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Discount Cruise Season Just Ahead

The Carnival Conquest sails weekly from Miami.
The Carnival Conquest sails weekly from Miami.
Carnival Corp.

When the ads on TV are all about back-to-school, it's time to think about cruising! That's because traditional vacation time is coming to a close--and cruise lines are getting serious about discounts.

From the end of August until Thanksgiving and for the first three weeks in December, cruise rates plummet and you can enjoy the same warm Caribbean weather, the same ports (less crowded), the same service and the same delicious food for as little as half what you'd pay during the spring and summer.

I know. I know. I can hear you saying, "But what about hurricanes? Isn't that why cruises are so much cheaper?" The answer is "no." Cruises are less expensive in the fall because fewer people are interested in cruising. No one is very excited about a golden suntan anymore. The kids can't go--they're back in the classroom. And when interest drops off, so do prices. As far as the threat of hurricanes go, relax. No cruise line is going to put a ship worth millions of dollars in harm's way. Never. Not going to happen. And hurricanes, please recall, do not sneak up like tornados or earthquakes. When the winds swirl in the African desert, we know something is up days before it threatens the Caribbean. And that gives cruise lines plenty of time to adjust itineraries.

So which cruise lines offer the biggest discounts in the fall? Virtually all of them, in fact, but the most serious savings can be found on Carnival, NCL, MSC and Celebrity.

Want to know more? Call the best cruise agent in the business--Patrick Crane at 7 Seas Cruises. Just email cruise7seas@msn.com or call (toll-free, of course) 1-866-424-1090. Get ready to sail--and save!