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Western Mediterranean
10-night Mediterranean Cruise on Celebrity Century for only $899 per person. Free coupon book included. Roundtrip Barcelona to Marseille, Nice, Livorno, Rome, Corsica, Valencia, Gibraltar.
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: Europe non-peak season - Avoid the rush and save on airfare
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Holland America
Hot Deals on premium Holland America cruises! 7 days starting at just $479!
•  iCruise.com: 1-888-icruise
CruiseMates says: An extensive list of Holland America Bargains on this page - don't miss it!
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Caribbean Steals!
Norwegian Cruise Lines: 7-nights from $399 pp. Sun from Miami or Spirit from New Orleans. Free-style ships at bargain prices.
•  CRUISES-N-MORE: 1-800-733-2048
CruiseMates says: These NCL ships are fun and stylish - what a bargain!
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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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Special Combo Offer
75% Off any Cruise! Call 1-800-408-1143 to save on your next cruise and get 2 FREE hotel nights!
•  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 River Cruise: Air-inclusive! Book by September 30, 2007 and save $500 per couple.
•  AVALON WATERWAYS 1-877-797-8791
CruiseMates says: Save $500 per couple on 2008 Avalon River & Small Ship Cruises!
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Holland America Bargain
10 Night Eastern Caribbean from New York on Holland America Noordam from $868 pp.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: Great price on a 10-day Caribbean Cruises from NYC.
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Royal Caribbean Megaship!
Adventure of the Seas. 4/06/08- Southern Caribbean Sailing from $619.00 per person: Bonus-$50 per cabin ship board credit & a bottle of wine. Call in Only for this rate 877-725-2911
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678
CruiseMates says: Very popular ship at a great price.
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11-night Steal: $549
11 night Royal Caribbean only $549! San Juan to St Maarten, St Kitts, St Lucia, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: 7-night cruise $369, balcony $599! steal this bargain
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Royal Caribbean Mega-ship
Get Out There! Royal Caribbean's mega-ship Mariner of the Seas, last season in Florida. Onboard Credit included.
•  CRUISEPLANNERS: 1-800-561-0802
CruiseMates says: Port Canaveral convenience for Royal Caribbean Mega-ship fun. Last chance.
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East Caribbean Deal
Stop dreaming about white sand beaches & crystal blue waters! Sail on the Caribbean Princess from only: $549 pp! Plus Reduced deposit of only: $100 pp!
•  BUYCRUISES: 1-800-510-1786
CruiseMates says: Beautiful Princess ship on a classic East Caribbean itinerary.
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Star Princess Bargain
17-day Mediterranean Transatlantic, Rome to Ft. Lauderdale includes $25 per person onboard credit. From $1,299
•  CRUISEMARKETPLACE: 1-800-826-4333
CruiseMates says: Top-rated Princess ship under $80/day..
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Save Up To 72%
Mexico, 4 days on the Carnival Paradise Oct 8, Long Beach to Catalina Island and Ensenada, from $239, save 72%.
•  VACATIONSTOGO.COM: 1-800-338-4962
CruiseMates says: Great savings on this 4-day cruise!
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South America Dream!
14-Night SOUTH AMERICA Cruise Norwegian Dream roundtrip Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile from $599 per person! Nov. 7, 2007.
•  Cruise & Tours Unlimited: 1-800-935-2727
CruiseMates says: UNBELIEVABLE bargain offer for a 14-day cruise.
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Azamara Journey
Get $400 in shore excursion credits! 12-night South America Rio to Buenos Aires
•  AMERICA'S VACATION CENTER: 1-800-753-1176
CruiseMates says: A premium ship at a great price and an unusual itinerary.
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Grand Princess Steal
7-night Western Caribbean from $431 pp. Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Cozumel. Free Upgrades!
•  CRUISEDEALS: 1-800-668-6414
CruiseMates says: a steal of a deal for a Princess cruise! Oceanview $478
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Holland America $462
GREAT prices on Holland America Oosterdam to Mexico; 7-days from $462 pp.
•  CRUISEVALUE: 1-800-231-7447
CruiseMates says: best Mexico Riviera price we have seen yet.
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Carnival 2-day Sale
Carnival Cruise Lines: Biggest Sale of the Year. This Wednesday & Thursday ONLY. Big Savings and free Upgrades on virtually every cruise though December 2008. 7 day cruises from $449.00 pp
•  CRUISEMAGIC: 1-800-474-5678 x106
CruiseMates says: Get ready to book now, this won't last!
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By PAUL MOTTER
One thing the fall season usually brings is Caribbean cruise bargains, and this year is no exception. This week's newsletter in entitled "True Cruise Bargains" because that is what
we are seeing out there right now. And not just in the Caribbean, but in Europe, Mexico and South America as well. There are a few jaw-dropping specials in this newsletter!

