12 Cheap Spring Break Cruises for 2018 (Starting at $239)

Looking for a Spring Break getaway? What’s better than hitting the water, sailing to the Caribbean, and enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches in the world?

What about doing all of that without spending a fortune? In fact, we’ve found some Spring Break cruises that allow you to sail — with a cabin and meals included — for less than a flight to the Caribbean.

The truth is, Spring Break is one of the times of year where prices for cruises typically spike. However, for 2018, we’re finding a number great deals — including many Spring Break cruises for under $300 per person.

Below, we’ve found some of the cheapest cruises for 2018 Spring Break season. But before we get to that, here are some pointers on how to find the cheapest cruises during this popular time of year.

How to Find Cheap Spring Break Cruises

Carnival ship docked in Tampa

If you’re wanting to score the best deal during this time of year, then keep the following in mind:

Shorter Cruises = Less Money
While you have a week for Spring Break, if you want the cheapest cruises, then avoid spending all week on the ship. Cruise lines offer a ton of 3-5 day cruises and these are drastically less overall than sailing for an entire week. This shouldn’t be as a surprise. With cruise fare covering everything from your cabin to meals to entertainment, it costs less to take a passenger on a four-night cruise than it does to take them on a week-long vacation. If you are on a budget, shorter cruises are your friend.

Florida is King of Cheap Cruises
Florida is the cruise capital of the world. You have Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, and Tampa all within a few hours of each other. The number of ports and ships sailing from the area mean there are a number of options when it comes to cruises. Not every cheap Spring Break cruise sails from Florida, but it’s where a majority of them sail from.

Prices Rise Through March
Obviously if you are a student, you don’t get to pick when you have your Spring Break. But you should know that prices rise as the month of March goes on. Sailing early in the month is your best bet for the cheapest trips. Each passing week has prices rising. A cruise is still an affordable way to travel , if you can’t get a dirt-cheap price, but just know that early sailing means lower prices.

Note: The prices below were from a recent search on Orbitz and subject to change. If you decide to book through one of these links, we receive a small commission.

Cheap 2018 Spring Break Cruises

Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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4-Night Mexico Cruise from Long Beach (Carnival)
Date: March 4, 2018
Price: $239 per person

Forget Spring Break, this is one of the cheapest cruises ever. For under $250 (per person for an interior cabin) you can hop on this cruise from Long Beach with stops in Catalina and Ensenada. The trip sails aboard the Carnival Imagination. It’s not the biggest or newest ship, but if you want to head on a trip for your break, it doesn’t get cheaper than this. There are weekly trips later in the month that range in price from $299 to $389 if you can’t make this one.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Carnival)
Date: March 2, 2018
Price: $244 per person

If you can make it to the Miami area, then you’ll have a lot of options for inexpensive cruises. This trip is just three days, making it perfect for those on a tight budget. It includes only one stop — Nassau — from Miami aboard the Carnival Victory. Best of all, there are a lot of affordable dates. The cheapest is March 2, 2018 for only $244 per person. If you need to sail later, the same trip departs each week at prices ranging from $274 to $314.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 9, 2018
Price: $260 per person

Royal Caribbean usually isn’t the cheapest cruise line, which makes this trip a rare gem. For only $260, you can sail aboard the Enchantment of the Seas from Miami. The cruise takes you to Cococay (Royal Caribbean’s private island) and Nassau before returning home. This particular cruise departs on March 9, however, you can sail on March 16 for only $260 and March 23 for $281!

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Norwegian)
Date: March 7, 2018
Price: $269 per person

Port Canaveral is in the Orlando area — so if you are driving down to Florida for a cruise, it can save you several hours versus heading to Miami. This trip departs on March 7 aboard the Norwegian Epic. It takes you to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay (Norwegian’s private island for its ships). The cruise lasts only three nights, but it’s enough to get you to warmer locales. And if you can’t sail on March 7, the same trip is available on March 14 for $339.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Carnival)
Date: March 22, 2018
Price: $299 per person

In terms of absolute value, paying $299 for a three-day cruise isn’t the best deal you’ll find. But paying that much at the height of Spring Break is a pretty good deal. For just a little over three bills you can escape the cold and sail to Nassau aboard the Carnival Liberty. The cruise departs Port Canaveral on March 22, returning on Sunday, March 25 — giving you the day to get back home and ready for the return to school or work.

4-Night Caribbean Cruise from Mobile (Carnival)
Date: March 15, 2018
Price: $339 per person

While Florida usually wins for cheap cruises, you can find some deals in other ports. This cruise from Mobile, Alabama departs on March 15 aboard the Carnival Fantasy. For just $339 you can hop aboard. (That’s roughly the price of many three-day cruises featured here). Ports of call on this trip includes only Cozumel, so be prepared to spend a lot of time enjoying yourself on the ship.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Norwegian)
Date: March 16, 2018
Price: $249 per person

This cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky might be the best deal for the entire season. At just $249 it’s not only among the cheapest, but that price is for departure on March 16 — right in the heart of Spring Break. It may be a little cheaper because it departs on a Friday and returns on a Monday. Considering most people have one week for a break, they will likely have to take a day off (either the Friday before or the Monday after) to be able to sail.

4-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 18, 2018
Price: $289 per person

While three-day trips can be found for under $300, this is a rare 4-day cruise. It leaves on March 18 — the peak of the Spring Break season — aboard Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas. Costing just $289 per person for an interior cabin, it hits ports in Nassau and Key West before returning to Miami. Being able to say you partied in Key West during Spring Break? Priceless.

4-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 19, 2018
Price: $290 per person

For under $300 ($290 to be exact), you can sail on this four-day trip aboard Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas. It’s a smaller and older ship, but that doesn’t matter when you’re able to sail so cheaply in prime Spring Break season. Your cruise will take you to three ports — Nassau, Freeport, and Key West before returning to Miami. Best of all, it leaves on a Monday and returns on a Friday, so you still have weekends bookending your trip to relax.

4-Night Caribbean Cruise from Miami (Carnival)
Date: March 19, 2018
Price: $319 per person

First things first: If you can sail on March 5, you can get this cruise for $299. However, that’s early in the season and many people may not be able to sail then. Instead, this trip is only slightly more — $319 — for a March 19 sailing. The cruise is on the Carnival Victory, with stops in Key West and Cozumel. That’s two awesome ports to spend Spring Break for just a few hundred bucks.

4-Night Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans (Carnival)
Date: March 22, 2018
Price: $314 per person

There is arguably no better party town in the United States than New Orleans. So what better port to sail from on a Spring Break cruise? This cruise departs on March 22 aboard the Carnival Triumph, and costs just $314 per person. It only has one stop in Cozumel. In other words, you can hang out in New Orleans, hop on the ship, party in Cozumel, and then keep the fun going back again in New Orleans. If you can’t make March 22, the same trip is available on March 8 for $319.

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 23, 2018
Price: $319 per person

The final cruise on our list sails from Port Canaveral aboard the Majesty of the Seas. It’s a short trip — only three days — with stops in Nassau and Cococay. The cruise departs Port Canaveral, leaving on a Friday and returning Monday. If you can’t schedule this trip, there are several others in the same price range during March.

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