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What You Need to Know About Cruise Pricing
Cruise prices are quoted from the lowest price available for each category, per person based on double occupancy. Subject to change at any time.
- Single Occupants are charged a surcharge rate on most cruise lines.
- The lowest priced category could be a guarantee room that does not allow you to choose where it is.
- Prices below may represent specials that end soon.
- Taxes are not included and typically start at an additional $100+ per person depending on ports and cruise lines.
- Gratuities are not included unless stated in a special deal and are usually added on board but can be prepaid. Rates vary according to the cruise line.
- 3rd and 4th person in a cabin is usually at a greatly discounted rate, sometimes free depending on promotional rates at the time. Taxes and gratuities may still apply even to children.
- Cabins with 5th person availability can be difficult to find, book early if that’s what you need. Connecting cabins can also be harder to find as well.
- Booking ahead can provide early booking discounts and allow for better availability, as well as provide the option of making payments on your cruise over time.
What is included in a cruise?
- Most cruise lines include certain basics but every cruise line is different. Typically you can expect some food including buffet options and at least one main dining area whether it is open dining or assigned.
- Unless you opt for a drink package, most cruise lines include water, tea, and coffee only.
- Drink packages vary and can be non-alcoholic or include certain types of alcohol at different price levels.
- Most entertainment is included but water sports and activities on private islands may be additional, depending on the cruise line.
- Additional offerings on board can include photos, internet packages, spa packages and treatments, specialty dining experiences, in-cabin celebration decorations, and in-cabin romance packages.
- Some cruises may charge for room service, some categories might not be able to order room service at all.
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Florida Cruise Ports
Florida provides plenty of options for a cruise getaway with ports all over the state. You’ll find cruises out of Jacksonville in the north, Port Canaveral and Tampa in central Florida, and Fort Lauderdale and Miami in the south. Short 3 to 4 day cruises often take you to the Bahamas or Mexico and the independent cruise lines private islands.
When you have more time for a longer vacation you can find cruises that go to the Panama canal, South America, and the Southern islands in the Caribbean. In the Spring, you can even find a few cruises that cross the Atlantic to European destinations.
Cruises from Jacksonville
When you board the Carnival Ecstasy for 4 nights from Jacksonville, you’ll be heading to both Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. There’s something for everyone if you’re traveling as a family. Starting at $239 per person for the March 31, 2022 sailing, enjoy all the island vibes. Children ages 2 – 17 have access to supervised youth activities and Seuss at Sea while adults can relax at the adults-only Serenity Retreat or try specialty cocktails at the Alchemy Bar. Comedy shows are lively in the Punchliner Comedy Club with shows for the family and adults-only. There’s a little bit of everything on a Carnival Cruise with several options for food, bars, entertainment, waterslides, and game shows.
A 5 day option on March 12, 2022 will give you 2 Fun Days at Sea with stops at Nassau and Bimini in the Bahamas starting from $319 per person.
Cruises from Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral is the closest port to Orlando and a short cruise added to your vacation in Orlando can extend the fun. The best deal might be the 4 Day cruise on Feb. 7, 2022 to the Bahamas on Carnival Liberty which starts from $89 per person for an inside cabin.
You may be hearing a lot about MSC Cruises and the best cruise deal this spring could be on the MSC Meraviglia on Jan. 16, 2022. If you act fast, you could snag a free balcony cabin upgrade that starts at $159 per person for 4 nights taking you to their beautiful marine preserve – Ocean Cay. Not to worry because there are other days available for similar pricing. If you’d like a longer cruise, try the 7 Nights on Jan. 23, 2022 to Ocean Cay, Costa Maya, and Cozumel with the free balcony upgrade pricing from $339 per person.
Looking for one of the newest ships sailing? You’ll find that in Port Canaveral as well, aboard Carnival’s Mardi Gras. The Feb. 5, 2022 sailing takes you to Mexico and Roatan from $434 per person for an inside cabin.
Options for 7+ night cruises from Port Canaveral can take you on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, and Disney with sailings that head to all parts of the Caribbean islands including the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and even further south past Puerto Rico and Jamaica to Aruba and Curacao. Port Canaveral almost has it all!
Speaking of Southern Caribbean cruises, here’s 2 for the bargain hunters. If you’re looking for the best value to get you to Aruba & Curacao, the 7 Night March 20, 2022 sailing on Holland America Rotterdam from Fort Lauderdale starts at $499 (inside), $599 (outside), and $749 (balcony). That makes it hard to choose when there’s an 8 Night sailing on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, April 30, 2022 with similar pricing from $569, $613, and $699 respectively. (Remember all prices listed are subject to change without notice and per person based on double occupancy. They do not include taxes and gratuities.)
Cruises from Fort Lauderdale
Treat yourself to a great price on a 6 Night cruise for less than some 4 Night cruises when you sail with Royal Caribbean on Allure of the Seas on Jan. 30, 2022. Sail away to Mexico and Roatan (Honduras) in a balcony cabin from $423 per person.
Avid cruisers might want to finally get on board the acclaimed Celebrity Edge if you haven’t already. Try the April 17, 2022 sailing for 5 nights to Mexico from $435 (inside cabin).
Princess lovers can sail the Regal Princess to Belize, Honduras, and Mexico for 7 Nights on Feb. 5, 2022 from $439 (inside) and $575 (balcony).
Cruises from Miami
Miami, of course, has something for everyone’s budget and style of cruising. You’ll find all of the major cruise lines there.
Cheapest cruise – Feb. 7, 2022 Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas (2 Night Perfect Day Cruise) starts from $79 (inside).
Cheapest 7 Night cruise – Feb. 27, 2022, MSC Divina to Mexico and Cayman Islands from $279 (inside), $349 (outside), $399 (balcony), and $669 (suite).
Best Value 7 Night cruise to Puerto Rico – MSC Seashore (new ship) Jan. 22, 2022 from $329 (inside) and $419 (oceanview/balcony).
For a boutique hotel at sea experience island hopping, take the 12 Night Caribbean Breezes Voyage on Azamara Quest, Feb. 22, 2022 starting from $1799 (inside). Discover why Azamara, for smaller ships and immersive cultural experiences.
For a different cruise experience unlike any other, Virgin Voyages offers you an adults-only cruise that is not to be missed. For personalized booking information, fill out my travel interest survey.
Cruises from Tampa
Easy cruising options in the calmness of the Gulf of Mexico take you to destinations such as Mexico, Honduras, and the Cayman Islands. Longer trips can have you visiting Costa Rica and Panama on Carnival Pride. Enjoy 8 Nights Jan. 8, 2022 from $619 (inside).
Cross the Atlantic with stops in Bermuda, the Azores Islands, and Spain on the Carnival Pride 14 Night sailing, April 24, 2022 from $869 (inside), $959 (outside).
Top Pick for a Transatlantic Cruise
Sky Princess, 16 Nights from Fort Lauderdale to Southhamton, England from $779 (inside), $1090 (balcony). Visit the Azores Islands; Madeira, Portugal; Casablanca, Morocco; Seville (Cadiz), Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal.
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