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These Cruises Will Cost Ya Peanuts

Costa Cruises (tel. 800/402-6782; www.costacruises.com), the mega-ship line with an Italian flair, is selling 5-night Caribbean cruises for as low as $399 person for inside cabins; 7-night Caribbean cruises starting at $499 per person and 7-night Bermuda sailings for $599 per person, all on the CostaMagica round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. The 5-nighter departs April 16 and calls on Key West, Cozumel and Roatan (Honduras). The March 12 weeklong Caribbean cruise calls on Key West, Cozumel, Jamaica and Grand Cayman; and the ship's 7-nighter to Bermuda departs on April 21 and calls on both Bermuda and The Bahamas (calling into port at Nassau). Ask for promotion code SO.

British Isles Bargains

Peter Deilmann Cruises (tel. 800/348-8287; www.deilmann-cruises.com) is offering 10% savings and free airfare from 16 U.S. cities for three cruises to the British Isles on the elegant, 520-passenger Deutschland. The 11- to 14-night sailings feature England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales on itineraries departing May 2 and August 12, round-trip from Hamburg, Germany, and on September 10 between Travemunde and Hamburg. Cruise highlights include golf excursions, treks, equestrian packages and garden visits. Americans can take half off English-language shore excursions when they pre-book. Cruise fares begin at $3,894 per person, based on double occupancy, for the 11-night itinerary and $4,323 per person for a stateroom accommodating single passengers. Ship amenities include a lovely spa, fitness classes including pilates, three restaurants, two-level ballroom and movie theater. The ship caters to a primarily northern European clientele, but welcomes North Americans as well.

Flying Free to Tahiti

Book the May 27 Polynesia cruise on Radisson Seven Seas' (tel. 866/217-1374; www.rssc.com) elegant 320-passenger Paul Gauguin and get a two-for-one deal on round-trip airfare between Los Angeles (LAX) and Tahiti. Ports of call on the 7-night sailing include Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana), Bora Bora and Moorea. For this sailing, cruise fares start at $1,995 per person, and include wine with dinner, complimentary soft drinks and all gratuities.

Cruise West Rates Go South

Book a 2007 sailing on Cruise West's (tel. 800/888-9378; www.cruisewest.com) 114-passenger Spirit of Oceanus to Japan and the South Pacific by February 24, 2006, and save up to $600; pay in full by this same date and save up to $800.¿Reap savings of up to $400 if you book these itineraries by May 26, 2006.

For Alaska itineraries, book a 2006 cruise by February 24, 2006, and save up to $800 for cruises before June 15, 2006, and up to $400 for cruises after this date. Pay for the itinerary in full by February 24, 2006, and take advantage of a total savings of $900. The casual, but education-oriented ship features expert lecturers on the regions visited.

The Japan/South Pacific itineraries include the following:

  • Japan Unveiled, a 14-night exploration departs in March, April, October and November of 2007, and includes visits to 17th-century Matsue and Himeji castles, ruins of the Shilla kingdom in Kyongju, tours of the memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and strolls through Japan's most famous gardens.¿Rates start at $5,699 per person.
  • Legends of the Pacific, an 18- or 19-night voyage between Guam and Fiji, departs on December 18, 2006, and February 15, 2007. Excursions include visits with the indigenous villagers of the region's remote islands; a tour through World War II sites in Chuuk, the Solomon Islands and Guam; and trips to marine and bird reserves and sanctuaries. Rates start at $6,499 per person.
  • Pearls of Polynesia, a 14-night journey between the legendary Polynesian islands and the mysterious Melanesian islands, departs January 2 and February 3, 2007. Get an up-close view of Atiu, the "Land of the Birds," visit Beqa where Sawau tribesman perform their tradition of fire walking, and explore the rainforests, lava coast, caves and blowholes of Savai'i. This trip starts at $5,499 per person.
  • Island Sanctuaries, a 12-night exploration of Tahitian culture and wildlife departs on January 14 & 24, 2007. Highlights include a visit to the island of Bora Bora, a trip to the Hibiscus Foundation Turtle Reserve to see endangered marine turtles, snorkeling at various sites throughout the cruise, and a tour of a black pearl farm and small villages in the Tuamotu Islands. Fares begin at $4,399 per person.
  • The Alaska discounts apply to the following itineraries: 12- to 25-night cruises that include In Harriman's Wake, Coastal Odyssey, and Voyage to the Bering Sea; a series of 9- and 11-night itineraries, including Alaska's Inside Passage, Wilderness Inside Passage, Gold Rush Inside Passage, and Best of Both Worlds; 4- and 5-night Glacier Wonderland voyages on the Spirit of Columbia; and the Glacier Bay Highlights and Daylight Yacht Tour routes.

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-luxe lines may also include gratuities and some or all beverages.

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

  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston, TX. From $599, November 26 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip from New York City. From $799, September 12 sailing.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $699, November 18 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $899, July 29 sailing.
  • Princess Diamond Princess: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $649, October 7 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $699, May 27 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $749, May 13 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $649, March 26 sailing.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $599, April 1 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $350, November 18 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Fascination: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $309, April 21 & May 12 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, April 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $599, September 9 & 25 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night Riviera & Italy, round-trip from Barcelona. From $799, October 28 & November 4 sailings.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 10-night California & Mexico, round-trip from San Francisco. From $950, April 28 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Zenith: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $370, March 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $600, February 26 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $550, March 26 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 9-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $750, March 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $899, October 7 & 14 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $699, March 5 & 19 sailings.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $799, July 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 4-night Canada, round-trip from New York City. From $349, June 13 sailing.
  • Princess Crown Princess: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip from NYC. From $914, June 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $730, June 2 sailing.

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

  • Princess Island Princess: 15-night Hawaii, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $1,999 for March 3 and April 5 & 21 sailings
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599 for July 1, 15 & 29; August 12 & 26; and September 9 & 23 sailings.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $599, July 8 & 22; August 5 & 19; and September 2, 16 & 30 sailings.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night eastern Caribbean round-trip from Miami.¿From $479, August 27 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami.¿From $459, September 3 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $455, October 21 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Star: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles.¿From $529, October 21 sailing.
  • Princess Star Princess: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York.¿From $899, October 28 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $369, April 3 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $599, April 22 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $679, October 26 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 11-night Hawaii, round-trip from Honolulu. From $699, April 1
  • Celebrity Century: 12-night Transatlantic eastbound, Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona. From $700, April 16 sailing.

Vacation Shoppe (tel. 866/727-8473; www.vacationshoppe.com)

  • Holland America Rotterdam: 15-night transatlantic, Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon. From $799, April 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 16-night transatlantic, New York to Rome/Civitavecchia. From $999, April 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Amsterdam: 17- or 14-night transatlantic, from Ft. Lauderdale or New York to Copenhagen. From $1149/$999, April 6/9 sailing.
  • Holland America Prinsendam: 20-night transatlantic, Ft. Lauderdale to Dover. From $1,699, May 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 12-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Bayonne, NJ. From $950, April 7 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $300, April 3 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $300, Mar 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $500, April 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 6-night special western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $400, April 13 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $599, Mar 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $599, Mar 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, Mar 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 6-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, April 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $649, Mar 18 sailing.

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