The Real Deal: A round-trip cruise from Seattle with stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway in Alaska and Prince Rupert, B.C.; seven nights in an interior stateroom aboard the Norwegian Star; meals in the main dining room and buffet areas and beverages such as water, coffee, tea and juice aboard the ship; an onboard credit of at least $50 per cabin; and port charges; from $569 per person — plus government taxes of $193.
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When: Depart Saturdays Sept. 25, 2010; add $30 for Sept. 4; $60 for Sept. 11; $70 for Sept. 18; $93 for Aug. 28; $110 for Aug. 21; $130 for July 10, 17; $210 for July 3, Aug. 14; $220 for July 31, Aug. 7; $260 for July 24.
The fine print: Taxes and fees are an additional $193 per person. Airfare is not included; round-trip airport-port transfers are an additional $60 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $569. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: American Discount Cruises & Travel, 866-214-7447, americandiscountcruises.com.
Why it's a deal: The cost of this seven-night Sawyer Glacier Cruise package breaks down to about $109 a night and includes shipboard accommodations during a sail along the coast of Alaska, meals, beverages, a shipboard credit of at least $50 per cabin, and all taxes and fees. According to a recent search on Kayak, a similar seven-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier itinerary starts at $609 in September (Royal Caribbean's Rhapsody of the Seas) — which is about $40 per person more than this American Discount Cruises package from Norwegian Cruise Lines.
More: Optional activities include a rainforest canopy and zip-line expedition ($179 per person) or a helicopter ride ($268 per person) in Juneau; a Mendenhall Glacier and whale-watching excursion ($151 per person); or a Yukon horseback adventure ($179 per person). Add $140 per person to upgrade to an ocean-view cabin. Add pre- or post-cruise nights at the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport from $99 per person.
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