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A Barrage of Savings

French Country Waterways (tel. 800/222-1236; www.fcwl.com) is offering discounts of $1,400 per couple on every April sailing of its luxury barge cruises in Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy and Champagne. With the discount, all-inclusive rates range from $3,195 to $4,295 per person, double occupancy, for weekly six-night cruises between April 3 and April 24. Each of the intimate 8- to 18-passenger barges has a sundeck, lounge, dining room, bar, library and fleet of bicycles for use ashore. Fares include daily excursions to historic villages and cities, chateaux, Gothic and Romanesque churches, as well as vineyards for private wine tastings. All meals, including one dinner ashore at a Michelin-starred restaurant, plus estate-bottled wines at lunch and dinner, and an open bar are also included in the rates.

Deals to Beat the Band

American West Steamboat Company (tel. 800/434-1232; www.americanweststeamboat.com) is offering 50% companion fares on its Big Band theme cruises aboard the 235-passenger sternwheeler Empress of the North on the Columbia, Willamette and Snake Rivers. Departing March 27 and April 24, 2005, these special 7-night cruises feature '30s, '40s and '50s hits performed by musicians playing in the style and spirit of Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo, the Dorsey Brothers, Harry James and Artie Shaw. Both cruises feature special performances by the Russ Morgan Orchestra. Rates start at $2,559 for the first person, with a 50% companion rate of $1,280. Fares include daily shore excursions, plus all meals and live entertainment.

Family Savings are Crystal Clear

Children under 12 cruise free aboard the 940-passenger Crystal Harmony in Alaska next summer when sharing the same stateroom with two adults. Crystal Cruises (tel. 866/446-6625; www.crystalcruises.com) Eleven departures between May and September include a 7-night sailing round-trip out of Vancouver and ten 12-night cruises round-trip from San Francisco. The Harmony has a kid's playroom, equipped with toys, craft supplies video games and personal computers, and there are supervised activities for children under 17. Depending on the itinerary, cruise fares start at $1,825 per person/double occupancy. The "kids sail free" promotion is limited to triple stateroom accommodations and is capacity controlled.

What Travel Agencies Are Offering

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)

  • Carnival Celebration: 5-night Bahamas, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $279, Sept 10,19,24; Oct 3, Nov 28; Dec 3 & 12, 2005 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas: 7-night Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $369, April 30 sailing.
  • Holland America Westerdam: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $599, Nov 27 & Dec 11 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 10-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $1,099, May 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Civitavecchia (Rome). From $1,130, Oct 7 sailing.

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

  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $498, Oct 1 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $448, Nov 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $368, Oct 2 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $325, Nov 10 sailing.
  • Celebrity Infinity: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Seattle. From $1,000, Aug 21 sailing.
  • Celebrity Zenith: 14-night Southern Caribbean, round-trip from Jacksonville. From $1,050, March 13 sailing.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 7-night Alaska, round-trip from Vancouver. From $784, May 14 sailing.
  • Princess Sea Princess: 7-night Europe, round-trip from London. From $1,004, July 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $628, April 2 sailing.
  • Holland America Volendam: 10-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $821, April 9 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Mexican Rivera, round-trip from Los Angeles. From $541, March 6 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $499, Feb 27 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Galaxy: 10-night Mediterranean, round-trip from Rome. From $1,330, Jun 24 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 14-night Scandinavia/Russia, round-trip from Dover. From $2,300, Jun 18 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas: 6-night Caribbean, San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale. From $349, Apr 29 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas: 5-night Bermuda, round-trip from Bayonne. From $699, Jun 12 sailing.
  • Costa Atlantica: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $520 Oceanview cabin, Jan 16 sailing.
  • Princess Golden Princess: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $699, Apr 17 sailing. Deal includes $100 onboard credit per cabin, a free bottle of wine and a photo credit.

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

  • Carnival Imagination: 5-night western Caribbean round-trip from Miami. From $579, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Inspiration: 5-night western Caribbean round-trip from Tampa. From $659, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Holiday: 5-night western Caribbean round-trip from Mobile. From $519, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Port Canaveral. From $749, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $749, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Princess Grand Princess: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $874, Mar. 19 sailing
  • Princess Caribbean Princess: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $874, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • MSC Opera: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $595, Mar. 19 sailing.
  • Costa Atlantica: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $749, Mar. 20 sailing
  • Costa Mediterranea: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale. From $749, Mar. 20 sailing
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $729, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $629, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $629, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western, Caribbean round-trip from Tampa. From $899, Mar. 20 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night western, Caribbean round-trip from Miami. From $779, Mar. 20 sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Spirit: 9-night Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $814, Feb. 4 sailing
  • Carnival Ecstasy: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $389, Feb. 26 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, Jan. 23 sailing.
  • Princess Sun Princess/Dawn Princess: 10-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $899, Feb. 27 or Feb. 28 sailings.
  • Carnival Spirit: 12-night Hawaii, Ensenada to Honolulu or Honolulu to Vancouver. From $1099, Apr. 17 or Apr. 29 sailings.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $775, Mar. 5 sailing.
  • Holland America Oosterdam: 7-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $749 on Feb. 5 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas: 7-night Canada/New England, round-trip from Philadelphia. From $999, Aug. 14 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Tampa. From $519, Sep. 18, Sep. 25, Oct. 2 sailings.
  • Princess Coral Princess: 10-night Panama Canal, round-trip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,299, Apr. 17 sailing.

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

  • NCL Norwegian Dream: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from New Orleans. From $399, April 19 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $549, September 11 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 8-night California & Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Francisco. From $675, March 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Legend: 8-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from New York. From $699, Sept 2, 10, 18, 26; Oct 4 & 12 sailings.
  • Holland America Veendam: 7-night Alaska, from Seward to Vancouver. From $798, Sept 18 sailing.

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

  • Silverseas Silver Cloud: 8-night ultra-lux South America, Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires. From $3,899, Nov 27 sailing.
  • Carnival Miracle: 3-night Bahamas, round-trip from Ft Lauderdale. From $299, Feb 9 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Galveston. From $599, Feb 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Imagination: 5-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $479, Jan 17 sailing.
  • Carnival Valor: 7-night eastern Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $699, Jan 30 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury: 11-night Mexican Riviera, round-trip from San Diego. From $999, Jan 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Constellation: 7-night southern Caribbean, round-trip from San Juan. From $520, Dec 17 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Splendor of the Seas: 7-night western Mediterranean, round-trip from Barcelona. From $719, Oct 1 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night western Caribbean, round-trip from Miami. From $599, Oct 9 sailing.
  • Orient Lines Marco Polo: 13-night Amazon, Manaus to Bridgetown. From $1,999, Mar 12 sailing. Deal includes two-for-one airfare.

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