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April 8, 2004 -- Here are 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 Cruises are capacity-controlled and offers may be withdrawn at any time.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 the ship's name for complete details and booking)

  • Holland America's Volendam: 3-night Pacific Coastal cruise, San Francisco to Vancouver. From $299. May 2 sailing.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $379, Nov 28, and Dec 5, 7, and 12 sailings. Deal includes $50 Cash-Back when you book a balcony or suite.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Alaska Hubbard Glacier, Vancouver to Seward. From $599. May 28 sailing.
  • Celebrity Cruises Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, roundtrip from Norfolk. From $680. Sept 18 sailing.
  • Princess Cruises Star Princess: 12-night Mediterranean, Venice to Barcelona. From $999. May 28 sailing.
  • Balconies. Book any cabin with a balcony on any 2004 sailing and get $25 to $200 cash back, depending on the length of the sailing (www.cruisesonly.com/promotion/cruisesonly/aprilcruise/default.asp).

Cruise Value Center (tel. 800/231-7447, www.cruisevalue.com; click the ship's name for complete details and booking)

  • Carnival Paradise: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499. Aug 29 sailing.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $399. Aug 22 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $845. July 3 sailing.
  • Celebrity Horizon: 7-night Bermuda, roundtrip from Philadelphia. From $1,162. July 3 (holiday) sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas: 7-night Alaska, sailing from Vancouver to Seward. From $649. June 25 sailing.
  • Norwegian Crown: 7-night Bermuda, sailing roundtrip from New York. From $929. Aug 22 Sailing.
  • Norwegian Sea: 7-night western Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Galveston. From $560. Aug 14 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night Western Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. From $649. June 26 and July 10 sailings.

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

  • Carnival Paradise: 7-night eastern/western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499. Apr 25, May 9 and Aug 28 sailings.
  • Carnival Triumph & Victory: 7-night eastern/western Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499. Sept 4, Nov 14 and 27 sailings.
  • Carnival Conquest: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from New Orleans. From $549. Dec 5 and 12 sailings.
  • Carnival Glory: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Port Canaveral. From $549. Aug 28 and Oct 23 sailings.
  • Carnival Elation: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Galveston. From $449. Aug 29, Nov 11 and 28, and Dec 12 sailings.
  • Carnival Miracle: 5-night eastern Canada, roundtrip from New York. From $479. June 7 sailing.
  • Holland America Statendam. 7-night Alaska, Seward to Vancouver. From $509. May 16 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. 7-night Alaska, Vancouver to Seward. From $599. May 28 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Legend of the Seas. 10/11-night Hawaii, between Ensenada and Honolulu. From $799. Apr 27 and May 7 sailings.
  • Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas: 7-night Mediterranean, roundtrip from Southampton. From $799. May 8 sailing.
  • Viking River Cruises Viking Burgundy. 7-night France river cruise, Chalon-Sur-Saone to Arles. From $1,559. Apr 24 sailing.
  • Windstar Wind Surf: 7-night Mediterranean, Rome to Nice. From $1,856. May 9 sailing.
  • Oceania Cruises Regatta: 12-night Mediterranean, Barcelona to Lisbon. From $2,799.

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

  • Carnival Triumph: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $599. May 22 sailing.
  • Celebrity Century: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699. May 15 sailing.
  • Holland America Zuiderdam: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $749. Jun 5 sailing.
  • Carnival Paradise: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $499. May 9 sailing.
  • Princess Caribbean Princess. 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale. From $699. Jun 15 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas: 7-night eastern Caribbean, roundtrip from Miami. From $899. May 16 sailing.
  • Carnival Destiny: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $699. May 30 sailing.
  • Disney Magic: 7-night western Caribbean, roundtrip from Pt. Canaveral. From $799. May 22 sailing.

Vacation Outlet (tel. 800/690-2210, www.vacationoutlet.com; click the ship's name for complete details and booking)

  • Celebrity Cruises Constellation: 7-night southern Caribbean, roundtrip from San Juan. From $492. Dec 4 sailing.
  • Royal Caribbean's Nordic Empress: 6-night Bermuda, roundtrip from Bayonne, NJ. From $579. Sept 12 sailing.
  • Carnival Victory: 7-night Canada/New England, roundtrip from New York. From $599. September 11,18 and 25, and Oct 2 sailings.
  • Carnival Miracle: 7-night Key West & Bahamas, roundtrip from Baltimore. From $799. Oct 17 sailings.
  • Holland America's Noordam: 10-night Mediterranean, roundtrip from Rome. From $999. May 9 sailing.

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