The Real Deal: A round-trip sail from Miami, four nights' shipboard accommodations, all meals and beverages, shipboard activities and entertainment, and port charges (which total $100) from $299 per person—plus estimated taxes of $68.
When: Through April 16, 2010. The starting rate is based on a May 18, 2009, departure. This cruise is available year-round, but the rates vary by sail date and can change hourly without notice.
The fine print: Airfare is not included. Taxes and fees are estimated to be an additional $68 per person. Airport-port transfers are not included, but they can be booked for an additional $20 per person each way. The included meals and beverages exclude any surcharges for specialty restaurants and any beverage that must be unbottled or uncorked. Prices are per person based on double occupancy; solo travelers pay $598, which is 200 percent of the per person double-occupancy rate. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Liberty Travel, 877/999-2092, libertytravel.com.
Why it's a deal: Liberty Travel's Bahamas Cruise breaks down to about $92 a night and includes accommodations and all meals and beverages, shipboard entertainment, fuel surcharges, and all taxes and fees. We searched on Kayak for a four-night Bahamas cruise with a May departure and found ones for $299. But if you can find a lower price, Liberty offers a Price Beat guarantee for this package and promises to beat any cheaper rate you may find prior to making a purchase, by $10 per adult and $5 per child. What's more, they'll throw in a $50 voucher towards you next trip. You can find more details here.
Lodging: Four nights in an inside stateroom aboard the Norwegian Sky. Guests will have a choice of six restaurants and a variety of bars and lounges. The Kids Crew program can entertain the little ones, while grown-ups can get pampered at the Body Waves Spa.
Itinerary: The ship sets sail from Miami at 5 p.m. The first stop is Grand Bahama Island. The ship continues on to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay before sailing back to Miami. You'll sail overnight, arriving at each destination at 8 a.m. and departing at 5 or 6 p.m. on the same day.
More: Norwegian Cruise Line offers a wide range of optional excursions in Nassau, Great Bahama Island, and Great Stirrup Cay. You can find a complete list of activities here. For availability and pricing of shore excursions or to add pre- or post-cruise nights in Miami, contact the cruise line directly by calling 866/234-7350 or visiting ncl.com.