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By Kim Windyka

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still hunting for the perfect present for that special lady in your life — be it your mom, sweetie, sister, or other great gal — what better gift than a relaxing cruise to a fabulous destination (or several fabulous destinations)? There are literally tons of cruise itineraries and vacations to choose from, but here’s a few show stoppers definitely worth a look.

Sulphur springs from St. Lucia's drive-in volcano. Credit: D.G. Brown

Sulphur springs from St. Lucia's drive-in volcano. Credit: D.G. Brown

(1) 6-Night Southern Caribbean: While many Caribbean cruises focus on the Eastern and Western portions, the Southern Caribbean has gorgeous islands with lots of historic charm. On this trip, you’ll stop first in sleepy St. Croix; take a scenic horseback ride or an exciting scuba dive. Then, beach it up in St. John’s, Antigua, before checking out the drive-up volcano (yes, you read that right) on St. Lucia. End your trip by exploring the amazing plant and animal life at the Nature Reserve on St. Kitts.

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If you’re wishing for a tropical getaway this winter, put one of these cheap Caribbean cruises on your list.

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.

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Sail away to warmer weather with cheap cruises from CheapTickets and Carnival Cruise Lines.

You can save up to 80% on cheap cruises to Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean, with four-night cruises starting at just $119. And for a limited time, Carnival is offering free upgrades and free onboard spending in addition to its already low prices.

Head to Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman on a five-night Western Caribbean cruise aboard the Carnival Inspiration. Use your free onboard spending on cocktails at the Rhapsody in Blue Piano Bar. Interior rooms start at $279 for the December 6 sailing.

Or sail on the Carnival Glory for a seven-night Exotic Western Caribbean cruise with stops in Cozumel, Belize, Riviera Maya, Mexico and the Bahamas. With your free onboard spending, you could indulge in a massage or body treatment at the ship’s spa. Prices start at $449 for the January 10 sailing.

Free onboard spending can be used for shore excursions, cocktails, spa treatments and more, but the offer is only good if you book one of Carnival’s cheap cruises by November 26.

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The holiday travel season is here, and CheapTickets has great deals for people who want to celebrate at sea.

Cheap cruises offer an easy and affordable way to combine holiday celebrations with vacation, and there are plenty of sailings over Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. Here is a sample:

  • Seven-night Eastern Caribbean: Cruise to St. Maarten and St. Thomas aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas. Enjoy three pools, a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink and plenty of other activities. Cruise leaves November 23, and prices start at $499.
  • Four-night Bahamas: Sail to Nassau and a private Bahamas island aboard the Monarch of the Seas. Let the teens hang out in the ship’s special teen loungewhile you lounge at the spa. Rooms start at $389 for this November 24 sailing.
  • Ten-night Southern Caribbean: Leave the cold behind when you visit St. Lucia, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands and more. You’ll celebrate the holidays in style with four restaurants and a Champagne and Caviar Bar. The Celebrity Galaxy leaves December 19, and prices start at $649.

Four-night Thanksgiving cruises start at just $229, and four-night December cruises start at $319. With cheap cruises from CheapTickets, your holiday travel can be easy and affordable.

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Cheap cruises from CheapTickets make European vacations easy and affordable. With European cruises, your accommodations and meals are prepaid in U.S. dollars, so you don’t have to worry about the exchange rate. And you’ll visit multiple destinations without having to think about local transportation. Plus, CheapTickets has travel deals on a variety of cruises. Check out these trips:

The 12-night Western Mediterranean cruise on the Azamara Journey takes you to Monte Carlo, Florence, Cartagena, Spain and much more. Interior rooms start at just $799. Or choose a verandah room at get $400 in free onboard spending.

The Carnival Liberty takes you on a 12 Night Northern Europe cruise, with stops in Amsterdam, St. Petersburg and more. Enjoy an elegant dinner at Harry’s Supper Club, eat at the ship’s sushi bar or try one of the many other dining options. Interior rooms start at $1,149.

CheapTickets has cruises to Europe starting for as little as $399 for a seven night Western Mediterranean cruise from Norwegian Cruise Line. So explore Barcelona, Rome or the Greek Isles — all with the luxury and comfort of one of our cheap cruises.

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Cheap cruises are even cheaper with CheapTickets’ World’s Largest Cruise Sale. For three days only, take advantage of unbelievable discounts on top cruise lines. With up to 75% off this season’s most popular destinations, now is definitely the time the book one of these cheap cruises for your next vacation.

Whether you are looking to explore the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, or gaze upon the banks of Egypt, Royal Caribbean has a cruise that is guaranteed to fit anyone’s needs. Consider Freedom of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, with a 40-foot wave pool, rock climbing wall, miniature golf course and a year-round ice skating rink. During CheapTickets’ World’s Largest Cruise Sale, Royal Caribbean is offering $100 in free onboard spending and a free spa treatment in addition to already discounted prices. And if you call to book your cruise on Thursday, October 16, you can save an extra $200.

