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Visit Malta on a Norwegian seven-nighter or a 10-night Holland America sojourn.
updated 7/14/2008 10:50:31 AM ET 2008-07-14T14:50:31

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: September 2008

The deal
While seas may be rocky in the Caribbean, autumn is the perfect time for a Mediterranean cruise. We found a trio of September sailings that rival any land-based tour, all with not-to-be missed ports of call that range from Spain to Turkey. Price tags as low as $787 help make the most of the weak dollar!

$787 for a Norwegian seven-nighter
If you have a week, Expedia has just the deal for you. Sail round trip from Barcelona for seven nights for an unbelievably low $787! The Norwegian Gem visits Valletta, Malta; Naples, Italy; Civitavecchia, Italy (Rome); Livorno, Italy (Florence); and Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (Nice). Choose from four departure dates throughout the month. Quote is valid for inside cabins. Expedia is offering additional savings on bookings made through July 31.

10-night sojourn from just $999
Prefer a slightly longer cruise? Opt for the 10-night Holland America Roman Empire voyage and save up to 50 percent off rack rates! After setting sail on September 4 from Rome (Civitavecchia) on the Noordam, it’s on to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Katakolon (Olympia) and Santorini, Greece; and Kusadesi (Ephesus), Turkey. Valletta on Malta and Messina on Sicily are also stops before the ship returns to port in Rome. Interior cabins are priced at a low $999!

Five countries, 12 nights from $1,187
Perhaps you want to experience a bit more? Norwegian Cruise Line offers another tour that takes you to eight cities and five countries in 12 nights. The Norwegian Jade wends its way from Barcelona to Istanbul stopping in Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples and Venice in Italy; Dubrovnik in Croatia; Piraeus, Greece and Izmir, Turkey along the way. Inside rooms on the freestyle cruise embarking September 7 run just $1,187! That’s half off brochure prices. Book by July 31 on Expedia and save up to $150 more.

The dollars
Prices include onboard accommodations, meals, some beverages, port charges, entertainment, and more. Government fees, taxes, and alcohol are not covered.

The catch
Pricey airfare to departure destinations. And, with only one day in each locale, you’ll have to scramble to explore the cities. If possible, make arrangements ahead of time for must-see sites.

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