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June 23, 2004 -- Here are the best deals advertised by a handful of major travel agencies 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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.

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

  • Carnival Fantasy: 4-night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $229, Nov 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $499, Dec 5 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 7-night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $542, Nov 13, 2004.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $579, Sept 3 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $624, Nov 27; Dec 4 & 11 sailings.

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

  • Disney Wonder: 3-Night Bahamas, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $389, Dec. 2 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Miami. From $259, Aug 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Paradise: 4-night Mexico, round-trip from Long Beach, CA. From $205, Dec. 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Fascination: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $209, Sept. 27 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 6-Night Bermuda, round-trip from Bayonne, NJ. From $539, Sept. 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Inspiration: 6-night Western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $539, Oct. 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Ryndam: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $595, Aug 13 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Whittier. From $519, Sept. 6 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Canada, round-trip from New York. From $549, Oct. 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $499, Dec. 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $439, Dec. 12 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas: 7-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $629, Oct. 30 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $459, Dec. 5 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $479, Nov. 27 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 8-night Bermuda, round-trip from Norfolk. From $639, Oct. 9 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 9-night Mexico, round-trip from San Francisco. From $689, Sept. 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $819, Oct. 20 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas: 10-night Hawaii, Honolulu to Ensenada. From $809, Dec. 2 sailing.
  • Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from New York. From $529, Sept. 19 sailing.
  • Norwegian Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $499, Nov. 28 sailing.

Largay Travel (tel. 800-322-9481, www.largaytravel.com )

  • Crystal Harmony: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,495, Oct 24 & 31 sailings.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-lux Caribbean, round-trip from Aruba. From $1,748, Dec. 6 sailing.
  • Oceania Insignia: 10-night eastern Mediterranean, Athens to Rome. From $1,999, April 27, 2005. Deal includes free airfare.
  • SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream I: 7-night ultra-lux Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $1,199, Nov. 10 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 12-night northern Europe, Stockholm to Copenhagen. From $2,995, July 31 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Shadow: 6-night Caribbean, round-trip Barbados. From $1,837, Nov. 8 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 7-night eastern Canada/New England, round-trip New York. From $2,495, Oct 12 sailing.

Mann Travel & Cruises (tel. 800/835-9828, www.123travel.com)

  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round trip from Port Canaveral. From $579, Nov 27 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round trip from Miami. From $599, Oct 23, sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $529, Sept 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $549, Oct 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $439, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit.: 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $739, July 14 and July 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit.: 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $695, Sept 3 sailing.
  • Princess Royal Princess: 12-night Europe, London to Rome. From $999, July 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Prinsendam: 14-night Europe, Amsterdam to Copenhagen. From $1,189, July 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory.: 7-night eastern Canada/New England, round-trip from New York. From $829, Sept 18 sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Sun: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, Oct 16, 30; Novr 13, 27; Dec 4,11 sailings.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $699, Sept 20, 28; Oct 6,14 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas.: 7-night Bahamas, round-trip from Baltimore. From $699, Aug 15 & 22 sailings.
  • Celebrity Mercury.: 10-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $750, Nov 26 sailing.
  • Holland America Noordam: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $941, Oct 24 sailing.

Fly Free to Tahiti

What's not to love? Book a 7-night Tahiti cruise on Radisson Seven Seas' Paul Gauguin (800/285-1835; www.rssc.com) for August 21 or 28, or September 11 or 18 departures, and you're in for free round-trip air from any of 86 North American cities, plus the second guest gets a 50% discount.

The French are Wheeling and Dealing

Save $400 per person on French Country Waterways (800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com) barge cruises during value-season (July 18 to August 14 and October 17 to 30), and reap a further 50% discount if you're celebrating a 50th birthday during the above dates and booking a cruise on the Esprit or Liberte. Couples can enjoy an additional anniversary discount of 5% to 60% if observing an anniversary in sequences of five (20% for the 20th, 45% for the 45th anniversary, etc.) on the Esprit, Nenuphar, Princess or Liberte.

All-inclusive, six-night cruises on the eight- to 18-passenger hotel barges in Burgundy, the Upper Loire and Alsace-Lorraine range from $3,295 to $4,395 per person, double occupancy, in value season. Daily sightseeing excursions, French cuisine and wines, and free use of bicycles are all included in the rates.

Mucho Savings to Machu Picchu

Silversea Cruises (800/722-9955; www.silversea.com) is offering 50% discounts off brochure rates on a pair of 12-night "Empire of the Incas" cruises offered aboard Silver Shadow this fall. On two identical voyages departing from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, on October 7 and November 22, 2004, the ultra-lux 382-guest Silver Shadow will visit Esmeraldas and Manta, Ecuador; Salaverry, Peru; and Callao (Lima), before returning to Puerto Caldera. Each cruise offers an optional two-night land excursion to the famed ruins of Machu Picchu during the ship's call in Callao, Lima's port city. With the 50% discount, cruise-only fares start at $2,835 on Voyage 3427 (sailing October 7) and $3,085 on Voyage 3433 (sailing November 22). The offers are available on a per-person, double-occupancy basis, and rates include all wines, spirits and tips.

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