Caribbean Cruise Deals
Holiday Caribbean Cruises at 50% OFF
Sail on Royal Caribbean over the long holiday weekend with $200 onboard creditExpires: 12-30-2016Priceline
Epic Balcony & Suite Cruise Sale
Up to 3-category upgrade + up to $750 in Cruise CashExpires: 02-24-2017Orbitz
7 Night Caribbean Southern Cruise w/FREE Drinks
2nd guest at 50% OFF, FREE WiFi and tips, hundreds in ship creditExpires: 04-01-2017CruiseDirect
Bahamas Cruise at 60% OFF + Drinks FREE
September departure on popular Carnival ship - Oceanview just $50 moreExpires: 01-13-2017Travelocity
Carnival Caribbean Cruises w/FREE Upgrade
Includes hundreds in ship credit and reduced depositsExpires: 03-30-2017Orbitz
All Royal Caribbean Cruises BOGO
Select sailings offer $100-$200 credit, kids sail freeExpires: 12-30-2016Expedia
9-Nt New Year's Cruise on New Ship
Bonus: Hundreds in FREE ship credit and sail to Jamaica, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, and Key WestExpires: 12-20-2016Priceline
Celebrity Cruises - 50% Off 2nd Guest + Free Perks
Includes up to $1000 liquor credit and $1000 hotel couponExpires: 02-16-2017Priceline
Exclusive Carnival Cruise Sale
Include FREE upgrades + up to $750 onboard creditExpires: 12-15-2016Orbitz
4-Day Carnival Cruise Sale w/FREE Upgrades
Sailings to Mexico and the Caribbean marked down into spring Expires: 02-10-2017Expedia
MSC: Buy One Cruise Get One FREE
Valid on select Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings into 2017Expires: 12-22-2016Travelocity
NCL Cruise Sale + $75 Ship Credit
Pick from select sailings to the Caribbean Expires: 02-11-2017Expedia
Balcony on Luxuy Princess Caribbean Cruise
Sail this December to Honduras, Belize and CozumelExpires: 02-17-2017Princess Cruise Line
Caribbean Cruise Deals
A Caribbean cruise is the perfect way for you and your family to get some sunshine and unwind, but how should you plan your vacation so you get the most out of it?
Choose the Most Affordable Time to Go
The most popular times of the year for Caribbean cruises are when children are out of school, including summer vacation, the winter holidays, and spring break. If you have kids, this is a great time to go, because many cruise lines have special children's programs when they're expecting to have a lot of young people on board.
To save money, book your cruise from late April through May or sometime between September and early January (but not during school vacations). These are the best times to get last-minute deals; you could end up saving hundreds of dollars per person. Keep in mind, though, that if you go during hurricane season, your cruise may end up taking a different route from the one originally planned.
The Best Caribbean Cruise Lines
Most of the major cruise lines go to ports in the Caribbean. The line that is right for you depends on your personal preferences. Disney Cruise Line is popular because there are always activities onboard to keep small children occupied. However, the ships all have adults-only areas so you and your spouse can get away for a little quiet time. As an added perk, your ship may stop at Castaway Key, Disney's private island.
Celebrity Cruises is another top choice; onboard programs cater to all sorts of travelers, from foodies to sports enthusiasts. Possible destinations include the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba, and the Bahamas.
For the ultimate in luxury, check out Crystal Cruises. You could eat food prepared by a celebrity chef, book a stay in a gorgeous penthouse suite, and take golf lessons from a PGA professional.
Average Caribbean Cruise Prices
Depending on when you book, a short cruise — between three and five days — is likely to cost between $180 and $700 per person if you're in an interior room without an ocean view. If you want to take a longer cruise of about two weeks, budget between $1,100 and $1,800 per person for an interior room. Most Caribbean cruises depart from Florida, so if you don't live in the Sunshine State, you'll have to include money in your budget for an airline ticket to your port of departure.
Some hotels in Florida offer cruise packages which include lodging the night before and after your cruise, as well as transportation to and from the ship.