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Frommers.com Cruise Deals for the Week of October 9, 2008

Last-minute deals from NCL and Carnival, free air on luxe lines, and a fleet of special offers from cruise specialist agents.

NCL Does Deals

Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-0292; www.ncl.com) is offering these discounts through Friday Oct. 10, 2008. Mention promotion code PGSD1 when booking.

  • Oct. 12 & 19, 2008, departure. Norwegian Dawn. 7-day Bermuda, round-trip from New York, calling on King's Wharf; $399 best available inside cabin, per person.
  • Oct. 12 & 19, 2008, departure. Norwegian Pearl. 7-day western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami, calling in Roatán, Belize City, Cozumel, and Great Stirrup Cay; $299 best available inside cabin, per person.
  • Oct. 13, 2008, departure. Norwegian Sky. 4-day Bahamas, round-trip from Miami, calling in Grand Bahama Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay; $99 best available inside cabin, per person.
  • Nov. 30, 2008, departure. Norwegian Jade. 12-day eastern Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona, calling in calling in Rome Civitavecchia/Rome; Piraeus/Athens; Izmir/Ephesus; Alexandria, Egypt and Valletta, Malta; $579 best available inside cabin, per person.
  • Dec. 13, 2008, departure. Pride of America. 7-day Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu, calling in Kahului, Maui; Hilo and Kona, Hawai'i; and Nawiliwili, Kauai; $1,099 best available inside cabin, per person.
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Free Air to the Ends of the Earth

Orion Expedition Cruises (tel. (61) 2 9033 8777; www.orionexpeditions.com) is offering free airfare to guests booking the 19-night Norfolk & Melanesia Island Discovery expedition. Guests will depart Los Angeles the night of Feb. 25, 2009 and will arrive in Auckland, Australia on Feb. 27, where the voyage to Melanesia will begin. Ports include Tanna Island, where there's an active volcano, and New Caledonia, known for its pristine beaches and indigenous Kunie tribes. The luxurious 53-berth MV Orion has an ice-strengthened hull.

Act Fast on Carnival Deals

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Book a 3- to 5-night Carnival (tel. 888/CARNIVAL; www.carnival.com) cruise out Miami, Port Canaveral or a west coast port by Oct. 15 and save up to $100 per cabin (mention fare code P1C). For Alaska and Europe cruises, book by Oct. 15 and save up to $200 per cabin, plus get an onboard credit of up to $100 per cabin (mention fare code O1C). Some restrictions apply.

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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All-Travel

(tel. 866/565-3214; www.all-travel.com/cruises)
  • Crystal Symphony: 18-night South America, Valparaiso to Buenos Aires. From $8,465, Dec. 22 sailing. Deal includes $200 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Serenity: 14-night Polynesia, Papeete to Auckland. From $8,000, Feb. 2 sailing. Deal includes $300 per couple shipboard credit.
  • Holland America Statendam: 13-night South and Central America, Callao to San Diego. From $1,199, Jan. 24 sailing. Deal includes complimentary per couple shore excursion.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $749, Feb. 14 sailing. Deal includes complimentary per couple shore excursion.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from San Diego. From $1599, Feb. 5 sailing. Deal includes complimentary per couple shore excursion.
  • Holland America Volendam: 14-night Australia & New Zealand, Auckland to Sydney. From $2,099, Feb. 16 sailing. Deal includes complimentary per couple shore excursion.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 93-night ultra-lux world cruise, Ft. Lauderdale to Dubai. From $49,605, Dec. 29 sailing. Deal includes free economy class air or $1,200 credit and $500 per suite shipboard credit.

Cruise Brothers

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

Cruise One, Satellite Beach

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

(tel. 800/826-4333; www.cruisemarketplace.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 before July 1, 2008.

  • Azamara Journey: 12-night Scandinavia and Russia, round-trip from Copenhagen. From $3,499, June 30 sailing.
  • Azamara Journey: 12-night Caribbean, Virgin Gorda BVI to Labadee, Haiti. From $1,809, Mar. 8 sailing.
  • Azamara Journey: 14-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Athens. From $3,269, Sept. 27 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 12-night British Isles, London to Paris/Normandy. From $1,749, June 25 sailing.

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

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  • Carnival Destiny: 5-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $199, Oct. 20 sailing. Deal includes $25 on board credit and a 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, Nov. 29 and Dec. 9 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $139, Oct. 20 and 27 sailings. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • NCL Pride of America: 7-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $999, Dec. 13 sailing. Deal includes $25 onboard credit.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $499, Dec. 13 sailing. Deal includes $25 on board credit and a 15% discount on all shore excursions.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $139, Oct. 13, 20, and 27, Dec. 1 and 8 sailings.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $449, Oct. 18-Dec. 13 sailings.
  • Carnival Sensation: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $179, Oct. 19-Nov. 2, and Nov. 16-Dec. 14 sailings.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Houston. From $449, Oct. 19-Dec. 14 sailings.
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $499, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29, and Dec. 6 sailings.
  • Carnival Fantasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $259, Nov. 1- Dec. 13 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $429, Nov. 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 12-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne. From $799, Nov. 9 and 30 sailings.
  • Princess Emerald Princess: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $789, Nov. 20 and Dec. 10 sailings.
  • Princess Ruby Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, Nov. 22 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $499, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $359, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 sailings.
  • Celebrity Summit: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Dec. 13 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $299, Dec. 15 sailing.
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Landmark Travel (tel. 800/547-0727; www.landmark-travel.com)

  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 9-night ultra-lux Med, Istanbul to Cadiz. From $3,850, Apr. 18 sailing. Deal includes $50 onboard credit.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 16-night ultra-lux Transatlantic, Civatavecchia/Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. From $5,795, Nov. 15 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Voyager: 34-night Transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Auckland. From $14,750, Dec. 29 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 14-night Mexican Riviera, Los Angeles to Valparaiso. From $1,995, Dec. 7. Deal includes free shore excursion in Puerto Vallarta.
  • Crystal Symphony: 17-night ultra-lux transpacific crossing, Los Angeles to Hong Kong. From $3,690, Mar 9 sailing.
  • Seabourn Pride: 7-night ultra-lux Caribbean, Bridgetown to Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,398, Dec. 13 sailing.
  • Regent Seven Seas Paul Gaugiun: 14-night ultra-lux Tahiti, round-trip from Papeete. From $4,295, Nov. 22 sailing.
  • Oceania Insignia: 12-night South America, Rio to Buenos Aires. From $2,999, Dec. 8 sailing.
  • Crystal Serenity: 10-night Crossing, Lisbon to Miami. From $3,145, Nov. 21.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night Europe, Lisbon to Barcelona. From $2,299, Nov. 14. sailing. Deal includes free coach airfare.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 16-night ultra-lux Transoceanic, Barcelona to Bridgetown . From $6,016, Nov. 3 sailing.

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

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  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $349, Oct. 19 and 26 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $449 (oceanview from $479), Nov. 30 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Charleston. From $349, Oct. 20 sailing. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 11-night eastern Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia/Rome. From $599, Nov. 24 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $129, Oct. 20 sailing. Deal includes 15% discount on all shore excursions.

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