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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of July 12, 2007

Big sale on long sailings from Crystal, large savings on small passengers from MSC, and a host of deals from cruise specialists.

It Pays to be a Kid

MSC Cruises' (www.msccruisesusa.com) "Children Cruise Free" offer on 2007-08 Caribbean cruises has been extended to Aug. 31. Kids ages 17 and under sharing a cabin with two full-fare-paying adults sail free on select Caribbean itineraries of MSC Lirica, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale.

Rates begin at $579 per person for the ship's 7-night western Caribbean Dec. 14 sailing and $849 per person for the following 10-night cruises:

  • 10-night Deep Caribbean: Dec. 4, Jan. 9, Jan. 29, Feb. 18 and March 9
  • 10-night Panama: Jan. 19, Feb. 8, Feb. 28, March 19
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Reservations must be made by Aug. 31 and this deal cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Restrictions apply and the offer is capacity controlled.

Buy Now , Save Later

Crystal Cruises (tel. 888/799-4625; www.crystalcruises.com) is offering discounts of up to 52% off regular cruise fares aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity on 11 sailings next year of 10- to 17-days long. Prices include all bottled water and soft drinks.

Panama Canal/Caribbean

  • Feb 11, Miami to Los Angeles, 14 days. Fares from $3,145 -- up to 52% savings (Crystal Symphony)
  • Nov. 10, Miami to Los Angeles, 13 days. Fares from $2,995 (Crystal Symphony)
  • Dec. 1, Miami to Costa Rica, 11 days. Fares from $3,550 (Crystal Serenity)
  • Dec. 12, Costa Rica to Miami, 11 days. Fares from $3,550 (Crystal Serenity)
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Western Europe

  • May 7, London to Rome, 12 days. Fares from $4,595 (Crystal Serenity)
  • May 25, Athens to London, 7 days. Fares from $3,995 (Crystal Symphony)

Mediterranean

  • Oct. 18, Rome to Barcelona, 12 days. Fares from $4,445 (Crystal Serenity)

Canary Islands

  • Oct. 30, Barcelona to Lisbon, 12 days. Fares from $4,445 (Crystal Serenity)

South America

  • Dec. 7, Los Angeles to Valparaíso, 15 days. Fares from $3,450 (Crystal Symphony)

Trans-Pacific

  • March 3, Los Angeles to Hong Kong, 17 days. Fares from $3,395 -- up to 49% savings (Crystal Symphony)
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Trans-Atlantic

  • Nov. 21, Lisbon to Miami, 10 days. Fares from $3,145 -- up to 51% savings (Crystal Serenity)

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)

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

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