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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of January 29, 2009

Half of select Crystal cruises, special offers for past Carnival guests, three for the price of two on Star Clippers, and a fleet of bargains for cruise specialist agents.

Carnival Deals

Extended for one more week, through this Sunday Jan 31, Carnival (tel. 888/CARNIVAL; www.carnival.com) is offering past guests (anyone who has sailed with them at least once before) savings on select spring Bahamas, Baja Mexico and Caribbean cruises that are booked by Jan 23, 2009. Four-night western Caribbean cruises start as low as $219 per person and 7-night southern Caribbean sailings from $449 per person. When booking, mention fare code DP3 (and your past guest number) to reap the past guest discount and a free upgrade. Certain restrictions apply.

Savings for Every Member of the Family.

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MSC Cruises (www.msccruisesusa.com) is offering speical promotions for its 7-night Orchestra or 10-night Lirica Caribbena sailings from Fort Lauderdale.

  • Kids Sail Free. Children ages 17 and under always sail free when sharing a cabin with two full-fare-paying adults (government taxes and fees are additional, per person). 
  • Baseball Greats theme cruises. On the March 28 and April 11 7-night eastern Caribbean sailings aboard Orchestra, meet baseball great, get autographs and listens to talks and tips on playing better ball.
  • Senior Savings. All 2008-09 Caribbean sailings of Lirica and Orchestra begin at $499 per person, double occupancy (cruise only, not including government fees and taxes) on 7-night itineraries and $699 per person, double occupancy on 10-night itineraries. At least one guest in the cabin must be 50 years of age on the departure date.

Dazzling Deals

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Crystal (tel. 888/269-9414; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering up to 50% off its 2009 Value Collection Cruises below. Further, when you travel with friends and family, join Crystal's Family Memories program and get one free berth for every 10 full-fare guests, free 3rd berths for children (17 years and under), group photos, shipboard credits and more. Some restrictions apply.

  • Feb. 16, 14 nights, Miami to Los Angeles. Starting at $3,595 per person.
  • March 9, 17 nights, Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Starting at $3,690 per person.
  • June 7, 12 nights, Civitavecchia/Rome to London. Starting at $4,360 per person.
  • Oct. 1, 7 nights, Boston to Montreal. Starting at $2,575 per person.
  • Oct. 30, 11 nights, Montreal to New York. Starting at $3,835 per person.
  • Nov. 22, 13 nights, Miami to Manuas. Starting at $3,990 per person.
  • May 7, 16 nights, Los Angeles to Miami. Starting at $4,995 per person.
  • May 23, 10 nights, Miami to Lisbon. Starting at $3,165 per person.
  • June 2, 12 nights, Lisbon to Venice. Starting at $5,070 per person.
  • Nov. 29, 11 nights, Miami to Caldera. Starting at $3,775 per person.
  • Dec. 10, 11 nights, Caldera to Miami. Starting at $3,775 per person.

Three's Definitely Not a Crowd

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Star Clippers' (tel. 800/442-0551; www.starclippers.com) new "Third Berth Free in Tahiti" program for 2009 is a great excuse to travel with two friends or bring along a son or daughter. Running from May through December, the third guest in a triple-berth cabin sails free on the seven-, 10- and 11-night 2009 Tahiti itineraries. If the third guest is under the age of 11, they even fly for free with Air Tahiti Nui on select dates (February through May; Aug. 19 through Sept. 7; November through Dec. 10). Cruise-only rates begin at $897 per person in a triple cabin, plus port charges.

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.

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Cruise Brothers

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

Cruise One, Satellite Beach

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(tel. 888/368-0655; www.skennedy.cruiseone.com)

Cruise Members Only

(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. Free $500 per person Gift Certificate on select cruises when booked by Feb. 1, 2009.

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  • Azamara Journey: 12- night Scandinavia & Russia, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $3,749, June 30 sailing. Deal includes round-trip airfare & special President's Cruise features.
  • Azamara Quest: 10-night Greek Isles & Turkey, Civitavecchia/Rome to Piraeus/Athens. From $2,919, June 4 sailing. Deal includes round-trip airfare.
  • Azamara Journey: 12- night Iceland & Fjords, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $3,699, June 6 sailing. Deal includes round-trip airfare.
  • Azamara Journey: 14-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Piraeus/Athens. From $3,269, Sep. 27 sailing. Deal includes round-trip airfare.
  • Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, Nov. 1 sailing. Deal includes fitness classes and special guest speakers for each guest.
  • Holland America Prinsendam: 14-night Mediterranean, Civitavecchia/Rome to Amsterdam. From $1,839, June 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Eurodam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $689, Oct. 24 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Elation: 4-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $229, Feb. 22 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Jade: 9-night Canary Islands, round-trip from Barcelona. From $849, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $519, Feb. 22 sailing. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions on this sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $279, Mar. 23 and 30 sailings. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions on this sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 14-night Panama Canal westbound, Ft. Lauderdale to San Diego. From $899, Mar. 29 sailing. Deal includes $200 free onboard spending when you book select cabins on this sailing; offer ends Feb. 1, 2009.
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Just Cruisin' Plus (tel. 800/888-0922; www.justcruisinplus.com)

  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $349, Feb. 14 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $599, Mar. 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $799, Apr. 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Fantasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $399, May 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $539, May 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $619, May 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Holiday: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Mobile. From $279, May 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, May 16 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $459, May 21 sailing.
  • Carnival Liberty: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, May 23 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $799, May 31 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $499, June 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $749, June 13 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $1049, June 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $839, Jul. 10 sailing.

Landmark Travel (tel. 800/547-0727; www.landmark-travel.com)

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  • Regent Seven Seas Mariner: 7-night ultra-lux Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $3,198, May. 20 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit. Special Guest Jack Hanna.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 9-night ultra-lux Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Funchal. From $2,450, May 1 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 6-night ultra-lux European, Funchal to Monte Carlo. From $2,450, May 10 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator: 15-night ultra-lux Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Monte Carlo. From $5,145, May 1 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 17-night Crossing, Los Angeles to Hong Kong. From $3,690, Mar. 9 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Century: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Mar. 5 sailing. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions on this sailing.
  • Costa Concordia: 11-night eastern Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $889, Feb. 22 sailing. Receive $200 onboard credit when you book with your American Express card.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $999, Feb. 14, 21, and 28 sailings. Receive up to $500 free onboard spending on select sailings.
  • Carnival Imagination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $229, Feb. 20 and 27 sailings. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions on this sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Santo Domingo. From $319, Feb. 1 sailing. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions on this sailing.
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