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January 28, 2004 -- 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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.

CruisesOnly (tel. 800/278-4737, www.cruisesonly.com; click on ship name below for details page)

Cruise Value Center (tel. 800/231-7447, www.cruisevalue.com; click on the Frommer's logo to quickly reach a booking page for all of these itineraries)

  • Carnival Ecstasy. 4-night Mexico, roundtrip from Long Beach. From $197, Feb 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $334, Feb 15 sailing.
  • Carnival Jubilee: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $378, Mar 27 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury. 8-night Mexico, roundtrip from San Francisco. From $555, Mar 13 sailing.
  • Carnival Paradise. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $448, Feb 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $492, Feb 29 sailing.
  • Costa Atlantica. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $649, Feb 29 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony. 7-night ultra-luxe Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $1,480. Feb 19 sailing.
  • Crystal Symphony. 11-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, Fort Lauderdale to Costa Rica. From $1,497, Mar 4 sailing.
  • Princess Dawn Princess. 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $470, Feb 29 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $536, Feb 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. 7-night Mexico, roundtrip from Los Angeles. From $466, Feb 29 sailing.

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

  • Celebrity Galaxy. 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $500, Feb 27 and Mar 5 sailings.
  • Holland America Amsterdam. 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle. From $757.56, May 16 and 23 sailings.
  • Holland America Zaandam. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $652, Feb 28 and Mar 6 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Sea. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Houston. From $479, Mar 6 and 13 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Sky. 7-night Alaska, between Vancouver and Seattle. From $759, May 15 and 22 sailings.
  • NCL Norwegian Star.7-night Hawaii, roundtrip from Honolulu. From $794, Mar 28 and April 4 sailings.
  • Princess Sun Princess. 7-night Alaska, between Whittier and Vancouver. From $599, May 24 and 31 sailings.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Navigator. 8-night ultra-luxe western Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $1,998, Mar 13 and 20 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Nordic Empress. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Tampa. From $539, Feb 28 and Mar 6 sailings.
  • Viking River Cruises Viking Pride and Viking Neptune. 7-night Holland river cruise, roundtrip from Amsterdam. From $959, Mar 27 and April 3 sailings.

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

  • Crystal Symphony. 11-night ultra-luxe Panama Canal, from Ft. Lauderdale to Costa Rica and Costa Rica to New Orleans. From $1,895, Mar 4 and 15 sailings. Deal includes a $100 per person shipboard credit and a complimentary shore excursion.
  • Radisson Seven Seas Paul Gauguin. 7-day ultra-luxe Tahitian sailing, roundtrip from Papeete, Tahiti. From $2,900, Mar 6, 13, 20 and 27 sailings. Deal includes economy air from 83 gateway cities, a shore excursion in Bora Bora, and a $100 per person shipboard credit.
  • Seabourn Spirit. 7-night ultra-luxe Greek Isles and Italy, from Cairo to Rome. All-inclusive from $2,999, sailing May 16. Plus enjoy two complimentary shore excursions.
  • SeaDream Yacht Club SeaDream I. 7-night ultra-luxe eastern Caribbean, from St. Thomas to San Juan. From $2,223, April 11 sailing. Deal includes a $200 per stateroom shipboard credit.
  • Silversea Silver Whisper. 12-night ultra-luxe South America, from Valparaiso to Puntarenas. From $4,449, Mar 17 sailing. Deal includes 3-night excursion to Machu Picchu.

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

  • Carnival Glory. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $565, April 7 sailing.
  • Carnival Spirit. 7-night Alaska, roundtrip from Vancouver. From $694, May 26 sailing.
  • Carnival Triumph. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $409, Feb 8 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $648, April 17 sailing.
  • Celebrity Mercury. 6-night Alaska, San Francisco to Vancouver. From $548, May 29 sailing.
  • Celebrity Summit. 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $863, June 4 sailing.
  • Holland America Zaandam. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $546, Mar 27 sailing.
  • Norwegian Sea. 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. $315, May 8 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess. 7-night eastern Caribbean, from Port Canaveral. From $628, May 15 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Mariner Of The Seas. 7-night eastern Caribbean, from Port Canaveral. From $665, May 16 sailing.

Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/690-2210, www.vacationoutlet.com; click on ship name below for details page)

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