Top 10 Cheap Cruises That Are Worth Every Dollar Spent!
Finding affordable cruise vacations might seem an impossible task, but with a few tips and tricks, you can book your own cheap cruise vacations that are worth every dollar spent.
There is nothing I love more than an iconic, adventure packed vacation; anything from long weekends camping to city breaks, and I am there. I tend to plan every small detail of my trip independently, mainly because I like to think I can get a better deal than package companies, but sometimes it is nice to have a relaxed time away where everything is organized for you.
Not wanting just to spend an entire week sitting by the pool, which is what most package deals offer, cruising seemed like the perfect vacation idea for me. Everything is booked with just a few mouse clicks, all meals included, access to resort style facilities, but most importantly I got to explore a new city or island every day.
For my first cruise, I chose a seven-night Caribbean cruise and, within just a few days, I was addicted and was already planning my next cruise vacation. I had all of the convenience that comes with a package holiday; all of my meals were included, nightly entertainment and most importantly I woke up on a new island each morning with the whole day to explore before heading back to the ship and a three-course meal.
When you first tell people you are going on a cruise, they assume you must be rich and have thousands to spend on a week away. Cruises have become my favorite way to spend a vacation, it really is a truly relaxing choice, allowing you to get away from the stress of normal daily life, while still being able to explore new destinations.
So pack your bags and jump on board theses cheap cruise deals for your next adventure!
Below are my top 10 cheap cruises:
#1 Royal Caribbean - 5 Night – Western Caribbean Cruise
Royal Caribbean is one of the most popular companies for cruising around the Caribbean; it is even in their name! This five-night cruise around the Western Caribbean gives you the chance to visit three awesome locations. Leaving from Galveston, you get the opportunity to explore all the wonders that the city has to offer, including the Moody Gardens. During the cruise, you stop off at Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel Mexico, before heading back to Galveston.
While Enchantment of the Seas is not one of the company’s best ships, it does have two pools, various restaurants and round the clock entertainment. I recently spent seven nights on a ship from the same category and loved every second, not once finding myself bored and actually enjoyed being on a smaller ship as everything felt a lot more personal.
Prices vary depending on the time of year, with the cheapest option being $273 per person during the low season and up to $650 per person at the busiest times of the year. It is important to remember that this includes everything you need for the entire trip including food. If you avoid alcoholic drinks and the spa services you could enjoy five nights of luxury for as little as $273.
#2 Royal Caribbean - 7 Night – Western Caribbean Cruise
Sticking with the king of the Caribbean, Royal Caribbean also offer seven-night packages that won't leave your bank account crying. Leaving from Tampa, you stop off in Puerto Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan, and Cozumel before returning to Tampa. Prices start as low as $460 during the off-peak season and only increase slightly during peak times with highs of $600 per person. For less than $100 per day, you get all your meals, transport and accommodation, whoever said cruising was only for the rich.
This 7 night cruise takes place on Rhapsody of the Seas, one of the companies middle range ships, while you won’t have access to the latest robot bars or escape the room experience, you will get the company’s fantastic service and access to a number of swimming pools, a gym and round the clock entertainment. Sounds like a dream vacation to me!
#3 Disney - 3 Night Halloween on the High Seas
Disney cruises are the perfect family vacation, offering both a child-friendly environment with tons of activities and a luxurious break for adults. Spend three nights onboard the Disney Dream complete with two days in the Caribbean for just $2,800 for a family four. With a little something for everyone, the first day off the ship is slightly more targeted at adults enjoying the beautiful Nassau port, while the second day is more child-friendly docking on Disney’s private island, Disney Castaway Cay. Being one of the bigger ships in Disney’s fleet, Disney Dream offers 24/7 entertainment for children, all with a Disney theme, so that adults can kick back by the pool and enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet and of course a cocktail or two.
#4 Disney -7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise
If you're looking for a more extended family vacation, Disney has you covered with their seven-night Western Caribbean Cruise. For just $5,300 for a family of four, you get an entire week of meals, entertainment, and child care, plus you get to visit some of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean.
