Want To Cruise? Now is the Best Time for Deals


Want To Cruise? Now is the Best Time for Deals

By Burt Carey

Full disclosure: I’m neither a travel agent nor a cruise line employee. I do love cruising, though, especially when the industry is practically giving away cabin space.

If you think that’s just a ploy to sucker you into pulling the ol’ credit card out of your wallet, well, I’m just not that plastic. With fall here and winter fast approaching, cruising is at its least expensive right now.

Try something simple: A three-night Bahamas cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas sets sail Sept. 25, Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct 23 … (you get the picture) from Port Canaveral, Fla., for as little as $249 per person. That’s with stops in Coco Cay and Nassau.

Royal Caribbean. $249. Crazy, right?

How about a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise, leaving Miami Oct. 10 on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Getaway for just $499? That’s with stops in St. Thomas, Tortola (BVI) and Nassau. There’s lots of cruise time – time to hit the tables, see the shows, sip tropical drinks and slip-slide down five stories of waterslides.

Well, somebody is taking advantage of the late-year deals. Celebrity Cruises is pushing November deals now because earlier departures to the Southern Caribbean, Western Caribbean and the Eastern Caribbean (seeing a theme here?) are all sold out. But hey, they still have some Ocean View cabins available for a Nov. 15 departure on the Celebrity Silhouette out of Fort Lauderdale. That’s a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean, with stops in Cozumel, Georgetown, Falmouth, and Labadee in a cabin where you can actually see the water for just $799.Cruise, late-year deals, bargain rates, travel, vacation, fall trips, Caribbean, plan ahead

Carnival Cruise Lines has what could be the coolest, no-frills website for finding a ship to ride, with per-person charges shown on departure dates on a calendar layout. No photos of beautiful people swimming or sitting by the pool. You just click a date and all of your options pop up. Or you can manually pick a destination, match it to a departure point and select your preferred trip duration, then pay THIS amount to get THIS type of cabin. Brilliant!

Just for giggles, I selected prices for suites, then clicked on Nov. 1 for a four-day jaunt to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral, with stops in Freeport and Nassau. Experienced Carnival customers know the drill. But even experienced Carnival customers expect to pay more than $539 per person for a suite!

Here’s a seven-day Western Caribbean sail, balcony cabin with ports of call in Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Grand Cayman for just $649. Seven days! Balcony cabin! The Carnival Splendor sails out of Miami on Nov. 1.

There’s always the option to let Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz or some cruise broker find a deal for you, but you can make these bargains happen just as easily. While taxes, fees and port expenses will add to these prices, it’s hard to ignore the calling of the sun-drenched salty sea, fruity drinks with little umbrellas sticking out of them, and a team of professional sailors to get you there and back for less than $100 a day per person.


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle



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