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.
3-Night Baja Mexico: Set sail May 7 from San Diego for Ensenada, Mexico. Onboard, take advantage of three pools, a sushi bar and a poolside stage with live music. This cheap cruise on the Carnival Elation starts at $209.
7-Night Western Mediterranean:
Sail from Barcelona to glamorous ports in Italy and France aboard the
Voyager of the Seas. Spend each day exploring Europe's treasures; then
relax on the ship in the evening with gourmet meals, a drink at the
wine bar or some jazz. Select cheap cruises in November start at $669
— plus get $100 in free onboard spending.
4-Night Western Caribbean: Soak up the sun in Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, on this cheap cruise on the Enchantment of the Seas. Cozumel's Palancar Reef is one of the top spots in the world for snorkeling and scuba diving. The ship features four pools, a Champagne bar and bungee trampolline. September sailings start at $299 with $50 in free onboard spending.
5-Night Bermuda cruise: Sail from Boston on the Jewel of the Seas and spend two days in sunny Bermuda. On the island, explore craft markets, galleries and museums, or take advantage of watersports on the beach. There's equally as much to keep you busy at sea, from a golf simulator and rock-climbing wall to the spa and casino. This cheap cruise starts at $599 — plus, ask about free upgrades and stateroom gifts.
Cheap cruises are the ultimate all-inclusive vacation, and cheap Mexico cruises offer a convenient way to experience the best of Mexico's scenery and culture. With short cruises and longer sailings to a variety of exciting destinations, there's a cheap cruise for every style and budget.
3-Night Baja Mexico: For a quick and easy getaway, nothing beats the ease of a cheap cruise. Plan ahead and book the October 30 sailing from just $279 — plus, get $100 in free Carnival Cash. You'll sail from Los Angeles to lively Ensenada, Mexico, on the Carnival Paradise. During your day in port, you can explore local markets, stroll the beach or take a winery tour.
5-Night Baja Mexico: For a longer vacation, try this Royal Caribbean cruise on the Radiance of the Seas. Leave San Diego for Ensenada; then spend a day cruising along the rugged Baja Penninsula on your way to luxurious Cabo San Lucas. Sailings for November 2 and 7 start at $379.
8-Night Mexican Riviera: Explore Mexico's popular Pacific ports on this cheap cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit. Stops in Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo are the perfect opportunities to explore charming towns, sample local delicacies and, of course, relax on tropical beaches. The October 18 sailing starts at $579 with $200 in free Carnival Cash.
CheapTickets' Spring Cruise Clearance Event makes it easy to find cheap cruises to exciting destinations around the world. Right now cruise lines are offering special travel deals, including upgrades and onboard spending, in addition to low prices. Here is a sample of cheap cruise deals:
Princess Cruises' 7-Night Voyage of the Glaciers Southbound explores the spectacular Alaskan coastline. The Diamond Princess stops in Skagway, Juneau and Ketchican before stopping in Vancouver. Guests on this cruise can swim rain or shine in the Conservatory, with its retractable roof. Dining options include Sabatini's, a gourmet Italian restaurant serving eight-course meals; Sterling Steakhouse; four elegant dining rooms; Sundaes Ice Cream Bar and a wine and caviar bar. This cheap cruise starts at $399 for the May 30 sailing.
Or, head to warmer watersaboard the Carnival Paradise's4-Night Baja Mexico cruise. Sail to Catalina Island and Ensenada, and enjoy gambling, spa services, fitness classes and Broadway musicals along the way. The April 27 cruise starts at $229.
For a cheap cruise to the Caribbean, try the 5-Night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Celebrity Century. The April 20 sailing starts at $349 and includes stops in Key West and Grand Cayman. Onboard, guests can sip a drink at the Sunset Bar while enjoying 360-degree views; dine at the Murano Restaurant, where dishes are prepared tableside; or relax in one of four whirlpools.
The travel deals available during the Spring Cruise Clearance Event won't last forever, so book your cheap cruise now.
Whether you are planning a family reunion or looking for a romantic getaway, cruises are a no-hassle solution to all your travel needs. Set sail aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky this February and experience something for everyone. Onboard, adults can enjoy eight bars including the Atrium lounge, a sleek, ocean-view bar with a vibrant energy and fabulous views of the open sea. The Norwegian Sky also boasts three nightclubs, a theater and a full spa for adults. While the adults play, teens and kids can have their own fun at the onboard video arcade, dance club, kids-only splash pool, basketball courts and much more. For the youngest children, Norwegian Cruise Lines also offers inexpensive daycare.
With your meals and activities in one place, all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy smooth sailing. Book your cheap cruise today on Norwegian Cruise Line and get up to $500 in onboard spending when you purchase your cruise over the telephone by February 1.
Kate Schwartz is a marketing coordinator for CheapTickets. When
she’s not searching for the best travel deals, she’s out taking
advantage of them! From hiking the Rockies to lounging on the beaches
of Barcelona, Kate is always looking for adventure.
Cruises can be a great way to combine the ease and relaxation of an all-inclusive vacation with the excitement of visiting several different islands. And travel deals on a variety of Caribbean cruises mean that there’s an affordable option for everyone.
A Five-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Celebrity Century starts at just$199 for the January 26 and February 9 sailings. You’ll sail to Key West and Grand Cayman — all while enjoying the $55 million in new ship features from a recent renovation.
This Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise won’t feel like a cheap cruise, with ten restaurants, a spa, champagne bar and much more. But book an interior room for the February 14 sailing, and you’ll pay just $499. This cruise on the Norwegian Dawn includes stops in St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands and a private island in the Bahamas.
On this Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, you can dine at 12 restaurants, swim with dolphins in Roatan, Honduras; explore the coral reef off the coast of Cozumel and much more. All of that comes with a cheap cruise price tag of $479 for an interior room for the February 22 sailing. This cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl also includes stops in Belize City and a private Bahamas island.
Onboard the Norwegian Sky, you’ll enjoy two pools plus a kids pool, music at the Blue Hawaii Bar and Nightclub, and food from six restaurants, including French cuisine at Royal Palm Bistro. The ship spends two days in the Bahamas: one in vibrant Nassau, where you can visit the market and explore the town, and one on a private island, where you can relax on the beach, or snorkel in the brilliant blue sea.
With all of these activities and amenities, it’s hard to believe this is a cheap cruise. And with rates starting at $239 per person for an interior room, you may want to book yours fast!