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Act now and book a 7-night Hawaiian cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line's “Pride of Hawaii” for $599.
updated 10/12/2007 11:30:19 AM ET 2007-10-12T15:30:19

The real deal: A seven-night cruise, including all meals and port charges, from $599 — plus taxes of about $42.

When: Nov. 26, 2007; add $70 for Dec. 15; $80 for Oct. 27, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, 17; $100 for Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10; $120 for Oct. 22, 29, Dec. 1; $150 for Dec. 1; additional departure dates available through Dec. 31.

The fine print: Meals, 24-hour room service, and nonalcoholic drinks like water, coffee, juices, and tea are included. Port charges are included, but government taxes are an additional $42.20 per person. Shore excursions are at an additional cost. Based on double occupancy; solo travelers pay twice the cost of the rate for whichever date they pick. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: American Discount Cruises, 866/214-7447,

Why it's a deal: The $599 rate breaks down to just about $86 per night for accommodations and meals. Consider, too, that a comparable seven-night cruise in Hawaii could easily start at $900.

Trip details: The Pride of Hawaii, a Norwegian Cruise Line ship with 1,233 staterooms — and amenities that include 12 restaurants, pools, shops, a library, and a video arcade — sets sail from Honolulu, Oahu. The lowest rate is based on an interior cabin, but upgrades are available to an ocean-view cabin, a cabin with a balcony, and a suite. If you are thinking of upgrading, one of the best deals is for the November 17 departure: a cabin with a balcony is only $999 per person (instead of as much as $2,099 for Christmas Eve).

From Honolulu, you'll sail to Hilo, on the Big Island, and then spend two days anchored at Kahului on Maui, followed by a day in Kona, back on the Big Island. The last part of the voyage brings you to Port Allen on Kauai for two days before you return to Honolulu.

You're free to explore as you please, or to purchase shore excursions at an additional cost directly from Norweigan Cruise Line. One of the most popular is a nearly five-hour excursion to Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island for $49 per person. (You can read up beforehand by checking out our story, Dream Trips: Volcanoes National Park.)

You could easily tack on a hotel stay in Honolulu (or elsewhere) before or after the cruise. For tips on affordable, cute places to stay, consult our Honolulu Snap Guide.

Slideshow: Magical Maui Before you go, check the weather forecast at

Getting there: Airfare is not included in the package price.A recent search on Kayak for travel to Honolulu in late October yielded these lowest round-trip fares: $311 from L.A. (US Airways), $346 from Seattle (United), $553 from Chicago (Delta), $632 from Houston (US Airways), $641 from New York City (multiple carriers), and $680 from Boston (multiple carriers).

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Photos: Hawaiian paradise

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  1. Waimea Canyon, Kauai

    Kalalau Valley, on Kauai's west side, is more than 3,000 feet deep and provides stunning panoramic views. Waimea is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." (John Borthwick / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii

    Men row their Hawaiian outrigger canoe towards Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head in the background. Outrigger canoes are now used for recreation purposes and to ride the waves, but in times past they were the main means of transportation between the Hawaiian Islands. (Mike Nelson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. The tranquil waters of Oahu

    Hanauma Bay is one of the finest stretches of beach in the world. (Eric L Wheater / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Surfer's paradise

    Australian Luke Egan competes on Oahu's North Shore, one of the best places in Hawaii to ride the big waves. (AFP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Water colors

    A school of manini fish pass over a coral reef at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Donald Miralle / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Wailua Falls

    The beautiful 83-foot tiered Wailua Falls is an easily accessible, must-see waterfall on the island of Kauai. Wailua Falls was first made famous when it was featured in the television show, "Fantasy Island." (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Emerald peaks

    The iconic, towering emerald peaks of the 1,200-foot Iao Needle, stand out in Maui's Iao Valley State Park. (Adina Tovy Amsel / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Historic reminder

    The USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, marks the resting place of many of the battleship's 1,177 crew members who lost their lives during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 by the Japanese. The memorial is the "ground zero" of World War II. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Aloha!

    Hula dancers welcome the sailing crew of a Hokule'a, a canoe, into Kailua Bay. (Ronen Zilberman / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. The heart of Hawaii

    The sun sets on Honolulu, Oahu's capital and Hawaii's largest, most populous city. (Robert Y. Ono / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Polynesian heat

    Brandon OFueo Maneafaiga, 23, of Waianae, Hawaii balances two flaming knifes during the 13th Annual World Fireknife Championship at the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Laie, Hawaii. (Lucy Pemoni / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    People watch from a viewing area as an explosion takes place on Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Legend says the volcano goddess Pele dug fire pits as she traveled from island to island looking for a home with her brothers and sisters. She finally settled at Kilauea's summit, where she lives at Halemaumau crater. (Leigh Hilbert / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Forces of nature

    The Dragon's Teeth are bizarre lava formations eroded by wind and salt spray at Makalua-puna Point. (Karl Lehmann / Lonely Planet) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Heaven on Earth

    Astronomy observatories are seen on the peak of the snow-covered, Mauna Kea mountain near Hilo, Hawaii. Mauna Kea is a dormant volcano. (Tim Wright / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. On the way to Sainthood

    Tourists walk through a cemetery past the grave, left, of Father Damien at Kalawao, Hawaii. After cancer patient Audrey Toguchi prayed to Father Damien, known for helping leprosy patients in Hawaii, to help her, and her cancer went away, Pope Benedict XVI approved the case in July 2008 as Damien's second miracle, opening the way for the 19th century Belgian priest to be declared a saint. (Eric Risberg / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Cool colors

    Rainbow eucalyptus (Mindanao Gum) trees grow in Keanae, Maui. Once a year, these magnificent trees shed their bark and take on the colors of the rainbow. (James Randklev / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Magic Sands

    An aerial view of La'aloa Beach Park or Magic Sands beach in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The beach is called Magic Sands because when rough surf hits, all of the sand is emptied off the beach and temporarily moved out to sea. (Brian Powers / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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