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Best Cruise Deals Around the World

by Brook Wilkinson

South America

Conde Nast Traveler

Celebrity Cruises
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Best for: Baby boomers who want small-ship niceties but big-ship prices
Why it's a good value: Make the most of your meager time off with this action-packed two-week itinerary
Length: 14 nights
Departures: January and February 2010
Number of passengers: 2,050
Cost: From $1,199

It's not easy to navigate the slender cone of South America by land: Southern Chile is largely a patchwork of tiny islands, southern Argentina has just a single major highway running down its coast, and in between lies mountainous Patagonia. But by ship, you can trace the perimeter of this territory—rounding Cape Horn and ducking into the Strait of Magellan—and still be back in the office in just two weeks. Catch a flight to Buenos Aires on Saturday (since the ship spends its first night there, you don't have to arrive a day early in anticipation of flight cancellations), and two Sundays later take the red-eye home from Santiago. What a well-balanced way to spend two weeks: a night out in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, beach time in Punta del Este, wildlife aplenty in Puerto Madryn, stunning scenery in the Chilean fjords, three days at sea for complete relaxation, and a drive through Chilean wine country between Valparaiso and Santiago. Tip: Be sure to book a cabin on the starboard side of the ship, which will be facing land during most of this clockwise journey (800-647-2251; celebritycruises.com).

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