updated 6/15/2009 10:20:48 AM ET 2009-06-15T14:20:48

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The deal
Since 1914, the Panama Canal has been drawing tourists from across the globe to experience first-hand this man-made wonder.

A number of cruise lines offer unforgettable journeys through the famous waterway, but they often carry a hefty price tag — ranging from $1,500 to $3,000 or more! Our editors have tracked down a fall sailing that is priced up to 55 percent off rack rates.

Plus, you’ll save on the cost of airfare, because unlike many canal crossings, this ten-night cruise will return to the original embarkation port in Fort Lauderdale.

The Island Princess sets sail October 1, and will make its first stop in the fun-filled island of Aruba.

After that, it will call on Cartagena, Colombia, a city teeming with ancient churches, forts and palaces. Next up is a partial transit down the Panama Canal followed by a stop in Cristobal, Panama.

That’s not all — the ship will also dock in Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, where tropical rainforests and diverse wildlife make it an ideal place for nature enthusiasts. The final port of call before returning to Florida is worry-free Montego Bay in Jamaica. Interior cabins are priced from $999, with oceanview staterooms available for just $50 more.

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
You won’t be sailing through the entire canal, which may leave you longing for more.

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