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THE DEAL: Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a five-night cruise aboard Carnival Ecstasy, sailing roundtrip from Port Canaveral, on October 13, 2012. Rates start at $239 per person for an inside or an outside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: Five nights is the perfect length for a quick getaway, or as a trial cruise for newbies. Plus, the itinerary includes three ports — Freeport, Nassau and Half Moon Cay. And you can get an outside cabin from less than $48 per night. What’s not to love?
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: This is hurricane season; you may miss one or even all of the three ports if a big storm gets in your way. Consider using the money you save on the cruise fare to purchase travel insurance. (Find out what you need to know about travel insurance.) And it is a relatively last-minute cruise, so unless you live near the port, it might cost you nearly as much as the cruise to fly or drive there. If you’re thinking of flying, compare airfares on our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool. That way, you’ll have a firmer grasp on the overall price of your trip.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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