Affordable Caribbean cruises are becoming a popular choice for college students who are considering doing something different for spring break. Cruises may be a splurge, but any other vacation package that includes meals, lodging, entertainment, and several destinations all in one week would cost just as much if not more. They’re also easy to plan, because you can do all your booking online. Here are three affordable spring break cruises for March 2011. The dates on these cruises are flexible, so check online for the most up to date information.
Carnival Valor from Miami, Florida
I’ve been on a few Carnival cruises before with my family, and I always enjoyed the balance of fun entertainment on-ship and the time spent on the offshore excursions. You don’t have to worry about being bored on your next spring break- cruises with Carnival have a full itinerary. Carnival also offers some of the cheapest staterooms of the three options. For an interior room, the starting price is $479. The Carnival Valor departs from Miami, Florida and the ports of call include Grand Cayman, Isla Roatan, and Cozumel.
Norweigan Sun from Orlando, Florida
This cruiseline isn’t necessarily as family-oriented as Carnival, but it does pack a lot of bang for your buck. The Norweigan Sun travels roundtrip from Orlando, Florida and sails around the Caribbean to Cozumel, Santo Tomas de Castilla, Belize City, and the Key West. Cape Canaveral in Orlando, Florida is an easy place to navigate, and you can even add a daytrip to Disney World to your cruise vacation if you want. The price is similar to the Carnival cruise at $429 for an interior stateroom.
Crown Princess from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Princess Cruises offers a similar 7 day itinerary in the Western Caribbean. You can sunbathe on the Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, visit a Roatan wildlife reserve, or snorkel in Cozumel. The itinerary includes a departure from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and stops in the Cayman Islands, Island of Roatan, Cozumel, and the Bahamas for a $649 interior suite. Although this cruise is attractive because there are many ports of call, you could probably find cheaper rates if you shop around. The price doesn’t include an extra fuel fee per person, nor does it include taxes or extra hidden fees.
Good luck with your spring break search. There are plenty of cruises and ports of call to choose from, but these three are the cheapest 7 day Western Caribbean spring break cruises out there. You can also push your luck if you’re looking for a hard bargain; check online for last minute deals from cruiselines looking to fill up their ships.