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THE DEAL: Carnival Cruise Line is offering a seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise onboard Carnival Conquest, sailing roundtrip from Miami on December 8, 2013. Prices start from $329 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: What’s not to love about the price? For the cost of a mall shopping spree, you can buy a cabin built for two, onboard newly-refurbished Carnival Fun Ship, Conquest. Sail easy breezy from $329 per person ($47 per night) through the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos. Carnival is known for their on-ship activities and multitude of dining and drinking options, so don’t worry about a lack of variety; there are venues that appeal to every age. December should be smooth sailing, and an excellent time to work on a winter tan.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Fares this low tend to fluctuate, so without a quick decision, you may be missing out on some preemptive savings. Be mindful that such sailings are likely to be fully booked. Low pricing and the all-clear just outside of hurricane season could draw sun-worshipers and island-hoppers from up and down the east coast and elsewhere.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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