24 Low-Cost Cruises to Take This Spring

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SPRING FOR A CRUISE

Spring can be one of the most challenging times to score a bargain on a cruise. That's due in large part to spring break and Easter, when many travelers are cruise-bound. If you want to find a budget friendly sailing, it's best to look for dates early in the season (such as March or April). Another way to trim cruise costs is to follow cruise lines on social media, where they're likely to share last-minute sales, or sign up for alerts from their websites. Here are two dozen trips between March and May that come in at $100 per night or less. Unless otherwise indicated, all prices were identified in January and are based on double occupancy for an interior cabin. (Note: Prices and availability are subject to change.)
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CATALINA & BAJA MEXICO: CARNIVAL

Departure: March 4
Starting price: $248 ($62 a night)
For those on the West Coast or folks who are just looking for a shorter getaway, cruises to Catalina and Baja, Mexico, typically provide a budget-friendly option. The Carnival Imagination departs from the popular West Coast cruise port of Long Beach, on a four-night trip and visits Catalina Island - home to Zip Line Eco Tours and the historic Avalon Theater complete with live organ accompaniment - and then Ensenada, Mexico, before returning home.

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BAHAMAS: ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Departure: April 9
Starting price: $319 (about $80 a night)
A classic Bahamas itinerary, Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas will depart from Miami and explore Nassau, Bahamas, as well as the cruise line's private island of Cococay. There will also be a port visit in Key West, Fla., en route back to Miami. There's a variety of special incentives tacked onto this four-night trip, including up to $100 in free onboard spending.

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PACIFIC COASTAL NORTHBOUND TO VANCOUVER: PRINCESS

Departure: April 28
Starting price: $349 (about $87 a night)
On this short, one-way getaway in late spring, the Island Princess sails from Los Angeles to Vancouver. The four-night cruise will stop for one day in Victoria, British Columbia (a place known for its blend of colonial England and contemporary Canadian culture), before reaching its final destination.

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WESTERN CARIBBEAN: CARNIVAL

Departure: March 4
Starting price: $489 (about $70 a night)
Carnival will offer budget-friendly prices throughout the early spring on its seven-night Western Caribbean sailing from Galveston, Texas. A customer favorite, this cruise on the Carnival Breeze is also available later in the month (on March 18 and March 25) with prices at about $86 per night. The itinerary includes porting in Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and finally Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. There are also three days at sea to enjoy onboard amenities.

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WESTERN CARIBBEAN: NORWEGIAN

Departure: Feb. 25, March 4
Starting price: $599 (about $86 a night)
Norwegian will also offer a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise for under $100 per night. The Norwegian Getaway, which debuted in 2014, sails from Miami and visits Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Harvest Caye, Belize; and Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico. Unique features on the Getaway include The Waterfront, a quarter-mile-long outdoor space designed to give travelers the feel of being on a boardwalk (with shops, bars, restaurants, and outdoor seating). The ship also offers studio accommodations, created and priced to serve solo travelers.

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BAHAMAS & FLORIDA: NORWEGIAN

Departure: March 18
Starting price: $599 (about $86 a night)
Yet another option to escape the chilly temperatures in early spring, Norwegian will sail from New York City to Florida and the Bahamas. The seven-night cruise on the Breakaway, a sister ship to the Getaway, includes three days at sea to enjoy such amenities as a spa that even offers Botox treatments and activities ranging from bowling to golf. There will be port visits to Orlando, Fla., and Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas.

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CARIBBEAN: PRINCESS

Departure: March 20
Starting price: $849 (about $85 a night)
During this 10-night getaway, the Royal Princess leaves Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and pulls into such varied ports as Princess Cays (a private island owned by the cruise line) in the Bahamas; St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts, before heading back to Florida. The itinerary also includes three days at sea to enjoy movies, a glass-bottomed over-water SeaWalk, three pools, and more. The Royal Princess was refurbished in 2016 and was christened and given its name appropriately enough by none other than Kate Middleton.

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SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN MEDLEY: PRINCESS

Departure: March 10
Starting price: $849 (about $85 a night)
This 10-day trip aboard the Royal Princess takes cruisers from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Princess Cays, St. Thomas, Martinique, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba. There are also three days at sea. When booked through Direct Cruise Lines, there are a variety of additional incentives, including a 10 percent discount on offshore excursions and $60 in onboard credits.

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SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN: ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Departure: March 19
Starting price: $$848 (about $77 a night)
Royal Caribbean offers a slightly different take on a Southern Caribbean itinerary with this 11-night trip aboard the Serenade of the Seas. The voyage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and visits Ponce, Puerto Rico; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. George's, Grenada; and St. John's, Antigua.

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN: CARNIVAL

Departure: March 24
Starting price: $604 (about $86 a night)
Carnival is also offering a budget-friendly Eastern Caribbean itinerary this spring. Departing from Orlando, Fla., the seven-night getaway takes cruisers to Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and finally Grand Turk Island in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Those sailing with young children take note: This cruise aboard the Carnival Magic includes kid-friendly activities like Camp Ocean and Seuss at Sea. There's also an adults-only retreat on the ship.

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WESTERN CARIBBEAN: CARNIVAL

Departure: March 3
Starting price: $309 (about $62 per night)
Offering a different departure port and a shortened itinerary, the Carnival Triumph will sail from New Orleans and spend five nights in the Western Caribbean. Stops on this bargain cruise include Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico. There are also two days at sea. The Triumph has a "Great Cities of the World" theme and features London- and Paris-styled dining rooms and a New Orleans-style jazz bar.

