Daydreaming about a cruise vacation, but think you can’t afford to go? Think again. If you follow a few basic guidelines, cruising offers one of the most affordable ways to travel.
To prove it, we went in search of the absolute cheapest Carnival cruise we could find. The result? A three-night Caribbean cruise on Carnival that costs as little $159 per person. (There is a 2-day trip for $149, but given the length, we decided against naming it as the cheapest).
At less than $53 per person, per day, this cruise costs less than you might spend on a staycation – but offers so much more than a stripped down vacation close to home. There aren’t many places on land where you can have your accommodations, food, and entertainment covered for that little amount.
The three-night Caribbean voyage aboard Carnival Victory departs Miami on January 31, 2020.
On the second day, the ship will have a sea day as it heads to the Bahamas. This gives you a chance to enjoy the pool, gamble in the casino, do some shopping on the ship, hit the spa, or whatever you want to do. Sea days are ideal for unwinding and disconnecting from the world.
From there, you will visit Nassau. As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Nassau offers a lot for passengers to do. One of the most popular things is to visit Atlantis. This mega-resort offers a casino, waterpark, gorgeous beaches, and even a chance to swim with dolphins.
During the night you will sail back to Miami, heading into port early so that you still have the entire day to enjoy after you get off the ship.
Carnival Victory has a guest capacity of 2,800. Although the ship launched in 1998, it was refurbished. Soon after this cruise it will be completely refurbished again and renamed the Carnival Radiance. It boasts a variety of dining venues, including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, and the Dr. Seuss-themed Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast for those traveling with kids.
The vessel also offers Serenity Adults-Only retreat, Red Frog Rum Bar, and Punchliner Comedy Club, as well as a Twister waterslide.
As we said, this cruise is only $159 per person if you book the lowest-priced interior cabin. So why is the trip so cheap?
In particular this cruise hits many of the most important points for finding the cheapest trips possible. Here are the reasons you’ll find that this trip is so inexpensive:
Book an inside cabin: This price is for an inside cabin, and these cabins are always the cheapest on a cruise ship. But won’t you get claustrophobic in a cabin with no windows or balcony?
Truth is when the ship docks at its scheduled ports, many want to spend as much time as possible experiencing what these destinations offer. And when you’re onboard, the ship itself provides a variety of options for food and fun.
Since the cabin is just where you’ll sleep and shower, most people barely notice the size or lack of windows. Plus, upgraded cabins on this ship are also cheap.
Choose an older ship: Unless you have your heart set on sailing a cruise line’s latest ship with all the newest bells and whistles, choose a voyage aboard an older vessel. The fares on these ships tend to be significantly lower.
It’s no coincidence that this inexpensive cruise is on a ship built in 1998 and undergoing a refurb soon after.
Timing is everything: When you sail makes a difference in cruise pricing. The basic rule of thumb is that choosing a cruise during the off-season helps reduce your fare. If your schedule permits, sail during the school year when fewer people are free to travel (as a bonus, your cruise will be quiet when there are few children on board).
With this trip leaving in January, it’s right after kids go back to school for the holidays, meaning that families are less apt to book this sort of cruise.
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