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You haven’t lived until you’ve been to Barcelona. An enchanting cultural oasis on the Mediterranean Sea, this cosmopolitan Catalan capital is a mecca of eye-popping architecture, tantalizing gastronomy, fiery flamenco, beautiful beaches and non-stop partying—with a peek into centuries-old history everywhere you turn. Of course, like any European adventure, a trip to this trendy city can get expensive—but it doesn’t have to be. From reasonable hotels that look otherwise, to cheap must-eat foods, sights and more, here’s how to do Barcelona on a budget.

RELATED: Tapas are Spain’s tastiest free dining tradition—here’s how to best enjoy them

WHERE TO STAY

It’s easy to stay in a nice place, in a good area for a great price in Barcelona—no hostel required. Priced between $70 and $200 a night, these highly-rated hotels make for the perfect home base while exploring the city. For an even  better price, be sure to check CheapTickets.com for the latest promo code and other deals.

OD Barcelona hotel

Photo courtesy of OD Barcelona

OD Barcelona

Under $200 per night
Just steps from Passeig de Gràcia, the vein of Barcelona’s main shopping neighborhood, this modern, boutique newcomer is a hidden gem. OD Barcelona‘s 98 rooms and suites can often be found for less than $200 per night, which is a steal for what you get. Accommodations are spacious (tough to find in Europe!) and have modern appliances and huge windows overlooking the charming neighborhood. This is a place you want to both sleep and hangout: There’s a rooftop pool and solarium, the seasonal OD Sky Bar, cooking classes, live DJ events, and Thursday Night “Burger Meets Gin” parties with some of the juiciest burgers and most inventive gin and tonics you’ve ever tasted. Speaking of food, the no-name restaurant at OD Barcelona is reason enough to stay featuring everything from traditional Spanish tapas to imaginative desserts.

Within walking distance: Sagrada Familia, Plaça de Catalunya, L’ Aquarium de Barcelona and Passeig de Gràcia

Vincci Bit hotel

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Vincci Bit

Under $100 per night
At the fun-and-funky Vincci Bit hotel, every floor features a different theme. Renowned illustrators, designers and graffiti artists from around the world—like Alex Trochut, Matthey More, Yoshi Sislay, Christian Gastaldi and Lorenzo Petrantoni—painted eye-popping murals to go with each theme, and on the bottom levels, guests will find a mini gallery of Mathias Martín’s works and an outpost of the Russian design studio Dopludo Collective. You can get bright, air-conditioned rooms for less than $100 a night, which come with a custom pillow menu, a minibar and even free Wi-Fi. This hotel makes guests feel like jetsetters with an in-house sauna, gym, rooftop terrace and plunge pool. Adding to its allure, the surrounding neighborhood, the former industrial district of El Poblenou, intrigues with its hip cafes and tapas bars.

Within walking distance: Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Els Encants flea market, the Barcelona Design Museum, Bogatell Beach, Diagonal Mar Shopping Centre and Parc del Fòrum

Hotel 4 Barcelona

Photo courtesy of Hotel 4 Barcelona

Hotel 4 Barcelona

Under $75 per night
If you’re looking for a really great value, Hotel 4 Barcelona in the trending 22@ tech district delivers. This modern property puts you close to Barcelona’s beaches and offers amenities you wouldn’t expect with a budget hotel, including a sauna, fitness center and Turkish bath; plus, an on-site restaurant and bar; and free Wi-Fi. The hotel’s 12 Superior rooms also offer extra space, as well as impressive city or sea views. With one of the hotel’s rental bikes, the 2.5-mile trek to Sagrada Familia and 2.8-mile trek to Casa Batllo are a breeze.

Within walking distance: Bogatell Beach, Mar Bella Beach, Parc Zoologic

ALSO: Save even more on your Spain travels when you sign up for CheapCash—it’s free to join!

WHAT TO DO

Barcelona has something for everyone, from beautiful beaches and influential art, to fantastic people-watching, a Gaudi-filled outdoor park and marketplaces that will make your jaw drop.

