Friday, July 27, 2007

Cruise from Spain to Brazil with a verandah and free air

Oceania Cruises is featuring a 15-day repositioning cruise from Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro departing November 24, 2007, in which you can land a verandah stateroom for as little as $2,699 per passenger.

The deal, based on double occupancy of a stateroom, excludes taxes and fees, but includes free airfare to and from the cruise from some 20 U.S. cities, which makes it much sweeter.

Because the cruise leaves from Europe and ends in South America, you would have to pay steep airfare if booking it on your own. (While I often counsel passengers to book their own airfare rather than accept a cruise line's offer of "free" air -- you can usually get a nice rebate from the cruise line if you turn it down, and often get better air connections to boot -- finding decent airfare for repositioning cruises covering two faraway continents can prove much trickier and more expensive.)

Port stops include Gibraltar and the UK. The offer expires August 31, but space is limited. Call a travel agent or Oceania at 800-531-5619.

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