12 Cruises Under $300 Per Person (Updated)

There’s a golden rule about cruise fares: Prices are cheapest when school is in session.

The reason is simple. When the kids are out of school — Spring Break, Christmas holidays, and summer — families have an easier time with being able to take time off to cruise. That leads to more demand for cabins.

When school is in session, however, it’s hard for families to find the time to set sail. As a result, cruise lines slash prices to fill up rooms. That means you can find some great deals as you look for a trip in the winter months.

Below, we’ve rounded up a dozen of these deals, all with prices of below $300. Most of them leave in the winter, with a few in the winter after Christmas holidays. We’ve also included links to the deals themselves.

If you want to do your own search, you can do so on Orbitz (with up to $750 in onboard credit in some cases).

The fares shown below are at the time of writing and subject to change. All fares are for interior cabins, before taxes and port fees.

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4 Night Mexico Cruise From Miami on Carnival

Date: December 2, 2018
Ship: Carnival Imagination | Ports: Catalina, Ensenada
Price: $249

Catalina Island

Forget just a good deal, this cruise departing Long Beach is among the absolute cheapest in the entire country. For under $250 per person, you can set sail with port stops in Catalina and Ensenada. The trip departs December 2, and the same low fare is also available on December 9. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Miami on Carnival

Date: January 7, 2019
Ship: Carnival Victory | Ports: Key West, Cozumel
Price: $209

At just $209 per person, you can’t beat the price of the cruise setting sail from Miami — the cruise capital of the world. It makes two stops: Key West and Cozumel before returning to port. The lowest price of $209 is available on January 7, but you can also sail on January 14, 21, and 28 for the same price. That’s still well below the $300 per person threshold. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Mobile on Carnival

Date: December 6, 2018
Ship: Carnival Fantasy | Ports: Cozumel
Price: $249

Mobile isn’t a cruise mecca, but if you are within driving distance, then it’s a great option for good deals. This four-night trip departs on December 6, sailing round trip with a stop in Cozumel. Best of all, it’s just $249 per person for an interior cabin. Compare that to the same cruise departing on December 20 that costs a rate of $349 per person. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Miami on Carnival

Date: January 24, 2019
Ship: Carnival Sensation | Ports: Key West, Cozumel
Price: $219

Key West

Similar to another cruise on our list, this trip departs from Miami aboard Carnival, with stops in Key West and Cozumel. For just $219, that’s a great deal. What we like best is that it departs on a Thursday and returns first thing Monday morning, meaning you only have to miss a couple of days work to set sail. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From New Orleans on Carnival

Date: January 24, 2019
Ship: Carnival Triumph | Ports: Cozumel
Price: $259

This four-night sailing is pretty basic. It leaves New Orleans in late January for a cruise that ports only in Cozumel, Mexico. Still, it does get you to the Caribbean during the coldest part of the year in the United States… and it doesn’t it for a rock-bottom price. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Tampa on Carnival

Date: January 24, 2019
Ship: Carnival Paradise | Ports: Cozumel
Price: $264

Tampa isn’t as big a cruise port as other Florida ports like Miami and Fort Lauderdale, but don’t sell it short. This trip is a simple round trip getaway calling on Cozumel. At just $264 per person, it’s cheaper than buying a flight to the Mexican Riviera and comes with a four-night vacation that includes meals and room. If you can’t sail on January 24, there are other dates available for low rates, including $269 for a departure on January 10. Learn more about this trip.

5 Night Caribbean Cruise From New Orleans on Carnival

Date: January 14, 2019
Ship: Carnival Triumph | Ports: Cozumel, Progreso
Price: $274

Progreso

If you notice, all the cruises until now have been for four nights. Want to make the deal even better? How about five nights for less than $300? This sailing aboard Carnival Triumph stops in Cozumel and Progreso from New Orleans at a price of only $274 for an interior cabin. In addition, you can sail two other dates during the month for $284 per person. Learn more about this trip.

5 Night Caribbean Cruise From Tampa on Carnival

Date: January 28, 2019
Ship: Carnival Paradise | Ports: Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Price: $284

Another five-night trip, this sailing aboard the Carnival Paradise leaves Tampa, with stops in popular Grand Cayman and Cozumel. You’ll leave on January 28, but if you can spare an extra $5, you can sail on January 14 for $289 per person. Both prices represent a great deal to have a five-night vacation. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Tampa on Royal Caribbean

Date: January 31, 2019
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas  | Ports: Cozumel
Price: $276

For much of our list, you’ll notice that the only option is Carnival. Royal Caribbean does have a few entries on our list, including this sailing from Tampa in January 2019. For $276 per person, you can sail aboard the cruise line’s Brilliance of the Seas as it sails to Cozumel. There are definitely worst ways to start off your year! Learn more about this trip.

5 Night Caribbean Cruise From Fort Lauderdale on Royal Caribbean

Date: November 24, 2018
Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Ports: Cozumel, Costa Maya
Price: $289

As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, you can find some great deals sailing from Fort Lauderdale (also known as Port Everglades). This five-night trip close to Thanksgiving will take you across the Gulf of Mexico to Cozumel and Costa Maya for just $289 per person. You won’t find many cheaper trips that cover that sort of distance and that last five nights. Learn more about this trip.

4 Night Caribbean Cruise From Fort Lauderdale on Royal Caribbean

Date: December 20, 2018
Ship: Independence of the Seas | Ports: Cozumel
Price: $284

Most of the time when you sail on short trips (five nights or fewer), your trip will be on some of the older ships in the fleet. Here, Royal Caribbean offers a trip aboard Independence of the Seas (built in 2008). It’s a deal at just $284 per person for an interior room. Best of all, it departs December 20 and returns on December 24 — just in time to get you back home for Christmas. Learn more about this trip.

5 Night Caribbean Cruise From Fort Lauderdale on Royal Caribbean

Date: December 3, 2018
Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Ports: Key West, Cozumel
Price: $287

The final cruise on our list is a five-night trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas. You’ll get to stop in fun Key West and also popular Cozumel. The trip departs in early December, just in time for it to start getting cold in the northern part of the country. Learn more about this trip.

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