Barceloneta beach ariel view

Barceloneta beach aerial  view

Go to the beach

Free
The calm, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea are as lovely to set your eyes on as they are to swim in, thanks to warm temperatures from about June through October (winter, not so much). For a free activity that lasts all day, head to Barceloneta Beach to lay out, splash around and people-watch among the throngs of locals and tourists dining along the promenade.

View of colorful ceramic mosaic bench of park Guell, designed by Antonio Gaudi, in Barcelona, Spain

Walk around Parc Güell

Free
Sitting in Barcelona, this park is decidedly cool for all ages. Designed by the famous Antoni Gaudí, the whole park feels like Alice In Wonderland come to life. Modeled after English gardens, this 42-acre park is filled with wavy benches, vibrant tiled mosaics, picturesque pathways winding through overgrown vegetation, and topsy-turvy buildings reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss book. Bring a picnic or just relax and take in the ocean views. While there, be sure to check out Sala Hipóstila (a marketplace-turned-installation with stately stone columns and beautiful mosaic works), Casa Museu Gaudí and Turó de les Tres Creus, a lookout point with impressive views of the city. Note that while entry to the park is free, entry to the Monumental Core (where the Guard Museum, Gardens of Austria, Hypostyle Room, Nature Square and other attractions are located) requires tickets, which are limited to 400 people every half hour. To skip the lines, purchase advance tickets here.

Spain Majorca, beautiful city street avenue La Rambla in Palma de Mallorca

Wander down and around Las Ramblas

Free
Everyone knows about Las Ramblas. This mile-long city street is the heart of the city! Join the throngs of tourists wandering down it at any time of day, and eat at one of its streetside cafes, watch street performers, meander into one of its plazas, pick up local art from street artists or hit a bar. It’s good at night, too—after the sun goes down, Las Ramblas is just getting started.

The historic Mercat de la Boqueria or Sant Josep Mercat (Boqueria market) in Barcelona, aside the Rambla. A view on the top selling product: fresh juices of fruit.

Visit the Mercat de la Boqueria

Free
This famous indoor market hall has everything you could ever imagine. Sitting in what looks like a huge open-air warehouse, colorful stands line up end to end, overflowing with fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, cured jamón, fresh spices, herbs, salsas and, wait for it… even edible insects. If you’re craving something hot, there are tapas bars, pizza stalls, sandwich stands and more. Just wandering through the long aisles offers a taste of the local culture.

street art in barcelona

Trover photo by Travelholic Path

See the city’s street art

Free
These days, every city has an artsy neighborhood corner; and in Barcelona, that’s Poblenou. Walk around this hipster area and check out the professional graffiti art covering its buildings. For a full art tour, explore the whole city and take in the murals, sculptures and Gaudi buildings scattered throughout. Passeig de Gracia has a decent amount of Gaudi architecture, the giant “Peix” fish sculpture by Frank Gehry overlooks the beach, Roy Lichtenstein’s giant Barcelona Head sits in the middle of Port Vell, and Fernando Botero’s enormous cat is perched on the Rambla del Raval.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain

Trover photo by Sandy Smith

See the famous Sagrada Familia

Less than $20
La Sagrada Familia is famous for two things: first, for being a quirky, iconic church designed by Antoni Gaudí, and second, for always being under construction. Started in 1882, the church has never been completed. Some say it’s Gaudi’s best work of art. Its vaults reach as high as 230 feet, its Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia are both on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and it has five aisles, spiral staircases, seven chapels where you can go to mass, stained-glass windows, Gothic architecture, images of heavenly angels and even a Sagrada Familia museum. A basic ticket costs 15 euro (about $18), but you can also opt to skip the line with fast-track tickets and a guided tour (available at a discount here).

WHAT TO EAT

In Barcelona, or actually Spain in general, eating is all about sharing good food with people you love—and not breaking the bank to do it. Because good, local food and wine is the norm in Spain, you can eat a lot of it for surprisingly cheap. For added savings, do as the locals do and spend your trip feasting on tapas-style dishes, where you get smaller portions for significantly less money (sometimes free) and can try multiple local dishes at once.

