For those who can't bear to miss New York during the holidays, rooms at the four-star Warwick hotel in Midtown are as high as $430 per night, but as low as $230 per night during the Dead Week. And the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stays up until Jan. 7, 2013.
Christmas on the high seas may seem strange to the uninitiated, but it's a popular time to take a cruise vacation. Other times of the year though, not so much.
"On the cruise calendar there are two times each year when there really is a 'dead spot,'" said Carolyn Brown, editor-in-chief of CruiseCritic.com. "In the post-Thanksgiving-pre-Christmas season, and right after New Year's up until about the Martin Luther KingJr. holiday, you can generally find excellent deals, very sparse crowds both onboard and in port, and the often rare special offers for solo travelers."
Need proof? A seven-day western Caribbean cruise departing Dec 23 from New Orleans on the Carnival Conquest is priced from $819 per person for an inside cabin. The same cruise departing on Jan 6 is priced at $379.
"It's also a good time if you want to experience luxury at less than the usual splurge," Brown said. Case in point: Luxury line Regent Seven Seas offers a price from $5,499 on a 10-day, round-trip from Miami Caribbean cruise. Depart on Jan 7, 2013, instead and that cruise $4,599.