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Western Caribbean
Royal Caribbean - Freedom of the Seas: 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) from $699
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CruiseMates says: this is Royal Caribbean's most popular ship ever!
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Hawaii with Air
AIR INCLUDED! 7-night NCL Hawaii cruises. Choose from any of the three NCL-America ships, only $949 with air!
• CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Pride of Hawaii is the newest and best ship for this offer
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Bermuda Balcony
Celebrity Journey to Bermuda: get a BALCONY for the price of an ocean view.
• CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: One of Celebrity's new boutique ships.
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Alaska Upgrade
Coral Princess 7-night Alaska: inside from $599 PLUS $50 pp shipboard credit - $30 upgrade to oceanview!
• CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: An oceanview cabin is a bargain at 1/3 the price of a balcony.
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Carnival Mexico
4-day Baja on Paradise; LA to Catalina, Ensenada only $189
• CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: the lowest price for a 4-day Baja cruise yet
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Southern Caribbean
Adventure of the Seas: D2 Balcony 1142.00 per person includes all port fees & taxes. Save 700.00 per person.
• CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-913-7245
CruiseMates says: special rates on a top Royal Caribbean ship
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7-night Hawaii
7-night Hawaii Cruise Roundtrip Honolulu from $499
• ONLYFUNVACATIONS: 1-888-ONLYFUN (665-9386)
CruiseMates says: the best way to see ALL the Hawaiian islands
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Panama Canal
18-Day Panama Canal from $1,599 per person - San Diego to Miami
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: river cruises include airfare and tours in basic price
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9-night Southern Caribbean
NCL's Norwegian Pearl - 9 Night Southern Caribbean (Miami roundtrip) from $859, Up to $450 in FREE onboard spending!
•  CRUISESONLY: 1-800-CRUISES
CruiseMates says: Friday night to Sunday - GREAT ITINERARY one week off work.
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Alaska with Hotel
9-Night Holland America Cruise with 2-night Hotel Package -$699!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: this is an excellent price for Alaska.
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Top Savings
This week's hottest offers include Carnival 7-days for just $489 pp.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: many top bargains from the a top cruise discount house
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Carnival Alaska
Carnival Spirit: 7 Day Southbound Alaska from Vancouver. $579
• CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: balcony cabins still available as low as $929 pp
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Santorini

Hot European Summer

European Cruising is Hot!
We just returned from a river cruise in France, and sure enough, European tourism is already off to running start; even more so than pre-2001 when security was less an issue and the Dollar was still mightier than the Euro.

There are tourists everywhere, and major cities like Paris are very crowded already. Remember, not only Americans are returning, but relaxed travel rules in the European Union along with a very strong Euro means that more Europeans are traveling as well.

Our number one concern for Europe this year is the air travel. We met cruisers on our boat who were bumped from oversold flights, and it was still only the end of March! If you already have a reservation good for you, but be sure to reserve your seats at your earliest possible convenience.

Furthermore we suggest, under the current air travel conditions, that you make the most of your journey overseas by adding a few days before and after your cruise to enjoy your first and last ports (most likely major cities). You will have time to shake off the jet lag, and be sure that you don't miss your ship due to over-crowded flights.

Plus, if you have kinds of delays we experienced, you may not want to return "over there" for a few more years. If you don't have your flights yet, book them before the prices go up. Even better, shop for the air-inclusive cruise deals which are still very reasonable.

Also, remember that just because you book your air travel through the cruise line it does not guarantee they will get you to the ship if you miss your first port, unless you buy travel insurance from the cruise line. In addition, booking your cruise through a qualified, service-oriented travel agent will also help you tremendously if you find yourself in a bad situation. At least you will have someone to call and help you out of your jam.

And yes, the picture above is of Santorini. We have some pretty strong opinions about the MV Sea Diamond incident, but we are holding them for our editorial newsletter tomorrow.
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