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Last-Minute European Cruise Bargains

By Editor Paul Motter
We decided to look for last minute deals in Europe, and we found some beauties. Sailing in September, which is a good month for weather in Britain, France and Italy, we found four cruises to recommend based on price and itinerary.

First Choice: is Norwegian Jewel, sailing a 12-night transatlantic cruise from Dover, England. An unusual itinerary at a great price! Starting at a mere $899 per person, the ship visits Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; St Johns, Newfoundland; Halifax, Nova Scotia and ends in New York. You cross the Atlantic ocean but you only have one stretch with two sea days in a row! All the other sea days come one at a time. It's amazing to think you can cross the Atlantic and hit land virtually every other day.

Prices for this cruise are astoundingly low: Interior: $899; Oceanview: $1,149; Balcony: $1,499; Suite: $1,599. I recommend getting the suite, you are sure to see striking views in Scotland and Iceland from your ample balcony. Plus NCL has some of the most appealing suites at sea.

Second Choice: is also from NCL, the brand new Norwegian Jade is sailing a 12-night "Classic Mediterranean" cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul starting at just $999 per person. Unbelievable pricing. This cruise starts in Barcelona and visits Rome, Naples, Venice (overnight), Dubrovnik, Athens, Izmir Turkey and ends in Istanbul overnight with a full day in port for sightseeing and you disembark the following morning.

They call it "classic" for a reason. If you have never been to Europe this cruise will get you to some of the most famous attractions in the entire continent. In Italy you see the Coliseum in Rome, the ruins of Pompei near Naples and get two days in spectaular Venice, the most beautiful city in the world. You see the city-state of Dubrovnik, which once rivaled Venice as a world power. There is the Acropolis in Athens and Ephesus near Izmir, Turkey.

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Royal Caribbean: 1-800-Royal Caribbean

Third Choice: is Royal Caribbean's transatlantic on Jewel of the Seas. This is a dream British Isles cruise with a full six days in port before you start your crossing. You begin in Harwich, England; sail to historic Le Havre, France where you can see the beaches of Normandy; on to Plymouth, England; Holyhead, Wales; Dublin and then Cork, Ireland. Three days at sea get you to Newfoundland, two days at sea drops you in Boston, Massachusetts. Welcome home.

The price on this starts at Interior: $1,149; Oceanview: $1,349; Balcony: $1,699

Fourth Choice: is Carnival Freedom 12-nights Mediterranean & Greek Isles. Roundtrip from Rome you see Naples, Italy; Marmaris, Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; Athens and Katakolon (Olympia)in Greece; Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy and back to Rome with an extra day onboard before you have to disembark.

Prices are as follows: Interior: $1,199; Oceanview: $1,649; Balcony: $2,149; Suite: $3,049. Add in some Carnival incentives like 2-category upgrades and $100 shipboard credit and you have quite a bargain.

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