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Holiday Savings

Book one of MSC Cruises' (tel. 800/666-9333; www.msccruisesusa.com) 2007 Deep Caribbean or Panama sailings on the MSC Lirica or MSC Opera with special Holiday Gift rates and bonus upgrades, and reap savings up to 65 per cent off retail rates. Bonus upgrades of up to three categories add as much as $150 to the value of the savings. Holiday Gift prices start at just $695 per person, double occupancy (plus government fees and taxes). The special Holiday Gift rates are available on select 11-night sailings of MSC Lirica and MSC Opera roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale between January 9 and April 18, 2007 and must be booked by December 31, 2006. Holiday Gift rates include upgrades of inside to outside staterooms and are not valid for balcony or suite staterooms. Full nonrefundable payment is due within 24 hours of booking. The offer may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. Restrictions apply.

Luck of the Draw

If you like roulette, Costa's (tel. 800/462-6782; www.costacruises.com) playing games this week. You pick the date from the following cruises and Costa will select the ship (Costa Magica or Costa Mediterranea) and the itinerary: eastern or western Caribbean. The incentive to play along? Savings of up to $400 per person.

  • January 29: 7 nights, with insides going for as low as $449, outsides from $579, and balcony cabins from $699 per person.
  • February 4: 7 nights, with insides going for as low as $459, outsides from $599, and balcony cabins from $729 per person.
  • February 11: 7 nights, with insides going for as low as $499, outsides from $649, and balcony cabins from $799 per person.
  • February 18: 7 nights with insides going for as low as $549, outsides from $729, and balcony cabins from $929 per person.
  • February 25: 7 nights with insides going for as low as $549, outsides from $729, and balcony cabins from $899 per person.

Fares are based on double occupancy and you'll get your ship assignment 30-45 days before the sailing date. Valid on new bookings only and certain restrictions apply. Offer expires on December 15 and you must mention discount code USZZ when booking. Note: Mediterranea verandas may have obstructed views.

Hot Norwegian Deals

Book a Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 800/327-7030; www.ncl.com) by Friday, December 15, 2006, and cash in on some low rates. You must mention the promo codes below when booking. What are you waiting for?

  • January 14, 2007, Pride of Aloha: 7-day Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu, calling in Nawiliwili, Hilo, Kona and Kahului; $459 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1
  • January 21, 2007, Norwegian Jewel: 7-day eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami, calling in San Juan, St. John's, St. Thomas and Great Stirrup Cay; $499 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1
  • January 27, 2007, Norwegian Dream: 7-day western Caribbean, roundtrip from Houston, calling in Progreso, Playa Del Carmen and Belize City; $379 per person for best available outside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1
  • March 4, 2007, Norwegian Spirit: 6-day Bahamas and Florida, roundtrip from New York calling in Port Canaveral, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay; $569 per person for best available outside cabin. Promo Type PGSD1
  • August 26, 2007, Norwegian Sun: 7-day Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver, calling in Ketchikan, Juneau, Sawyer Glacier and Skagway; $849 per person for best available inside. Promo Type PGSD1

Free Flying and More

Peter Deilmann Cruises (tel. 800/348-8287; e-mail pdcmail@deilmann-cruises.com) is offering Americans three 11- to 14-night Baltic Sea cruises next summer on the elegant Deutschland with free air and free English-language shore excursions. Passengers can fly free roundtrip from New York and 16 U.S. cities (for passengers who arrange their own air, there is a $750 reduction from the cruise fare) and save up to $600 in shore excursions. Cruise rates start at $4,571 per person twin for the 11-night sailing, including roundtrip air transportation.

The first Baltic voyage, May 20-June 1, 2007, is 12 nights and departs from Hamburg. The cruise sails through the Canal Passage to the North Sea and Gothenburg, Sweden's largest port, then to Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, the Polish ports of Baltiysk and Gdansk and the historic Polish city of Stettin. Overnight stays are in Gothenburg, St. Petersburg and Gdansk.

The 11-night cruise, June 14-25, also overnights in St. Petersburg and visits Stockholm, the Finnish Island of Aland, the capitals of Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and the lovely old city of Gdansk. The third Baltic cruise, June 25-July 5, 2007, spends two nights in St. Petersburg, and one in Stockholm. Riga, Helsinki and Copenhagen are other port calls on the 14-night cruise, which ends in the famous German sailing city of Kiel.

The Deutschland is the kind of old-world vessel that offers an intimate experience -- there are only 286 staterooms -- and gracious service, which includes for example, a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.

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 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.

CruisesOnly (tel. 800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com)

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

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

  • Celebrity Century: 9-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1259, December 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 12-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $1399, December 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $849, December 22 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $749, December 23 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 8-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $999, December 23 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Charleston. From $799, December 23 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $899, December 23 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $749, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $899, December 24 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $929, December 24 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1099, December 24 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1199, December 24 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Pearl: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1269, December 29 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $1139, December 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $699, December 30 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1139, December 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1259, December 31 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $829, December 31 sailing.

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

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

  • Celebrity Zenith: 15-night Caribbean and Bermuda, Tampa to Bayonne. From $1,129, April 13 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 11-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, January 29 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $299, January 27 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, January 6 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 10-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $949, January 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 11-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from New York. From $949, February 17 sailing.
  • Holland American Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $699, January 28 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $429, September 1 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $529, April 22 sailing.

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