It's summer time — time to think about a cheap vacation the whole family can enjoy. This year why not try a cheap cruise? No need to worry about hotel rooms, restaurant reservations or entertainment — the cruise ships have it all. And they have activities for everyone — from kiddie pools to gambling. Here are a few cheap family cruises to consider:
5-Night Canada/New England — Depart from New York on the Carnival Triumph for stops in Saint John, New Brunswick, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Onboard, Camp Carnival offers activities for kids ages 2-11, and there are other programs for 12- to 17-year olds. Plus, the ship has a kids pool and teen arcade. Summer sailings start at $499, with $150 in free Carnival Cash.
4-Night Western Caribbean — Visit Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, on this cheap cruise starting at $279 for the August 27 sailing. The Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas offers programs for kids from 6 months to 17 years — including babysitting services for children over one year old. There's a kids splash pool for the young ones, and a rock-climbing wall and teen lounge for older kids.
7-Night Alaska & Sawyer Glacier — The Norwegian Sun offers travelers a cheap cruise with stunning scenery — with stops Ketchikan and Juneau before heading through the Inside Passage. A teen arcade and lounge, kids pool and programs for kids ages 2-17 will keep everyone entertained. Summer sailings start at $499, with up to $250 in free onboard spending.