updated 6/25/2008 9:44:47 AM ET 2008-06-25T13:44:47

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The deal
They’re close to home and affordable to sail to with the terrific specials we found. Deals start at just $599 for a six-night sailing, with some Florida beach time thrown in!

6-night sailing with Carnival
Sunny fall savings come courtesy of CruisesOnly — 58 percent off a six-night sailing aboard Carnival Victory. This cruise departs Norfolk, Virginia, on two October sailings, from just $599. En route, the ship visits picturesque Nassau and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island. The itinerary includes two days in the Bahamian capital to enjoy the beaches; browse through colorful markets; visit ancient forts; or stroll through tropical gardens with pink flamingos. Rack rates for this sailing run up to $1,419, so you’re saving a serious chunk of cash. Even oceanview units are affordable, at $749.

Norwegian voyage for 38 percent off
Another cruise special we found combines the scenic beauty of the Bahamas and Florida to boot. Orbitz just released a great-value offer that gets you this six-night voyage aboard the Norwegian Spirit. The listed price is $1,229, but you save 38 percent with this special, priced at only $759 for inside staterooms. Available for the August 31 departure roundtrip from New York, this journey takes you to Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport. The itinerary also covers two entire days at sea. Oceanview units sell for just $30 more, at $769!

Disney cruise this May for $601
If you’re looking for a quickie cruise, this Vacation Outlet deal is your best bet. A four-night Disney escapade now sells for only $601, valid for the August 31 departure. The ship leaves roundtrip from Port Canaveral, Florida, taking you to Nassau and Disney’s private island of Castaway Cay. This is a perfect family trip, aboard Disney Wonder, a fun ship that caters to families, with its spacious cabins and heaps of children’s activities programs. This sea adventure would normally cost you $1,161 but you save 48 percent off this price.

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
It’s hot down in the Bahamas, so stock up on sun block.

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