updated 4/1/2008 11:15:44 AM ET 2008-04-01T15:15:44

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The deal
Even locals suggest that the stunning coastline of Bermuda, the British-flavored Atlantic archipelago with its pink sanded beaches and pastel-colored houses, is best seen from the water. So why not check it out for yourself? We found a trio of stellar early-bird specials with Norwegian, Carnival and MSC Cruises. These sailings now start from just $559 and feature discounts as high as 61 percent.

Bermuda cruise with Norwegian
If you can hold off till October, CruisesOnly offers a fantastic Bermuda special aboard Norwegian Dream, now priced at $559 in an inside cabin. This seven-nighter normally costs $1,329 but this deal slashes the price by 58 percent. On the October 26 foray, oceanview staterooms cost just $10 extra: $569! This roundtrip sailing from Boston hits high seas on two late October dates. The itinerary covers two days at sea crossing the Atlantic and four days docked in Bermuda’s charming historic enclave of St. George’s. Earlier departures of this same cruise are priced at a hefty $1,049 so the substantial savings you’ll reap make the long wait worth it.

Carnival voyage to Bermuda
Another early-bird special comes courtesy of Orbitz. In April 2009, Carnival Miracle hits high seas on a roundtrip circuit from New York to Bermuda. This cruise is typically priced at a hefty $1,649 but now you can book an inside cabin for $649. That saves you 61 percent off the rack rates! The itinerary is as terrific as the discount. The ship spends two nights docked in King’s Wharf, Bermuda; two days at sea; and a day in Rhode Island’s Newport. When not onshore discovering Bermuda’s delights, you can enjoy the extensive onboard perks on Carnival Miracle which, claims CruiseCritic.com, is “just plain pretty” and “laid out exceptionally well”.

Bermuda sail on MSC Cruises’ Orchestra
To sail the spectacular shores of Bermuda on a brand-new ship of the sophisticated MSC Cruises fleet — the chic Orchestra, we recommend booking the early-bird deal we spotted on Vacation Outlet.

In April 2009, this shiny vessel hits high seas roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on a seven-night Bermuda and Bahamas odyssey. Orchestra will spend three days in King’s Warf in Bermuda, one day in the Bahamian capital of Nassau en route back, and two entire days at sea. The rack rates for this cruise start at $1,185 but if you book this deal, you will get an inside cabin for only $579. Even oceanview units are affordable, at just $729!

The dollars
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. The cost covers onboard accommodations, meals and entertainment, as well as port charges. You’ll just have to dish out extra for government taxes and fees, as well as any shore excursions you may decide to take.

The catch
Count on whopping daily expenses once you hit the island.

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