While cruises can be expensive, many cruise lines have options that cost less than $500 — an amount even those on a tight budget can manage with a bit saving. Here are the best cruises under $500 for 2019 and 2020.
Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas
According to Dreamlines.com, this Oasis of the Seas tour from Royal Caribbean allows you to spend five days and four nights traveling through the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for just $426. This trip comes complete with meals, entertainment and activities. While this isn't the most expensive ticket you can buy for this cruise, you still have access to pretty much everything, including an aerial acrobatics show in the ship's Aqua Park and the zipline stretched over nine decks of the ship. Perhaps best of all, this cruise sets sail in November of 2020, so you have plenty of time to save up your money before you go!
Most people take cruises to the Bahamas, but tropical islands are not the only cruise destinations worth visiting. Norwegian Cruise Line has a 7-day cruise that goes from Vancouver to Glacier Bay, where you can observe some incredible wildlife. With ticket prices starting at just $379 per person, a new cruise sets sail around once a week, so you can choose which date works best for you. The ship docks in several locations from Canada to Alaska, giving you many great opportunities to see some beautiful glacial views and observe some amazing animals.
For around $490, you can have a "Havana adventure" on Carnival Cruise Lines' Carnival Sunrise. This ship sets sail on select dates from December 2019 through April of 2020, and includes five nights at sea after departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Guests can stay in a stateroom and enjoy onboard entertainment and events, including gourmet French meals and the world's first floating racetrack. You will also have access to the glamorous Main Lounge and the Observation Lounge, where you can look out over the sea as you make your way to your destination.
An incredible 80% of the staterooms aboard the Carnival Miracle boast an ocean view, and you can have that view all to yourself for just $498. This cruise runs from San Diego to several ports in Mexico, including Ensenada and Isla Partida. Guests at this level have access to most of the meals and entertainment options, including shows at the spectacular "Phantom Lounge."
Tickets for this cruise start at just $419. The Celebrity Infinity by Infinity Cruises takes you round trip from Miami, Florida, to Nassau, Bahamas, where you can visit gorgeous beaches and bustling markets with local food, crafts and souvenirs. You can also catch a glimpse of some sharks as you go underwater at the Predator Lagoon on Paradise Island and get up close and personal with some dolphins as well. On the ship you will enjoy the rooftop terrace, complete with outdoor screenings of films and delicious food.