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THE DEAL: Carnival Cruise Lines is offering a five-night Eastern Caribbean cruise onboard Carnival Victory, sailing roundtrip from Miami on January 20, 2014. Prices start from $249 per person, for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: Carnival is a great line for short Caribbean cruises and from $50 per person, per night, it’s hard to disagree. Only one day at sea leaves you with three full days in port, split among Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Sun and fun are the key words for this sailing, with plenty of snorkeling opportunities, beach time and four pools onboard. Complimentary sushi is rolled out nightly and the popular upscale dining venue, Chef’s Table, is also available, for a fee. Mid-January may be just the right time to avoid the crowds of families and college students who have just used up their winter break.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: On the other hand, January 20 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so there may be plenty of cruisers looking to use one less day of vacation time. Winter sailings to warm places are likely to be crowded, with people seeking sunshine during the long, cold months.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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