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Alaska cruise, 7 nights, from $479

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Seven nights in an ocean-view stateroom aboard the Norwegian Sun, which sails from Vancouver, B.C., to San Francisco, plus meals, onboard entertainment, port charges, and trip insurance, from $479 per person—plus about $160 in taxes.

When: Sept. 13, 2009.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of about $160 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $479. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: eCruises.com, 800/233-6868, ecruises.com.

Why it's a deal: We found a seven-night Alaska cruise in September starting at $479, before taxes, in an ocean-view cabin on Norwegian Cruise Line, sold through vacationoutlet.com—the same price as the cruise mentioned here. But when you book this sailing through eCruises.com, trip insurance is included—and that's worth 5 to 8 percent of the entire cruise cost. Read about eCruises.com's trip insurance policy here.

More: Add at least $70 to upgrade to a deluxe inside stateroom, at least $110 for a superior ocean-view stateroom, and at least $270 for a balcony stateroom. All prices are per person.