The Luxury: Those seeking relief from holiday stress can try a quick three-night Bahamas cruise. Embarking December 14 or December 17, these sailings will let first-time cruise-goers get their feet wet while checking out Princess Cruises latest addition to its fleet, the 3,080-passenger Ruby Princess. The voyages sail from Fort Lauderdale to the cruise lines own private island resort, Princess Cays. Launched in November 2008, the Ruby Princess includes highlights like an adults-only Sanctuary area, an outdoor movie theater, a nine-hole putting course, a sprawling piazza-style atrium, and duty-free boutiques. Passengers can take refuge from the seasonal rush within the Lotus Spa or the ships signature Italian restaurant.
The Value: The price of a mini suite starts at $369 per person ($411 with taxes), about a 33 percent discount on the original rates.
The Catch: The ship docks in the Bahamas for just eight hours.
The Details: Call 800/774-6237, or visit www.princess.com.
From the Smart Luxury issue of Sherman's Travel magazine.