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Australia, New Zealand cruise, from $1,739


Set sail from Auckland, New Zealand, and take in stunning Queen Charlotte Sound before arriving in Sydney aboard a Holland America cruise.

The Real Deal: A two-week cruise in an ocean-view stateroom aboard Holland America's , departing from Auckland and arriving in Sydney, with stops in Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Christchurch and Dunedin in New Zealand, and Hobart and Canberra in Australia; all meals, nonalcoholic beverages and entertainment aboard the ship; a shipboard credit of up to $150 per cabin; and port charges; from $1,739 per person — plus estimated government taxes of $222.

When: Depart from Auckland on Oct. 22, 2010.

The fine print: There are no fuel surcharges. Does not include taxes and fees of about $222 per person. Airfare is not included. Based on double occupancy; the per-person cost for a single occupancy ocean-view stateroom is $853. Read before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: American Discount Cruises & Travel, 866-214-7447, .

Why it's a deal: This breaks down to about $140 a night and includes accommodations, meals, most beverages, activities, a shipboard credit of up to $150 per cabin, and all taxes and fees. According to a recent Kayak search, the same 14-night cruise from Holland America costs as much as $1,899 per person for an ocean-view stateroom.

More: Add $1,849 per person for a suite. Pre-cruise hotel accommodations are available at the in Auckland for $338 per night for two people, and post-cruise accommodations at the are available for $378 per night for two people, both through American Discount Cruises & Travel; shop around, as you should be able to find cheaper rates by booking directly through local hotels. Additional pre- and post-cruise packages are available, such as the five-night Explore Australia package, which includes a visit to Uluru National Park, from $6,238 for two people, and a three-night Great Barrier Reef tour is available for $4,298 for two people.