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THE DEAL: Cruise.com is offering a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Holland America’s Eurodam, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on March 16, 2013. Prices start from $549 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: You can sail through the Caribbean, stopping at ports such as Grand Turk, San Juan and St. Thomas, from $78 per person, per night. Plus, you can receive up to $500 in onboard credit with Cruise.com, contingent upon your cabin class/rate. When winter gets too much to bear, this cruise is a great way to get away without breaking the bank — especially if you can drive to the Florida homeport.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Fares are going up on this sailing so book soon; the departure date is coming up quickly. While this might not be the lowest fare you’ve ever seen, it’s a very good price for premium line Holland America — just be careful or you could spend your savings and more on Eurodam’s multiple alternative dining venues, hands-on cooking classes and pub crawls. Also note that while family friendly, HAL cruises tend to attract a more mature traveler.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here. To see how much flights will add to your vacation cost, compare flight prices with our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool.
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