When we say $99, we don't mean per night -- we mean per cruise, for an inside cabin. That's $25 a night for food, lodging, entertainment, a ride to the Bahamas, and someone else to make your bed, do the dishes and even take care of the kids. It's one of the lowest cruise fares we've ever seen ($99 fares are usually reserved for one-night cruises to nowhere). And higher-category cabins are also affordable, with outside cabins from $119 to $139 and balconies from $199. Suites, on the other hand, cost around a grand.
Should you feel you simply can't pass on a cruise priced so low, you'll find the bargain on the October 6 (coming up) and October 27 (more time to plan) departures of Norwegian Sky out of Miami. The ship visits Grand Bahama Island on Tuesday, Nassau on Wednesday and Great Stirrup Cay on Thursday, before returning to Florida on Friday. Since you're paying so little for the actual cruise, you can extend your vacation with a hotel stay in Miami over one (or more) weekends.
One caveat: These fares will disappear faster than free Champagne at an art auction. So if you want to book, do it soon.
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--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor