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OCTOBER: A TRANSATLANTIC CRUISE
Lesson to Travel By: Good deals abound when cruise ships move to another part of the world between seasons.
The Deal: SeaDream Yacht Club's transatlantic cruise from Seville to San Juan may mean more time on the water and less in ports than regular high-season cruises, but it's the cheapest way to get aboard this luxury liner—and there is no shortage of onboard activities to keep you busy.
The Luxury Essentials: This small-ship cruise line is famous for over-the-top pampering: Deck attendants clean the saltwater spray from your sunglasses; waiters inquire about your favorite dishes so the chef can put them on the menu later that week. But all this decadence usually comes at a price—for instance, a seven-day cruise from Venice to Dubrovnik costs $8,900 per person. The best values can be found when SeaDream's two ships have to reposition between their summer home in the Mediterranean and their winter waters in the Caribbean. On SeaDream II's October cruise (which costs $4,000 less than usual), your only midcruise stop will be an afternoon on the Portuguese island of Madeira (view slideshow), so plan to spend most of your time in the spa, casino, fitness center, golf simulator, or simply on your balcony with a good book from the ship's library. Plan to arrive at least one day before the cruise departs Seville, since you'd hate to miss the boat because of a flight delay.
Artful Advice: Landlubbers, beware—the seas can be rough in the middle of the Atlantic.
A Fair Fare: Flights between New York and Seville are at their lowest in October; use Kayak.com's multicity search tool to find the best fares.
SeaDream Yacht Club
Tel: 800 707 4911 (toll-free)
From $4,900 per person, including meals, alcohol, and entertainment