Top 3 Cruise Deals

Finding a great cruise package on a leading cruise line is easy. Princess Cruises is offering three-night getaways for as low as $199, with five-day Caribbean cruises for $339 and seven-night Alaskan glacier excursions for $499.

Aerial View of Symphony of the Seas

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering people who book tickets their choices of several benefits including dining credits, free Internet usage, shore excusion credits and even free passage for friends and family. Or there’s Disney Cruise Line, which offers unforgettable family vacations for as low as $420 for three-night trips through the Bahamas.

Included in cruise package prices are staterooms, all meals and all non-alcoholic drinks, and most on-board activities. Some shore excursions are also made available during the booking process and are included in the package prices offered to travelers; however, many shore excursions will cost extra money. Also not included in the overall cruise costs are spa treatments and trips to the onboard casino, as well as alcohol provided to adults onboard; these add-ons, however, can often be negotiated into the overall price when travel details are confirmed.

The dining options afforded on cruise ships are one of the most popular aspects of these types of vacations. Cruise lines tend to have many options for breakfast and lunch, including the ever-popular buffets. If they prefer, travelers can also get sit-down meals for breakfasts and lunches. Dinner, however, is often a more formal affair on cruise ships. Travelers are assigned specific dining times at ship restaurants, and are seated at tables with fellow travelers. This adds a festive air to dinner each night, especially when there are designated formal nights onboard. For travelers who want more private dinner options, room service is offered all day and night.

Because cruise vacations are subject to weather changes, it is important for travelers to know approximately what times of year and possible destinations that they intend to travel when beginning their research. While many cruises are offered all year long, there are a few destinations that are seasonal. For example, cruises to Alaska are limited to summer months when temperatures are warmer. Because weather patterns can change in an instant, it is also important for travelers to keep in mind that cruises can be changed or even canceled for the safety of the crew and passengers. Because these possibilities are included in cruise line company contracts, passengers are often not reimbursed for costs associated with weather-related problems. Regardless of the weather, however, booking a cruise vacation is deemed well-worth it by most travelers.