Spanish bocadillos of cured ham

Munch on bocadillos

Between $5 and $10
Spanish sandwiches, or bocadillos, are similar to a sub sandwich. Served on a soft but crispy baguette and stuffed with almost anything, they can function as a meal on-the-go or be served as smaller sandwiches and enjoyed tapas-style. Get them filled with Spanish chorizo sausage, cured meats, tuna, shrimp, pork or even a Spanish omelet. Unlike sub sandwiches, however, Spaniards are not big on condiments, so other than a couple slices of tomato, it’s just the good stuff.

Family eating Paella and seafood. Top view.

Paella is life

Less than $20
Paella is an art, and in Spain, it’s a popular one at that. Originating in the Valencia region, this enviable rice dish is prepared in a large shallow pan and filled with vegetables, paprika and saffron. Then add seafood, meat or just vegetables; some popular varieties have shrimp, clams or even rabbit. Preparing it is an all-day affair, and no matter what you get, portions are huge and designed for two or more to share.

Tourists in Barcelona eating tapas in a typical restaurant in the Barri Gotic. On the table a travel guide of Spain and a smartphone.

Top it off with tapas

Free to $5
There are fried potatoes… and then there are patatas bravas. The latter of the two is a Spanish specialty. For this dish, potatoes are cut into wedges, fried to perfection and served tapas-style with house-made spicy sauces or creamy aioli. You’ll also want to try the croquetas. These hot, oblong-shaped treats are worth every calorie. They’re breaded rolls typically stuffed with chicken, jamón Iberico and cheese, and are great as tapas, an appetizer or even just as a “siesta” snack. For a guided taste of these delicious snacks, sign up for an tour like the Barcelona Evening Food Tour, which focuses on traditional Catalan tapas. Many bars offer free tapas during happy hour (provided you drink).

Spanish sliced cheese with nuts

Get your jamón—and Manchego on

Less than $15
Coming from the La Mancha region of Spain, Manchego is a hard, aged sheep’s milk cheese, and you’ll find it on most charcuterie boards in Spain. Also on that board? One of Spain’s most delectable products: Iberico ham (or jamón Iberico, as the locals call it). This is Spain’s version of prosciutto, and it’s made from Black Iberian pigs that are only fed acorns.

Family having fun and toasting with drinks at dining table

The vino is fino, and totally affordable

Less than $5 per glass
Spanish wines are renowned the world over, so you’ll want imbibe in its many varietals—Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Penedés, Navarra, Rueda, Cava, Rias Baixas, Jeréz and La Mancha. Expect a lot of full-bodied red blends, like Tempranillos, and sparkling white wines that pair with almost any tapas. Added bonus? Because wine is so prominent, a glass is usually cheaper than a bottle of water. It’s not uncommon to see a glass of local wine on a Barcelona restaurant menu for less than 3 euro ($5), or even a bottle for around 8 euro ($10). Tours of local wineries are available, including the Montserrat & Codorníu Winery Small-Group Tour, which explores the winery, as well as the pilgrimage site of Montserrat monastery where you’ll listen to an angelic boys’ choir before being treated to a glass of the locally made vino.

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Jennifer is a Miami-based writer and editor who loves good food, a better martini and traveling every chance she gets. She writes about luxury travel, dining and lifestyle for Travel Weekly, Private Air Luxury Homes, Preferred Travel, Modern Luxury Weddings, INDULGE Miami, Thrillist, NUVO Magazine and more. When she’s not on a plane, she’s likely plotting her next adventure—follow @JenniferAgress on Instagram to see where she lands.
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As anyone even moderately interested in soccer can tell you, there is no other rivalry in sports that quite compares to that of Spanish teams FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. Things always get heated for El Clasico, as matches between the two teams are known, and their next face off, slated for April 23, 2017 in Madrid, is sure to be no exception.

So how do the two Spanish cities stack up off the field? Take a look at the graphic below to find out.

