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September 03, 2009

Save up to 66% on SeaDream Yacht Club Cruises

SeaDream Jost Van DykeVisit unspoiled Caribbean gems--such as Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands--for 40% off during Christmas week. 

by Kathryn Maier on Travel Deals

Daily deals Dreaming of Christmas in the Caribbean?  Last month we told you about steep discounts from SeaDream Yacht Club, but now it turns out the cruise line has slashed fares by up to 66% on more than a dozen additional Caribbean sailings on prime dates this fall and winter, including one during Christmas: It's a 9-day cruise that sails roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, departing December 18. Ports include Vieques, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, St. Barts, Nevis, and Anguilla, which is where you'll spend Christmas Day. The brochure fare for this sailing is $8,904 per person (including taxes and port fees); the discounted price is $5,403--about 40% off.

If that sounds too pricey, know that there are also two five-night sailings, departing December 13 and January 3, that are discounted to just $2,079 per person (including taxes and port fees), down from $5,680, for savings of 63%.

More details after the jump.

Condé Nast Traveler approved: Our readers consistently rate SeaDream among their top three favorite small-ship lines in our annual Readers' Choice Awards poll. To get a feel for SeaDream's style, check out The Ultimate European Cruise in our May 2009 issue.

Book by: There is no book-by date but, trust us, the Christmas cruise will book up fast--though this price is guaranteed for the next 24 hours, subject to availability. These sales are capacity-controlled, meaning that the cruise line may revoke the discount once a certain capacity is reached on a given sailing.

Book through: Richard Turen, one of the travel agents whom Wendy trusts most and has recommended to Condé Nast Traveler readers in several of her guides to cruising. He can often negotiate extra perks for his clients from the cruise lines, and Perrin Post readers also receive the favored-client benefits of his "Royal Cruising Society."

The catch: These discounts apply only to the lowest-category cabins, which have portholes rather than picture windows. In addition, when booking these cabins, you may not be able to select a specific cabin number: the cabin assignment will be made shortly prior to sailing. On most sailings (though not the Christmastime one), if no category 2 cabins are available at that time, you'll receive a complimentary upgrade.


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