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Always wanted to take a luxury cruise but couldn’t afford one? Now you can! A 14-night transatlantic crossing to Barcelona starts at just $1,099.
updated 1/30/2009 9:56:01 AM ET 2009-01-30T14:56:01

The deal
For anyone who has contemplated taking a luxury cruise, but reconsidered after weighing out the costs, now is the time to finally indulge in that dream vacation. The economy has caused high-end cruise lines to slash prices, making these seemingly unattainable voyages suddenly affordable.

We’ve hunted down an impressive price on a 14-night transatlantic crossing to Barcelona starting from $1,099; that's just $79 a night! Brochure rates for this cruise start at $2,998, so this discounted price rings in at a whopping 63 percent off.

When the going gets tough, it’s time to get cruising. Give yourself that much deserved break on the Oceania Regatta, an elegant ship that usually comes with a matching price tag between $2,500 to $10,000. After departing from Miami on March 9, you’ll spend eight days at sea crossing the Atlantic Ocean, during which time you’ll get to experience all that this petite 684 passenger ship has to offer. Relax in a private cabana and dine on exquisite cuisine designed by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin.

Next, you’ll dock in Funchal, Portugal, and have a chance to stretch those sea legs by walking the historical Levadas. Although the Levadas were once used as irrigation ditches, today are preserved as delightful hiking trails around the picturesque area.

Slideshow: European escapes Before heading back to the Regatta, be sure to pick up some embroidery and dessert wine, which the area is famous for. Following Funchal, the next port of call is Casablanca, Morocco. This modern city offers unique shops and restaurants, as well as a trip down memory lane for all the Bergman and Bogart fans.

After that, the ship sails on to Malaga, Spain, an area rich in art and history, unforgettable tapas and fresh seafood. During your stay, take time to explore the ancient fortress of La Alcazaba, as well as the beautiful botanical park, Calle Alameda. After cruising the Mediterranean Sea, the final stop on this two-week cruise is Barcelona.

Rates start at just $1,099 for interior cabins, and oceanview and balcony staterooms are also available at higher prices.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
Luxury cruising can become an expensive habit to pick up.

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