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THE DEAL: iCruise.com is offering a nine-night Baltic cruise onboard Norwegian Star, sailing roundtrip from Copenhagen on May 28, 2014. Prices start from $1,299 per person for an inside cabin, and include $300 in onboard savings and a one-night hotel stay in Copenhagen (including transfer) before your cruise.
WHAT WE LOVE: With a strong European itinerary and a ship that’s also great for families, this deal offers destination and diversion. The included hotel provides a nice opportunity to soak up more of a city, and that’s what you can do with an early arrival in Copenhagen, the day before your cruise. Port-intensive days highlight major cities such as Tallin, Estonia; Berlin, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; and even an overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia. Late May should have mild to warm weather, which may warrant splurging on a balcony.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: European and Baltic cruises are more, on average, than a Caribbean sailing. With so many days in ports, spending on shore excursions and other non-included expenses may quickly rack up. Making this more challenging is the constant currency conversion you will encounter in each country. You may pay in dollars or euros, but you will receive change in the local currency, which can get tricky.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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