08.21.2007 
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South America
Celebrity Infinity 13-night South America Cruise! AVC Top Pick - Spectacular Savings! Buenos Aires to Chilean Fjords. Balcony just $1699 pp.
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: A steal for this premium ship on a fantastic itinerary.
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West Coast Bargains
Incredible Prices! Save up to $200 on Carnival West Coast departures - prices from $249!!
•  iCruise.com: 1-888-icruise
CruiseMates says: Excellent prices on California departures on Carnival
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Fall Folliage
NCL Canada/New England Cruises from $449. BONUS: Onboard Savings Booklet!!
•  DESTINATION OCEANS: 1-800-374-3740
CruiseMates says: these cruises always sell out, grab it at a bargain price!
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Europe Air Included
Royal Caribbean European Cruises: $1799! free AIR, insurance and tips! Double onboard credit
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: air included makes these last minute Europe bargains fantastic deals
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Hawaii Bargain
Book a Carnival cruise, get free onboard coupons: $269
Last Minute Cruise Deals! $314
NCL: Savings + free upgrades on fall & winter cruises: $329

•  ORBITZ 1-888-229-1365
CruiseMates says: book online for the best deals!
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from $240
Complimentary 5-star resort in Orlando, FL for 3 nts with 3-night Carnival cruise to the Bahamas!
•  National Cruise Tours 1-800-408-1143
CruiseMates says: Florida vacation package with 3-day cruise!
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Cruise Discounts
Save up to $150 per stateroom on select 4-5 day sailings and up to $250 per stateroom on select 7-8 day sailings between January – April 2008.
•  CRUISE CONNECTIONS 1-877-712-8747
CruiseMates says: Florida vacation package with 3-day cruise!
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14-nt South America $699!
14-night South America: NCL Dream. Reduced hotel packages, free upgrades & gifts
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: Unbelievable prices on South America cruises!.
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Royal Caribbean
Last minute Royal Caribbean Alaska Cruises; free insurance, prepaid gratuities: balcony or suite.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Agency perks make this a special bargain.
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Carnival Bargain
7-Night Southern Caribbean Carnival Destiny - Balcony only $649 pp!
•  CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: great savings, great itinerary, great price for BALCONY CABIN
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Caribbean $419 pp
Carnival Liberty: Western Caribbean 6 nt from $419. Per person- Extra Value: On Board Coupon booklet valued at over $100
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: a GREAT price for Caribbean cruise!
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East Caribbean $369
7 nights Carnival East Caribbean cruise! RT Miami to San Juan, St Thomas and St Martin.
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: 7-night cruise $369, balcony $599! steal this bargain
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South Caribbean
Carnival Miracle 8-night deep Caribbean from Florida. St Martin, St Kitts, St Lucia from $699 pp.
•  CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-561-0802
CruiseMates says: new ship and exotic itinerary!
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Queen Mary
And along comes Mary- The Queen Mary- 10- night Caribbean Cruise from only: $1098 plus reduced deposit & onboard credits!
•  BUYCRUISES: 1-800-510-1786
CruiseMates says: New York City all the way to Barbados!
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Silversea Alaska
Unique 12-night Alaska aboard Silversea Silver Shadow, round-trip San Francisco. From $6,476, Jul 1, 2008 sailing.
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: A top-rated luxury cruise line at a very special rate.
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Save Up To 61%
Fall Foliage cruise down New England's coast, 7 days on the Crown Princess, departs New York City Oct 13, starting at $609, save 64%!
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: A great price on these popular fall cruises.
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Princess Bargains
Receive up to $150 shipboard credit & reduced deposit $100 per person for any Princess cruise.
•  Cruise & Tours Unlimited: 1-800-935-2727
CruiseMates says: special extras included with every cruise.
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7-night Celebrity
Celebrity Millennium RT Ft Lauderdale to San Juan, Tortola, Casa de Campo and Labadee from just $699 pp.
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: A premium ship and an unusual Caribbean itinerary.
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Labor Day Cruise
4-nights to the Caribbean departing Labor Day Monday for just $199 pp! Miami to Nassau, Cococay, Key West
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: a steal of a deal for a quick getaway!
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Celebrity from $349
Celebrity Century 5 nts from $349: Inside/$499 Oceanview! Book now for an icruise onboard credit!
•  iCruise.com: 1-888-icruise
CruiseMates says: a great deal on a premium ship.
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Hawaii with Airfare
Air Included -7-nt to 11-NT NCL HAWAII –FALL Cruise & Air Packages ---$949 IN; $1199 Balcony
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: great price for Hawaii cruise with airfare included.
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Caribbean $420!
MSC Lirica 7-night Western Caribbean cruise bargains! Includes $100 shipboard credit!
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: one of the biggest discount agencies on the web.
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Carnival Bargain
Carnival Liberty: Exotic Western Caribbean, Thanksgiving Cruise. Inside cabins from $579.p.p/ Outside cabins from $699.per. person.
•  CRUISEMAGIC: CALL IN ONLY: 800-474-5678 x106
CruiseMates says: A new Carnival ship - call in only!!
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South America
12-night Oceania Cruises: Rio to Buenos Aires. 2 for 1 rates and AIRFARE included.
•  DESTINATION OCEANS: 1-800-374-3740
CruiseMates says: Deluxe cruise line, airfare included plus $100 shipboard credit.
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Mexico Bargain
7-night Mexcian Riviera on Dawn Princess. Book now to save up to 50% off!
•  CRUISE LOCATORS: 1-800-955-7447
CruiseMates says: great deal on a premium ship!
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New Years Cruise
6 day Western Caribbean, Sail Dec 30, 2007. Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas, from $1,019. Plus $100 credit with certain cabin categories.
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: a top online cruise agency with consistent savings.
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Huge cruise discounts! All major Cruise lines. All Destinations.
•  CRUISEADVENTURE.COM 1-800-545-8118
CruiseMates says: Try the web site for new cruise bargains.
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Hurricane Aftermath

By PAUL MOTTER
I have been reading comments online from cruisers and their reaction to the itinerary changes caused by Hurricane Dean. I have to say that cruisers are a hardy bunch. There is no whining or complaining about not getting to the ports they wanted. It reminds me that people who cruise are not the mindless escapist personalities the people who criticise the industry make them out to be.

Cruisers fully understand that they are at sea, in the elements of wind and ocean waves, and they love the adventure and challenge of taking on the sea. They are on a "ship," and not just on a "vacation."

The lure of the sea keeps us coming back. The power and magnitude of it calls to us. When we are on land we dream about ships, at sea we look out over the horizon, checking for distant storms, assessing the chop of the sea. We love the striking sunrises and sunsets that occur when we are under blue skies but the distance is filled with high clouds.

I suppose some non-cruisers would think we are crazy to book a cruise during hurricane season. But the people you need to feel sorry are the ones who are NOT on cruise ships but chose to go to a land-based resort in the Caribbean. Can you imagine waiting in Jamaica for the first available flight out, your vacation suddenly cancelled because there are no other alternatives?

When you think about it, a cruise ship is one of the better options during hurricane season. Most ships are now sailing in calm water in the Eastern caribbean.

WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISES
If you are worried about booking a cruise to the western Caribbean in the aftermath of Dean, so far none of the regular port stops are reporting any kind of damage that will affect future cruise ships ports of call. The eye passed 40 miles south of Jamaica and Grand Cayman is reporting very minimal damage.

The outlook for Belize and Cost Maya remains to be seen. The storm is just a category 2 as it makes landfall on these ports but the waves are hitting the beaches pretty hard.

FALL FOLIAGE CRUISES
I just want to point out that this week's newsletter has a few fall foliage cruises. These cruises only sail for about two months every year, and typically begin in New York or Boston, sail up the Atlantic coast to the St Lawrence Seaway, and up the Seaway towards Montreal and Quebec.

These are extremely popular cruises, and they sell out every year. Destination Oceans has a 10-day NCL cruise from New York to Boston, Maine, Halifax, Quebec, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Starting price is just $799, part of NCL's "Pity the Procrastinator" sale. I agree, steal this cruise while you have a chance because it will not last. Sail dates are September 13 and October 4.

Or get on the 6-day cruise from New York to Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick starting at just $479, and balcony cabins from $899. By the way, if you are from the West coast and have never seen the dramatic New England coastline you are missing something very special.

WEST COAST CRUISES
Looking for great bargains on three, four and five-day cruises out of California? Take a look at what icruise is offering on ALL Carnival sailings between now and Christmas. 3-day cruises from $229 is a great deal, but a 5-day cruise for $279 is much better. Or you can get either the 7-day or the 8-day cruises down the west coast of Mexico for just $499 per person.

My personal recommendation is to take the 8-day cruises out of San Diego. First off, San Diego is one of the most convenient port cities on the west coast, or anywhere. Airport to ship is a five-minute taxi ride, but you really ought to stay in the city a few days. Fall is the best time to visit with warm temperatures through October.

San Diego's attractions are amazing. Their world-class zoo is one of the biggest and best in the world. The original Seaworld is also there. These attractions, downtown and the port are all within minutes of each other. Get a hotel with a view of Coronado island, dine in the Gaslamp District, enjoy San Diego attractions, and then board your cruise.

The 8-day Carnival cruise leaving 10-13 and 10-21 from San Diego goes all the way down to Acapulco. 7-day cruises on any line will only get you as far as Mazatlan. Acapulco is a must see, from the cliff divers to the beautiful Princess Hotel outside the bay once owned by Howard Hughes (he was living on the top floor when he died). The hotel has gorgeous Pacific ocean beaches with waves like California's but with a water temperature like the Caribbean. The kids they will love it. The grounds have strolling peacocks and labyrinthine swimming pools.

Check out the icruise listing of Carnival west-coast departures for more information.

GREAT CRUISE BARGAIN
I just have to point out the top deal on this page, a 13-night cruise in South America on the premium ship Celebrity Infinity for just $1249, and only $1699 for a balcony. This cruise goes through the Straits of Magellan, one of the most dramatic sea passages in the world, and visits the Chilean fjords, which many luxury lines report are among their most popular cruises.

Silversea has been selling this itinerary successfully for year at multiples of this price. And this is Celebrity Infinity, a premium ship. Just a fantastic bargain, assuming you can get a good deal on the airfare.