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THE DEAL: Costa Cruises is offering an 18-night Morocco and Caribbean cruise onboard Costa Luminosa, sailing from Savona to Miami on December 2, 2014. Prices start from $1,099 per person for an inside cabin.
WHAT WE LOVE: The itinerary is unique for this sailing, hitting Morocco, the Canary Islands, then the Caribbean, with nearly a week at sea in between. You’re sailing during the coolest months for Morocco, avoiding the heat and also the rainfall in the Caribbean. Post-Thanksgiving and pre-holiday, your sailing begins in Italy if you’re looking for a pre-cruise excuse to get away for a few more days, and ends back in the U.S. Take note that Hanukkah begins December 16 this year (during the cruise). From just $62 per person, per night, sail an inside or upgrade to another cabin category for only slightly more ($72 per night for an outside, $89 for a balcony). If you’re looking for a European vibe — especially in nightlife and entertainment — and enjoy pizza and pasta, then this might be a great fit.
WHAT GIVES US PAUSE: Although the ports are intriguing, be ready for a stretch of quite a few days at sea. Luminosa is a smaller ship, and a cup of coffee and a good book might be something you will rely upon. The line caters to American passengers, but at its heart is Italian; prepare yourself for some subtle differences. A balcony may be worth the splurge, but it could get cooler at night during this time of year, so bring a sweatshirt.
HOW TO BOOK IT: For all the nitty-gritty on this deal (including that pesky fine print), click here.
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