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THE DEAL: Holland America Line is offering a 38-night world cruise onboard Amsterdam, sailing from Dubai to Fort Lauderdale on March 23, 2015. Prices start from $6,699 per person, for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: Begin your global journey of the Middle East, Africa and the Mediterranean in exotic Dubai, and spend the entire month of April sightseeing in Oman, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal. Itinerary includes a daylight passage through the Suez Canal. You’ll slowly sail back home to the States, docking in Fort Lauderdale after seven weeks abroad. If you have the time, cruising is a neat way to see this part of the world and for less than $200 per night, having the amenities of a cruise ship at hand is a comfortable way to travel. Have a physical disability? Not a problem. Amsterdam is an accommodating ship for accessible staterooms.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: A flight out to Dubai will cost you, but it’s a one-way trip. Egypt, which is included in this itinerary, is still under some level of travel advisory, which is set to expire on June 18, 2014 (well before this cruise departs). However flexibility is key if you’re booking within a region that may have to be skipped at the time of sailing, Although you’ll hit many ports, you won’t pass through any Asian or South American countries, making this a regional sailing rather than a full world cruise. If the dates and itinerary work for you, the price is what makes this bucket list trip within reach.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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