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Cruising the Budget-Friendly Seas

by Susan Barnes

Oct 30, 2017

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When it comes to vacation planning, cruising oftentimes give you the most bang for your buck: You pay one per person rate and you essentially have your hotel and meals covered for the length of the cruise, not to mention loads of fun on-board activities.


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If you’re traveling on a budget, there are a few ways you can save on cruises that will relieve your wallet while you and your family have fun on the high seas.


One thing to consider when sailing is that on a number of cruise lines the third and fourth passengers oftentimes sail at deeply discounted rates — or even free! — in shared staterooms. Offers vary by cruise line, so be sure to read the fine print and ask questions before booking. And many offer email alerts to let you know when deals are available, so be sure and sign up so you’re among the first in the know.


Another thing to consider is that cruise lines may also run special rates throughout the year, and can even throw in some additional perks, making the savings even more substantial if you can snag one of those deals.

Cruise Ship

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For example, MSC Cruises, which partners with LEGO to entertain its youngest guests, is offering a Two-For-One-Plus special on seven-night Caribbean cruises departing from Miami this fall and into 2018. In addition to saving on cruise rates, you’ll receive at least an additional $50 in onboard credit, and even complimentary onboard WiFi and mealtime drinks, depending on which stateroom level you book. The cruise line has deals for last-minute sailings, too.


Carnival Cruise Line offers a series of savings so you can find the deal that works best for you. With limited-time offers, exclusive savings and destination deals, you’re sure to find the right price for the cruise you’d like to take with your family.


Royal Caribbean, another family-friendly cruise line, offers deals throughout the year, ranging from its Friends & Family Sale to savings on sailings booked well in advance to holiday cruises, and much more.


Even Disney Cruise Line offers savings on select sailings throughout the year. Right now, for example, you can save 20 percent on select sailings this fall from New York City; three are Halloween themed, and the fourth will get you into the holiday spirit with its Very Merrytime theme.


Finding the best cruise deals can take some time and research, but when you find the one that’s right for you and your family, you’re ready to set sail!


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