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THE DEAL: Carnival Cruise Lines is offering an eight-night Alaska cruise onboard Carnival Miracle, sailing from Vancouver to Seattle on April 28, 2014. Prices start from just $509 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: Kick-start Alaska season with this last-minute, late-April sailing from just $64 per person, per night. Depart from award-winning Port Metro Vancouver to cruise the Inside Passage and Glacier Bay, with stops in Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. In recent years Carnival Miracle has added Serenity, the adults-only pool deck, which as its name describes, can offer some peace among your fantastic surroundings. Also enjoy onboard experiences such as The Chef’s Table multicourse dinner with a private cocktail reception and master chef. Catching a cruise just before the official May kickoff of Alaska season may mean a quieter onboard experience.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: This ship does sail soon, so book or be left behind. For anyone unfamiliar with certain Carnival ships’ decor, it may strike as a bit…much. Miracle is quite a themed ship, with everything from an Alice in Wonderland lounge to Frankenstein’s Lab disco and superhero-themed lobbies. If you’re looking for a modern, sleek, no-frills ship to accompany you through Alaska, this isn’t the onboard atmosphere you’re looking for. However, it is fun in its over-the-topness. Cheap sailings to Alaska run throughout the season, so if you can’t make this one, don’t sweat it.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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