10.23.2007 
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Carnival Freedom $499
Incredible prices on the brand new Carnival Freedom! 7 nt Nov 2007 Miami departures from $499!!
•  iCruise.com: 1-888-icruise
CruiseMates says: grab this deal NOW - this ship is not getting any cheaper.
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Pride of Hawaii Steal
Pride of Hawaii from $399 pp! Last minute October special, $699 Balcony.
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Military and Hwaii residents - save $100 on the fares above!
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Special Offers
Book a Carnival cruise, get free upgrades: from $249
Carnival Liberty 6-day, get free upgrade: from $419
10-day mediterranean on Royal Caribbean from $899 pp!

•  ORBITZ 1-888-229-1365
CruiseMates says: book online for the best Orbitz deals!
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75% Off your next Cruise!
Call 1-800-408-1143 to save on your next cruise and get 2 (5-star) Resort nights in Orlando or Las Vegas!
•  National Cruise Tours 1-800-408-1143
CruiseMates says: Choice of Carnival, Celebrity, Princess, NCL or Royal Caribbean.
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AVALON WATERWAYS
AVALON WATERWAYS Save $200/Couple; 2008 Avalon Waterways River & Small Ship Cruises
•  AVALON WATERWAYS 1-877-797-8791
CruiseMates says: Save $500 per couple on 2008 Avalon River & Small Ship Cruises!
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Carnival Super Sale
Get $50 onboard credit on 3 to 5-day; $100 onboard credit on 6 day or longer cruises
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Book before October 28
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Thanksgiving Bargain
NCL Majesty 7-day Thanksgiving Cruise: West Caribbean: Inside $499 pp; Oceanview $599 pp. Onboard Coupons
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: Rpyal Caribbean's most popular ship at a great price.
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One-Day Sale!
One-day Royal Caribbean Sales Event - exclusive discounted prices!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: 3-nights from $169
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South America Bargain
Carnival Splendour in South America - various voyages from Ft Lauderdale to San Francisco
•  CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-561-0802
CruiseMates says: See unusual South American ports at a great price on carnival
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Pride of Hawaii Steal
Mexico Sale on Dawn Princess 7-night from $439 + 3rd/4th $199!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: $50 onboard credit, free upgrades on some dates!
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Europe 2008
Holland America’s Noordam round trip Rome 10-nt Mediterranean cruise from: $1999 pp
•  BUYCRUISES: 1-800-510-1786
CruiseMates says: Book Europe early for the best deals and selection of cabins!
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Euro River Cruise
7-Night Garden Theme Cruise aboard Peter Deilmann sailing from Basel to Amsterdam, from $1,949 per guest.
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: Dielmann is a top-rated English-speaking European cruise line
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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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South America Dream! 14-nts $499!
14-Night SOUTH AMERICA Cruise Norwegian Dream roundtrip Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile REDUCED TO $499 per person! Nov. 7, 2007.
•  Cruise & Tours Unlimited: 1-800-935-2727
CruiseMates says: UNBELIEVABLE bargain 14-day cruise - reduced $100.
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Star Princess Steal
7 night Princess cruise to the Mexican Riviera: Cabo San Lucas and much more for only $365 pp!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: a steal of a deal for a Princess cruise! Oceanview $460
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Christmas and New Years
Holland America Zaandam 15 Night HAWAII Cruise Departing from San Diego Dec 20 from $1984
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: A holiday bargain at its best.
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Carnival Holiday Cruises
Carnival Holiday Cruises from $439 p.p. Book this week & get $100 Ship Board credit on select sailing.
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678 x106
CruiseMates says: One of the last remaining holiday bargains
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Queen Victoria

By PAUL MOTTER
The christening of Queen Victoria is right around the corner, next week on December a

Why is this so important? While there are a lot of guidebooks and web sites with cruise authorities, and I would like to tell you I am the best there is, the truth is that the author of the Berlitz Guide, Doug Ward, is the best. If there were honors given for "best cruise guide" every year, I am sure Doug would win, hands down, year after year.

