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THE DEAL: MSC Cruises is offering a seven-night Mediterranean cruise onboard MSC Lirica, sailing roundtrip from Venice on April 18, 2015. Prices start from $469 per person, for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: For the price — $67 per person, per night — see a number of stunning Mediterranean ports including Venice, Santorini, Mykonos, Dubrovnik, and lesser-known Ancona, in Italy. Don’t forget, on most MSC cruises, kids sail free. April is a choice time of year with less crowds and mild, pleasant weather. Greece can be downright hot in the summer months, so this is a primte time to escape the humidity. Spring holidays fall in the earlier weeks of April in 2015, so spring break travel should be coming to a close by embarkation. MSC is an Italian line so it knows this region well — your experience will be authentic onboard and off.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Flights abroad are always a concern for the money-minded traveler, so roundtrip from Venice will require more vacation funds. As mentioned, the line is Italian and certain things differ from your average mainstream cruise line — no freestyle dining is offered, and entertainment sticks to variety shows that cater to a multicultural audience.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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