updated 6/21/2010 11:59:06 AM ET 2010-06-21T15:59:06

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to L.A.; a round-trip sail from L.A., with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta; seven nights in an inside cabin aboard Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Mariner of the Seas; meals, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages; onboard activities and entertainment; and round-trip airport-port transfers; from $692 per person—plus cruise and airport taxes of $99.

  1. Don't miss these Travel stories
    1. Lords of the gourd compete for Punkin Chunkin honors

      With teams using more than 100 unique apparatuses to launch globular projectiles a half-mile or more, the 27th annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin event is our pick as November’s Weird Festival of the Month.

    2. Airports, airlines work hard to return your lost items
    3. Expert: Tourist hordes threaten Sistine Chapel's art
    4. MGM Grand wants Las Vegas guests to Stay Well
    5. Report: Airlines collecting $36.1B in fees this year

When: Depart Nov. 7, 14; add $2 for Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12; $7 for Sept. 5, Oct. 24; $19 for Oct. 31; $39 for Sept. 19; $64 for Oct. 3; $73 for Sept. 26, Oct. 10; $76 for Sept. 12; $186 for Nov. 21, 2010.

Gateways: San Jose; add $30 for Phoenix; $69 for Denver; $130 for Seattle; $170 for Atlanta; $175 for Chicago; $260 for New York City; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Cruise and airport taxes and fees are an additional $99 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $349. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.

Why it's a deal: The cost of this air-cruise package breaks down to about $113 a night and includes cruise accommodations, all meals, beverages, round-trip airport-port transfers, and taxes. Plus, the total rate of $791 also covers round-trip airfare between San Jose and L.A., which, according to a recent search on Kayak, starts from $143, with taxes, in mid-November (Alaska Airlines).

More: An optional three-port shore excursion package ($161 per person) includes snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas, a treetop canopy adventure in Puerto Vallarta, and a Stone Island Bay tour and beach party in Mazatlán. Add $122 per person to upgrade to an outside cabin and $307 to upgrade to a cabin with a balcony. Pre- or post-cruise nights at the 244-room Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel start at $96 per room per night.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments