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Alaska & B.C., Air/Hotel/Cruise, 8 Nights, From $1,049

Natural beauty and wildlife abound on this adventure along the Inside Passage.

Ketchikan, Alaska

Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan, AK.

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The Real Deal This package includes a round-trip flight to Seattle on United or Southwest Airlines; one nigiht's accomodation in Seattle at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle; seven nights' accomodations in an inside cabin during a round-trip sail aboard the Norwegian Star, leaving from Seattle and stopping in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway in Alaska and Prince Rupert in British Columbia; all shipboard meals and beverages (aside from alcoholic and soft drinks); round-trip transfers between the hotel, airport, and port; fuel surcharges; and hotel taxes; from $1,049 per person—plus estimated cruise and air taxes and fees of $199.

When Depart May 14, 2011; add $100 for May 21; $150 for May 28, Sept. 3, 10; $180 for Aug. 20, 27; $230 for Aug. 13; $270 for Aug. 6; $300 for June 18, 25; $330 for June 4; $350 for June 11, July 2, 23, 30; $400 for July 9; $430 for July 16.

Gateways Los Angeles and San Francisco; add $70 for Denver; $150 for Chicago; $210 for Atlanta; $250 for Houston; $284 for New York City; $309 for Miami; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Taxes and fees are an additional $199. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts from $799. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.

Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, round-trip cruises with a similar itinerary departing from Seattle in mid-May start from $779 for seven nights in an inside cabin, not including taxes of about $150. Add to that $242 with tax for a round-trip flight between L.A. and Seattle and about $79 per person for a four-star hotel stay in Seattle, and you’d be paying a total of $1,250 if you were to book the package components individually. For $200 less, this Travel Themes and Dreams offer includes the seven-night sail, round-trip airfare to Seattle from either L.A. or San Francisco, an overnight stay in Seattle, plus transfers between the airport, hotel, and port, all taxes and fees, and the convenience of one-stop shopping.

More Optional activities include a tour of the Yukon by bus ($119 per person) and a tour of Ketchikan city and Saxman Totem village ($49 per person). Additional nights in Seattle start from $79 per person per night. Upgrade to an outside cabin for an additional $90 per person for seven nights or to a cabin with a balcony for an additional $390 per person for seven nights.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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