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June 13, 2005

Sudden Bargains and Price Drops

Cruise prices have dropped in the past few weeks, in movement that appears to be industry-wide. Carnival is offering a "Spectacular Sale" during the month of June including complimentary two-category upgrades and rates starting as low as $279 per person. Holland America is holding spur of the moment three-day sales on most destinations. Celebrity Cruises has some extraordinary deals for Bermuda, Europe and Pacific Coastal Cruises. We're even seeing price drops and 2-for-1 offers on Alaska sailings. If you were discouraged by prices early in the year, now would be good time to take another look!

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It's easy to be a envious of the expert cruiser. You know who I mean--the one who arrives on board knowing all of the features of the ship, where to go in each port, exactly the right things to pack. While some of these experts may be on their 50th cruise, an increasing number of them are just novices who've discovered

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