These 6 Cruises Have Airfare Included in the Price

Your vacation just got so much easier.

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One of the best things about cruising is being able to see several different places without having to book flights or trains from one place to the next. But usually, you still have to arrange travel to the cruise itself.

And while getting to the cruise's departure port should be part of your budget, it can be annoying to have to spend money on a flight when you've already set down a chunk of change for the cruise itself.

Luckily, some cruises come with the flight built right in — and sometimes they're such luxurious tickets you can start your vacation with a glass of Champagne and toast to the exciting journey ahead. From a first-class flight to Alaska to a chartered, private flight in Egypt, your vacation will feel a little easier when there's one less thing to book.

These cruises already have airfare included in the rate so you can focus on packing for your big adventure rather than spend your time pouring over airline sites looking for the best deal.

PONANT, Emblematic Antarctica — 11 Days

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Ship: l'Austral

Flight included: Round trip flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

Price: Starting around $12,000

Why go: The seventh continent beckons on this mega-yacht with 132 staterooms. See humpback whales, leopard seals, and gentoo, Adélie, and chinstrap penguins, or watch icebergs float by and go hiking through Antarctica's untouched landscape. And with the flight between Buenos Aires and Ushuaia included, it's one less thing to have to think about.

Viking River Cruises, Viking Homelands — 15 Days

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Ship: Various

Flight included: Return flights from London and up to 14 regional airports

Price: Starting around $6,700

Why go: Fifteen days aboard the Viking Star or any other Viking Cruises vessel will grant you a full tour of Scandinavia — "the homelands," the tour operator calls it — including a medieval Denmark town, a string of Swedish islands, Norwegian fjords, and more. Of course, the boat also makes the obligatory stops in Nordic hotspots like Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo.

Celebrity Cruises, Quito & Galapagos Southern Loop — 10 Nights

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Ship: Celebrity Xpedition

Flight included: Round trip flight between Quito and the Galapagos

Price: Starting around $6,000

Why go: You'll stand on the equatorial line in Quito, and then go snorkeling and learn about this natural wonderland from certified Galapagos National Park naturalists. The small ship size (accommodating only 48 passengers) means you'll have plenty of time and breathing space to relax with a glass of complimentary wine and use binoculars to look out at the incredible nature around you.

Paul Gauguin Cruises, Tahiti & the Society Islands — 7 Nights

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Ship: M/S Paul Gauguin

Flight included: Round trip flights from Los Angeles

Price: Starting around $3,500

Why go: Blue waters await in the South Pacific. At this tropical escape you can kick back on a private islet with a floating lagoon bar, go snorkeling and kayaking, or head out to sea on a glass bottom boat in Bora Bora. With only 332 guests, you'll feel like you have this island paradise to yourself.

Lindblad Expeditions, Passage Through Egypt — 13 Days

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Ship: Oberoi Philae

Flight included: Charter flights between Cairo and the ship

Price: Starting around $11,500

Why go: From the pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, there's no shortage of exciting history in Egypt. And with all the logistics taken care of (in luxury, no less), you'll have more time to enjoy yourself. Sail down the Nile on the 42-passenger river ship where you'll visit temples, ancient tombs, and enjoy the view from the top deck of the ship over lunch.

Intrepid Travel, Cruising the Turkish Coast — 10 Days

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Ship: M/S Grand Admiral, a traditional Turkish gulet

Flight included: Round trip, in-country flight between Istanbul and the coast

Price: Starting around $2,500

Why go: Start your tour in Istanbul strolling souks that will delight every sense before heading to the coast for fresh fish, crystal-clear waters, and ancient tombs. The complete tour includes domestic flights, making it easy to enjoy your vacation and leave the logistics to the experts.

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