10 great last-minute summer getaways

Haven't made your vacation plans yet? Lucky you. This year the best deals come to those who waited.

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4. Alaska (by cruise)
Alaska (by cruise)

Alaska is most temperate in July and August - highs range from 60° F to 80° F - so discounts on summer cruises are rare. But a decline in bookings has led to a steep drop in prices this year, especially on the biggest ships.


Cruises are an easy way to see Alaska's natural beauty. Explore by day - kayak in a mountain lake, hike in an ice cave, and helicopter to the top of a glacier - and return to the creature comforts of the ship at night. A popular route is the Inside Passage, where you may spot humpback whales and harbor seals.


Luxury hotel: Regent Seven Seas (rssc.com). On this luxury line, all cabins have balconies, and you can go two-for-one with free airfare on seven-day cruises booked by June 30; prices start at $3,295 per person based on double occupancy.*

Mid-range hotel: Celebrity (celebritycruises.com). Save up to 50% off published rates; a seven-day cruise in June costs $499 per person, down from $999.

*A previous version of this story listed incorrect prices for Regent Seven Seas cruises booked by June 30. Prices start at $3,295 per person based on double occupancy.

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Last updated May 20 2009: 11:57 AM ET
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