Are you looking for an exotic, relaxing getaway to reward yourself for getting the kids ready and back to school? Have you always dreamed about taking a Mediterranean cruise but thought it was beyond your means? Or, are you ready to spend all that money you’ve saved couponing!?!? 🙂 Royal Caribbean and Travelocity are making cruising the Mediterranean affordable this fall. For just $499 (per person, based on two persons sharing a stateroom), you can sail for seven nights from Rome to Messina, Italy; Athens, Greece and Kusadasi and Souda, Turkey before returning back to Rome. HEAVEN! This price is good on the Navigator of the Seas departing in August and September. Port taxes and airfare are additional.  If you book by August 15, you’ll also get a $50 per credit shipboard credit to use on such things as spa treatments, drinks, shore excursions and wine with dinner.

My husband and I went on a Caribbean cruise last winter and we didn’t spend a dime on the boat! We had a $100 credit and that was enough for the entire week we were there, so Cruises really ARE frugal, once you pay to get there! 🙂

About Navigator of the Seas

The 3807-passenger Navigator of the Seas, which debuted in 2002, is an ideal ship for active vacationers. The vessel has an on-board ice-skating rink, a rock climbing wall, an inline skating track and a full basketball court. Other activities include a nine-hole miniature golf course, a full casino and a day spa and fitness center. For meals, guests can choose from the three-story, elegant main dining room; the 1950s-style Johnny Rockets; Portofino Italian restaurant and Chops for steaks. The ship also has an Internet cafe so you can keep in touch with friends back home.

Staterooms on the Navigator of the Seas all have two twin beds (that convert to one queen bed, if desired), private baths, satellite television, telephones and built-in hair dryers.

About the Ports

This cruise departs Civitavecchia, the port closest to Rome. From there, it calls at Messina on the island of Sicily, where you can view Mt. Etna, tour a winery or relax at the beach; Athens, home to the ancient Greek civilization as well as the Byzantine culture; and Kusadasi, Turkey the starting point for exploring the fascinating and well-preserved Biblical-era town of Ephesus.

How to Book this Deal

The $499 price is for an inside stateroom. Similar discounts are offered for oceanview staterooms ($599) and balcony cabins ($699).  This price includes cruise accommodations, all meals on board and nightly entertainment. Airfare and port taxes and fees of $71.29 are additional. To take advantage of this deal, visit the Travelocity cruise site and scroll down to the middle of the page.  Please remember, this price does not include airfare; which will set you back a bit! Consider saving on airfare by using any airfare miles you’ve been saving!

I know this “deal” is probably out of range for most of us, but it’s sure fun to dream about, right?! Perhaps you could start saving now for next year, and then you’ll be ready for another HOT deal!!

Bon Voyage!

Edited to add: Just to give you an idea of airfare costs for this cruise: currently Royal Caribbean’s air transportation partner, Choice Air offers the following airfares to and from Rome: Chicago’s O’Hare Airport $871.36, New York’s JFK Airport $786.24, Miami International Airport $787.36 and Los Angeles International Airport $787.36. Fees and taxes are additional. (Choice Air is the company that handles air reservations for Royal Caribbean; the flights are on major carriers such as American Airlines, United Airlines and Alitalia.)

Cruise the Mediterranean for the Price of a Caribbean Cruise!