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Summer rates on Caribbean cruises have begun to decline now that fall is within reach. If you can push off that vacation a bit longer, you’ll save a bundle on island-hopping cruises and can put that cash towards a deluxe cabin upgrade.Our editors have uncovered an autumn itinerary aboard Holland America’s latest upscale ship, the ms Eurodam, with balcony staterooms priced for less than the cost of interior cabins on similar summer voyages. Most balcony cabins on a 7-night cruise are priced well over $1,000 – especially on a newer vessel – but with this offer you can experience a taste of luxury from just $699.
The ms Eurodam embarks from Fort Lauderdale on October 17 and spends a day at sea before arriving in Turks and Caicos. Onboard the ship, passengers can relax in a private poolside cabana while enjoying chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne, take in a live cooking show at the culinary center, or spend some quiet leisure time in the Explorer’s Lounge. On the third day of the journey the ship calls on San Juan, Puerto Rico which is known for the colonial architecture and cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.
Next is a visit to the bustling port of St. Thomas – an ideal location for picking up souvenirs. The final port of call before returning to Fort Lauderdale is Half Moon Cay, the cruise line’s privately owned island in the Bahamas. In addition to the low starting rates on balcony staterooms – just $699 – oceanview cabins are available for the same price as interior rooms, starting from $499 for a total savings of nearly 69 percent off brochure rates.