05.22.2007 
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Mexican Riviera
Dawn Princess, roundtrip San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. Onboard Amenities Valued at $70
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: One of Princesses smaller ships with a lovely interior!
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One Day Sale
Royal Caribbean and Celebrity on Sale for one day only, Tuesday May 22.
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Nice bargains here, a deposit holds your reservation.
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Princess Cruises
9-night Crown Princess cruises from New York City, Balcony from $749 pp!
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: August sail-dates are the best bargains right now.
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Princess in Europe
Royal Princess bargain! 12-night Med cruise from $1589 per person ocean view cabin.
•  CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: small ship cruising in the Med, this is a real bargain.
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Carnival in Europe
Brand new Carnival Freedom 12-day European cruises from $1299 per person.
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: great pricing for a European cruise!
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Alaska from $399
Holland America Alaska cruises on deep discount. Northbound or Southbound.
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: inside cabins at $349 are wait-listed!
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John Heald Cruise
Carnival Cruise Director John Heald Blogger's Cruise best rates! From $539 +$100 shipboard credit
•  CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-913-7245
CruiseMates says: hear the CruiseMates Interview with John Heald here!
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Holland America NYC
10-night Holland America Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Noordam from $849 pp!
•  ONLYFUNVACATIONS: 1-888-ONLYFUN (665-9386)
CruiseMates says: this is Holland America's best class of ships - a true bargain.
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New Alaska Itinerary
New Itinerary! 14-Day Alaska aboard the Tahitian Princess in 2008 roundtrip Vancouver
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: the first 14-day Alaska cruise we've seen.
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Celebrity Steal
One-day sale: 12-night Celebrity Millennium Barcelona to Venice from $1349 pp!
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: grab this bargain on a premium ship right now.
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$499 Alaska
Coral, Diamond and Island Princess Alaska discounts. Oceanview staterooms from $499.
•  DESTINATION OCEANS: 1-800-374-3740
CruiseMates says: what can we say? reduced from $399; an unbelievable offer!
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Royal Caribbean Europe
Voyager of the Seas RT Barcelona as low as $699 per person! Balcony $1099
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: This is the ship for your family cruise.
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Bermuda from $549
Explorer of the Seas five night getaway from New Jersey. Fun mega-ship with $749 balcony.
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: One of Royal Caribbean's favorite ships at a great price!
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Celebrity Alaska
Celebrity Summit 7-night cruise $449; One-day Sale balcony $849
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: a premium ship at a mass market price- book now!
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Celebrity Europe
Century; 10 and 11-night Med and western Europe cruises from $1099
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: older ship but great food and service at a discount
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NCL Free-style
Norwegian Star 8-night Mexico cruises from $549 pp. Includes Acapulco, Ixtapa, Cabo, Puerto Vallarta
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: best Mexico itinerary; up to $450 onboard credit possible
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Family Alaska
$499 for Holland America to Alaska with 3rd and 4th person for $99.
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: choice of three ships; we recommend Volendam for families!
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Hawaii 10-night
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody, Ensenada to Hawaii from $799 pp. $899 outside.
•  WHITETRAVEL: 1-800-547-4790
CruiseMates says: four days at sea followed by six nights in port, great price.
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First European Discounts

15-night Grand Princess: $1349

If you follow cruising, you know this is the hottest year for cruises in Europe yet. And for good reason, not only is it the most convenient way to see Europe ever invented, but the selection of ports and itineraries is unprecedented. Many ships, such as the new Emerald Princess sailing in the Mediterranean, have been completely sold out for months now, but we are just now beginning to see other ships offering European discounts for those of you who were hoping for late season bargains.

Cruises-N-More is offering a 15-night sailing on Grand Princess from Rome to Southampton, with stops in Naples, Livorno (port for Florence and Pisa), Cannes, Barcelona, Gibraltar, Casablanca, Cadiz, Lisbon, Vigo, Le Havre, Rotterdam, and Zeebrugge. The rate for a best available inside cabin is under $100/day; $1349 per person.

These ports are wonderful. This is the first year I have noticed many ships making stops in Morocco (Casablanca, which is inland will require a shore excursion). Other ships are stopping in Alexandria Egypt for a chance to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza. Royal Princess, which is one of the smaller Princess ships, has an itinerary that includes Rome, Capri, Alexandria (Egypt), Port Said (Egypt), Ashdod (Jerusalem), Haifa (Israel), Kusadasi, Santorini, Patmos & Athens. If ever there was a cruise for people who love to explore antiquity, this is it. A small ship like Royal Princess is arguably the best way to see Europe, because you get on and off faster and there there is less competition for shore excursions. That itinerary, however, is priced at $3799 balcony.

But, if you are looking for a bargain on Royal Princess, check out Cruise Locator's 12-night Classic Eastern Mediterranean with oceanview cabins starting at $1589. Sailing from Rome to Venice, you visit beautiful Portofino on the Amalfi Coast, Monte Carlo, Corsica, Sorrento (Isle of Capri), Messina, Valleta (Malta - an extraordinary port), Corfu, Kotor, Split, Ravenna and Venice. Those last ports are on the Dalmation coast which is new territory for many Americans as it was formerly part of the Eastern Bloc.

Getting back to bigger ships, which also have their place, Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas is offering one-week cruises from Barcelona. We see America's Vacation Center offering this cruise as low as $709 per person including up to a 2-category upgrade, or $1099 per person for a balcony cabin. The ship stops in Nice, France; Civitavecchia (the port for Rome); Naples and Palermo.

Why would you want to take a larger ship in Europe? One good reason is if you have offspring. A bigger ship gives you plenty of baby-sitting and alternative activities for kids of all ages, up to 18, all day and through most of the night. Want to take a tour on your own, or have a romantic dinner? No problem, the ship's staff is there to watch your brood while you enjoy your vacation.

New York Cruise Bargains

A few weeks ago we looked at quick New York getaways. This week we are seeing longer New York-based cruises, nine and 10-day, that are real bargains.

We are really excited about the 9-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise from New York on Crown Princess. Starting at $761 per person at CruiseDeals.com, you can opt for a balcony for $949, that's just over $100/day for a balcony cabin on a great ship. Sail roundtrip New York to San Juan, St Maarten, St Thomas and Grand Turk, with two sea days each way to let your hair down.

Cruise Value Center has a 10-night Holland America cruise, roundtrip New York City, selling for as low as $83/day per person for an oceanview. These are sold out until well into the fall season, but if you are thinking ahead here is your chance to pick up a real bargain.

If you are looking for a quick getaway from the East coast there are always plenty of Bermuda cruises to select from. These cruises are more of a chance to just relax onboard, read a book, catch a show and enjoy a bit of sunshine. For a fun ship at a great price, sailing conveniently out of New Jersey, we like Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas, one of the activity-filled Voyager-class vessels. You can get away for five days with a balcony cabin for as low as $749 per person at CruiseDeals.com.

Royal Caribbean/Celebrity One-Day Sale

Many of our sponsors are highlighting a one-day sale on Royal caribbean and Celebrity Cruises for today only. Vacations to Go and Cruises-N-More have links on their front pages, but a sale like this means the prices will be available to any of the top cruise sellers. Vacations to go shows a 7-night Alaska cruise on Celebrity Summit for $449.

VacationsToGo also shows a 12-night Mediaterranean cruise on Celebrity Millennium where starting price is just $1349 per person, and balconies are marked down from $3299 to $2399 per person. Nice itinerary, too, featuring Barcelona, Nice, Livorno, Rome, Naples, Santorini, Athens, Dubrovnik, and two days in Venice. A hard deal to beat, and if you read down this far, you deserve it!