Cruise deals abound this summer

NEW YORK -- Cruise lines are offering discounts and debuting rates for several sailings through the year. A sampling is as follow:

• Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is offering 40% discounts on departures through July on cruises to Norway and the Baltic Sea. The discounts apply to cruises on the company's liners the Black Watch and the Braemar l(formerly the Royal Viking Star and the Crown Dynasty, respectively).

In addition, Fred Olsen is promoting special deals on its fall cruises to North America and the Caribbean on the Braemar. For more information, call (800) 843-0602, or visit www.fredolsencruises.co.uk.

• Bookings opened for Peter Deilmann Cruises' first world voyage aboard the Deutschland, which begins Dec. 18 and ends May 4, 2003. The cruise on the 286-cabin vessel begins from the Canary Islands and ends in Venice, Italy, with stops in South America, Asia and Africa.

Prices for segment vacations start at $2,702 per person for a 12-night cruise. An inside single cabin for the entire 136-night cruise costs $23,082. For more information, call (800) 348-8287 or visit www.deilmann-cruises.com.

• Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is offering guests a $500 per person bonus savings and extended early-booking savings on three Tahiti cruises aboard the Paul Gaugin. The savings apply to the ship's departures on Sept. 7 and 14 and Dec. 14. The line also offers free, roundtrip economy air fare to Tahiti from select gateways.

• Windjammer Barefoot Cruises' 122-passenger Legacy will again host a special "spa cruise" on Nov. 3. The Legacy will sail from St. Thomas through the U.S. and British Virgin Islands.

An instructor will lead daily yoga and meditation classes, and a number of massage therapists will offer sand buffing, deep tissue massages, facials, manicures and lectures on other beauty and wellness products. For more information, call (305) 672-6453.

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