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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of July 9, 2009

NCL dishes upgrades, Silversea slashes some rates by over half, and a fleet of special offers from the best cruise specialty agents.

NCL Offers Multi-Category Cabin Upgrades

Now through August 2, NCL's "Pity the Procrastinator" sale is offering a bump up in cabin category on 2010 and 2011 cruises, fleetwide. The promotion offers up to a six category upgrade, a value of $600 per stateroom. Mention promo code PGPTP10 when booking.

Silversea Offers 60% Off & Free Air on 2010 Sailings

Real luxury will never come cheap, but now might be the time to buy if you've always wanted to try a true luxe cruise but balked at the price.

For "a limited time," Silversea is offering 60% Silver Savings discounts off their published fares for all 2010 sailings aboard Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, and Silver Spirit. The line's expedition ship, Prince Albert II, is offering savings of up to 50%. In addition, the line is offering a free round-trip air package that includes transfers between airport and pier on the days of embarkation and debarkation. The package is available with most 2010 voyages, excluding expedition cruises, and covers flights from 22 gateway cities in the U.S. and Canada. It's a capacity-controlled program valid only for new bookings made by December 31, 2009.

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Here's a sampling of 2010 cruises available with the 60%-ff savings and free air:

  • CARIBBEAN: Silver Shadow's March 30, 7-day cruise (#3007) sailing round-trip from Barbados with calls in St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Bart's, Tortola, and Bequia. Silver Savings fares start at $2,758 per person, including round-trip air.
  • AFRICA:
  • Silver Wind's January 23, 10-day cruise (#2003) sailing round-trip from Cape Town with calls in East London, Maputo, Richard's Bay, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Mossel Bay. Silver Savings fares start at $4,238 per person, including round-trip air.
  • FAR EAST: Silver Whisper's February 5, 9-day cruise (#4003) from Singapore to Hong Kong with calls in Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Hue/Danang (port of Chan May), Ha Long Bay, and Haiphong. Silver Savings fares start at $4,918 per person, including round-trip air.
  • MEDITERRANEAN: Silver Spirit's May 29, 7-day cruise (#5015) from Rome to Venice with calls in Sorrento, Sicily, Kotor, and Dubrovnik. Silver Savings fares start at $4,358 per person, including round-trip air.
  • SOUTH AMERICA: Silver Cloud's February 4, 8-day cruise (#1003) from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro with calls in Punta del Este, Itajai, Sao Paulo (port of Santos), and Parati. Silver Savings fares start at $4,238 per person, including round-trip air.

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)
  • Celebrity Mercury: 7-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier, round-trip from Vancouver. From $699, Aug. 23 sailing. Deal includes meals and entertainment.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night westbound transatlantic, Harwich to New York. From $1,779, Sept. 5 sailing. Deal includes meals and entertainment.
  • Crystal Serenity: 11-night Panama Canal, Miami to Caldera. From $3,775, Nov. 29 sailing. Deal includes featured entertainment such as the Duke Ellington Alumni Band, Kitt Moran Trio, and the Eddie Tobin Trio, plus a $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Symphony: 12-night Caribbean, New York City to Miami. From $4,185, Nov. 10 sailing. "Food and Wine at Sea" themed cruise includes celebrity chefs, wine experts, and a $1,000 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night "Roman Empire" cruise, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,199, July 28 sailing. Sailing includes a complimentary shore excursion in Kusadasi.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 12-night Baltic, Rotterdam to Copenhagen. From $1,299, Aug. 23 sailing. Sailing includes a complimentary shore excursion in St. Petersburg.
  • Regent Paul Gauguin: 7-night Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $2,795, Aug. 22 sailing. Deal includes third passenger sailing free when you reserve your stateroom.
  • Regent Paul Gauguin: 7-night Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $2,195, Sept. 26 sailing. Deal includes third passenger sailing free when you reserve your stateroom.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 9-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $3,098, Sept. 24 sailing. Deal includes 50% savings on all suite categories if reserved by July 31, 2009.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $3,177, Aug. 25 sailing. Deal includes a $500 per person shipboard credit if reserved by July 31, 2009.
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Cruise Brothers

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

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.

  • Celebrity Solstice: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699, Jan. 10, 2010 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $649, Oct. 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $649, Aug. 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 9-night Bahamas, round-trip from Baltimore. From $949, Nov. 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Panama Canal, Miami to San Diego. From $999, Nov. 22 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 11-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $649, Nov. 16 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $359, Oct. 10 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $699, Dec. 19 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 11-night Mexican Riviera & Sea of Cortez, round-trip from San Francisco. From $649, Sept. 20 sailing.

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

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  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $542, Aug. 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $259, Aug. 28 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions and up to $100 free Carnival Cash to spend onboard.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Greek Isles, round-trip from Venice. From $799, July 25 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $519, Aug. 30 sailing. Deal includes up to a 5-category upgrade on select cabins, a 15% discount on shore excursions, and up to $240 free Carnival Cash to spend onboard.
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $599, July 17 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Spirit: 7-night southbound Alaska, Whittier to Vancouver. From $519, July 15 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $699, Aug. 23 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • Carnival Elation: 5-night Baja Mexico, round-trip from San Diego. From $369, Aug. 29 sailing.
  • Disney Magic: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $699, Sept. 12 sailing. Deal includes a 15% discount on shore excursions.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $979, Sept. 12 sailing.
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