Frugal Family Friday | Cruise Deals Out of Southern California

San Diego Harbor

Most cruises out of Southern California go south to Mexico, roundtrip Hawaii, or one way through the Panama Canal.  The Southern California ports are Los Angeles (Long Beach and San Pedro) and San Diego.  The cruise deals below will be for cruises through the end of 2011.  The first cruise deal has cabins for families of 5 people.

November 14, 2011 – Carnival Paradise – 4 Night Mexico – Out of Los Angeles
Visits: Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico
Inside: $269 1st/2nd passengers, $109 3rd/5th
Oceanview: $294 1st/2nd, $129 3rd/5th

November 13, 2011 – Carnival Spirit – 5 Night Mexico – Out of Los Angeles
Visits: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2 days)
Inside: $364 1st/2nd, $139 3rd/4th
Oceanview:  $399 1st/2nd, $159 3rd/4th

December 11, 2011 – Carnival Splendor – 7 Night Mexico – Out of Los Angeles
Visits: Peurto Vallarta, Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Inside: $484 1st/2nd, $169 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $579 1st/2nd, $209 3rd/4th

photo credit: prayitno

Frugal Family Friday | Cruise Deals From New York City


Crystal Symphony on 47th Street

If you live in the Northeast, definitely consider a cruise out of New York City.  Norwegian, Carnival, MSC, and Holland America sail out of the Port of New York City in Manhattan.  Princess sails out of the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.  Royal Caribbean and Celebrity use the Cape Liberty Port in Bayonne, New Jersey which is 3 miles from the Newark International Airport.  New York City has really grown as a popular cruise port in recent years. 

Following is a list of cruise deals out of these ports for the rest of the year 2011.  Tax is additional.

December 10, 2011 – Norwegian Jewel – 7 Day Florida and Bahamas
Visits: Port Canaveral, Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay
November 26 and December 3 are slightly higher
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $449 1st/2nd, $299 3rd/4th, $165 under 2 years old
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $299 3rd/4th, $165 under 2 years old
Balcony: $699-709 1st/2nd, $299 3rd/4th, $165 under 2 years old

December 4, 2011 – Norwegian Gem – 7 Day Florida and Bahamas
Visits: Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay, and Nassau
November 27 and December 11 are slightly higher
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $454 1st/2nd, $249 3rd/4th, $165 under 2
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $249 3rd/4th, $165 under 2
Balcony: $709-739 1st/2nd, $249 3rd/4th, $165 under 2

September 27, 2011 – Carnival Miracle – 8 Day Bermuda
Visits: King’s Wharf for 3 Days
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $549 1st/2nd, $299 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $599 1st/2nd, $299 3rd/4th

September 5, 2011 – Carnival Glory – 5 Day Canada
Visits: Saint John and Halifax
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $329-339 1st/2nd, $149 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $449 1st/2nd, $149 3rd/4th

September 10, 2011 – Carnival Glory – 10 Day Canada/New England
Visits: Boston, Portland (Maine), Saint John, and Halifax
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $429 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th (Resident Rate)
Oceanview: $549 1st/2nd, $229 3rd/4th (Resident Rate)

photo credit: joiseyshowaa

Frugal Family Friday | Cruise Deals out of Charleston, South Carolina

cruise ship

Carnival Cruise Line sails the Fantasy out of Charleston, SC.  It is the only ship that goes in and out of Charleston, so your cruise options are fairly limited.  Fortunately, cruises to Bermuda, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean are offered.  Another bonus – the Carnival Fantasy has cabins for families of 5!

We cruised out of Charleston back in January 2008 when the Norwegian Majesty was there.  That ship has since been sold and not an option in the US.  Charleston is a great option for those living on the east coast, especially those south of New Jersey and north of Florida (as Florida has plenty of cruise port options).

