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Travel by: Fall 2008
With the Caribbean cruise season at its peak, it’s the perfect time to book a sun-drenched sailing at a discount. We suggest you skip the same old run-of-the-mill itineraries and go for a voyage with a fresh new twist. We have three ideally priced options if you want to head off the beaten Caribbean path. Each of these splendid cruises calls at lesser-visited island destinations, with rates as low as $559 for a weeklong exotic Western Caribbean sailing aboard Carnival Valor.
Caribbean sailing aboard Queen Mary 2
For a unique four-star sailing amidst Caribbean islands, we recommend a 10-night “Connoisseur’s Caribbean” voyage aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2. Departing roundtrip from New York on March 10, this special odyssey is priced at just $2,099 for inside accommodation. The Orbitz deal in question reduces the regular price of $2,999 by 30 percent! You’ll take in lesser-visited islands of Tortola, St Kitts, Barbados, St Lucia, and St Thomas, with four entire days at sea included in the itinerary. Even oceanview cabins are a good deal, at just $2,299. Balconied units sell at just $2,399!
Offbeat Western Caribbean on Carnival Valor
You can reap savings of 67 percent off rack rates by booking an exotic Western Caribbean cruise aboard Carnival Valor. Priced at $559 for a mid-March departure, the ship departs roundtrip from Miami and stops at Grand Cayman, Mexico, Belize, and the Bay Islands in Honduras. There are also two days at sea aboard the ‘heroes and heroism’-themed Carnival Valor. The regular price for this weeklong journey is listed at $1,669 for inside cabin lodging but this deal reduces it by $1,110. Oceanview units are also discounted, at $679; balconied rooms go for $899.
Disney cruise with a twist this fall
If you can hold off until later in the year, we spotted a terrific early-bird bargain departing Florida setting sail in October aboard Disney Magic. Priced at just $1,269 in an inside cabin, this seven-night Western Caribbean cruise with a visit to Mexico’s Costa Maya reflects a discount of 32 percent. It sets sail from Florida’s Port Canaveral on October 25, visiting Disney’s private Caribbean island of Castaway Cay for two days as well as Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. The route also covers two entire days at sea. For sea vistas from your own oceanview cabin, you can dish out the affordable $1,369.
The rates above are listed per person, based on double occupancy. The cost covers onboard accommodations, meals and entertainment, as well as port charges. You’ll just have to dish out extra for government taxes and fees, as well as any shore excursions you may decide to take.
Expect crowds of winter sun-seekers on the first two cruises; the last cruise involves a long wait before you hit high seas.
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