The Caribbean cruising season is upon us once again. So far, the only hurricane casualty is Costa Maya, and most cruise lines are replacing it with Roatan which has popular "cave-tubing" trips.

Carnival is holding what is billed "The Biggest Sale of the Year" this week on Wednesday and Thursday featuring discount prices and free upgrades on every cruise. We see incredible offers on 7-day cruises. Most agencies should have these Carnival specials posted starting tomorrow.

From NCL, the Norwegian Sun and Spirit are both sailing 7-day cruises starting at just $399 pp. How much better can you get? These are exciting ships with plenty to do on board.

But the 11-night Royal Caribbean (Empress of the Seas) Southern Caribbean cruise is the best bargain going. At just $549 per person, you see the best ports the Caribbean has to offer at an unbelievable price.

The popular Royal Caribbean mega-ship, Adventure of the Seas, sailing Southern Caribbean itineraries is going for just $619 pp, with a $50 onboard credit (per cabin) and a complimentary bottle of wine when you arrive.

Europe

In October and November, as cooler weather sets in, the ships in Europe start to show late season bargains. If I learned anything about cruising in Europe this year, (I went three times), it is that anything you can do to avoid the tourist rush is a great idea. I would not hesitate to go on late season European cruises at all. We faced temperatures of 110 degrees in Athens and the Greek Isles. The crowds in the airports were overwhelming with overcrowded planes causing delays and uncomfortable flights.

One of the best European cruise bargains is a 10-night Mediterranean cruise in late November, roundtrip Barcelona, starting at just $899 per person on the premium Celebrity Century. The itinerary is from Barcelona to Marseille, Nice, Livorno (the port for Florence Italy), Rome, Corsica, Valencia (Spain), Gibraltar and back to Barcelona. Balcony cabins are as low as $1249 per person. You see Europe after the crowds have cleared out and the airfare is much cheaper.

I would hazard a guess that you could fly New York to Barcelona in November for about $550 roundtrip. Peak season air to Europe this summer was about $1100 per person from the east coast. A balcony on that cruise would have cost about $2500 per person in peak season. So, overall you could be saving as much as half (about $3500), beating the heat and missing the crowds as well. Not a bad deal.

Other European steals this week: how about a 24-night Cunard Queen Mary cruise, roundtrip New York! You can avoid flying to Europe altogether. Make the journey the old fashioned way, by sailing across the Atlantic both directions. This lovely cruise is June 8, 2008, a 24-night cruise including 10 nights (five each way) crossing the Atlantic.

For people who do not like to fly but want to see Europe this cruise is perfect - you only have to unpack once. From New York, it first stops in Southampton (England), Vigo, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, Naples, Gibralter, Lisbon and back to Southampton. Then it sails back to New York.

Here is another steal for those who prefer not to fly, or who just want to spend a lot of time at sea. A Princess 17-day cruise on the beautiful Star Princess starts in Rome to Naples, Livorno (port for Florence Italy), Genoa, Cannes, Barcelona, Cartegena, Gibraltar and the Canary Islands before a six day transatlantic cruise to Ft Lauderdale. The price starts at just $1299, about $80 per day per person! By the way, the itinerary lists Casablanca but as of last month trips to Morocco were cancelled for political reasons.

Maybe you're like me, and you have seen enough of Europe. How about South America? Some of the best cruise prices we are seeing anywhere are down there.

The 14-night Norwegian Dream cruise for only $599 per person is an absolute steal. Going roundtrip from Santiago, Chile, you go all the way to the tip of the continent and back.

Would you believe a 12-night journey on the beautiful Azamara Journey (the new, upscale sister line to Celebrity) starting at just $1449 with a $400 shore excursion credit? Spend two full days in Rio, and two days in Buenos Aires. If you have never seen Rio, believe me, it is one of the most picturesque and breathtaking cities in the world.