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THE DEAL: MSC Cruises is offering a 15-night transatlantic cruise aboard MSC Poesia, sailing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, on November 12, 2012. Rates start at $699 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: It’s cheap, with nightly rates from as little as $47, and the ship has some great spaces — Il Grappolo d’Oro wine bar and Hitchcock Lounge among them — to pass the time in the open Atlantic. Cruisers will find a more exuberant cosmopolitan vibe on the European ship, thanks to MSC’s more global clientele.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Missing Thanksgiving dinner at home could be a blessing for some, but you probably won’t be thankful for expensive open-jaw airfare to get you to Barcelona and then home from Florida. If you want to be sure your total vacation cost doesn’t exceed your budget, compare flight prices on our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool. Plus, MSC is an unabashedly European line, with an approach to service and dining that is different from more familiar mainstream mega-ships. You’ll likely either love it or hate it. For an unfiltered look at what we mean, check out more than 285 MSC Poesia cruise reviews written by real passengers.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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