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Travel Deals: Affordable Cruises During the Holiday Season

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The hectic holiday season is right around the corner. So why not end this year with one final, well-deserved vacation while the rest of the country deals with crowded malls and family drama? With these deals, you can take advantage of affordable cruises around the world.

935989_10152046041626414_1133084032_nRelax in Florida & the Bahamas

Taking off from New York, Norwegian Cruise Line takes you to Orlando, Florida and the Bahamas,  giving you time to relax and then step off the cruise ship for shopping, scuba diving,  or just soaking up some sun. Florida day excursion options include the Atlantis Aquaventure, Kennedy Space Center, snorkeling with seahorses, parasailing, and enjoying Walt Disney World. You can also take pontoon or eco-boat tours, or kayak and manatees up close. Want to take the week of Thanksgiving off? Rates begin at $529, and you’ll leave on November 24 and be back in New York by December 1. Click here to book or find out more.

1012387_10151863626091414_1541436284_nSeven Days in the Mexican Riviera

If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your Christmas vacation, consider cruising around the Mexican Riviera. Norwegian Cruise Line is offering a seven-day cruise that takes you to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. The cruise begins in Los Angeles, giving you a chance to visit Disneyland, Beverly Hills, or Venice Beach before spending some time relaxing on the water. While you’re in Mexico, take advantage of shore excursions such as walking around Old Mazatlan, ATVing on the beach, discovering some of Mexico’s history, zip lining, and kayaking. You can even visit an agave farm and see how tequila is made. The cruise departs on December 22 and returns on December 29, and rates begin at $799. If you’d rather spend the holidays at home and celebrate New Year’s in Mexico, book to leave on December 29 and return on January 5. Rates begin at $849. To book or find out more, click here.

1374083_10153353296865431_361487423_nSee the Best of the Mediterranean

Instead of stressing about turkeys, decorations, or presents this year, consider taking a well-deserved break. You can cruise around the Mediterranean for 10 days with Norwegian Cruise Line, relaxing and see some amazing sights. This excursion departs from the eternal city of Rome and makes multiple stops in Greece and Turkey, then visits Naples on the way back to Rome. When you stop in each port, take advantage of the historic sights around you: the Acropolis, Pompeii, the House of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, and Ephesus, to name a few. While in Istanbul, discover what was once the seat of two empires, and learn more about Turkish and Roman history. When stopping in Italy on the way back, sip on a limoncello and take in the vibrant blue water. If you would rather spend Thanksgiving weekend soaking up the sun in Greece, book the cruise that leaves on November 27 and returns December 7, where rates begin at $479. To book or find out more, click here.

 1380377_10151773081304584_153269547_nTake a Break Between the Holidays

Is the idea of holidays already starting to stress you out? Consider taking some time for yourself between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Book a room on Carnival’s newest cruise ship, the Carnival Breeze and enjoy six days in the Caribbean. The cruise departs on December 1 with rates starting at $279. While you’re on the cruise, enjoy a meal prepared by chef and  personality Guy Fieri or slide down the 320-foot-long Twister water slide. Along the way, enjoy stops at Grand Turk, Jamaica, and Nassau in the Bahamas. Take advantage of pristine beaches and clear waters by riding a catamaran, snorkeling, seeing sting rays up close, laying out on the beach, or horseback riding along the water. It’s a great alternative to holiday shopping. Click here to book or find out more.

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By Cathrine Schermann and Stephanie Ervin for PeterGreenberg.com

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