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Best Cruise Deals Around the World

by Brook Wilkinson

Western Mediterranean

Conde Nast Traveler

Windstar
Ship: Wind Surf
Best for: Honeymooners, workaholics, seasoned travelers, and anyone else more interested in chilling out than rushing from sight to sight
Why it's a good value: Traveling during the shoulder season is always a good way to save a bundle, but this year's discounts are steeper than ever; this Windstar sailing is now $2,700 per person less than the brochure price
Length: 7 nights
Departures: November 2009
Number of passengers: 312
Cost: From $1,084

Think you have to pay a lot for the privacy and intimacy of a small ship? Think again. This fare comes out to less than $300 per night—and only $150 per night if you've cruised with Windstar before and can take advantage of its return-­customer savings. The weather in the Mediterranean may be slightly cooler in November than during the height of the cruise season, but that's a small price to pay for the lack of crowds in popular cities like Barcelona and Valencia (pictured). The rest of the itinerary focuses on lesser-known ports where rugged landscapes and ancient ruins are the draw (not to mention the view of two continents from the Rock of Gibraltar), so you won't mind that you'll have to be back on board each evening around five o'clock. Windstar's vessels are powered most of the time by their sails, which means you'll hear nothing but the ocean breezes during your one day at sea. And you can leave your jacket and tie at home: Attire on these ships is always casual (206-292-9606; windstarcruises.com).

Value Cruises: Western Mediterranean

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