The weather is turning cold, the days are much shorter and you’re ready to get away and relax in the warmth of the Caribbean sun. What could be better then sitting by a pool, listening to island music, sipping a frozen drink and cooling off with an iced towel your deck attendant just brought you?
It’s that time of year when the holidays are approaching and you have extra time off work that is the perfect time to take a cruise. During the week of Christmas, prices are actually lower then the peak of the summer so maybe this year will be the one that you bask in the tropic sun while your neighbors dig out from the snow.
Where are the deals this year?
They are all over and included the contemporary lines, premium and even ultra luxury. In fact, in many cases, you’ll find the premium and luxury lines offering a better value. This happens because so many travel with families and they choose a more contemporary line that focuses on family cruising.
Carnival Cruise Line.
A 7 night sailing from San Juan, Southern Caribbean over Christmas is starting at $440.00 per person plus port charges and taxes.
Norwegian Cruise line:
A 7 night sailing from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean over Christmas is starting at $550.00 per person plus port charges and taxes. This departure is also offering shipboard credit with the amount based on the room type.
A 7 night Southern Caribbean sailing over Christmas, in a stateroom with a private verandah is starting at about $700.00 per person, plus port charges and taxes. .
Celebrity Cruise Line, and the grand winner!
A 7 night Southern Caribbean sailing over Christmas has prices starting as low as $390.00 per person!
This line still has discounted prices however the discounts have been lowered for last minute deals. The starting price on a 7 night sailing over Christmas is about $3500.00 per person, plus taxes. This line is all-inclusive so you will save on drinks, both soft and alcohol and tipping is included.
Plan early for the ultra luxury and book Christmas 2010 for $2798.00 per person, over 60% off their standard prices.
The key to taking advantage of these fantastic deals is to be flexible with your dates and be open minded. If you are on a tight budget, don’t automatically think the premium or deluxe lines may be too expensive and not check them out. The prices are more reflective of the demand instead of value most of the time and during the holidays the majority of travelers are families traveling with kids. This group tends to choose a more kid friendly, budget type line, leaving the deluxe and above offering better deals.