Everyone is looking for the deal of the century. So how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Check the Lido Deck each week to get the scoop on our favorite deals — then grab the phone and pack your bags.
THE DEAL: Online Vacation Center is offering a 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas, sailing roundtrip from San Juan on December 7, 2013. Prices start from $1,899, per person, for a balcony cabin. Airfare, onboard credit and specialty dining are included.
WHAT WE LOVE: Anytime airfare is included in the price of a cruise, it lifts a great weight from the budget. This two-week sailing hits 11 gorgeous Caribbean ports in 15 days, including both the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. A perfect winter escape, enjoy the fresh island air from your balcony cabin, complimentary specialty dining for the ultimate foodie experience, and venues such as a Thai-themed solarium to laze the sea days away. There is no lack of nightlife onboard Jewel, yet the ship is outfitted to be family-friendly, with facilities for kids of all ages. Spend up to $150 in onboard credit per cabin — good for anything from drinks to holiday gifts.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Air is available free of charge from Miami, but is additional from other gateways. Unless you are close to a major airport, taking full advantage of this deal could be tricky. Charges are most expensive from the West Coast region (L.A., San Francisco or Phoenix.)
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here. Compare flight prices with our sister site TripAdvisor’s meta-search tool.
Looking for cruises for under $75 or even $50 a day? We’ve got ’em listed on our Cheap Cruises page.
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