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November 19, 2004 -- Here's 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 4-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $349, Sept 8 & 22; Oct 6, 2005 sailings.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $649, January 4 & 28, 2005 sailings.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $550, Jan 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, April 9 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 11-night Alaskan, round-trip from Seattle. From $1,174, Sept 1 sailing.

The Cruise Professionals (tel. 800/265-3838; www.cruiseprofessionals.com)

  • Crystal Harmony: 12-night Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to New Orleans. From $1,595, Dec 9 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 14-nights Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $3,495, Dec 21 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 8-nights Mexican Riviera, Costa Rica to Los Angeles. From $1,395, Feb 6 sailing.
  • Crystal Harmony: 11-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Costa Rica. From $1,995, Jan 4 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony: 16 days South America, Ft. Lauderdale to Valpara¿so. From $2,995, Jan 5 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator: 11-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,948, Jan 8 sailing.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Mariner: 8-night ultra-luxe western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $2,198, Feb 24 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 9-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, Ft. Lauderdale to Barbados. From $2,987, Jan 5 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Cloud: 7-night ultra-luxe Southeast Asia, Ho Chi Minh to Singapore. From $2,148, Dec 15 sailing.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper: 7-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, round-trip from Aruba. From $1,698, Dec 6 sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexico, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $599, May 1 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $528, Nov 28 & Dec 5 sailings.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $654, Dec. 18 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $553, Jan. 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $438, April 3, 10 sailings.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $499, April 3.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $1,049, July 24 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $768, July 30 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $823, June 4 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda, round-trip from Boston. From $918, June 5 sailing.
  • Princess Sapphire Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $919, June 5 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 7-night western Europe, round-trip from London. From $824, May 28 sailing.

Icruise (tel. 866/942-7847; www.icruise.com)

  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $569, Jan 30 & Feb 6 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 6-night eastern Caribbean , San Juan to Baltimore. From $369, May 7 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $570, Jan 8 sailing
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,343, Feb 14 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Charleston. From $452, Jan 22 sailing
  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 7-night Alaska Cruise, round-trip from Seattle. From $811, May 28 & Jun 4 sailings
  • Costa Victoria: 7-night Greek Isles, round-trip from Venice. From $1,055, Apr 11 & 18 sailings.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $565, Mar 12 & 26 sailings.
  • Carnival Spirit: 8-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $598, Jan 28, sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $643, Apr 24, sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Dawn: 7-night Bahamas & Florida, round-trip from New York. From $729, Apr 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $549, Apr 17 sailing.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 6-night Trans-Atlantic, New York to Southampton, UK. From $1,567, Jun 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $1,379, Jun 26 sailing.
  • Holland America Maasdam: 7-night New England, round-trip from Boston. From $897, Jul 9 sailing.
  • Holland America Rotterdam: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,210, Dec 12 sailing. Deal includes a $25 per person shipboard credit.
  • Cruise West Spirit of Endeavour: 7-night Baja, round-trip from Cabo San Lucas. From $2,449, Jan 15 sailing. Deal includes a $50 shipboard credit.
  • Crystal Harmony: 10-night Panama Canal, New Orleans to Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica). From $1,995, Jan 4 sailing. Deal includes $100 per cabin shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.
  • Crystal Harmony: 8-night Pacific Coast, Costa Rica to Los Angeles, California. From $1,395, Feb 6 sailing. Deal includes $100 per cabin shipboard credit and a bottle of wine.

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

  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 4-night Bahamas from Ft. Lauderdale. From $399, Jan 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Pride: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $529, Nov 13, 27; Dec 4 & 11, 2005 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Majesty: 7-night Bermuda from Boston. From $549, Sept 11,18,25; Oct 2,9 & 16 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $599, Sept 25 sailing.
  • Celebrity Millennium: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $650, Jan 30, sailing.

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

  • Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas: 13-night eastbound Transatlantic, from Miami to Barcelona. From $940, Apr 29 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Dec 11 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 11-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $999. Jan 17 sailing.
  • Orient Marco Polo: 12-night Amazon cruise-tour, Manaus, Brazil to Barbados. From $1,999, March 21 sailing. Deal includes 2- for-1 air rates.
  • Cunard Queen Mary 2: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $999, Jan 15 sailing.
  • NCL Norwegian Wind: 11-night Hawaiian Islands, round-trip from Honolulu. From $949, Dec 25 sailing.
  • Sea Dream Yacht Club SeaDream 1: 4-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, round-trip from St. Thomas. From $999, Jan 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,175, Apr 1 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 14-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $1,300, Jan 16 sailing.

Cruisin' Costa Will Hardly Cost Ya

You can snag a 7-night eastern or western Caribbean cruise on Costa Atlantica and Costa Mediterranea between January and April for as little as $399 per person, double occupancy. The catch: you pick your date and cabin category preference, and Costa will pick the ship. You'll find out the ship you've been assigned to two weeks prior to departure. For this limited time offer, you can make a booking between 30 and 70 days before the sailing date prior to selected sailing dates. The 2,112-passenger ships are nearly identical in design and style; the Atlantic was built in 2000 and the Mediterranea in 2003. For more information call 800/33-COSTA or go online to www.costacruises.com.

It's a Bargain to Fly Business

Crystal (tel. 866/446-6625; or www.crystalcruises.com) is offering discounts of up to 50% off of business class air upgrade fares when booking spring 2005 Asia cruises aboard Crystal Harmony and spring/summer 2005 European cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. The special business class air upgrades, available from most major gateways in the U.S. and Canada, are in addition to Crystal Cruises' published coach class airfare rates. On the Asia cruises to China and Japan, business-class air upgrades are $1,099 one-way from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu and Vancouver. For Crystal's Baltic and Med sailings, the business-class air upgrades are $1,099 one-way from Northeast gateways (including New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.), $1,199 from Central and Southeast gateways (including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Detroit and Miami), and $1,299 from the West (including Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland, Phoenix, Seattle and Vancouver) for all of the luxury line's Baltic and Mediterranean cruises.