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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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 and include port charges. Rates for the ultra-lux lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

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)

  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $399, Oct. 22 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 11-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $449, Oct. 28 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $429, Oct. 29 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from New York. From $399, Oct. 29 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $499, Nov. 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $499, Nov. 12 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Nov. 25 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Nov. 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $599, Dec. 1 and 9 sailings.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $474, Dec. 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas:7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $399, Dec. 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam:7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $424, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $499, Dec. 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $529, Dec. 10 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $390, Feb. 4 sailing.

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

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

  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $449, Nov. 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $749, Nov. 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, Nov. 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $699, Nov. 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $559, Nov. 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Nov. 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance: 11-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Miami. From $1,199, Nov. 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance: 6-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $499, Nov. 19 sailing.
  • NCL Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $499, Nov. 18 sailing.
  • NCL Pride of Aloha: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $649, Nov. 19 sailing.

Take a Tall Ship to Bargain Town

If you're willing to take whatever cabin is available, you can pay as little as $399 for a weeklong cruise on one of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises (tel. 800/327-2600; www.windjammers.com) wacky tall ships. The low rate is offered on these sailings:

  • Polynesia, Oct. 22, from Trinidad to St. Lucia, calling on Grenada, Mayreau, Bequia and St. Vincent.
  • Polynesia, Oct. 29, St. Lucia to Maarten, calling on Dominica, St. Barts, Les Saintes, and Nevis.
  • Polynesia, throughout November, round-trip from St.Maarten, calling on St. Barts, Anguilla, Tintamarre, Saba, Statia, Nevis and St. Kitts.
  • Yankee Clipper, throughout November, round-trip from St. Lucia, calling on Bequia, Carriacou, Grenada, Tobago Cays, St. Vincent, Mayreau and Union Island.

Full payment required at time of booking and these deals cannot be combined with any other promotion or offer. These "run of the ship" discounts apply to new individual bookings only, for best available cabin at time of booking.

Suite Deals

MSC Cruises (tel. 800/666-9333; www.msccruises.com) is offering discounts of 60% or more on balcony suites aboard MSC Lirica during select sailings of the 2006-07 Caribbean season, if booked before October 20 (new booking only). Promotional fares start at $1,195 per person, double occupancy. The "suite deal" applies to 11-night Caribbean and Panama itineraries round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. The Caribbean itineraries call at San Juan, St. Maarten, Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, Tortola, and Samana (Dominican Republic), and the dates that apply are: Nov. 15, Jan. 20, Feb. 11, March 5, March 27 and April 18.

Panama itineraries visit Ocho Rios, Cartagena, San Blas, Cristobal (Panama), Puerto Limon and Roatan Island, and the discounted sailings are: Nov. 26, Dec. 18, Jan. 9, Jan. 31, Feb. 22, March 16 and April 7. The Nov. 26 and April 18 sailings are also "Baseball Greats" theme cruises, with former Yankees Graig Nettles, Frank Howard and Stan Bahnsen, Hall-of-Famer Bob Feller and slugger Ken Griffey on the Nov. 26 sailing and Vida Blue, Earl Weaver, Stan Bahnsen, Randy Hundley, and Cito Gaston on the April 18 sailing. Each baseball theme cruise includes activities with the players and a free autograph session.

These Low Rates are a Fantasy

To mark its return to the port of New Orleans, Carnival (tel. 800/327-9501; www.carnival.com) is offering 4- and 5-night Mexico cruises aboard the 1990-built, 2,056-passenger Fantasy for as low as $279 per person. The new schedule from New Orleans starts Oct. 26, 2006, with 4-night cruises to Cozumel departing Thursdays and 5 nighters to Cozumel and Costa Maya departing Mondays and Saturdays.

Optional pre- and post-cruise hotel stays are available for those wanting to spend a few days experiencing New Orleans, America's beloved Cajun city. Beginning Sept 2, 2007, Carnival will base a second ship in New Orleans year-round, with the Carnival Triumph offering 7-night Caribbean cruises starting as low as $429 per person.

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