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John Heald Bloggers Cruise 2009
by Paul Motter

Substantial discounts end tomorrow!
Our LOW rates for the John Heald 2009 Bloggers cruise will end tomorrow at noon Eastern Time. That means you want to book this cruise today!

A 5-day cruise starting at $299 with $75 shipboard credit is a bargain anytime, but this includes the $119 port fees, a free cocktail party and more. We are giving this cruise away because its for a good cause (New Orleans). It features one of the funniest men in cruise show business - John Heald.

For all the details - go to this page: John Heald Bloggers Cruise 2009. The cruise is on the soon to be re-furbished Carnival Fantasy, with a new waterpark, an adults only "Serenity" area, upgraded staterooms and a new look throughout the ship.

Wave Season Bargains

We are currently in "Wave Season," the time when cruise lines appeal to cruisers looking to escape the cold climates with discounts and other incentives. Below are some of the special offers various cruise lines are offering for wave season this year.

Azamara Cruises offers onboard credits of $300 to $800 on any ocean view or higher category of stateroom for 2008 Europe sailings.

Carnival Cruise Lines has special rates of $249 to $339 on select sailings of three- to five-day voyages on Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration, both with the newly upgraded pool, spa, stateroom and adults only "Serenity" deck area.

Celebrity Cruises is offering onboard credits of $50 to $200 per stateroom, based on length of the cruise, in Alaska, the Caribbean and Europe.

Costa Cruises has savings up to 60% on 423 sailings throughout the world.

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Crystal Cruises shows 10% discounts on new bookings of all verandah and lower staterooms; five percent savings for penthouses for most of Crystal Serenity's Mediterranean cruises. Ends March 31.

Cunard Line is offering onboard credits up to $300, and no deposit for second guests on select Queen Mary 2 sailings and Queen Victoria maiden European voyages.

Holland America Line is offering up to $450 off brochure rates with upgrades for as little as $100 depending on sailing. The View and Verandah promotion applies to the company's eight ships offering select 2008 Alaska departures.

Hurtigruten has a 3,600 discount on the 22-day Expedition cruise to Antarctica plus savings of up to $500 per person on cruise-only fares for Norwegian Coastal Voyage.

Majestic America Line is offering free airfare and stateroom upgrades on select departures of American Queen (March sailings) and Queen of the West. The offer is good until February 28; Early Advantage Savings are available for bookings by February 22.

MSC Cruises' "Senior Saver" offers on Caribbean sailings and European itineraries beginning at $599 per person - a 50 percent savings. At least one person in the stateroom must be 50; children 17 and under sail free.

Norwegian Cruise Line has Weekly special offers, including on-board credits and stateroom upgrades for select destinations. This NCL "Freestyle Resolution Sales Event" and can be found at It includes the chance to win a free cruise.

Princess Cruises is offering the "Alaska Wilderness Sale" with savings of $200 per couple plus a $200 onboard credit on select Princess cruise/tours, with rates starting at $1,399 for an 11-day sailing.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has shipboard credits up to $500 per suite for sailings in Europe, the Mediterranean, Alaska and Tahiti.

Royal Caribbean International is offering Onboard credits of up to $200 per stateroom on select Alaska sailings/tours for 2008.

Seabourn Cruise Line offers 2-for-1 business class airfare from 38 North American gateways, plus savings of up to 40% for cruises of nine to 15 days in Europe aboard its Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend.

Silversea Cruises is offering 40% savings on cruise-only fares for a wide variety of voyages worldwide. Last minute shoppers can get the 14-day Silver Cloud cruise from Mahe to Dubai, departing February 23, at a discount.

Windstar Cruises' Wind Spirit, Wind Star and Wind Surf all show special rates and savings on cruises in the Caribbean, Europe and throughout the Mediterranean.

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