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Universal Orlando has partnered with Royal Caribbean to offer combined theme park and cruise vacations.

The new packages, designed to compete with the Disney Cruise Line, include a three or four night stay at the Universal Orlando Resort, and a choice of one of two cruises. These are the Bahamas cruise aboard the Monarch of the Seas, or the Caribbean cruise aboard the Freedom of the Seas. The Bahamas cruise is four nights long and will be available from March 31, while the Caribbean cruise runs a full week and will be available from May.

Universal is billing the vacations as "Way More Than a Cruise", and is bundling hotel and shipboard accommodation, multi-day passes for Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure, entry to Universal CityWalk venues and transfers to and from the airport together. Universal claims that the deal offers up to 25% savings on the combined rates of the individual elements, although readers should bear in mind that there are already discounts to be had on Universal tickets through online resellers, and the company is currently offering free nights at its Universal Orlando Resort hotels (when booking before March 29).

More information can be found on the Royal Caribbean and Universal website .

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