Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Late breaking cruise deals from NCL and MSC

Are you ready to get away, now? Or at least book a getaway cruise in the next few days?

From now through Friday, February 23, you can snap up a springtime cruise in the Caribbean for not much more than a song.

Consider this deal from NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line) if you're ready to sail this weekend: Inside cabins are on sale from $349 per passenger and oceanview cabins are on sale from $399 on a seven-day roundtrip Western Caribbean cruise out of Houston. You could be in Cozumel and Belize within a few days.

You may also be eligible for shipboard credits ranging from $25 to $150, as well as free full coverage trip insurance.

If you need a little more notice, how about a 13-day repositioning cruise leaving April 8 from Santiago, Chile, through the Panama Canal to Miami, with inside cabins starting at $599 per passenger, and oceanview cabins from $699?

NCL also has other deals available to the Western Caribbean and Bermuda, leaving from New Orleans, Miami, and Philadelphia this spring.

The best way to take advantage of any of these is to book online or call a travel agent now. If your agent isn't familiar with this promotion, refer to promotion code PGSD1. Remember, you have to book these by Friday, February 23.

Meanwhile, if you book by February 28, the Italian line MSC Cruises is offering seven-night Europe cruises on selected departures in October of this year. Balcony cabins start at $1,145 per person (with advertised savings of up to $1600 per person). Another bonus: Kids sail free when they occupy the third and/or fourth beds in the stateroom. Ask for the "better than 2 for 1 Europe 2007" promotion.

If you want to skip the balcony and skip over to Europe any week between April and October, you can book seven-day Mediterranean cruises out of Barcelona (with stops in Tunis, Naples, and St. Tropez among others) starting at just $795 per passenger for inside cabins. Kids also sail free on these deals. And you have until March 31 to book, at least until all the staterooms are filled; ask for the Best Fare, Best Room promotion.

Other MSC deals currently available include 11-night Caribbean cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale during the next two months for $695, and 16-night transatlantic passages in March and April starting at $1,095, with kids sailing free in their parents' stateroom.

Call MSC at 1-800-666-9333.

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