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Travel by: August 23, 2009

The deal: Bermuda has long been the off-shore island playground for East Coast city dwellers, but sailing there has always been a bit pricey. A growing interest in Bermuda itineraries has allowed more cruise lines to add this pink-sand paradise to their sailing schedules. More competition, combined with the recent trend of sailing from close-to-home ports, translates to some unprecedented low prices — like this 5-day summer sailing from Baltimore. Brochure rates for this cruise clock in at $1,469, but you can snag a deal from as little as $379 — that’s up to 72 percent off!

What makes this deal even sweeter is while many itineraries include King’s Wharf, this 5-nighter docks for two days in the less visited — and more centrally located — St. George’s, which veteran cruisers tend to favor over the latter. This vibrant city is one of the oldest settlements in the New World, and is well known for its harbor and historic town square. There will be plenty to do onboard the ship as well — the Norwegian Majesty boasts numerous lounges, a piano bar, a theater, casino and children’s splash pool. The ship sails August 23 with interior cabins priced from $379, and oceanview staterooms are available starting from $544.

The dollars: All quotes are per person and based on double occupancy. Rates cover accommodations, meals and entertainment on the ship. Fees and taxes, as well as shore excursions, personal expenses, alcoholic beverages and tips are additional.

The catch: Late August is peak hurricane season.

Booking details: Visit www.cruise.com.

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