There’s been quite a bit of chatter lately in the travel industry about Europe being “the place to go” right now, and with good reason. Spring is upon us, the dollar is strong, and as more employers layoff workers, these newly freed employees are finding themselves with some extra time on their hands.
The economy may be in a rut, but ironically it has done wonders for travelers. If you're thinking that a European spring cruise might be just what the doctor ordered, then check out this great offer our editors dug up on a luxury Mediterranean sailing priced up to 73 percent off.
Windstar Cruises combines a private-yacht feel with attentive staff, elegant accommodations, and interesting ports of call. Set sail this May on a six-night voyage aboard the luxurious Wind Surf starting from $999, for an oceanview stateroom. This cruise was originally priced at $3,689, so the savings are quite substantial.
The ship departs Nice, France, on May 25 and makes its first stop in Monte Carlo, Monaco, where passengers will have two full days to explore the cathedrals, museums, elegant boutiques, and cafes. After that is a visit to the picture-perfect harbor in Portofino, Italy, followed by beautiful Florence.
Next up is Portoferraio, where Napoleon spent his exile, and where cruisers can visit the two historical forts, or relax in the famous Piazza Napoleone before the arriving in the final destination of Rome.
All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Accommodations, meals, some beverages, entertainment, and port charges are covered in the cost. Government fees and taxes, as well as off-boat expenditures are extra.
Airfare so the departure port in Nice is not included. Check out our Europe air page for great flight deals.
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