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7-night Europe
Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas, RT Venice to Athens, Mykonos, Katakolon, Corfu, Split Croatia from $1019.
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: Add a Venice sojourn for a GREAT Euro vacation
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Royal Caribbean Cruise Sale!
Special dates at special rates! From $249 for a 3 nt. cruise! Special rewards for CruiseMates cruisers!
•  iCruise.com: 1-888-icruise
CruiseMates says: Get a quick getaway for a bargain price.
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Celebrity Mega-Sale!
2008 Celebrity Cruises mega-sale! $50 -$100 Onboard Credit; Caribbean, Europe, Alaska.
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Agency says "double bonuses!" Onboard credit with every cruise.
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Deluxe Europe Cruise!
11-nt Azamara Journey: Venice to Barcelona: Oceanview $2199 pp. Onboard credits $300 ocean view cabin; $500 balcony cabin; $800 Suite cabin. Offer expires 2/29/08
•  BUYCRUISES: 1-800-510-1786
CruiseMates says: The best way to see Europe - small ship, good food & service!
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Princess Cruises Sale
Princess Cruise Sale - $100pp reduced deposit, $120 value coupon book and onboard credits available!
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: fleet-wide Princess cruise sale.
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Vacations to Go
Save Up To 75% On Cruises. Age 55+ Rates, Group Rates, Military Rates, and more.
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: consistently one of the most popular travel agencies.
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Europe Bargains
12-night Europe Cruise on new Carnival Freedom as low as $999 pp. Italy, France, Spain, Dubrovnik.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Includes free travel insurance or free gratuities with suite
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Mexico Princess from $384
Dawn Princess 7-night Mexico cruises from just $384 pp. Balcony just $665 pp!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: A lovely smaller ship at an amazing price.
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Carnival Caribbean Bargain
Carnival Freedom 6 Nights West Caribbean: $389 inside, $509 Oceanview, $639 Balcony Cabins.
•  CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-561-0802
CruiseMates says: Six nights for the price of four - a great Carnival value!
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NCL Alaska Sale
Book by Jan 20th & receive up to $100 On-board credit. Plus, get 10% off suites & Villas
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: Free-style cruising in Alaska - book early.
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Mexico Cruise Steal
7-night Mexico on Holland America Oosterdam from only $449 per person! Amenities Valued at $90.
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: The newest, nicest ship on regular mexico itineraries!
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Bermuda Discounts
Sail on NCL Majesty; Charleston or Baltimore to Bermuda from $559 pp!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Oceanview $599. Bonus Gifts with each cruise.
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12-nt Princess Australia & New Zealand!
Diamond Princess from Sydney to Auckland from only: $1595 pp with Low air add-ons.
•  BUYCRUISES: 1-800-510-1786
CruiseMates says: A great price for exotic itinerary, air savings to match!
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Queen Mary 2
10 Night Southern Caribbean cruise on Queen Mary 2 from Ft Lauderdale from $1524 per person
•  Cruise & Tours Unlimited: 1-800-935-2727
CruiseMates says: A classic ship at a bargain price.
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NY Summer Bargains
Sail from New York City this summer on Carnival just $329 pp.
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: Book early! NYC cruises get expensive as they sell out.
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Cunard Trans-Atlantic
Six-night Queen Mary 2 crossing New York to Southampton from $836 pp.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: a once in a lifetime type of cruise!
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$99 Bahamas Cruise!
Cruise to the Bahamas starting from $99 pp - Limited time promotion!
•  My Cruise Getaway: 1-800-408-1143
CruiseMates says: Call 1-800-408-1143 for details
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Valentine's Day is Near

By PAUL MOTTER

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, but there is still time to think about giving your loved one something you both want and need - a cruise. You just got through the holidays with all of the family celebrations and other big gatherings. Wouldn't it be great for just the two of you to get away and spend some time together?

To get you in the mood, I suggest entering Carnival's "Read My Valentine" contest right away. All you have to do is write a story about anything romantic concerning you and yours. It can be about how you met, or a story about the two of you on a Carnival cruise, although the Carnival cruise element is NOT a requirement to enter the contest.

