-one fare, airfare, gratuities and shore excursions.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 20-night ultra-lux Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. From $7,059, May 6, 2010. Deal includes two-for-one fare, airfare, gratuities and unlimited shore excursions.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 7-night ultra-lux Baltic, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $5,453, July 11, 2010 sailing. Deal includes two-for-one fare, airfare, gratuities and unlimited shore excursions.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 12-night ultra-lux Mediterranean, Athens to Barcelona. From $7,553, Oct. 27, 2010 sailing. Deal includes two-for-one fare, airfare, gratuities and unlimited shore excursions.
  • Princess Star Princess: 27-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Copenhagen. From $1,955, Apr. 24, 2010 sailing.
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CruisesOnly (tel. 800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $549, Oct. 22 sailing. Deal includes a free upgrade, free stateroom gifts, and up to an extra $100 off per stateroom.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night western Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome). From $759, Sept. 27 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $399, Sept. 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $219, Sept. 21 and 28 sailings. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $175, Aug. 31 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
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Just Cruisin' Plus (tel. 800/888-0922; www.justcruisinplus.com)

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

  • Carnival Paradise: 4-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from Long Beach (Los Angeles). From $329, Aug. 31 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $699, Aug. 30 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $569, Aug. 29 sailing. Deal includes up to a 5-category upgrade on select cabins, a 15% discount on shore excursions, and a free onboard spending booklet with an oceanview and up cabin.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Seward to Vancouver. From $949, Sept. 11 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night eastern Canada & New England, round-trip from New York. From $549, Sept. 27 sailing.
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