TRAVEL DEALS

Miami & Panama Canal Cruise, 15 Nights, From $1,529

Start with a night in Miami before sailing off on a 14-night cruise to the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico via the Panama Canal.

By , Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012, 1:16 PM

Cars along Ocean Drive in Miami, Florida

Miami is the first stop on this 15-night travel deal that includes a cruise through the Panama Canal. S.

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The Real Deal Vacation package includes one night in Miami at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 14 nights onboard the MS Statendam (Holland America Line) from Miami with stops in Oranjestad, Aruba; sailing through the Panama Canal; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Huatulco, Mexico; Acapulco, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and disembarking in San Diego, California; hotel to port transfer; 41 meals including 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 14 dinners; and hotel taxes; from $1,529 per person, plus up to $319 in cruise taxes and fees.

When Oct. 11, Nov. 8, 2012 ($1,529); add $430 for Jan. 17, Mar. 14, 2013 ($1,959).

The Fine Print Cruise taxes and fees are not included in the package price and can cost up to an additional $319 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $958. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Why It's a Deal A 14-night Panama Canal cruise on the MS Statendam normally costs $1,719 per person including taxes. Add to that $141 per person including taxes for one night at the Hilton Miami Downtown, and you're already spending $1,860. According to TaxiFareFinder.com, the cab ride from the hotel to the port costs about $70, bringing your total without this package to $1,930. For $82 less, this travel package gives you one night in Miami, a 14-night cruise, all your meals on the cruise, transportation from the hotel to the port, and most taxes and fees.

More This vacation package is also available with flights from New York City to Miami, and a return flight from San Diego, with prices starting at $1,829 in early November. Contact Gate 1 Travel or visit their website for more details.

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