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The deal
Discounts on group travel are typically only available to parties of 10 or more, but unless you’re going to Cancun for Spring Break or you’re a B-List celebrity, this can be a difficult task to wrangle. That’s why Holland America’s 9-night cruise through the Gulf of California is such a great deal. Starting from $599 (originally $1,099) per person for the first two passengers and $199 each for the third and fourth (that averages out to only $399 per person), this bargain totals a savings of $2,800!

Pushing off from the verdant San Diego coastline on March 2, the Zaandam sails south and around Baja California to Los Cabos at the very tip of the peninsula. A toasty 80 degrees in March, Cabo is an emerald-water oasis with high-end resorts and first-class facilities.

Loreto, the Zaandam’s next port of call, reveals a historic sanctuary, offering adventure excursions, infinite blue skies, and a rich cultural past. The following day, passengers can expect to disembark in Topolobampo, a beautiful fishing village where bottlenose dolphins, along with 30,000 species of marine life, glisten in the warm Gulf waters.

Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta are the last two ports on the itinerary, before passengers spend a few days reclining under the sun and the stars on the Pacific high seas and finally return to San Diego. Mazatlan is home to the Sierra Madre Mountains, an idyllic coastline, and a bevy of restaurants and golf courses, while Puerto Vallarta, a hot vacation spot for the rich and famous, allows visitors to experience its luxurious amenities, breathtaking waterfalls, irresistible beaches, and warm and friendly demeanor.

Slideshow: Marvelous Mexico The Zaandam is a 4.5-star cruise ship with spa service, a Culinary Arts Center, movie theater, art gallery, casino, and tennis and volleyball courts, in addition to other luxurious accoutrements.

The dollars
The prices shown are based on double occupancy and subject to availability. They include port charges, but do not include airfare, or (where applicable) airport, or government taxes or fees.

The catch
Rates go up with time, so grab three friends and book now.

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