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PANAMA CANAL, COSTA RICA & CARIBBEAN: PRINCESS

Departure: March 8
Starting price: $899 (about $89 a night)
Offering a change of pace from the usual Caribbean itineraries, the Caribbean Princess will take cruisers to the Panama Canal and Costa Rica after it sails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on a 10-night excursion. This unique itinerary also includes visits to Princess Cays; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

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PANAMA CANAL WESTBOUND: NORWEGIAN

Departure: March 16
Starting price: $1,049 (about $70 a night)
For those who don't mind a one-way cruise or are seeking a more interesting way to travel from Miami to Los Angeles, Norwegian's Panama Canal westbound repositioning cruise is a noteworthy option. Repositioning cruises almost always offer a bargain, and this decadent 15-night escape is one such example. The itinerary includes six days at sea and visits to such ports as Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Acapulco, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and Ensenada, Mexico. There's also, of course, the transit through the Panama Canal.

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PANAMA CANAL WESTBOUND: HOLLAND AMERICA

Departure: March 24
Starting price: $1,589 (about $83 a night)
One more Panama Canal option, this Holland America voyage extends the itinerary all the way up the West Coast of the United States to include a few final stops in Canada. The 19-day trip begins Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and includes visits to Cartagena, Colombia; Cristobal, Panama; Balboa, Panama; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and San Diego. After visiting Victoria, Canada, the cruise concludes in Vancouver.

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN: ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Departure: April 29
Starting price: $640 (about $91 per night)
Come April, prices start to creep up, but there are still noteworthy deals to be had. Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas sails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to visit Nassau, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten, over the course of seven nights. A variety of specials are being offered for this sailing on Priceline, such as free specialty dinners for two and 30 percent off for all guests.

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SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN: ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Departure: April 7
Starting price: $599 (about $86 a night)
Yet another budget-friendly April cruise from Royal Caribbean, the Adventure of the Seas will depart from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and explore St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda; Castries, St. Lucia; and finally Bridgetown, Barbados.

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WESTERN CARIBBEAN: CARNIVAL

Departure: April 14
Starting price: $274 (about $55 a night)
Caribbean cruises from alternative ports such as New Orleans offer an affordable option well into April. This trip on the Carnival Triumph includes visits to Cozumel, Mexico, and Progreso, which is located on northwest coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and provides access to a rich variety of Mayan historical sites. Up to three category cabin upgrades are also being offered on this five-night trip.

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MEXICAN RIVIERA: NORWEGIAN

Departure: April 1
Starting price: $549 (about $78 a night)
The Mexican Riviera is an itinerary option that's often difficult to find at bargain prices during the spring. This trip on the Norwegian Star, however, is one of the rare opportunities to take this journey for under $100 per night. During the seven-night sailing from Los Angeles, the Star will visit the popular ports of Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.

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MEXICAN RIVIERA: CARNIVAL

Departure: April 7
Starting price: $469 (about $66 a night)
Carnival will also offer a budget-friendly Mexican Riviera itinerary this spring. Departing from Long Beach, Calif., the Carnival Splendor will take in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. There will also be one day at sea on this seven-night escape.

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PANAMA CANAL EASTBOUND: CELEBRITY

Departure: April 17
Starting price: $1,149 (about $77 a night)
Celebrity is offering an extended spring break getaway departing from San Diego. The 15-night sailing aboard Infinity takes cruisers to a variety of interesting and colorful ports including the popular Mexican Riviera stops of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. After that, it's on to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; a full transit through the Panama Canal; Colon, Panama; and Cartagena, Colombia. This one-way cruises ends in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN: ROYAL CARIBBEAN

Departure: May 13
Starting price: $579 (about $83 a night)
It is possible to find a few May sailings that are below $100 per night. But they book early and quickly. Among the choices is this Royal Caribbean voyage departing from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The seven-day trip aboard the Allure of the Seas includes stops in Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Royal Caribbean's private resort at Labadee in Haiti, as well as three days at sea.

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN: NORWEGIAN

Departure: May 13
Starting price: $579 (about $83 a night)
Spend seven nights sailing to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas, on this trip that departs from Miami. The trip aboard the Norwegian Getaway includes three days at sea to enjoy amenities ranging from an aqua park to a three-story sports complex and the largest ropes course at sea.

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ALASKA: HOLLAND AMERICA

Departure: May 12
Starting price: $609 (about $76 a night)
Finding a budget-friendly Alaska cruise during the spring often means taking a one-way cruise or flying to depart from Vancouver, Canada, in order to catch a round-trip itinerary. This eight-night, round-trip experience leaves from Vancouver includes cruising Alaska's famous Inside Passage, as well as visits to Juneau, Glacier Bay; Haines; Icy Strait Point; and Ketchikan.

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ALASKA SOUTHERN GLACIER: CELEBRITY

Departure: May 18
Starting price: $649 (about $93 a night)
Cut costs even more by opting for a one-way Alaskan cruise. Among the options this spring is Celebrity's voyage from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vancouver, Canada (not a bad place to end up in mid-May). The itinerary on this trip aboard the Celebrity Millennium includes the classic stops of Juneau, Skagway, Ice Strait Point, Ketchikan, and the Inside Passage.