3 Ultra-Affordable Cruises (Less Than $1000 Per Trip!)Budget Travel, Caribbean, Cruise, Europe, Getting There Deals, Mexico — By Patty H on July 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm
By Patty Hodapp
LG Deputy Editor
Dying to go on a cruise, but can’t quite bring yourself to click the “confirm purchase” button on a pricey seven-day getaway? We hear ya. Fronting the entire cost of your trip all at once can be daunting, particularly when you’re dealing with limited financial resources. In the past, budget travelers have often skipped trips to the high seas because they perceive those those getaways as way out of their price ranges, but time—and prices—are a-changin’.
When you break it down, not only is it possible to spend less per day at sea than you might vacationing in a small American city (add up the lodging, gas, meals, and entertainment and you’ll see what we mean) but you’re not limited to one or two ultra-low rent getaways to destinations you’d rather avoid. Now, there are literally hundreds of itineraries on shiny new ships that are well within a $150 per day price range.
To provide it, we decided to pull three of the best discount cruises that sail you to some of the hottest destinations in style—and without sinking your bank account. For several more modest-budget options, visit a site that specializes in affordable cruise getaways, such as DiscountCruises.com.
Price: from $529.00
Ports of Call: Starting from Port Everglades in Florida, you’ll stop at Key West, Ocho Rios, George Town, and Cozumel
Best Ship: MSC Poesia
Known as the poet of the sea, this cruise liner introduces luxury cruising in a a new, elegant way. With a waterfall and bridges right in the foyer, you feel like you’re on a tropical island the second you step on board. Other added bonuses include a zen garden in the sushi bar and a 13,000 square foot spa.
Brand new in 2008, the MSC Poesia, offers the latest eco-technology to safeguard the environment, without compromising comfort and luxury. Suites and staterooms are spacious and elegant, and most have private balconies. Grab a glass of wine from the wine tasting bar, sit under the stars by the outdoor Mojito bar or enjoy movies on the big screen by the pool.
Price: from $559.00
Ports of Call: Leaving from San Diego, California, you’ll stop at Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, and Mazatlan.
Best Ship: Carnival Spirit
This floating resort has a two-tiered promenade near the award winning steakhouse. She’s a speedy vessel so getting from destination to destination promptly will allow you more exploration time on land, or on board. Most staterooms have ocean views, and most have balconies overlooking the deep blue Mexican waters. Get a pedicure at Spa Carnival or bask in the glorious sun by one of the many pools and hot tubs by day. At night, wander through the many clubs that cater to everything from slow-dancing to jazz and from pop to rock lovers. If club-life isn’t your scene check out a show or gamble at the on board casinos.
Price: from $200.00
Ports of Call:Leaving from Salerno, Italy, you’ll head to La Goulette, Palma de Mallorca, Toulop, and Genoa
Best Ship: MSC Lirica
Named for the lyrical waves of the ocean, this cruise ship boasts a timeless Italian design trimmed with marble, plush fabrics and fine artwork. Choosing from several elegant entrees, you’ll be able to taste Mediterranean cuisine right on board at the causal pizzeria. If you’re feeling especially Italian, try a seven course dinner at the elegant main restaurant. During the day, relax by the pool with a cool drink from one of the indoor or outdoor bars. The ship is equipped with an Internet cafe and Wi-Fi throughout. This perfect Mediterranean itinerary will give you the exotic break you’ve been looking for.
Cruising is ideal for carefree travelers who don’t want to sweat the small stuff, and these itineraries are perfect for solo travelers, couples, or a group of girlfriends. So go ahead, click “confirm purchase”, and head for the high seas on one of these cruise liners that will float you to your dream tropical destination for less than a grand per person.
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