And after you have done that, book yourself a Valentine's Day cruise. The carnival contest closes on February 14th, so the cruise prize they award will be for a later date. The prize is a four-day Western Caribbean cruise in the Owner's Suite (!) on either Carnival Imagination or Inspiration.

Both of these ships (and all of this class) were just newly remodeled in several areas, including one you and your lover will surely enjoy, a new "Serenity Adults-only Area" with thick, cushy outdoor loungers and a quiet, kids-free pool area.

Don't be surprised if other cruise lines announce Valentine's Day contests soon as well. But don't hesitate to book that cruise now, because even the prizes awarded will not be for this year's Valentines Day.

In case you are wondering, Valentine's day falls on a Thursday, and most weekend cruises leave Friday afternoon and return Monday morning. What could be better than giving your mate a cruise that leaves the next day?

Here are our picks for the top Valentine's Weekend cruises (All prices were derived from the website of one of our sponsors):

Feb 15 - 18 Three Nights: Friday thru Monday:

  • Carnival Fascination; Miami to Nassau: $279 per person, $339 oceanview, $689 pp Suite.

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas: Miami to Coco Cay and Nassau: $299 pp, $409 oceanview.

  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas; Port Canaveral to Nassau Overnight: $334 pp, $464 oceanview, $809 Suite!

  • Mexico: Carnival Paradise Long Beach to Ensenada: $349 pp $399 oceanview

  • Mexico: Monarch Of The Seas, Los Angeles to Ensenada: $374 pp

    Feb. 14 - 17 Three Nights: Thursday thru Sunday:

  • Carnival Sensation; Port Canaveral to Nassau Overnight: $279 per person, $319 oceanview, $599 pp Suite.

    Four Night Cruises, East Coast:

  • Carnival Sensation, Feb 10; Port Canaveral to Freeport, Nassau: $269 pp, $329 oceanview, $739 Suite!

  • Carnival Sensation, Feb 18; Port Canaveral to Freeport, Nassau: $289 pp, $339 oceanview!

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, Feb 11; Miami to Nassau, Coco Cay & Key West: $339 pp, $379 oceanview, $1199 Suite!

  • Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas, Feb 18; Miami to Nassau, Coco Cay & Key West: $339 pp, $379 oceanview, $1199 Suite!

  • 4-nights Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas, Feb 11; Port Canaveral to Coco Cay & Freeport, Nassau: $299 pp, $369 oceanview, $749 Suite!

  • Royal Caribbean Sovereign of the Seas, Feb 18; Port Canaveral to Coco Cay & Freeport, Nassau: $329 pp, $369 oceanview, $839 Suite!

    Four Night Cruises, Western Caribbean

  • Carnival Fantasy Feb 14: New Orleans to Cozumel; $249 pp, $349 oceanview, $659 suite.

  • Carnival Fascination: West Caribbean Feb 11: Miami to Key West, Calica Mex: $239 pp, $289 oceanview, $599 suite.

  • Carnival Fascination: West Caribbean Miami to Key West, Calica Mex: Feb 18; $319 pp, $379 oceanview, $729 suite.

  • Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas, Feb 18; Tampa to Key West & Cozumel: $464 pp, $489 oceanview, $1549 Suite!

  • Celebrity Century West Caribbean Feb. 14: Ft Lauderdale to Cococay, Key West: $414 pp, $439 oceanview, $739 Balcony, $799 suite.

    Four Night Cruises, West Coast & Mexico:

  • Baja, Carnival Paradise Feb 11: Long Beach to Catalina island, Ensenada Mx: $209 pp, $279 oceanview, $609 suite.

  • Baja, Carnival Paradise Feb 18: Long Beach to Catalina island, Ensenada Mx: $239 pp, $259 oceanview, $629 suite.

  • Baja, Royal Caribbean Monarch Of The Seas; Feb 11; Los Angeles to San Diego, Catalina, Ensenada: $1749 Suite!

  • Baja, Royal Caribbean Monarch Of The Seas; Feb 18; Los Angeles to San Diego, Catalina, Ensenada: $209 pp, $319 oceanview; $769 Suite!