November 28, 2011, January 9, 2012, and January 30, 2012 – 5 Day Bahamas (cruises Monday-Saturday)
There are several other dates with similar pricing with some that are for travel from Wednesday-Monday and visit the same ports.
Visits: Freeport and Nassau
Family of 3:
Inside: $309 1st/2nd (Nov. 28), $289 1st/2nd (Jan.9), $289 1st/2nd (Jan. 30), $149 3rd
Oceanview: $344 1st/2nd (Nov. 28), $329 1st/2nd (Jan. 9), $339 1st/2nd (Jan. 30), $169 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $289 1st/2nd, $149 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $344 1st/2nd (Nov. 28), $329 1st/2nd (Jan. 9), $339 1st/2nd (Jan. 30),  $169 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $309 1st/2nd, $149 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $344 1st/2nd (Nov. 28), $329 1st/2nd (Jan. 9), $339 1st/2nd (Jan. 30), $169 3rd-5th

December 3, 2011 – 6 Day Bahamas – (Cruises Saturday – Friday)
Visits: Nassau, Freeport, and Key West
Family of 3:
Inside: $309 1st/2nd, $179 3rd
Oceanview: $369 1st/2nd, $199 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $309 1st/2nd, $179 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $394 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $334 1st/2nd, $179 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $394 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-5th

September 15, 2011 – 6 Day Bermuda - (Cruises Thursday- Wednesday)
Visits: King’s Wharf , Bermuda (2 days)
Family of 3:
Inside: $509 1st/2nd, $199 3rd
Oceanview: $629 1st/2nd, $199 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $509 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $629 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $509 1st/2nd, $179 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $629 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-5th

The 7 Night Cruise options are expensive right now as they are only offered during peak summer vacation weeks.

photo credit: Muffet

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Deal Alert | NCL Freestyle Dash Sale Ends May 27th

The Freestyle Dash

Norwegian Cruise Line has announced another cruise sale that ends on Friday, May 27th.  This sale features onboard credits of up to $300 per stateroom based on cruise length, ship (more for the Epic), and destination as well as 50% reduced deposits.

Here are the onboard credits you would get:

Days Studio Inside Ocean View Balcony Mini- Suite Suite Garden Villa
3-5 $7.50 $15 $20 $35 $50 $75 $150
6+ $12.50 $25 $30 $50 $70 $150 $250
Epic Europe $37.50 $75   $150 $200 $300 $300

50% off deposit

Length Was Now Length Was Now
3-5 Days $100pp $50pp 6-9 Days $250pp $125pp
10+ Days $400pp $200pp

Reduced Deposit does not apply to Garden Villas, Courtyard Villas, Courtyard Penthouses, Owner’s Suites, Spa Suite, and Penthouse with Balcony.

For more information about this sale visit: Freestyle Dash Sale

Frugal Family Friday | Mobile, Alabama Cruise Deals

Elation @ SD Harbor

Since Carnival Cruise Line plans to leave Mobile, Alabama this fall, I thought it would be good to feature some deals out of Mobile before it is no longer an option.  Mobile has an airport you could fly in to, but a lot of travelers might find flights out of Pensacola, Fl to be a better option.  It is a quick 1 hour drive down I-10 to Mobile.  The most ideal option of course would be to drive to Mobile.  We have been considering it from Chicago, but if you live in the southeast it should definitely a port to consider.

The Carnival Elation is the only ship out of Mobile, so I will feature some of the best deals based on itinerary.  There are 4 Day, 5 Day, and 7 Day Cruises.  The last cruise is currently planned for October 15th, 2011.  The Elation has cabins that hold families of 5, so prices are listed for families of 3, 4, and 5.  Government taxes are additional.

September 29, 2011 – 4 Day Mexico – Mobile to Cozumel
Family of 3:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd, $119 3rd
Oceanview: $279 1st/2nd, $139 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd, $119 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $279 1st/2nd, $139 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $264 1st/2nd, $119 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $279 1st/2nd, $139 3rd-5th

August 27, 2011 – 5 Day Western Caribbean – Mobile to Cozumel and Progresso, Mexico
Family of 3:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd, $129 3rd
Oceanview: $289 1st/2nd, $149 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd, $129 3rd/4th
Oceanview:  $289 1st/2nd, $149 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd, $129 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $289 1st/2nd, $149 3rd-5th

September 19, 2011 – 5 Day Western Caribbean – Mobile to Cozumel and Calica, Mexico
Family of 3:
Inside: $259 1st/2nd, $129 3rd
Oceanview: $309 1st/2nd, $149 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $259 1st/2nd, $129 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $309 1st/2nd, $149 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $279 1st/2nd, $129 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $309 1st/2nd, $149 3rd-5th

October 8, 2011 – 7 Day Western Caribbean – Mobile to Montego Bay, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; and Cozumel
Family of 3:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th 
Family of 5:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-5th

October 15, 2011 – 7 Day Western Caribbean – Mobile to Cozumel; Mahogany Bay, Roatan; Belize
Family of 3:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $569 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $649 1st/2nd, $229 3rd-5th

photo credit: prayitno

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