Best Cruise Deals Around the World

by Brook Wilkinson

Eastern Caribbean

Conde Nast Traveler

SeaDream Yacht Club
Ship: SeaDream II
Best for: Empty nesters looking to rekindle the romance
Why it's a good value: Late departures from many of the ports mean you can live it up onshore without having to spring for a hotel room
Length: 7 nights
Departures: February 2010
Number of passengers: 110
Cost: From $4,000

Puerto Rico is the ideal starting point for a Caribbean cruise: It has more direct (and thus cheaper) flights from the mainland than other nearby points of embarkation (such as St. Thomas and Barbados) and saves the multiple days at sea necessary when leaving from Florida. And the yachtlike Sea­Dream II squeezes into several spots the big guys could never visit, including Jost Van Dyke (population 150) and St. John, two-thirds of which is a national park. Most cruisers get only a few hours on the latter, arriving via ferry from St. Thomas, but you'll have until late evening to enjoy this quiet island. The ship also docks until well past dusk at St. Martin and Anguilla. Better still, she overnights at St. Barths (pictured), where hotel rates are notoriously pricey, so you can party until the wee hours with the island's regulars—the rich, the famous, the beautiful—and sleep on board (800-707-4911; seadreamyachtclub.com).

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