You won't find Doug's ship reviews online, you have to buy the book, but you can find out how to do that by going to berlitzcruising.com.

Doug spends more time aboard ships than any individual I have ever met, over 200 days/year according to the web site, but if I had to guess I would think it is closer to 300. And he has been doing that since 1985, that's right, this is his 23rd edition. If it floats and carries people, Doug has sailed upon it.

And I have to say that I am not surprised that Cunard has taken this honor, which in previous years consistently went to another large luxury line. Not that the other line has diminished, far from it, it is just that Cunard has been racing ahead in the last few years to truly define itself, forging an identity as the line that embodies the best shipboard experience possible.

You will notice I am avoiding using the term "cruise ship." Cunard prefers to refer to their ships as ocean liners rather than cruisers. Although Cunard's newest ship, MS Queen Victoria, will feature itineraries that are more like cruises than trans-Atlantic voyages, each voyage any Cunard ship takes is imbued with the spirit of the golden age of ocean liners. If you know and love passenger ship traditions - as so accurately portrayed by James Cameron in the movie Titanic, then you have to love a Cunard voyage. Especially now that they have matured into the kind if cruise line that deserves the accolades they just received.

I just returned from a preview of the yet to be christened MS Queen Victoria, and I walked away with a new respect for the line. The dedication they have to creating an experience for their passengers with the finest dining, authentic decor and first rate entertainment shows that they are not the kind of line that caters to passengers who want fantasy, escape or mindless activities. They are the line for thinking people with ships that challenge the intellect and imagination.

To read all about the history of Cunard Line, and to see pictures and video of the new Queen Victoria, go to our ship preview: Queen Victoria.

Royal Caribbean Good News

A strong quarterly report from Royal Caribbean shows that cruise pricing in the Caribbean is firming up. We were telling you to book cruises a few months ago when prices were incredibly low. Now Royal Caribbean is saying the winter is looking strong, which means they have already sold many of their cabins and bargains will be harder to find.

Now, if the great prices are out there we will find them for you, keep watching this newsletter. But we just want to warn you that winter's peak months of January through May, when temperatures are coldest in the East and Midwest, are already selling out. so if you know you are going to want a cruise this winter do not delay, they are not going to be getting any cheaper. Are they overpriced now? Not at all, but the deep bargains we were seeing two months ago are no longer so easy to find.

While we were seeing 7-day cruises on other cruise lines as low as $349, now the lowest prices we are seeing on any Caribbean cruises (with a few exceptions) are in the $499 range. The median price for a newer mega-ship is $549 to $699 for a lead price.

Where the Bargains Are

Fortunately, there are still a few bargains out there, and we urge you to grab them while they last. In a twist from last year when they were higher than Caribbean cruises, the Mexican Riviera is a bargain this year. We see 7-night cruises from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta under $500, and as low as $365 for December 2007.

Carnival Elation is offering 6-night cruises to Mexico (La Paz, Cabo and Ensenada) starting at just $379 pp right now, but those cruises are already mostly sold out in winter 2008. 7-night cruises on Carnival Pride to Mexico are still available and reasonable, however, at $449 to $549 this winter.

Norwegian Pearl, which is a fun, active and beautifully imaginative ship, is offering 5-night cruises from Maimi to Cozumel and Grand Cayman for as low as $269 pp, if you sail right away, but as high as $349 - $399 if you wait until February. The better deal is on the same great ship on one of our favorite itineraries in the Caribbean: leave from Miami Friday night after work and sail for nine days to the deep Caribbean. Visit Samana, Dominican Republic, Road Town, Tortola, St. Johns, Antigua, Bridgetown, Barbados and Castries, St. Lucia -- and be home Sunday night in time for work on Monday! And what a price - just as low as $549 pp through December 9. That is the best deal we see right now. By peak season the price goes up to $700 average.

As far as we know, this is the only ship offering a deep Caribbean cruise that you can take from Miami and only take one week off of work.