RELATED: This is your guide to Spain’s tastiest tapas

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Madrid v. Barcelona

The tale of Spain’s two largest cities is summed up locally by their longtime soccer rivalry. Referred to by Spaniards as El Clásico, the competition has captured the attention of sports fans worldwide. Planning a trip and wondering how else these two revered cities compare? We break it down for you.

WEATHER

Madrid Think cold winters (thanks, high altitude!) and scorching 100 degree temps in summer (but low humidity). Late spring and early fall are considered sweet spots.
Barcelona Its coastal location means winters are balmy (60 degrees in January? Yes, please!). Summer season lasts May–October, but subtropical Barcelona does experience humidity.

CULTURE

Madrid Crooner Julio Iglesias is a Madrilenian as was painter and sculptor Juan Gris. Barcelona can’t compete with its incomparable “art triangle” including the Museo del Prado, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia.
Barcelona The Catalan capital boasts opera singer José Carreras, surrealist Joan Miró and architect Antoni Gaudí. See Gaudí’s influence all over town, check out ornate concert hall Gran Teatre del Liceu and visit Museo Picasso—the painter spent his early years in the city.

NIGHTLIFE

Madrid Nonstop and unhinged, a night out in Madrid begins around 1am and maybe ends at dawn. Check out megaclub Kapital, nightlife stalwart Tupperware and Museo Chicote—the city’s oldest (and most famous) cocktail bar.
Barcelona Less raucous than Madrid, Barcelonians still party. Hemingway used to drink at Bar Marcella, while Nitsa and Sala Razzmatazz are nightlife staples among EDM fans.

PARKS

Madrid The bustling city comes to a sudden halt at Buen Retiro Park, often called the “Lung of Madrid.” Don’t miss an Instragram-worthy shot in front of the iconic Monument to Alfonso XII.
Barcelona Park Güell is beloved for its mosaic works by native son Antoni Gaudí. The wild shapes and colors make up for the lack of greenery; be sure to see “el drac” at the entrance.

DAY TRIPS

Madrid The cobblestone streets of nearby Toledo are intoxicating, but daytrippers will also love ancient Segovia, the walled city of Avila and the Valley of the Fallen National Park.
Barcelona Visitors go gaga for coastal gems like party town Sitges and the Roman ruins in Tarragona. Further afield is the Dali Museum in Figueres and the tiny nation of Andorra.

ARCHITECTURE

Madrid The two cities’ architecture can be summed up by their cathedrals: Madrid’s Gothic Revival Almudena Cathedral is gorgeous, ornate and elegant.
Barcelona Barcelona’s style is a bit more, well, whimsical. The Gaudi-designed Sagrada Familia blends everything from Late Gothic to Catalan modernism, and it’s perpetually under construction—the 100-year-old basilica is slated for completion in 2026.

HOTELS

Madrid Madrid’s an outstanding hotel city, from the high-end spots like Principal Madrid to hip boutique options like the chic URSO Hotel & Spa. You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck here.
Barcelona The Catalan capital is no slouch either, with gorgeous luxury options like the Mandarin Oriental Barcelona, as well as attractive boutique choices like the Medieval-but-modern Mercer Hotel.

BUENA VISTA

Madrid For one of the best views in the city, head to the rooftop bar at the Círculo de Bellas Artes, order a beer and watch the sun set over the city.
Barcelona Hop a cable car up the Telefèric de Montjuic and get comfy at the castle’s café, where you can gaze out upon the city and the Mediterranean Sea.

LANGUAGE

Madrid The Spanish here isn’t too far off what you learned back in high school, so your Spanish 101 should come in handy.
Barcelona While admittedly a beautiful language, Catalan has been known to confound English speakers, who often describe it as sounding like a mix of Spanish and French.

TOP PEOPLE WACHING SPOT

Madrid Plaza Mayor is a great place to watch the world go by, but brace yourself for throngs of tourists, souvenir hawkers and tourist-priced snacks at the surrounding sidewalk cafes.
Barcelona The scene is always lively on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s famous tree-lined pedestrian mall. Mingle among locals and tourists as you take in souvenir stalls, street artists and musicians and more.