Disney Fantasy is the company’s largest ship and even comes complete with Disney characters that wander around the ship just waiting to have their photo taken. The ship perfectly combines the Disney Land experience with the more traditional cruise experience, keeping kids entertained and adults relaxed.
Starting in Port Canaveral, this seven-night Caribbean adventure takes you to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth and of course the company's private island Disney Castaway Cay, before heading back home to Port Canaveral and ending your week-long fun.
#5 MSC Cruises – 7 Nights – Caribbean Explorer
MSC Cruises offer a luxury experience at affordable prices and make the perfect getaway for couples who want a vacation packed with adventure but also relaxation. Jump on board MSC Seaside for a seven-night journey around some of the best that the Caribbean has to offer, for just $500 per person.
Enjoy all that the ship has as in store with spa facilities like no other and a range of dining options, as you glide across the sea to your first tropical location. Starting in Miami you first head to Puerto Rico before continuing on to Charlotte Amalie, St Maarten, Nassau and lastly back to Miami. With so many exciting locations and a ship
decked out in luxury, it is hard to believe such a package is available for as little as $500
#6 7 MSC – 7 Nights – Caribbean Experience
MSC offers a similar package for those who are looking to explore all that the beautiful sandy beaches of the Western Caribbean. For just $480 per person, you get to enjoy seven nights onboard MSC Armonia, while exploring Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, and Havana. Departing from Miami, this is the perfect way to experience some of the most stunning beaches in the world without all the hassle of international flights.
Grab your swimming gear and enjoy a week in paradise!
#7 – MSC - 10 Nights – New England and Canada
Cruises are not limited to the Caribbean; they just happen to be my favorite; you can explore anywhere in the world as long as it has a sea border. MSC's New England and Canada cruise starts in New York, ideal for those living in the North East of the country and looking to avoid flying. This ten-night journey takes you from New York to Bar Harbor, St John Canada, Halifax, Sydney, Portland, Boston and then back to New York.
Spend ten nights onboard MSC Meraviglia, one of the company's most famous ships, with all meals and activities included for as little as $800 per person. That is less than $100 per night making the entire cruise cheaper than a traditional package vacation.
This is fantastic value for those looking to save money and still have the trip of a lifetime!
#8 P&O - 7 Night – Italy and France Adventure
There are so many beautiful and historic cities to explore in Europe but trying to pack them all into a trip can quickly become an exhausting experience, checking into a new hotel every few days and continuously packing your suitcase. Alternatively, you could opt for a European cruise, allowing you the chance to see a number of different cities with the convenience of being able to return to the same room at the end of the day.
Starting in Malta P&O Cruises take you to Rome, Florence, Toulon, and Ajaccio, before heading back to Malta and offering the option to stay on the beautiful island for a few extra days and explore. Traveling on Oceana everything you could ever need is included, with there even being free dance classes for you to take part in on sea days, so as to keep you energized.
This seven-night trip will only set you back $900 per person; this includes top quality service, three meals per day, a range of pools and non-stop entertainment. As the cruise does not start in the UK, and with this being an English company, P&O even throw in your flights as part of the package really giving you value for money.
#9 P&O Cruises - 7 Night Western Europe
For a super cheap way to explore Western Europe, P&O Cruises offer a package for less than $100 per day. Starting in Southampton, you go on to dock in Rotterdam, Bruges, Cherbourg, before returning to Southampton.
Set sail on Aurora for just $600 per person and experience all that P&O Cruises has to offer, complete with nightly shows, sports court, and multiple swimming pools to enjoy a cocktail by.
#10 Celebrity - 7 Night Alaska Southern Glacier Cruise
For the real adventure seekers out there why not try an Alaskan cruise and explore some of the best that nature has to offer. With Celebrity Cruises, you can spend seven nights cruising around Alaska, complete with long day-time hikes and nightly entertainment, for just $730 per person.
Sailing on Celebrity Millennium, you have access to top-class facilities, including fine dining, an adult only spa, shops and a number of different shows to choose from. During the day you get to explore some of Alaska's most hidden gems, starting in Seaward you slow cruise past the Hubbard Glacier before docking in Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan and then ending the week in Vancouver.
This icy adventure is the perfect trip for those that are tired of all those hot weather cruises and want to experience something a little bit different.
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