updated 5/29/2009 12:13:40 PM ET 2009-05-29T16:13:40

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Travel by: June 5–14, 2009

The deal: Be the first to sail Mediterranean waters this spring on a spanking new ship — at rates up to 74 percent off! The Costa Pacifica will be taking its 8-night maiden voyage on June 6, and surprisingly, prices start from as little as $799. That’s a rare find on any voyage in this region at this time of year — let alone an inaugural sailing.

The new Pacifica has a heavy musical influence, with each area of the ship characterized by a different style. Other highlights of the ship include a Grand Prix simulator, Samsara Spa, outdoor jogging track, shopping center and casino.

The ship embarks from Savona, Italy and will make its first stop in Marseille, France, the following day. After that, the ship will call on Barcelona, where passengers can visit numerous museums, theaters and art galleries. Next is Palma de Mallorca, an ideal place to pick up embroidery, jewelry, pottery, glasswork and other handmade creations before sailing on to Tunis, Tunisia. After seeing the ancient ruins in Tunis, passengers will visit Valletta, on the island of Malta, which is famous for medieval castles, palaces, minarets and grand churches. From there, the ship calls on Sicily before reaching the final destination of Rome.

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
Maiden voyages are exciting, but there may still be a few kinks to work out.

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