05.08.2007 
hr blue bar
Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Valor RT Miami to Nassau, St Thomas, St Martin. Up to two-category upgrade from $449! Balcony $749!
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: this Carnival mega-ship is a family-pleaser!
hr blue bar
Panama Canal w/ Air
FREE AIR 14-night Celebrity Summit –Panama Canal $1299 with air & transfers included!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Unbelievable value, especially with the airfare included!
hr blue bar
River Cruises
Additional $200/cabin discount on Uniworld for all $2007 sailings. Europe, Nile, China.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Airfare and shore tours included, best way to see Europe.
hr blue bar
Caribbean Princess
7-Nt Western Caribbean on Princess - FREE $25pp ship credit and gifts from $599
•  CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: this is one of Princess' most beautiful ships.
hr blue bar
Alaska from $449
Many Holland America Cruises on discount, 10-16-day Europe from $799
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: you MUST check out these prices on HAL savings!
hr blue bar
Alaska from $349
$349 Alaska cruise in Peak Summer Season on Holland America!!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: Check the site for low airfare offers - screaming deals!
hr blue bar
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!
hr blue bar
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
hr blue bar
Fall Folliage
11 Night Canada & New England - Receive up to $150 per person onboard credit, enjoy a complimentary shore excursion & more
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: great itinerary with Canada and unusual U.S. ports on Luxury ship.
hr blue bar
Bermuda
7 days on Norwegian, departs Boston May 13, starting at $529, save 57%
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: one of the most popular cruise sites online.
hr blue bar
$399 Alaska
7 Night Alaska Cruises from $399 per person on Holland America. Other cruise lines available.
•  DESTINATION OCEANS: 1-800-374-3740
CruiseMates says: what can we say? an unbelievable offer!
hr blue bar
Mexican Riviera
Holland America Oosterdam RT San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta. From $499. Onboard amenities up to $70!
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: spend extra days in San Diego - World famous Zoo and Seaworld!!
hr blue bar
Western Caribbean $369
$369 Caribbean Cruise on Norwegian Jewel from Miami!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: $369 inside, $499 oceanview and $599 balcony - great prices!
hr blue bar
Alaska
7 days on Holland America, departs Anchorage May 27, starting at $355, save 77%
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: one of the most popular cruise sites online.
hr blue bar
QM 2 Transatlantic
Price Drop 10-nt Queen Mary II –Fall Exotic Caribbean $1299 in; $1499 Balcony! Bonus: $100 - $300 Onboard Credit!
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Great offer on world's biggest and finest Ocean Liner
hr blue bar
Oceania Cruises
Free prepaid gratuities on any cabin or free travel insurance - your choice. Oceania Cruises
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: many top bargains from the a top cruise discount house
hr blue bar
Last-Minute Alaska
$479 for Carnival Spirit: 7 Day Southbound Anchorage to Vancouver. $649
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: airfare to Alaska is very affordable, this is a value!
hr blue bar
Fall Folliage
12 Veendam Montral and Quebec to Maine, Newport RI, Charleston and Tampa.
•  WHITETRAVEL: 1-800-547-4790
CruiseMates says: one of the most popular cruise sites online.
hr blue bar
You can access all of these specials above - or go to CruiseMates' Cruise Bargains for even more!
hr blue bar
more about

CruiseMates, a popular online resource for unbiased and authoritative cruise information, features ship reviews and articles, cruise news, polls, message boards and more.

NEW YORK TIMES: "Many sites that offer reviews are selling cruises, which raises questions about impartiality. An exception is CruiseMates."

FORTUNE MAGAZINE: "The Web's best site for articles, advice, or chatting with Cruise People. Self-financed and run independently of the industry, so their opinions are impartial."

http://www.cruisemates.com

NEW ISSUE ONLINE NOW!
"CruiseMates Best of the Web
Cruise Bargains Newsletter"
The ONLY travel newsletter containing cruise bargains we verify to be the Best Cruise Bargains on the Web. For each listing, you will not find a better price for that ship, sail date and cabin category on the Internet. If it isn't the best of the Web, we won't print it!
Sea Lion - Alaska

DEEP Alaska Discounts

7-nights from $349!
If you have never taken an Alaska cruise, ask yourself right now if this could be your year. And start by sniffing out the bargains in this newsletter.

We have 7-night Alaska cruises priced as low as $349, $355, $399, $449 per person - on many different ships with a wide variety of cabins. We told you two weeks ago that Alaska was on sale, but we didn't expect prices to drop even lower. We have never seen discounts like these, so we did a little investigating.

One of the things that confuses people about taking an Alaska cruise is that there are so many itineraries that go one-way, either northbound or southbound between Seattle or Vancouver and Seward or Skagway. They think about the flight from the U.S. to (or from) Alaska and get cold feet. Listen, the airfare is NOT expensive. Alaskans rely on airlines the way New Yorkers rely on their subway, it's a commute for them. So, bottom line, there are plenty of affordable flights available.

And many of these cruises are roundtrip from Seattle or Vancouver, anyway, even at these ridiculously low prices. This is too good to pass up in our opinion.

It's Summer Vacation Time!

If you don't have your vacation plans yet, we see many offers for discounts on third and fourth passengers in cabins. Often, your children can sail with you for less than half-price. Holland America has a special right now on 7-night cruises to Mexico where third and fourth passengers can sail for $199 apiece. It's a fantastic way to thrill your kids with a GREAT vacation for very little money. On a road trip, you could spend that much just to feed them!

More and more families have discovered cruising as a vacation option in the last five years, largely due to the introduction of Disney Cruise Lines and the mega-ships of Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Princess, which are all just chock-a-block full of onboard activities for the youngsters and everyone. The private islands in the Caribbean are a special treat for the kids, featuring all kinds of water-based activities. One of our favorites is Holland America's Half Moone Cay, which is also a regular stop for some Carnival ships. This island offers bicycling, swimming with the stingrays, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, and even horseback riding where the horses swim in the ocean with you on their back. If you have never done this, believe me, it is an experience you will never forget.

Just remember to take the proper precautions when cruising with the kids. CruiseMates has more articles on family cruising than any other Web site. Here you can find out what ships offer day and nighttime activities, dining options, special menus, and even baby-sitting. Have a great summer vacation, cruisemates!

The Fall Catalogue is Here!

Yes, it sounds a little like "Vogue," but what has always been in vogue is booking your Fall Folliage cruises early to get the best deals. Last minute deals can be good, but they are also a psychological buzzword like "close-out." The truth is, for the best deals and the best cabin selection on the most popular ships you are still better off booking your cruise six months ahead of schedule instead of at the last minute.

Especially when it comes to limited run cruises like the ever popular Fall Foliage cruises along the St. Lawrence Seaway. These cruise general run from late September to early November - an eight-week season, and are almost always fully sold out well before the cruise date approaches. There won't be many "last-minute bargains" on these sailings, and if there are any, it will be for inside cabins when the whole point of a river-based cruise like this is to see the beautiful scenery on both sides of the ship as you sail. You'll want a balcony cabin, or an oceanview cabin at the very least.

These cruises are on sale now, as we see in this newsletter; a Holland America Veendam 12-night repositioning cruise all the way from Quebec to Tampa Florida. After Montreal and all the beautiful sights along the Seaway, there are plenty of U.S. ports on the way such as Bar Harbor Maine, Newport Rhode Island, home of the famous summer cottages of the 19th century money barons such as the Vanderbilt's, and Charleston, SC. If you are a West Coaster, like me, these cruises are a special treat with American heritage sites you never realized existed.