12 Great Cruise Deals for 2017 Under $100 a Night
Cruises are at their priciest anytime there's a school vacation and families to cater to -- spring break, summer, and Christmas break, for instance -- while deals proliferate in fall and winter, but that doesn't mean bargain-hunters must stay off the seas in spring and summer. Several of the best cruise deals of 2017 can be found in warmer months.
Some are convenient to more Americans, too. "One of the more interesting things we're seeing is the continuing trend of more ships in more and more ports," says Tanner Callais of cruise information site Cruzely. "You don't have to fly to Florida anymore, or Baltimore."
With the help of Cruzely, Cruiseline.com, and Priceline, Cheapism.com assembled a list of some of the cheapest cruises to look forward to in 2017. The prices quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, and were accurate as of early December 2016.
Caribbean cruises are among the most plentiful, and each cruise line has its own variations. This four-day Carnival trip includes visits to Key West, Florida -- the southernmost point in the United States, famous for its sunsets, kayaking, and landmarks such as Ernest Hemingway's home and Harry Truman's Little White House -- and the ever-popular Cozumel, Mexico. The Dec. 11, 2017, departure starts at an average of $179, or $45 a day, for an interior cabin.
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Norwegian Cruise Line offers a four-night journey just to Cozumel, the 28-mile island that is one of Mexico's most popular ports. That means more time for excursions such as a jeep tour, ecological preserves, swimming with dolphins, Mayan ruins, and a tequila factory with free tours. The Jan. 25 departure starts at $179, or $45 a day.
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A less frequently seen four-night itinerary on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas will take cruisers to the Bahamas. The ship sails from Port Canaveral to Coco Cay, an island owned by the cruise line that offers snorkeling and kayaking, an aqua park, and beaches, and Nassau, which boasts beaches, coral reefs for diving and snorkeling, and plenty of wildlife and sealife. The Feb. 6 departure starts at about $249 for an interior cabin, including one free night and $25 credit to spend on the ship while at sea.
Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico, are the ports of call on this four-night Carnival getaway from Long Beach. Developed into a tourist destination in the 1920s by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., Catalina Island is a popular Southern California getaway for boaters and those seeking a few days of quiet island life. Prices for the Oct. 22 sailing start at $199 for an interior cabin, or $50 a day.
This Carnival cruise leaves from Mobile, Alabama. The Carnival Fantasy visits Costa Maya -- known for beaches, wetlands, tropical forests, and coral reefs -- and Cozumel on a five-night trip. An interior room for the Aug. 26 departure costs about $309, or $62 a day.
Those unimpressed by the tropics can spend five nights sailing the Pacific Coast to Canada. Leaving from Los Angeles, the Norwegian Jewel stops in San Francisco and Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, all favorites of foodies and culture mavens. The April 30 departure for this one-way trip starts at about $319 (or $64 a day) with specials such as a free, unlimited open bar and free specialty dining.
This Royal Caribbean trip includes Cozumel, along with George Town, Grand Cayman, a British island known for diving and fishing, and Falmouth, Jamaica, which offers a mix of old and new amid its cobblestone streets and Georgian shops. The seven-day journey departs from Galveston on March 26 starting at $540 for an inside cabin, or $77 a day.
This take on the Caribbean from Celebrity Cruises includes San Juan, Puerto Rico, known for its colorful vibe and seafaring history; Philipsburg, St. Maarten, which is all about duty-free shopping, art galleries, and casinos; and finally the rarer offering of Basseterre, St. Kitts, one of the last off-the-beaten-path Caribbean destinations. With a population of about 13,000, Basseterre features good beaches, resorts, snorkeling, and windsurfing. The seven-night cruise departs April 15 for about $549, or $78 a night.
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Highlights of this Princess Cruises itinerary from San Pedro include stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, and Cabo San Lucas, offering kayaking, snorkeling, whale watching, fine dining, sport fishing, and, of course, just basking in the sun on the region's picturesque beaches. The March 4 departure of this seven-night cruise starts at about $549, or $78 a night.
St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas are covered in this seven-night late-fall Caribbean itinerary by Norwegian. The first stop, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, was founded by the Danish in the 1600s and is home to a 1679 watchtower called Blackbeard's Castle. Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, is picturesque, with white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and yacht-filled harbors. Rates for the Oct. 21 departure from Miami start at about $599, or $86 a night.
This journey by Norwegian starts in New York and cruises to charming and colorful Bermuda, staying for three days, while most other cruises on this list spend only a day in each port. Bermuda is known for pink-sand beaches, pastel houses, and blend of British and American culture. The least expensive sailing for this itinerary is April 23, when the price for the seven-night cruise is $669, or $96 a night.
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Another option for the beach-averse, an Alaskan cruise on Holland America Line offers a fascinating trip through Puget Sound and Stephens Passage and stops in such places as Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan in Alaska. Instead of snorkeling, jet skiing, and scuba diving, this cruise offers the opportunity to explore deep-green islands, ice-blue glaciers, and quaint frontier towns. An interior cabin on the April 30 or May 7 sailing of this seven-night cruise starts at $699, or $99 a night.
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