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THE DEAL: Cruise.com is offering a 10-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard Norwegian Jade, sailing roundtrip from Rome on December 12, 2012, and January 2 and 23, 2013. Fares start at $349 per person for an inside cabin, $399 for an outside, and $499 for a balcony.
WHAT WE LOVE: If you can sail soon, you could visit ports in Greece, Turkey and Italy from the super-low nightly rate of $35. You may even be eligible to receive onboard credit. You have your pick of dates so you could arrange to spend Christmas or New Year’s in Europe, or wait until the after holidays for your winter getaway. You’ll likely find fewer crowds onboard and in the ports of call.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: The low-priced sailings are timed so you can’t spend Christmas or New Year’s on the cruise ship, and if you want to celebrate at home, the two earlier sail dates might make your winter schedule a bit rushed. While these southern Europe destinations have temperate climates, don’t expect Caribbean-like beach weather in December and January. Finally, while winter airfares across the pond can be cheaper than summer high-season fares, you’ll want to book soon to avoid pricy last-minute bookings. You can compare flight prices on our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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