Cruises are relaxing and adventurous at the same time, making them the perfect vacation in the eyes of many travelers. There’s one thing, however, that is usually far less than perfect: the price. If you’ve ever been on a cruise (or even if you haven’t), you know how expensive they tend to be. That’s why we’ve gathered a list of cruises that are cheap but still high-quality. Read on to discover the cheap cruise ships where you can have a blast.
The Norwegian Escape offers several week-long cruises that aren’t too expensive; a list of upcoming options shows a seven-day trip to the Bahamas starting at $699 per person or a five-day trip that starts at $499 per person. The five-day trip only stops at one port, but it’s a good one — Horseshoe Bay Beach, with beautiful blue water and pink sands. The Escape regularly offers cruises that are pretty cheap but still visit amazing locations. And besides the destination, you can enjoy the journey on the Escape, which was voted the 2017 Ship of the Year by Ocean and Cruise News. See a Broadway show, drink wine on the oceanfront promenade or take a risk at the casino. You can afford it — after all, the cruise is cheap.
Carnival’s Paradise ship takes trips that are just two to five days long, which results in a much cheaper price tag for guests. A four-day cruise can be as low as $249 per person. Most Paradise cruises start in Florida and stop at places such as the Western Caribbean or Cuba, where you’ll have extra money for food and souvenirs thanks to your cheap ticket. And don’t be fooled into thinking a low price means low quality — in typical Carnival fashion, the Paradise is outfitted to the nines. Eat at Guy’s Burger Joint and enjoy a burger in the style of Food Network star Guy Fieri, zone out in a hot tub on the deck and sit in on one of the top-notch musical productions.
This Princess Cruises ship regularly takes four-day, two-port cruises that come in around $449 per person for an interior stateroom. Common port locations include Mexico and islands off of California, where you can enjoy the sun, sand and ocean. And you’re definitely getting the most value for your money when it comes to what the Royal Princess is like onboard. Princess Cruises spent $15.9 million in December 2018 to upgrade the ship, putting new equipment in the fitness center and spa and designing special areas for kids and teens. Royal Princess also has a one-of-a-kind walkway with a glass floor that extends out over the ship. Food options range from a Chocolate Journeys program (the best kind of journey) to a poolside grill that serves Route 66 beef chili and more. Finally, the ship’s 1,346 crew members always go above and beyond to make sure you’re taken care of. If that’s not worth the money, we don’t know what is.
Not all of the Disney Dream’s cruises are cheap, but if you look carefully, you can find a few that are. For instance, an upcoming cruise is sailing to the Bahamas for three nights at a starting price of $585 per person for an interior cabin. If you’ve been trying to find a way to take your kids on a cruise but you don’t have a million bucks to spend, there might be an upcoming voyage on the Dream for you. View an enchanting Beauty and the Beast live show, let your kids get a princess or pirate makeover and splash your way through the waterslides on deck. The Disney Dream is one of the best family cruise ships out there, and best of all, it doesn’t cost an arm and leg.