updated 9/4/2009 9:53:27 AM ET 2009-09-04T13:53:27

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Travel by: Nov. 28, 2009

The deal
Autumn is a great time to slip away on a tropical vacation without dipping into the kids’ college funds. There are some amazing cruise deals to be had — like this 8-night Royal Caribbean voyage that brings passengers to exotic ports of call in Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Caribbean.

With interior cabins priced from just $299, you’ll be paying as little as $37 a night for a killer itinerary to ports filled with beaches, rainforests, and ancient cities.

The Enchantment of the Seas embarks from Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 28, and after spending a day at sea and visits the first port of call, Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Here, passengers can swim with dolphins, shop in the straw markets, or visit Jamaica’s famous Dunns River Falls before sailing on to Santa Marta, Colombia, where visitors can hike through the jungle to La Ciudad Perdida — Colombia’s “lost city.”

Next is a visit to Cartagena, with its signature colonial architecture and walled forts, followed by Puerto Limon, Costa Rica. As the gateway for ecotourism, Puerto Limon offers plenty of adventure filled shore excursions to nearby nature reserves. The final port of call is Colon, Panama — a gateway to the infamous Panama Canal.

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
This is not a closed-loop cruise, so you’ll have to book a flight back to Fort Lauderdale from Panama.

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