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 2019, 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 2019 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
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, and prices peak about halfway through the month. A cruise is still an affordable way to travel even if it’s a little more expensive in the middle of March. Just know that early sailing means lower prices.
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Cheap 2019 Spring Break Cruises
4-Night Mexico Cruise from Long Beach (Carnival)
Date: March 4, 2019
Price: $234 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 Inspiration. 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 even more trips on this itinerary for other dates during the the month if you can’t make this one.
3-Night Mexico Cruise from Long Beach (Carnival)
Date: March 14, 2019
Price: $239 per person
Sailing from Long Beach is ideal if you’re looking for a short and cheap cruise. For instance, this trip is just three nights, sailing to Ensenada, Mexico and back. That’s perfect for those looking to just let loose for a few days and get out of town for cheap. It sails aboard the Carnival Imagination at the peak of Spring Break — departing March 14. It only costs $239 per person for an interior cabin, making it among the most affordable cruises we found in the month of March. As well, if you are from out of town you can tack on a day or two in Los Angeles to see the sites and extend your trip.
3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Carnival)
Date: March 8, 2019
Price: $259 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 8, 2018 for only $259 per person. If you need to sail later, the same trip departs each week at higher prices, but still affordable for the time of year.
4-Night Bahamas Cruise from Miami (Carnival)
Date: March 7, 2019
Price: $294 per person
Heading to the Bahamas is cheap and easy when you sail from Miami. This four-day cruise in March takes passengers to Princess Cays and Nassau before heading back home to Miami. Best of all, you can get the trip for less than $300 per person if you book an interior cabin. The cruise sails aboard the Carnival Sensation. It’s one of Carnival’s older ships, but who cares when you are simply there to have a good time on Spring Break?
3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 8, 2019
Price: $297 per person
Royal Caribbean usually isn’t the cheapest cruise line, which makes this trip a rare gem. For only $297, you can sail aboard the Enchantment of the Seas from Port Canaveral. The cruise takes you to Nassau and CocoCay (Royal Caribbean’s private island) before returning home. This particular cruise departs on March 8, however, you can also sail on March 22 for only $20 more.
5-Night Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 30, 2019
Price: $303 per person
Up until now, the cruises in our list have all been three and four-night trips. However, this cruise is a full five nights from Fort Lauderdale for just over $300 per person. At that price, you’re paying only about $60 per night for a Spring Break vacation. Your cruise is aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, leaving Port Canaveral (Fort Lauderdale) on your way to Cozumel and Costa Maya, before returning home. It’s late in the Spring Break season, but many still have days off during this time of year.
3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Carnival)
Date: March 7, 2019
Price: $304 per person
In terms of absolute value, paying $304 for a three-day cruise isn’t the best deal you’ll find. But paying that much at the height of Spring Break is still pretty good. 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 7, returning on Sunday, March 10 — giving you the day to get back home and ready for the return to school or work.
4-Night Caribbean Cruise from Tampa (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 28, 2019
Price: $306 per person
Tampa might not get the headlines like Miami when it comes to cruising, but there are still a lot of options for you to choose from and the port is much calmer and easier to navigate on cruise day. This four-night trip departs Tampa in late March, headed to Cozumel for Spring Break. On either side of Cozumel you’ll have days at sea, giving you a chance to party on the ship, hang out poolside, and generally relax before heading back to the real world. The cruise is aboard the Brilliance of the Seas, which isn’t one of Royal Caribbean’s newest ships, but still quite popular.
6-Night Bahamas Cruise from Baltimore (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 22, 2019
Price: $329 per person
Most people don’t think of Baltimore as a place to sail for a cruise. But most people also don’t see fares for only $329 for a six-night cruise. That brings the price per night to less than $55 during the height of the Spring Break season. Departing from Baltimore on the Grandeur of the Seas, you’ll have a stop in Port Canaveral (near Orlando) before heading to Royal Caribbean’s private island — CocoCay. Following that there are two days at sea to enjoy the sunshine before heading back to Maryland.
5-Night Bahamas Cruise from Galveston (Royal Caribbean)
Date: March 27, 2019
Price: $337 per person
Are you one of the tens of millions that live within a few hours’ drive to Houston? You’re in luck. You can book this cruise from Galveston aboard the Vision of the Seas and not have to worry about flying to a distant port. The trip departs on March 27 and is a five-night trip across the gulf to Progreso and Cozumel. You’ll also have two sea days on the trip to work on your tan with a drink in your hand. Best of all, the trip costs less than $350 per person for an interior cabin.
4-Night Caribbean Cruise from Mobile (Carnival)
Date: March 28, 2019
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 28 aboard the Carnival Fantasy. For just $339 you can hop aboard. Ports of call on this trip include only Cozumel, so be prepared to spend a lot of time enjoying yourself on the ship.
4-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral (Norwegian)
Date: March 7, 2019
Price: $349 per person
The final cruise on our list is the only entry outside of Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The trip aboard the Norwegian Epic departs Port Canaveral on March 7. The cruise is a four-night trip to Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. As for cost, it’s about $350 to get on the ship. There are definitely a few cheaper deals out there, but that’s a hard price to beat for those looking for a cheap Spring Break cruise in 2019.