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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of May 24, 2007

A today-only sale from Carnival, Euro-barge bargains, and a host of deals from major agencies.
60 Years Old, 60% off with Costa

To celebrate 60 years of cruising, Costa (tel. 800/GO-COSTA; www.costacruises.com) is offering up to 60% discounts on most Europe itineraries in 2008. The special "Diamond Anniversary Jubilee" fares start at $549 per person for 7-night itineraries. Eastern Mediterranean sailings aboard the new Costa Serena from Venice begin at just $799 per person, while 7-night western Mediterranean sailings from Civitavecchia/Rome start at just $649 per person on the new Costa Concordia. Certain restrictions may apply.

One-Day Sale: TODAY

Carnival (tel. 800/327-9501; www.carnival.com) is offering low fares during its one-day sale, Thursday May 24. For 24-hours, book a Carnival cruise and get free cabin upgrades (best available in like categories, inside to inside, suite to suite, etc.) on a variety of Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexican Riviera sailings between now and Feb 15, 2008. Fares for 3 and 4 nighters are going for as low as $229 a day; $299 a day for 5 and 6 nighters; and starting at $499 a day for 7 and 8 nighters. Certain restrictions may apply. When booking, mention fare code CP1S.

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Barge on in to These Low Rates

Go Barging, a subsidiary of European Waterways (tel. 800/394-8630; www.gobarging.com), is slashing summer rates $1,000 per cabin on two of it most popular cruises: the 6-night cruise through Southern France onboard the L'Impressionniste and the 6-night cruise through historic Burgundy on sister ship, La Belle Epoque. With the discount, prices start at $3,150 per person for a Junior Suite, based on double occupancy and subject to availability.

The L'Impressionniste cruises along the Rhône River, with highlights including the Camargue delta, Rhône-Sète Canal, the Canal du Midi, and Thau Lake. Other attractions include the Roman architecture of Arles, Châteauneuf-du-Pape near Avignon, and the 13th century medieval walled town of Aigues-Mortes, where the boat moors within sight of the regions' famous pink flamingos and wild horses of the Camargue National Park.

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The 12-passenger La Belle Epoque's Burgundy cruise includes medieval Auxerre, wine tasting in a 12th century wine cellar famed for its Pinot Noirs, and a visit to the beautifully preserved Châteaux de Bazoches.

Fares include all meals, wines with lunch and dinner, an open bar, and daily excursions.

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)

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

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

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

  • NCL Norwegian Jewel: 12-night Mediterranean, Istanbul to Barcelona. From $1,154, Jun. 12 sailing.
  • Princess Regal Princess: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1399, Jul. 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 9-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Bayonne, NJ. From $799, Aug. 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Freedom: 12-night Greek Isles & Turkey, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,349, Aug. 29 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night Canada/New England, Boston to Montreal. From $969, Sept. 1 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $699, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, and Oct. 6 sailings.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 10-night Italy, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $1,349, Sept. 25 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Greek Isles & Turkey, round-trip from Venice. From $769, Nov. 10 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,099, Nov. 11, Nov. 30 and Dec. 10 sailings.
  • Holland America Volendam: 10-night southern Caribbean & Panama Canal, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $719, Nov. 13 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 9-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $999, Nov. 23 sailing.

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

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

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