I know this post is a few months old but I just found this site and had to reply. I was able to book a 7 day Western European cruise for my mother and mother-law for $341 pp, visiting Rome, Marseille, Barcelona, etc. and think it is an absolute steal. With airfare, it's still costing me just a bit over $1000 pp. My husband and I recently got back from a 12 night Greek Isle cruise that cost us several thousand dollars over that amount....granted we were not in an interior stateroom and we traveled in September, vice January. However, for us, we see this gift as an opportunity for our moms, who live several states apart and are great friends, to have wonderful girls week together in Europe and see things many people only see on The History Channel. The fact that they'll be touring during a slow season works well if they decide to utilize the HOHO busses in Rome...it would be miserable for them in the height of summer. So, for me, I see these fares as an incredible opportunity.