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THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises & Travel is offering a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise onboard Holland America’s Eurodam, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on December 8, 2012. Fares start from $399 per person for an inside cabin, $449 for an outside cabin, $599 for a balcony and $999 for a suite.
WHAT WE LOVE: Take your holiday break early, and you can get great deals on cruise fares – like this December Caribbean cruise on one of Holland America’s newer ships from $57 a night. You can even upgrade to a balcony and pay only $86 a night. Plus, you might be eligible for prepaid gratuities and/or onboard credit. The itinerary features four ports – Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas and Half Moon Cay – and two sea days, so you have plenty of time to do some active tours, pick up last-minute holiday gifts in port and still get your fill of sun, sand and sea.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: December cruises always present a dilemma: They tend to be quite affordable…but taking vacation before the holidays might preclude you from taking vacation during the holidays, depending on your work schedule and time-off allotment.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here. You can compare flight prices on our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool.
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