updated 3/11/2010 1:16:12 PM ET 2010-03-11T18:16:12

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Travel by: April 10

The deal
Most cruise ships stationed on the East Coast of the U.S. call on Bermuda, New England, or the Bahamas. It’s rare to find an itinerary that stops in home ports along the coast, despite the fact that there are many vibrant port cities worth visiting.

Costa Cruises is offering a unusual 14-night itinerary from Fort Lauderdale to Quebec that allows passengers to experience the best of the Atlantic ports at rates up to 60 percent off. With interior cabins priced from just $699, you’ll be paying just $50/night!

TheCosta Atlantica sails from Fort Lauderdale on April 10 and makes its first stop in Port Canaveral, Florida — home to the Kennedy Space Center. After that, the ship will call on picturesque Charleston followed by a full day at sea before arriving in Baltimore.

Next up is Norfolk, a city full of maritime history and mermaids  — yes mermaids — (there are statues everywhere). Passengers will be treated to a two-day docking in New York, giving them ample time to navigate the city’s diverse neighborhoods before sailing to Boston for some of its infamous clam chowder.

After another day at sea exploring the ship's many restaurants, lounges, travelers will visit the scenic port of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The Costa Atlantica will then make its way to Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island where sampling some of the local seafood cuisine is a must. From there, spend a relaxing day at sea before arriving in the final port of call of Quebec — where the ship will remain docked overnight.

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'll experience the southern heat as well as cooler temps of New England, so pack shorts and a jacket.

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