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Travel by: May 5

The deal
Embark on Costa Cruises’ epic voyage across the Atlantic on the fabulous Costa Atlantica, traversing the most unlikely itinerary in the span of 17 nights. For $899, a steep discount of $1,600, this once-in-a-lifetime sailing adventure whisks passengers away to 10 ports in Europe, the United States, and Canada that scarcely convene under one roof (or route).

While the cruise commences on May 5, the Costa Atlantica won’t leave New York’s harbor until May 8 (read: tourists from around the globe can explore The Big Apple without paying a dime for a hotel!). In addition, this genuine “smart luxury” deal includes up to $50 onboard credit per cabin.

About the cruise: From NYC, the vessel sails on to the summer yachting community in Newport, Rhode Island, where passengers can tour the historic mansions built during the Industrial Revolution. The Atlantica stops in the Boston harbor en route to Mount Desert Island in Maine, and then wanders down the Canadian shore to the maritime communities of Sydney and Halifax, laden with national parks, churches, and coves.

On day 14, the ship finally arrives in Paris, allowing passengers to peruse the classical riches of France before departing for the hometown of Buckingham Palace and the Queen. The last few days of the cruise are spent lounging on the North Sea, exploring Bremerhaven, Germany, and celebrating a long-awaited arrival in Copenhagen, known for its exceptional transformation into a global model of financial stability and its rapid ascent into culinary greatness (13 Michelin star restaurants reside in Copenhagen).

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

The catch
You’ll have to think of your own elaborate excuse to take 17 days off from work.

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