To make your life easier, we explore some of the most popular cruise destinations and compare some of the best value luxury cruise packages available today.
Whether you’re daydreaming about sailing across tranquil Mediterranean waters or musing about cruising along Mexico’s coastline, be under no illusion when it comes to cost. Luxury cruises can be very expensive, so it’s important to do your research before you book up. But with so many cruise lines and locations to choose from, finding the perfect cruise at the lowest price can be tricky! To make your life easier, we explore some of the most popular cruise destinations and compare some of the best luxury cruise packages available today.
If you’re looking to hit the waters of the Eastern Carribean, Carnival Cruise Lines offer a five-day cruise on the Carnival Sensation for $259. You can upgrade to an ocean view cabin for $329, or to a cabin with a balcony for $569. This cruise is a roundtrip from Maimi to Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and back to Maimi again. If you want to add on an excursion to the Bahamas to this route, you can do so with Carnival from between $289, $349 and $589; this depends on whether you want an inner, ocean view or balcony cabin. Alternatively, Costa Cruises offer an Eastern Carribean cruise on the Costa Magica lasting seven days: prices start from $339, and this will take you on a roundtrip from Pointe-a-Pitre via Santo Domingo, Catalina Island, Philipsburg, Fort-de-France.
When it comes to Western Caribbean cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines offer an array of great value options. Sailing on the Carnival Victory, prices for a four-day roundtrip cruise from Maimi via Key West and Cozumel start at $159 for an inner cabin; this same route is available around $189 on the Carnival Sensation and $199 on the Carnival Sensation. If you want to extend your cruise and depart from New Orleans, Norwegian Cruise Lines offer a seven-day roundtrip via Cozumel, Roatan, Belize City and Costa Maya. You’ll be sailing on the Norwegian Dawn, and prices start from $299 – or $349 for an ocean-view cabin.
Cruises in the Southern Caribbean start at around $389 with Carnival Cruise Lines. This seven-day voyage on the Carnival Fascination departs from San Juan, and takes you to St. Thomas, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts, Phillipsburg, and back to San Juan. Alternatively, they offer a seven-day roundtrip on the same cruise ship from Barbados via a similar route. This costs around $469 for an inner cabin and $547 for an ocean-view cabin. (In contrast, Celebrity Cruises offer comparable routes starting at $549 for an inner cabin on the Celebrity Summit, and it is substantially more expensive to stay in an ocean-view cabin – prices start at $749!).
If you want to push your cruise to eight days, Carnival Cruise Lines offer a Fort Lauderdale roundtrip via Grand Turk, La Romana, Willemstad, and Aruba. You’ll be aboard the Carnival Conquest, and prices start from $509 for an inner cabin and $669 for a cabin with ocean views. Or stay for ten days on the MSC Divina – MSC Cruises -where you’ll take a return trip to Miami via Colombia, Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk, and Nassau for around $664 (inner cabin).
The Western Med offers an array of gems to visit and is a popular spot for cruisers to sail. If you’re looking for a short trip which includes Barcelona, Costa Cruises offer a three-day cruise from the Spanish capital via Marseille and Savona. This is on the Costa Favolosa, and costs range from between $285 for an inner cabin and $325 for an ocean view cabin. Alternatively, to include Genoa in your trip, MSC Cruises offer a three-day roundtrip cruise from this capital city on the MSC Fantasia. Prices start from $294 and $344 depending on whether you want an ocean view cabin, and you can even upgrade to a balcony cabin for $409.
Longer trips vary in price depending on the particular route you want to travel. A six-day cruise on the MSC Armonia (MSC Cruises) from Genoa to Rome, stopping at Marseille, Mahon, Cagliari, Valletta and Messina, starts at around $314. Alternatively, a seven-day round trip to Barcelona via Naples, Rome, Livorno, Cannes and Marseille costs around $399: this is through Norwegian Cruise Liners, and you will be aboard the Norwegian Epic. In contrast, a seven-day trip to Marseille via Genoa, Rome, Palermo, La Goulette and Barcelona costs from $419 with MSC Cruises on the MSC Meraviglia. Likewise, an eight-day round trip to Rome, visiting Livorno, Cannes, Marseille, Barcelona and Naples en route, costs around $514: this on the Norwegian Epic with Norwegian Cruise Liners.
For a short cruise on the Mexican Riviera, Carnival Cruise Liners offer a four-day round trip to Long Beach. Calling at Santa Cataline and Ensenada, you’ll travel on the Carnival Imagination: this cruise costs between $179 (inner cabin) and $229 (ocean view cabin). Alternatively, if you want to include LA in your return trip, Princess Cruises offer a four-day cruise from the city via Santa Barbara and Ensenada for £359 aboard the Crown Princess.
If you’re looking to explore the Mexican Riviera for longer, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a seven-day Mexico-Round Trip from Los Angeles via Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Costing as little as $399 for an ocean-view cabin – or $349 for an inner cabin – this cruise is on the Norwegian Jewel. Alternatively, if you want to fully immerse yourself in the oceanic lifestyle, you can stay aboard the Norwegian Sun for a total of eighteen days. Departing from Vancouver, this voyage will call at Astoria, San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Corinto, Costa Rico, Panama Canal and Colombia, before terminating at Miami. The cruise costs $1459 for an inner deck cabin, or you can upgrade to an ocean-view cabin for $1809; this works out at just $81 or $100 per day, respectively.
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