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Those small snack plates known as tapas are an art form in Spain. They vary throughout Spain’s regions, reflecting the fruit of the land or sea. They’re often shared, and always delicious. In Spain, where dinner is served late, they make the perfect appetizer, and often come free when you buy a drink. The tradition is built around conversation, with the idea that small, shared plates encourage discussion among friends more than individual meals.

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Tapas, or small snacks, usually come with each round of drinks in Spain. Photo: Salomé Chaussure – Flickr.

The history

The word tapa comes from the Spanish word “tapar” which means “to cover.” Way back in the day, when people traveled through Spain on old Roman roads, and when hardly anyone could read or write, innkeepers would serve their guests small portions of everything they offered. That tradition morphed over the years, and bartenders or restaurant owners would serve bread and meat bites to customers drinking sherry, since the salty nature of the snack made patrons thirstier. People would use the bread and meat to cover (tapar) their glasses of sherry to keep the flies off, and thus the tapas tradition was born.

Best tapas spots

In Barcelona, Las Ramblas is one of the most popular streets in the city, full of places to shop and eat. But it’s very touristy, and also draws pickpockets. Instead, try going to Gracía, a neighborhood with an increasingly hipster bent. Try Restaurant La Pepita or Nou Candanchu.

In Madrid, delicious tapas restaurants are lurking around every corner. Stop in Museo del Jamón on Calle Mayor to get your feet wet and really immerse yourself in ham (really, there is jamón everywhere). Then pick one of thelittle streets of Calle Mayor and wander to a tapas place. If you think there’s no room for dessert, Calle Colorares has a great chocolatería.

Many bars around Spain have gone against tradition, tacking price tags onto tapas. In Granada, though, tapas remain mostly pure and free. Near Plaza de Santillana is Bodegas Espadafor. Not only is its food good, the walls are adorned with art depicting bullfights and the bar has a great sherry selection. Also try Bodegas Castañeda on Calle Almireceros, off Calle Elvira.

What’s on the menu

In honor of this time-honored and delicious tradition, here are some of the most delicious and authentic tapas Spain has to offer:

croquetas

Croquetas have a fried crispy outside with a warm and creamy inside. Photo: Kent Wang – Flickr.

Croquetas — Quite possibly one of the most beloved and common tapas, and often available in tapas restaurants in America. Croquetas are small and often cylindrical, with a soft, warm and creamy inside and a crispy, fried shell. The inside isoften made with flour and cream, or may be made with potatoes. They’re then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Most croquetas have some kind of meat or fish mixed in, so look for croquetas de pollo (chicken) or croquetas de jamón (ham), to name a few.

jamón serrano

Slices of jamón serrano are cut from cured pig thighs often seen hanging in Spanish bars and restaurants. Photo: Anne-Arnould – Flickr.

Manchego y jamón serrano — Manchego, a cheese that’s a hard, very salty and not too sharp, is often served alongside jamón serrano, which is ham cut from the pig’s legs you’ll see hanging in almost every restaurant and market in Spain. The flavor combination is perfect, and both pieces of the concoction are very Spanish.

Pan con tomate

Pan con tomate, or bread with tomato, is a popular tapa in Catalonia. Photo: yosoynuts – Flickr.

Pan con tomate — Or bread with tomato, is a very Catalan dish. Catalonia is the region surrounding and including Barcelona, and stretching up into Southern France. They take a tomato and smear it all over some fresh, often toasted and oil-covered bread, throw the rest of the tomato away, and sprinkle some salt over the bread. At tapas restaurants in America, you’ll often find this topped with manchego. It’s a wonderful dish, but in Spain they serve simpler dishes, not weighed downwith sauces and cheeses like we do with much of what we eat here. So make sure to try it in its true form before adding cheese.

Tortilla de España

Tortilla de España is made with eggs and often onion and potatoes. Photo: ornello_pics – Flickr.

Tortilla de España — This is probably one of the most universal tapas dishes in Spain, and it has nothing to do with what we often think of as tortillas. Many menu translations will call it a Spanish omelette, but it’s really more of a thick frittata. Tortillas can be made with many things, but some of the most common are tortilla de papas (potatoes), tortilla de calabacín (zucchini) and tortilla de cebolla (onion), or some sort of combo. Some places serve these cold, so keep that in mind if you’re not into eating cold eggs.

