The Real Deal Vacation package to New Orleans and the Western Caribbean includes round-trip air between New York City and New Orleans; two pre-cruise nights in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside; a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise in an interior stateroom aboard Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas (with stopovers at Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, in the Caymans; and Cozumel, Mexico); twenty meals (seven breakfasts, six lunches, and seven dinners); port transfer from the hotel; and all air and hotel taxes and fees included, from $929 per person.
When Nov. 29, 2012 ($929); Jan. 24, 2013 ($979); Jan. 10, Feb. 21, 2013 ($989); Dec. 13, 2012 ($1,099); Mar. 7, 2013 ($1,119); Mar. 21, 2013 ($1,299).
Gateways New York City (from $929); add $20 for Atlanta; add $32 for Boston; add $82 for Miami; add $139 for Chicago; add $141 for Washington, D.C.; add $190 for San Francisco; add $193 for Houston; add $204 for L.A.; add $230 for Phoenix.
The Fine Print Royal Caribbean taxes and fees of up to $75 are not included in the package price; all air and hotel taxes and fees are included. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $451. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
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Why It's a Deal According to a recent Kayak search, round-trip airfare from New York to New Orleans starts at $240 in late November (Delta). Two nights in the Hilton Riverside totals $273 per person, and a similar cruise on Royal Caribbean in November starts at $621 per person. Altogether, you're looking at $1,134 total for booking the parts of this package separately, including all taxes and fees. For $130 less, this vacation deal gets you the airfare, hotel stay in New Orleans, seven-night cruise, and all taxes and fees.
More Additional pre- or post-cruise nights at the Hilton Riverside are available from $79 per person, per night. Outside stateroom upgrades on the cruise are from $130 extra per person; balcony upgrades are from $280 extra; deluxe and suite upgrades are from $600 extra.
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