Remember when cruises were almost exclusively for the wealthy and elite? Sure, you can still board luxury liners if that's your thing, but now all-inclusive vacations aboard liners are some of the most affordable holiday options around. And certain cruise destinations are going to get even cheaper for budget-savvy cruisers in the coming months. Whether your goal is to even out your tan lines, go whale watching or just sip cocktails from the comfort of your deck chair, these destinations will deliver the most bang for your buck in the coming months.
If you've ever wanted to enjoy a Bahama Mama in the Bahamas, we have good news for you. Cruiseline experts tell Cruise On, "The best deals vary on a regular basis, but right now, short sailings to the Bahamas offer the most bang for your buck. With last month’s canceling of all Cuba itineraries due to changes in travel regulations from the U.S. State Department, many ships were forced to make last-minute deployment changes, often swapping out Cuban ports of call with stops in the Bahamas."
Since a lot of vacationers booked their trips specifically to visit Cuba, there were a lot of cancellations. This means a lot of empty cabins that cruise lines really want to fill before it's too late. Impressively, some of these cruises are now as low as $41 per night.
Want tropical temperatures but more exotic wildlife and scenery? Fret not. John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm and producer of the "Travel & Adventure Show" series, says you can nab some seriously sweet deals on cruises to the Galápagos. He recommends the Celebrity Flora for expedition cruises to the Ecuadorian islands.
If you need to chill out in a big way, a cruise to Alaska won't put your bank account on ice anymore. Experts from SmartCruiser told us, "Due to increased capacity in Alaska, we are seeing the lowest cruise fare ever in that market. For example, travelers can find a seven-night Alaska cruise at $399 per person. In most cases, these rates also include perks to further entice clients."
Antarctica, Patagonia and the North Pole
In case Alaska wasn't cold enough for you, Patagonia, Argentina, the North Pole and Antarctica are increasingly affordable options for curious cruisers. Golicz tells Cruise On that if you book your Alaskan cruise for April or May, you'll get both better fares and drier months than the popular and warmer June through August season.
And don't limit yourself to stateside destinations. Golicz advises vacationers to look into expedition cruises for those areas, which currently have dropping prices. Patagonia, Antarctica and the North Pole are seeing more high-end expedition ships launch leading to more sales and affordability. Golicz recommends the Hapag-Lloyd's HANSEATIC Spirit, Ponant's Le Soléal, Hurtigruten and Quark Expeditions.
Greco-Roman cruises are likely to drop in price, SmartCruiser experts note. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can snag great deals on those European destinations you've been dreaming of. "Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises will see decreased pricing in the future due to the cruise lines attempting to compete with growing land suppliers," SmartCruiser told Cruise On. "Air pricing to Europe is at an all-time low and savvy travelers are taking advantage of this opportunity."
Currently, you can book a round-trip journey for seven nights in the Greek Isles on the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas for less than $800 per person.
Australia and New Zealand
A trip to the Land Down Under doesn't have to cause your checking account to go under. You can snag a 13-night, round-trip cruise from Sydney, Australia, to New Zealand for under $1,400 per person through Celebrity Cruises. The key here is the timing. The cruise goes from Dec. 10, 2020, to Dec. 23, 2020, a fantastic time to not only get away from the stress and rush of the holidays, but also to escape the cold since it's summer south of the equator.