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Top 5 ways to save on your summer vacation

- Margaret PriceCorrespondent

The new Costa Fascinosa ship sails in the Venice lagoon earlier this month. Cruise operator Costa Crociere hopes the glamour of Italy's biggest ship will mark a new era for a company whose reputation was marred by the deadly Concordia disaster. Cruise prices are down 25 to 33 percent in the aftermath of those disasters. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

3. Consider a cruise

In the aftermath of several recent disasters at sea, cruise prices are now 25 to 33 percent lower than last year's prices, reports Nancy Dunnan, publisher of the TravelSmart newsletter in New York City. Some cruise lines also are offering such enticements as free air transportation to a port city or no charge for children traveling with their parents. "Repositioning" cruises – one-way travel on ships moving between their seasonal cruising regions – can cost up to 50 percent less than the standard cruise rate. Experts suggest checking with travel agents specializing in cruises or visiting websites such as RepositioningCruise.com to find deals.


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