updated 7/30/2009 9:34:52 AM ET 2009-07-30T13:34:52

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Travel by: December 13, 2009

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The deal
For cruisers looking for a more upscale experience at an affordable price, try Holland America. Although well known for its Alaskan voyages, the cruise line gets rave reviews for its itineraries throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

By sailing out of Tampa, Holland America’s ships visit unique ports of call in Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. Our editors have tracked down a 7-night sailing in an oceanview cabin with two embarkation dates to choose from starting from as little as $474.

The ms Ryndam embarks from Tampa on December 6 and December 13 and makes its first stop in the quirky “Floribbean” town of Key West. After that, passengers will spend a relaxing day at sea exploring the ship’s many interesting features, like the live cooking demonstrations at the Culinary Arts Center, the wine-tasting nook, and the cozy Explorations Café.

On day four of the voyage the ms Ryndam will anchor in Belize City, where travelers can visit one of the wildlife sanctuaries, or explore caves, rivers, and beaches before sailing on to Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala.

This area is an ideal place for history lovers, due to the nearby archeological sites, temples, and monuments. The final port of call before returning to Tampa is Costa Maya, Mexico which offers a private island-like feel and is overflowing with of bars, restaurants, and shops.

The dollars
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment, and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.

The catch
Oceanview staterooms are rarely available for the same low cost as interior cabins, so this great offer can disappear anytime. Book quickly.

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