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THE DEAL: Cruise.com is offering an 11-night Panama Canal cruise onboard Coral Princess, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on October 24, 2013. Prices start from $499 per person for an inside cabin. Receive up to $500 in onboard credit at booking.
WHAT WE LOVE: The Panama Canal is a destination on many travel bucket lists, and with this deal from Cruise.com, you can sail there and back with five stops along the way, from just $45 per person, per night. Onboard credit varies by cabin class, but there are multiple opportunities to earn it, including sailing before the end of the year, and for military personnel. For 11 nights, there’s a great mix of days: five in port and six at sea. With ports including Cartagena and Limon, a ship with adults-only areas and onboard enrichment via ScholarShip@Sea and the Canal in sight, what’s stopping you from going?
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: If you don’t have the luxury to drop everything for a great cruise deal, it may be difficult to arrange being out of town for a dozen days in just three weeks. Onboard credit values for an inside cabin are low, and cheap sailing through the Canal means little time in your cabin, and many more moments spent on deck taking in the journey. Storms are still possible in the region during this time of year, but South America is not formally considered part of the hurricane zone.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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