Photos: Marvelous Mexico

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  1. Tempting Tulum

    The Mayan City of Tulum, Mexico is located on the Caribbean Sea coast of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Ml Sinibaldi / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. View from Palenque

    Tourists sit atop a pyramid in Palenque, set in the foothills of the Tumbal mountains of Chiapas Mexico. (Marco Ugarte / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Blessings in Chiapas

    A tzotzil child walks in front of the church of San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas. (Matias Recart / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Luxury in Puerto Vallarta

    The terrace on the Celestial Suite is seen at Hacienda San Angel in Puerto Vallarta. (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Ancient stories

    This photo shows details of a Maya stone, relating the coming to power of governor Sir Jupiter Humenate and dated 613 AC, found in Tonina, Ocosingo, Chiapas. (Janet Schwartz / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Mexico magic

    Mexico City, the capital city of the nation of Mexico. (Diego Goldberg / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Musical Mexico

    A mariachi band play on a punt at the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Cool Cancun

    Cancun, Mexico is ranked as one of the top international vacation destinations. The beaches of Cancun have been completely restored following damage caused by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Travelers will find its newly renovated resorts, restaurants, beaches and attractions better and even more accessible than ever. (Business Wire) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Isla bonita

    The ferry landing on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Isla Mujeres is a tiny island mere miles from the Yucatan coast, and feels a world away from Cancun's hustle and bustle. Isla Mujeres, thriving in its own tourism, manages to maintain the feeling of a small fishing village. (Anja Schlein / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Soccer and bullfights

    Estadio Azul (left), a soccer stadium; and Plaza Mexico, the world's largest bullring, in Mexico City. (Danny Lehman / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Azure Cortez

    People kayak in the Bahia de Loreto National Park, in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. (Terry Prichard / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 2/24/2009 11:05:27 AM ET 2009-02-24T16:05:27

The deal
School would have been a lot more enjoyable back in the day if recess had been spent on the beach. During the academic year, Enrichment Voyages offers the Semester at Sea program for students, but when the long semester break begins in December, the ship sails to sunny destinations and anyone is welcome onboard — student or not.

The price of one of these 21-night educational cruises has been slashed nearly 44 percent and is now available from $1,999 — including airfare! Similar cruises are often double this sale price, half as long and don’t provide the cost of transportation, making this offer one for the books. So, earn yourself an A+ in savvy vacationing by embarking on this informational voyage to Central America and Mexico.

The MV Explorer is basically a floating university complete with classrooms, a library, gym, computer lab and theater. During the time spent at sea, learn about the history and culture of the ports of call the ship visits, as well as politics, science, art and literature during onboard enrichment sessions taught by knowledgeable professors.

In addition to calling on popular destinations in Mexico such as Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco, the ship also visits lesser known ports like Topolobampo, which has only 16 scheduled ship calls for 2009. Your journey will take you to nine ports in Mexico and exotic tropical paradises in Central America, such Corinto in Nicaragua, Quetzal in Guatemala, as well as a two-day visit to Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

This cruise departs from Ensenada, Mexico on Dec. 17 and makes its final stop in San Diego on Jan. 7.

The dollars
Free airfare is available from select West Coast Cities. Departures from other cities can cost an additional $100 to $200.

The catch
You’ll be away for the holidays and ring in the New Year at sea.ShermansTravel is a guide to top travel deals and destinations. Sign up for Sherman's Top 25 e-newsletter which features the best editor-screened deals from hundreds of travel providers and is delivered to over 2.5 million subscribers, free, each week. ShermansTravel also publishes trip ideas and travel features to inspire, guide, and go.

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