Sailings across the globe

Deals Of The Week

The Smart Traveler

October 22, 2006

Set sail with this week's deals:

Crystal Cruise Line is offering two-for-one savings on nine selected sailings, including Treasures of the Sun, a seven-day cruise to Key West, Fla., Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico, departing Dec. 15. Prices start at $1,965 per person. Call 800-446-6620 or go to crystalcruises.com.

Maybe your kids would like a Caribbean cruise. Italy-based MSC Cruises announced a "Kids Sail Free" offer on its 11-night Dec. 18 holiday Caribbean sailing. Children 12 and younger sharing a stateroom with two full-fare adults sail free on the MSC Lirica. Cruise-only prices start at $1,250 per person, double occupancy. For information, go to msccruises. com or contact a travel agent.

Silversea Cruises is offering discounts of up to 50 percent on winter sailings to the Far East, including ports of call such as Singapore; Bangkok, Thailand; and Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. For instance, the Jan. 5-14 "Spirit of the South China Sea" voyage from Singapore to Hong Kong aboard the Silver Whisper can be booked for as little as $2,997 - half the published fare - plus port charges and handling fees of $275. For information, call 877-215-9986 or go to silversea.com.

Grand Circle Travel, which has its own fleet of river ships, starts its 2007 pricing for the 16-day Great Rivers of Europe cruise at $2,395. Unlike offers from most big ships, that price includes round-trip airfare from Baltimore and sightseeing tours. One highlight is a home-hosted visit. A Rhine River Holiday tour is also available with packages starting at $1,245 for a nine-day cruise, including airfare. Call 800-248-3737 or go to www.gct.com.

Peter Deilmann Cruises is repeating its offer to Americans to sail its European ocean liner, the 286-cabin Deutschland, and get free airfare from Washington and 16 other cities, along with free shore excursions on 20 sailings next year. If you arrange your own flights, $750 per person will be deducted from cruise rates, which start at $3,140 for a six-night sailing in Spain's Canary Islands. There are several other destinations in Europe and South America. Call 800-348-8287 or go to deilmann-cruises.com.

Vantage Deluxe World Travel has an offer for next year that combines a week's stay in Ireland with a weeklong trans-Atlantic cruise aboard the 3,056-passenger Queen Mary 2, with prices beginning at $2,799 per person, including airfare from New York. Guests stay four nights in Killarney and three nights in Dublin, then take an included flight to London and cruise from Southampton, England, to New York. Call 800-322-6677 or go to vantagetravel.com/cni07.

You have to get there first, but prices for a weeklong cruise of the Hawaiian Islands aboard NCL's Pride of America and Pride of Aloha begin at $649. Prices for the new Pride of Hawaii start at $699. The U.S.-flagged ships visit four islands in a round-trip sail from Honolulu. Call 888-NCL-HAWAII (625-4292) or go to ncl.com.

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