If you haven’t experienced a Caribbean cruise before and you think you never will, don’t lose hope. In fact, this is probably the best time to plan on a Caribbean cruise because offers of cheap cruise packages abound. Tour operators are well aware that most people today cannot afford high prices or even travel at whim unless they save up for it. If more families will be able plan and save up for a Caribbean cruise, the cruise travel industry will be able to survive the economic downtrend as well. The way things are now, cutting down on profits is better than totally losing the whole business.
Now here’s a sample of a cheap Caribbean cruise and what you can expect from it.
7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise, Two Kids Sail Free
Sail for 6 days and 7 nights aboard a Costa Atlantica Cruise ship for a cruise of the Caribbean seas and go sightseeing at St. Thomas and Nassau, US Virgin Islands. Two kids ages 17 and below can sail with two adults. Only the adults will pay in full for the all-inclusive package according to the Early Booking Fare Rules. This cheap Caribbean Cruise package is available to US and Canadian citizens only.
What the Caribbean Cruise Price Includes?
Caribbean cruise fares are said to be all-inclusive vacation deals; some travel tour websites charge additional for processing while some do not. This will include the accommodation, meals on board including coffee, tea, milk, juice and non-bottled water. You can make use of on board facilities like sports gym and other enrichment activities and children’s programs. The price does not include port charges, government fee and taxes. There are items that can be paid for or be excluded from your package tour which you will pay for at the time of booking your Caribbean Cruise trip.
Caribbean cruise fares are in U.S. dollars are computed on a per person basis, based on double cabin occupancy for the lowest cabin category. The fare starts at $249 for Inside cabin, $349 for an Ocean View Cabin, $449 for a Balcony Cabin and $799 for a Suite. Most of those traveling on a budget, consider the lowest fare of $249 for an Inside Cabin.
What Are Caribbean Cruise Cabins Like?
Inside Cabins are of course the least desired of all accommodations because they have no windows or portholes. While in this cabin, you won’t be able to tell if it’s day or night or have any idea about the kind of weather condition, unless of course you leave the cabin and go up. The cabin has two twin beds, a private bath, closed circuit TV, a radio and a telephone.
An Ocean View Cabin is also called an Outside Cabin, since passengers occupying this stateroom can have an outside view. It basically contains the same features as the Inside Cabin, but are said to be larger and have portholes which serve as windows. The portholes can give you enough view if the cruise ship has reached a certain port during the Caribbean cruise.
You may want to save up for the larger and more sophisticated Balcony Stateroom for your Caribbean cruise. It basically has what the other two rooms have but it is much larger due to the private verandah space where you can have some deck chairs and a small coffee table for your morning coffees. Rather than windows, the stateroom has a glass door leading to the private verandah, allowing you a good view of the ocean or the Caribbean cruise port you reached.
This can make your Caribbean cruise vacation quite enjoyable since there will be three days aboard the ship spent in sea travel. Deck recreational facilities can sometimes get crowded and having your own place to retreat and relax in can prove to be more convenient.
If you want to go all the way in style with your Caribbean cruise, you can choose the Suites which are elegant state rooms, aside from being more spacious. Suites are categorized according to size and the location. They can be from 200 square feet up to 1,500 square feet and will include living room areas, walk-in closets and whirlpool tubs aside from the basic facilities similar to those found in the other rooms. Some optional extras are in-room hors d’oeuvres served nightly, butler service or in-room massages.
The Caribbean Cruise Itinerary
A typical Caribbean cruise leaves Fort Lauderdale at 7 in the evening then spends two days of sea travel on the way to the US Virgin Islands. You will visit a certain destination which can be any of the sister islands, St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. A Caribbean cruise normally includes St. Thomas since it’s a duty-free shopping hub and is considered the busiest among the three islands. The fourth day, the cruise ship’s destination will be at San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enjoy a sight seeing tour of Puerto Rico’s beautiful country side, where cruise travelers will have a shore excursion of the Luquillo Mountains and El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico. After several days at sea, stretching your legs for a few hours of hiking natural trails going to a water falls area can be an exhilarating experience.
After San Juan, another day at sea travel will be spent on the way to the last port of call, Nassau, Bahamas. Caribbean cruise travelers can choose to join the shore excursion or explore the city on their own, provided they get back to the ship before departure time. Others spend their time at Sting Ray City where they can go snorkeling with some group of sting rays. Some others explore the city’s historical sites and museums, or explore the island aboard a submarine. Departure time is at 6 PM and it will be off to Port Everglades. It will be the final port of call and your docking off point which the Caribbean cruise ship will reach by 8:AM the following day.
Now that you know what a Caribbean Cruise is made, why not take advantage of their cheap package tours? You now have an idea of what are in store for you if you plan and save up for a Caribbean cruise.