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THE DEAL: American Discount Cruises & Travel is offering a seven-night Alaska cruise on Norwegian Sun, sailing from Whittier to Vancouver on May 27, 2013. Prices start from $429 per person for an inside cabin and $549 for an outside.
WHAT WE LOVE: Sail Alaska in the shoulder season and opt for a lower-category cabin, and you can find fares from $61 a night, plus perks like onboard credit and prepaid gratuities. Just bundle up and enjoy scenic cruising through the Inside Passage and Sawyer Glacier from the open decks. With snow still topping the mountains, the scenery should be incredible — and you might just spot a whale or eagle from the ship.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Shoulder-season cruising in Alaska can be hit or miss. It could be cold, bad weather could cancel shore excursions (and snow on the ground may make hiking in upper elevations difficult), and the salmon and wildflowers haven’t yet made appearances. On the other hand, you may find fewer crowds and fewer kids onboard (if that’s important to you) — and could luck out with some warm, sunny days.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here. You can compare flight prices with our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool.
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