New Orleans, 3 Nights Hotel, 7 Nights Cruise, from $709

Set sail for the Western Caribbean from the Big Easy.

Cozumel, Mexico

Picture yourself on a hammock in Cozumel.

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The Real Deal Three nights in New Orleans at the Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome; seven nights’ cruise in the Western Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean’s the Voyager of the Seas (with stops in Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Falmouth, Jamaica); seven breakfasts, six lunches, seven dinners; hotel-to-port transfer; hotel taxes; and fuel surcharges; from $709—plus estimated cruise taxes and fees of up to $68.

When Feb. 15, 2012 ($709); add $70 for Feb. 1, 2012; add $120 for Feb. 29, 2012; add $240 for Mar. 14, 2012.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $68 in cruise taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $699. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

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Why It’s a Deal Three nights at the Holiday Inn New Orleans-Downtown Superdome costs $267 per person, including taxes. Add to that $567 for a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, and you’d be paying $834 for just the airfare and accommodations. For $57 less than that, this package covers three nights’ hotel accommodations and a seven-night cruise, plus 20 meals, hotel to port transfer, and all taxes and fees.

More Additional excursions/activities are available for a fee, including a three-hour beach snorkel at Cozumel from $28 per person, and a two-hour heritage walking tour of Falmouth from $25 per person. Upgrade your room aboard Voyager of the Seas from $110 per person. Extend your stay in New Orleans at the Holiday Inn from $75 per person per night.

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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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