updated 1/6/2010 9:49:13 AM ET 2010-01-06T14:49:13

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Travel by: March 31

The deal
Short Caribbean cruises are extremely popular, but once you've had your share, it may be time to branch out on a lengthier — and more exotic —  itinerary. Our deal experts are always on the hunt for a great value, and have found this 17-night odyssey marked down over $1,000. The cruise visits enchanted ports around Africa and the Red Sea starting from $1,750 — including airfare!

The experience
Voyages of Discovery is a adventure cruise line based in the United Kingdom with one ship — theMV Discovery that calls on exotic ports worldwide. Its 17-night Africa and Red Sea cruise embarks March 31 from Mombasa, Kenya and coasts through the Indian Ocean to Praslin and La Digue in the Seychelles. Here passengers can spot rare species of birds that are found on the islands, or relax on one of the many isolated beaches.

Next, the ship will call on Salalah, Oman, home to sleepy fishing villages and ancient ruins. Back onboard, guests can enjoy informative lectures, a library, beauty salon, and numerous lounges. The MV Discovery will also call on Aqaba in Jordan, Sharm el-Sheikh and Safaga, Egypt where passengers will disembark for their return flight. Berths are priced from $1,750 (originally $2,905) for a total saving of $1,155.

The dollars
Rates quoted are per person and include all meals, onboard entertainment, gratuities, port taxes, and economy airfare. Additional charges apply for alcoholic beverages, onboard expenditures, and shore excursions.

The catch
Airfare is based to and from the U.K.

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