The World’s Largest Cruise Sale means that there are plenty of offers on a variety of cruise lines. Check out these other cruise deals:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line: Up to $500 in onboard spending and a reduced deposit. As one of the world’s youngest fleets, Norwegian Cruise Line offers state-of-the-art facilities and "Freestyle Cruising," allowing travelers to dress, dine and play as they please.
  • Celebrity Cruises: Up to an extra $200 off oceanview rooms or higher. Plus, through October 18 only get up to $200 in free onboard spending and 50% off your deposit. Consider our exclusive two-night dinner and dance sailing aboard the brand new Celebrity Solstice, the first ship with a manicured half-acre lawn for onboard picnics and croquet.
  • MSC Cruises and Costa Cruises: Kids sail free with paying adult. Try MSC’s seven-night Western Caribbean cruise starting at $449 or Costa’s three-night Spain and Corsica cruise starting at $399.

If you’re looking for cheap cruises, you’ll find them during CheapTickets’ World’s Largest Cruise Sale. But hurry — sale ends at midnight October 18.

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Cheap cruises are a popular option for family travel. With entertainment, food and lodging all in one place, cruises take the hassle out of organizing family vacations. Now, thanks to CheapTickets, cheap cruises are getting even cheaper!

For a limited time, CheapTickets is partnering with Disney Cruise Line to offer more than 60% off your next family vacation aboard the Disney Wonder — plus up to $100 in free onboard spending. Set sail for a three- or four-night cruise to the Bahamas and get ready for a vacation the whole family will enjoy.

Kids of all ages can enjoy a variety of Disney-themed plays and comedy acts, spend time playing sports, or hang out at the Mickey Mouse pool. Although Disney cruises are kid-friendly, there are plenty of ways for adults to play. They can visit the luxury Vista Spa and Salon or take a dip in the adults-only pool while the kids are entertained at the Oceaneer Club, Lab or the Flounders Reef Nursery. And after a meal at Pinnochio’s Pizzeria, grown ups can have a drink at one of the many bars or clubs onboard.

Select fall sailings for Disney’s three-night Bahamas cruise start at $453, plus up to $100 in free onboard spending. So pick one of these cheap cruises and make your next family vacation the best one yet!

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and Carnival Cruises have teamed up to offer travel deals on cruises this fall. You can find cheap cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and the Mediterranean. And with this CheapTickets special offer, free stateroom upgrades are available on many cruises. Check out these Caribbean cruises:

The Carnival Liberty stops in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Cozumel during its seven-nightWestern Caribbean cruise. Onboard you can take your pick of three swimming pools, plus a separate kids pool, watch movies outside at the Seaside Theatre, or enjoy live music at The Stage. The Gold and Silver Olympian restaurants feature steak and seafood, and low-carb and low-fat Spa Carnival selections. This cruise starts at $399 for September sailings.

The eight-night Exotic Southern Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Miracle goes to St. Maarten, St. Lucia and St. Kitts. The ship’s Nic & Nora’s Supper Club evokes a 1930s New York style. The casino has 15 gaming tables, including blackjack and Texas hold ’em, and travelers rave about the Las Vegas-style shows. Interior rooms start at $579 for the December 7 sailing.

There are plenty of cheap cruises to choose from, so pick one you like and get onboard.

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CheapTickets and Holland America Line help you travel the world with cheap cruises that pamper you with service.

If you want to travel to Europe, consider the Mediterranean Romance, a 12-night cruise that includes stops in Italy, Greece and Spain. Aboard the ship, you can enjoy elegant meals in the two-tier Vista Dining Room and relax in the Greenhouse Spa, which features a heated ceramic lounge in the style of a Turkish bath. The September 29 sailing starts at $1,699.

Or, you can save up to 40% on the seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise, and travel to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan. The ship features two pools, a state-of-the-art fitness room and entertainment options including a cigar bar, piano bar and casino. The November 1 cruise starts at just $449.

Holland America Line recently upgraded its ships with new programs and amenities, including cooking demonstrations and plush-top mattresses, so even cheap cruises feel luxurious.

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heap vacations are always in style, and in today’s economy, travelers may be especially interested in inexpensive vacations that still offer plenty of great experiences and amenities.

Cruises are increasing in popularity — the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) projected a record-breaking 12.8 million passengers this year. And cruises can be a great option for cheap vacations. Let’s count the ways.

CheapTickets’ Top Five Reasons to Cruise

  1. All-inclusive costs: Most cruise companies include the cost of meals and onboard entertainment in their final price, making it easy for travelers to budget in advance. This proves especially advantageous for the Europe-bound traveler, who might otherwise be affected by fluctuating exchange rates.
  2. More ports closer to home: There are now more than 20 cruise ports in North America, allowing many travelers to drive to the ship and avoid airfare costs.
  3. Multiple destinations for less: Cruises are a cost-effective way to explore multiple islands or countries without incurring transfer fees between destinations.
  4. Mobility in inclement weather: Today’s cruise ships are outfitted with satellite technology that allows themto easily avoid inclement weather, making cruises a more secure investment during hurricane season.
  5. Wide assortment of activities: The cruise industry has mastered the art of providing something for everyone. From kids camps and dance lessons, to rock climbing and yoga classes, cruises provide rewarding experiences for a wide range of audiences.

CheapTickets offers plenty of ways to help travelers find cheap cruises, from the "Cheap of the Week" cruise deals to last-minute trips. You can search for the cruise you want based on destination, cruise line or theme, and even research ships and get reviews from other travelers. So you’re sure to find a cruise that works for you.

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