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Save up to 28% on a seven-day cruise in Alaska .

It's been a tough year for the cruise lines (we're looking at you, Carnival (CCL)). Make the industry's pain your gain.

Eastern Mediterranean

Between last year's Costa Concordia accident in Italy, and the unrest in Egypt and Syria, the area is struggling, says Paul Motter, editor of Mediterranean fares dropped 5% from 2012 to 2013, according to Travelocity. Costa, for one, is offering sailings up to 78% off.

Deal: Eleven nights from Rome on Celebrity Cruises, starts at $1,899 in October, a 5% savings.


The best deals, of course, are from Carnival, which is offering trips as low as $37 a night. Prefer a different line? Todd Elliott, owner of Cruise Vacation Outlet, suggests waiting until fall or early winter when prices start to drop.

Deal: Six nights in the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean, (RCL) starts at $579 in December, down 11%.


Alaskan departures will increase 8% in 2013, says the Alaska Cruise Association, leading industry watchers to predict a spike in deals. This spring, prices were already down about 5% vs. 2012.

Deal: Save 28% on seven nights from Whittier on Princess Cruises. Starts at $649 in September.

  @Money - Last updated May 23 2013 04:10 PM ET
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