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South America cruise, 8 nights, from $1,199

Sail out of Buenos Aires over Christmas, with stops in Rio and Punta del Este.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Eight nights in an ocean-view cabin aboard the 14-deck Costa Victoria, round-trip from Buenos Aires, Argentina, with stops in Brazil at Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro, and Ilhabela, and in Uruguay at Punta del Este; all meals and beverages; nightly entertainment; and 24-hour room service; from $1,199 per person — plus about $54 in port taxes and fees.

When: Dec. 22, 2009; add $330 for Dec. 30, 2009.

The fine print: Does not include port taxes and fees of about $54 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $1,269. Prices fluctuate daily depending on availability. Airfare is not included. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: Cruises for Less, 888/212-7395, cruisesforless.com.

Why it's a deal: We did a Kayak cruise search, and similar eight-night South American cruises were going for $1,849 (Royal Caribbean). This cruise is $1,253, all taxes included — that breaks down to about $157 per person per night for the cabin plus all meals, drinks, and entertainment.