updated 2/3/2009 11:33:42 AM ET 2009-02-03T16:33:42

The deal
River cruise ships take travelers where large mainstream cruise lines simply cannot go, allowing passengers to experience a destination “past the port."

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In an effort to convince travelers to opt for the river route, the boutique cruise line Uniworld is offering a 2-for-1 special that includes free airfare to overseas departure ports in Europe and Egypt. In order to take advantage of this 2-for-1 special, the first passenger must pay the published brochure rates on a 2009 cruise, and in turn their companion cruiser receives free airfare from the United States.

Although this 2-for-1 special does not end until Feb. 27, if you hustle, you can also save up to $600 per couple by combining this deal with Uniworld’s Early Booking Discount, which ends Jan. 31. Plus, Uniworld cruises are all-inclusive, so you won’t be shelling out for extras like shore excursions, spirits and entertainment.

The dollars
All prices quoted are per person, per cabin based on double occupancy, and include entertainment, shore excursions, food, and drinks.

The catch
Up to $200 in government taxes and fees are not included in this rate.

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