Papas bravas — Another basic, these are fried potatoes with a little bit of spice. They’re cubed and often served with some sort of aioli or similar dip.

Jamón con melón

Jamón con melón. Photo: yashima – Flickr.

Jamón con melón — A beautiful salty/sweet combination, jamón and melón isn’t quite as easy to find as some of the other tapas for some reason. There’s a wonderful kind of melon available in Catalonia throughout most of the summer that is green like honeydew but is much sweeter. Slice that up and wrap it in a slice of jamón, and you’ve got yourself a little bite of heaven.

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With so many factors constantly threatening to throw off your itinerary when you travel, the last thing you need is an added uncertainty surrounding your arrival to the airport. These airports and transit systems make it easy for the traveler needing to get from the airport to the city center cheap and fast.

 

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Courtesy of Rhys A.

O’Hare International Airport — Chicago, Illinois

Although O’Hare is known for its delays and overcrowded terminals, getting there is one thing you won’t have to worry about. The Blue Line on the Chicago Transit Authority’s El train goes from O’Hare and stops all along the way, eventually ending up right downtown. The train runs every couple of minutes and it only costs $2.50 for a ride. Midway, Chicago’s other airport, is also connected to downtown by the Orange Line, and just as easily accessible.

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Courtesy of SimonRahn.

El Prat Airport — Barcelona, Spain

The RENFE train runs from the airport to downtown about every 30 minutes. It’s a nearly 25-minute ride through the Catalan countryside. Get off at Sants Estacio, Passeig de Gracia or the Clot stop, and then you can take the city Metro to wherever you specifically want to go. If you are heading to the airport, you’ll want to catch the train at any of those stations and get off at the Aeropuerto stop. Pretty simple. Tickets for individual journeys cost just over 2.

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Courtesy of Ron Reiring.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport — Minneapolis, Minnesota

You can take your pick how you get to this airport: bus, train or bike. In such a physically fit city, authorities felt it necessary to connect Terminal 2 to a bike path that leads to downtown Minneapolis. (There’s also a 1.4-mile walking path inside Terminal 1). Light rail trains run every 10 minutes during peak hours, when fares are $2.25, and 15 minutes during off hours, when fares are $1.75. The trains connect to 17 locations, including downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul and the nearby Mall of America.

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Courtesy of Thomas Depenbusch.

Cologne Bonn Airport — Cologne, Germany

The train from Cologne’s city center to the airport drops passengers off right in the middle of the airport at the Intercity-Express (ICE) station. When heading downtown, take the S-train right to the city center. The ride will take about 20 to 30 minutes and stop four orfive times before arriving right downtown. The cost is about €2.60.

Courtesy of Josh Hallett.

Courtesy of Josh Hallett.

Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport — Atlanta, Georgia

In an airport that is so big it has it’s own zip code, getting to and from it without hassle is key. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (also known affectionately as MARTA) runs trains between the airport and other stops throughout Atlanta frequently, starting at 5 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. on weekends until 1 a.m. every night. If you’re heading to the airport, it’ll drop you right inside the domestic terminal. Rides are $2.50.

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CheapTickets and Holland America Line help you travel the world with cheap cruises that pamper you with service.

If you want to travel to Europe, consider the Mediterranean Romance, a 12-night cruise that includes stops in Italy, Greece and Spain. Aboard the ship, you can enjoy elegant meals in the two-tier Vista Dining Room and relax in the Greenhouse Spa, which features a heated ceramic lounge in the style of a Turkish bath. The September 29 sailing starts at $1,699.

Or, you can save up to 40% on the seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, and travel to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The ship features two pools, a state-of-the-art fitness room and entertainment options including a cigar bar, piano bar and casino. The November 1 cruise starts at just $449.

Holland America Line recently upgraded its ships with new programs and amenities, including cooking demonstrations and plush-top mattresses, so even cheap cruises feel luxurious.

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