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)

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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 | MSC Cruises (Kids Free!) Deals From The US

The chimney

Since MSC offers Kids Cruise Free for ages 11 and under on their cruies and typically $99 for kids 12-17, I wanted to feature some deals on MSC Cruises that originate from a US port.  MSC Cruises is less known than some of the other major US based lines, but it is growing in popularity.  We have cruised on the MSC Poesia, their ship used from US ports, so we have a bit of knowledge about the cruise line.

Also, please remember that MSC is still offering the Holiday Family Deal of 50% off the 2nd stateroom. 

The MSC Poesia is in the US and Canada from September through March.  All prices listed below are per person for the 1st and 2nd passengers with kids 11 and under Free.  Tax (port and government fees) is additional for ALL passengers.

October 22, 2011 – 7 Day New England – From New York
Visits: Halifax, St. John, Bar Harbor, Boston, Newport
Family of 3:
Inside: $649 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $719 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Inside: $679 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $719 1st/2nd

November 10, 2011 – 4 Day Bahamas – From Fort Lauderdale
Visits: Key West, Nassau
Family of 3:
Inside: $249 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $329 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Inside: $269 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $329 1st/2nd

November 14, 2011 – 5 Day Mexico – From Fort Lauderdale
Visits: Cozumel and Costa Maya
Family of 3:
Inside: $349 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $449 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Oceanview: $449 1st/2nd

December 16, 2011 – 7 Day Western Caribbean – From Fort Lauderdale
Visits: Key West, Roatan, Cozumel, and Montego Bay
Family of 3:
Inside: $519 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $549 1st/2nd
Balcony: $829 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Inside: $549 1st/2nd
Balcony: $859 1st/2nd

November 10, 2011 – 9 Day Western Caribbean – From Fort Lauderdale
Visits: Key West, Nassau, Fort Lauderdale (combined cruise), Costa Maya, Cozumel
Family of 3:
Inside: $529 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $759 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Oceanview: $759 1st/2nd

December 6, 2011 – 10 Day Southern Caribbean – From Fort Lauderdale
Visits: San Juan, Antigua, St. Georges (Grenada), Martinique, St. Maarten, Nassau
Family of 3:
Inside: $649 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $729 1st/2nd
Family of 4:
Inside:  $669 1st/2nd
Oceanview: $729 1st/2nd

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Frugal Family Friday | Best Deals With The NCL Kids Free Sale

Norwegian Sky at Great Stirrup Cay
Creative Commons License photo credit: BenjaminThompson

Since Norwegian Cruise Line is offering the Kids Sail Free promotion this week, I wanted to highlight some of the best cruises taking advantage of this sale.  Please remember the sale ends on Saturday May 7, so you need to act fast!

Kids 17 and under are free on Norwegian Cruise Line this fall (September through just before Christmas – most excluding Thanksgiving) on most cruises when traveling with 2 people paying the going fare for 1st and 2nd passengers.

Tax is additional for all passengers.

September 26, 2011 – Norwegian Sky - 4 Day Bahamas – From Miami (several other dates are similar in pricing)
Visits: Grand Bahama Island; Great Stirrup Cay; Nassau, Bahamas
Family of 4:
Inside:$219 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $354 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Family of 3:
Inside: $194 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Oceanview: $229 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd

September 25, 2011 – Norwegian Pearl – 5 Day Pacific Northwest – Vancouver to Los Angeles
Visits: Astoria, San Francisco
Inside: $319 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $449 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

December 4, 2011 OR December 11, 2011 - Norwegian Spirit – 7 day Western Caribbean – From New Orleans
Visits: Costa Maya, Mexic; Belize City, Belize; Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Cozumel, Mexico
Family of 4:
Inside: $399 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $669 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Family of 3:
Inside: $399 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Oceanview: $479 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd

December 4, 2011 OR December 11, 2011 - Norwegian Pearl – 7 Day Western Caribbean – From Miami
Visits: Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico
Inside: $399 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

December 10, 2011 – Norwegian Sun – 7 Day Western Caribbean – From Port Canaveral, FL
Visits:  Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $419 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $449 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $479 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th (November 12th – $449, November 26th - $459)
Oceanview: $689 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th (November 12th – $564, November 26th – $599)

November 13, 2011 – Norwegian Star – 7 Day Western Caribbean – From Tampa, FL (new homeport!)
Visits:  Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico
Inside: $409 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $469 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

December 3, 2011 – Norwegian Sun – 7 Day Eastern Caribbean – From Port Canaveral, FL
Visits:  Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; San Juan; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Family of 3:
Inside: $439 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $439 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $629 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $494 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $629 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th

November 26, 2011 OR December 10, 2011 - Norwegian Jewel – 7 Day Bahamas – From New York City
Visits:  Orlando & Beaches (Port Canaveral); Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas
Inside: $449 1st/2nd, $0 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $0 3rd/4th

November 27, 2011 OR December 4, 2011 OR December 11, 2011 - Norwegian Gem – 7 Day Bahamas – From New York City
Visits:  Orlando & Beaches (Port Canaveral); Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas
Inside: $449 1st/2nd, $0 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $499 1st/2nd, $0 3rd/4th

October 2, 2011 OR October 9, 2011 OR October 16, 2011 - Norwegian Gem – 7 Day Bermuda – From New York
Visits: King’s Wharf
Inside: $479 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $549 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

October 14, 2011 – Norwegian Dawn – 7 Day Bermuda – From Boston
Visits: King’s Wharf
Inside: $479 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $549 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

November 13, 2011 OR December 4, 2011 - Norwegian Dawn – 10 Day Southern Caribbean – From Miami
Visits: Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John’s, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Basseterre, St. Kitts
Inside: $599 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $699 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

