Frugal Family Friday | Charleston Cruise Deals

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Carnival Fantasy in port in Charleston, SC
photo credit: Muffet

Even though I have featured Charleston, South Carolina cruise deals before, it has been a while and there are some great deals if you are willing to book well in advance.  The only ship out of Charleston is the Carnival Fantasy.  It does have cabins that hold up to 5 passengers so it is a great option for families with 1- 3 children especially if you live near the east coast and can drive to the port.

All prices are per person without taxes/fees and are the lowest priced cabin available in each category.

January 9, 2013 – Carnival Fantasy – 5 Day from Charleston to Nassau and Freeport

Inside:
Family of 3 or 4:  $269 1st/2nd passengers, $129 3rd/4th
Family of 5: $289 1st/2nd passengers, $129 3rd-5th

Oceanview:
Family of 3 or 4:  $299 1st/2nd passengers, $149 3rd/4th
Family of 5:  $299 1st/2nd passengers, $149 3rd-5th

January 4, 2013 OR January 14, 2013 – Carnival Fantasy – 5 Day from Charleston to Nassau and Freeport

Inside:
Family of 3 or 4:  $269 1st/2nd passengers, $129 3rd/4th
Family of 5: $289 1st/2nd passengers, $129 3rd-5th

Oceanview:
Family of 3 or 4:  $324 1st/2nd passengers, $149 3rd/4th
Family of 5:  $299 1st/2nd passengers, $149 3rd-5th

January 19, 2013  - Carnival Fantasy – 7 Day Eastern Caribbean from Charleston to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau

Inside:
Family of 3 or 4: $419 1st/2nd passengers, $199 3rd/4th
Family of 5: $444 1st/2nd passengers, $199 3rd-5th

Oceanview:
Family of 3 or 4: $469 1st/2nd passengers, $219 3rd/4th
Family of 5:  $469 1st/2nd passengers, $219 3rd-5th

There are many other cruise dates available with slightly higher pricing if these dates do not work for you.  Simply search Carnival’s website or any of our affiliates to the right.

Frugal Family Friday | Cruise Deals From Galveston

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Galveston, Texas

Royal Caribbean and Carnival sail from Galveston, Texas.  Here are some of the best deals from Galveston for the rest of 2011.

December 1, 2011 – Carnival Triumph – 4 Day Western Caribbean
Visits Cozumel, Mexico
Family of 3:
Inside: $284 1st/2nd, $119 3rd
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $139 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $284 1st/2nd, $119 3rd-4th
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $139 3rd-4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $299 1st/2nd, $119 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $139 3rd-5th

November 7, 2011 – Carnival Triumph – 5 Day Western Caribbean
Visits: Cozumel and Progress, Mexico
Family of 3:
Inside: $289 1st/2nd, $129 3rd
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $149 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $289 1st/2nd, $129 3rd-4th
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $149 3rd-4th
Family of 5:
Inside: $299 1st/2nd, $129 3rd-5th
Oceanview: $359 1st/2nd, $149 3rd-5th

October 9, 2011 – Carnival Conquest – 7 Day Western Caribbean
Visits: Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Family of 3:
Inside: $479 1st/2nd, $179 3rd
Oceanview: $599 1st/2nd, $209 3rd
Family of 4:
Inside: $479 1st/2nd, $179 3rd-4th
Oceanview: $599 1st/2nd, $209 3rd-4th

December 11, 2011 – Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas – 7 Day Western Caribbean
Visits: Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth (Jamaica)
Family of 3 or 4:
Inside: $449 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-4th
Oceanview: $619 1st/2nd, $199 3rd-4th

photo credit: farmalldanzil

Frugal Family Friday | Kids Sail Free on Disney’s Mexican Riviera Cruises

Disney Wonder

Disney Cruise Line currently has a sale for Mexican Riviera cruises from October 30 – December 18, 2011.  They are offering Kids 17 and under Sail FREE when traveling with 2 Full Fare paying adults in the same Veranda stateroom (categories 4a-6a).  Government tax and fees are additional for all passengers. 

Make sure you use offer code “KFO” to get pricing for this deal on their website.  For more information check out Disney’s Kids Sail Free page.

The Mexican Riviera cruises are 7 day cruises out of Los Angeles and visit Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas (2 days).

Here are the lowest prices with this offer based on family size:

Family of 3

November 6, November 27, December 4, and December 11 -  Category 6a – $1389pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 1 kid free

Family of 4

November 13, November 27, December 4, and December 11 – Category 5a – $1619pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 2 kids free

Family of 5

November 13, November 27, and December 4 – Category 4E – $2009pp 1st and 2nd passengers, 3 kids free

photo credit: Tom Mascardo 3

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

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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