November 23, 2011 – Norwegian Dawn – 11 Day Southern Caribbean – From Miami
Visits:  Samana, Dominican Republic; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John’s, Antigua; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Basseterre, St. Kitts
Inside: $649 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $749 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

December 3, 2011 – Norwegian Sun – 14 Day Eastern and Western Caribbean – From Port Canaveral, FL
Visits:  Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; San Juan; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Family of 3:
Inside: $729 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Oceanview: $879 1st/2nd, $0 kid as 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $729 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Oceanview: $1019 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $739 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $1229 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd-5th

September 11, 2011 – Norwegian Pearl – 7 Day Alaska – From Seattle
Visits: Juneau; Skagway; Ketchikan; Victoria, BC, Canada
Inside: $719 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th ($709 for Family of 3)
Oceanview: $979 1st/2nd, $0 kids as 3rd/4th

There are additional cruises that qualify (such as cruises to Hawaii and Europe) for the Kids Sail Free promotion, but these are the lowest price per day.

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Frugal Family Friday: Best Disney Cruise Deals for 2011

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Castaway Cay – Disney’s Private Island

Disney Cruise Line is typically a cruise line that is best to book early!  The new ship, Disney Dream, is very expensive right now and many cruises have sold out.  With that said, you can still get some decent pricing (compared to typical Disney prices) on cruises this year.  Many of the deals will be for repositioning cruises that start and end at different ports.

There are cabins that will hold 5, but they are typically expensive verandahs (balconies).  If you are a family of 5, it could actually be cheaper to book 3 people in one cabin and 2 in another if you are willing to go with insides or oceanviews.  You could probably get two interconnecting cabins.

Cruise prices are posted with the lowest price per cabin category type (i.e. lowest inside, lowest oceanview, lowest verandah).  There could be other more expensive options within the cabin category type.  Tax is additional and varies by age of passenger.

October 29, 2011 –  Disney Magic - 7 night Western Caribbean from Port Canaveral
Visits: Key West, Grand Caymen, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11B: $839 1st and 2nd passengers, $589 3rd, under 3 $374
    Oceanview 9D: $1029 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, under 3 $399
    Verandah 7A:  $1349 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd, under 3: $424
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11B: $839 1st and 2nd passengers, $589 3rd/4th, under 3 $374
    Oceanview 9D: $1029 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, under 3: $399
    Verandah 5C: $1469 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd/4th, under 3: $424
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4E: $2009 1st and 2nd passengers, $689 3rd-5th, Under 3: $424
    This date is slightly higher than others in October for cabins holding 5.

Bonus: Inside $75, Oceanview $100, Balcony $125 Onboard Credit

May 17, 2011 – Disney Wonder – 7 Day Alaska From Vancouver
Visits: Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau, Ketchikan

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside Guarantee: $739 1st and 2nd passengers, $649 3rd, under 3 $474
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside Guarantee: $739 1st and 2nd passengers, $649 3rd/4th, under 3 $474

Bonus: $75 Inside Onboard Credit

April 27, 2011 – Disney Wonder – 6 Night Pacific Northwest Repo from Los Angeles to Vancouver
Visits: San Francisco and Victoria, BC

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 10C: $1009 1st and 2nd passengers, $389 3rd, $264 under 3
    Oceanview 9A: $1219 1st and 2nd passengers, $409 3rd, $274 under 3
    Verandah 7A: $1269 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd, $289 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 10C: $1009 1st and 2nd passengers, $389 3rd/4th, $264 under 3
    Verandah 5B: $1429 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd/4th, $289 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4B: $1759 1st and 2nd passengers, $439 3rd-5th, $289 under 3

Bonus: $25 Inside, $50 Oceanview, $75 Balcony Onboard Credit

May 14, 2011 – Disney Magic – 14 Night Transatlantic from Port Canaveral, FL to Barcelona, Spain
Visits: Castaway Cay (private island); Funchal, Portugal; Cadiz, Spain; Gibraltar

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside Guarantee: $799 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $89 3rd, $589 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside Guarantee: $799 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd/4th, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd/4th, $589 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Verandah 4E: $2649 1st and 2nd passengers, $909 3rd-5th, $594 under 3

Bonus: $50 Inside, $100 Oceanview, $175 Balcony Onboard Credit

September 10, 2011 – Disney Magic – 14 Night Transatlantic from Barcelona, Spain to Port Canaveral, FL
Visits: Gibraltar; Funchal, Portugal; St. Maarten; Tortola; Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed)
    Inside 11C: $1059 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd, $459 under 3
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd, $489 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd, $589 under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Oceanview Guarantee: $1099 1st and 2nd passengers, $699 3rd/4th, $489 under 3
    Inside 11B: $1199 1st and 2nd passengers, $639 3rd/4th, $459 under 3
    Verandah Guarantee: $1499 1st and 2nd passengers, $899 3rd/4th, $589 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Very Expensive – much better off getting two cabins

Bonus: $75 Inside, $125 Oceanview, $175 Balcony

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October 27, 2011 – Disney Dream – 3 Night Bahamas from Port Canaveral
Visits: Nassau and Castaway Cay (private island)

  • Family of 3 (2 adults and 1 kid under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11A: $529 1st and 2nd passengers, $259 3rd, $189 under 3
    Verandah 5C: $759 1st and 2nd passengers, $299 3rd,  $209under 3
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    Inside 11A:  $529 1st and 2nd passengers, $259 3rd/4th, $189 under 3
    Verandah 4D: $849 1st and 2nd passengers, $299 3rd/4th, $209 under 3
  • Family of 5 -in one cabin (2 adults and 3 kids under 13 – ages 13-17 and additional adults are slightly higher than listed):
    only suites available

Bonus: $25 Inside, $25 Oceanview, $50 Balcony

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