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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Family-Friendly Cruise Ship Features: Carnival

Carnival Splendor Water Works

Here is a listing of all the Carnival Cruise Line ships with their family-friendly features.  Food options are not listed, but pools, waterslides, sports, kids clubs, etc. are listed for each ship.  I hope this is helpful!

Magic – coming soon!

  • Carnival WaterWorks – 2 waterslides and a splash zone
  • SportSquare – first at sea ropes course, 2-level mini-golf course, foosball, table tennis
  • Multi-Sport Court – Basketball, volleyball, soccer
  • Seaside Theatre – huge screen for movies, sports, and games
  • 2 main pools – Tides pool with 2 spas and Beach pool
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – 12-14 years old tween  club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Showtime Theatre – main show lounge
  • 4 Whirlpools on the Promenade Deck

Dream

  • Carnival Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft giant LED screen for movies, sports, news and concerts
  • 4 Whirlpools along the promenade deck
  • Carnival Waterworks – includes a drain pipe waterslide and splash zone
  • The Warehouse video arcade
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – 12-14 years old tween  club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Encore! show theater
  • 18 hole mini-golf
  • 2 main pools

Fantasy

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister waterslide and Splash Park
  • Resort-style Pool
  • City Sports Park – new 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, and Ping-Pong
  • Camp Carnival – kids  club
  • Circle “C” - tween club
  • Club 02 – teens club
  • Universe main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Ecstasy

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister Slide and Splash Park
  • Resort-style Pool
  • Video Arcade
  • Camp Carnival - kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Mini-golf, jogging track
  • Blue Sapphire main show lounge

Sensation

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister Waterslide and Splash Park
  • Resort-style pool
  • Camp Carnival - kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Fantasia Lounge – main show theatre
  • 9-hole mini-golf course, jogging track
  • Video Arcade

Fascination

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister Waterslide and Splash Zone
  • 9-hole mini-golf course, jogging track
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Palace main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Imagination

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister waterslide and Spray Park
  • Resort-style pool
  • 9-hole mini-golf course, jogging track
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Dynasty main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Inspiration

  • Carnival WaterWorks – Twister Waterslide and Splash Park
  • Resort-style pool
  • mini-golf, jogging track
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Paris main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Elation

  • Twister waterslide and main pool
  • City Sports Park – 9-hole mini-golf, padded jogging track, ping pong, basketball, and volleyball
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Mikado main show lounge
  • Video arcade

Paradise

  • Twister Waterslide and main pool
  • Camp Carnival - kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Normandie main show lounge
  • 9-hole mini-golf course and jogging track
  • Video Arcade

Destiny

  • Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft LED screen
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Slide Pool with Twister Waterslide, 2 additional main pools with spas
  • Palladium – main show lounge
  • Mini-golf

Triumph

  • Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft LED screen for movies, sports, news, and games
  • Rome main show lounge
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Universe Pool with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • City Sports Park – 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, ping pong, and shuffleboard
  • Underground Tokyo Video Arcade

Victory

  • 11-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, ping-pong, shuffleboard
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Carnival’s Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft screen
  • King of the Sea pool area with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • Caribbean main show lounge
  • Virtual Sea – video arcade

Conquest

  • Carnival’s Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft screen
  • City Sports Park – 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, ping-pong, shuffleboard, volleyball
  • Toulouse-Lutrec main show lounge
  • Stars Pool area with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Video Arcade

Glory

  • Cobalt Pool with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • Carnival’s Seaside Theatre – 12ft x 22ft screen
  • City Sports Park – 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, shuffleboard, ping-pong, volleyball
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Amber Palace main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Valor

  • Seaside Theatre – jumbo 12ft x 22ft screen
  • Dolphin Pool with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • Ivanhoe Theatre – main show lounge
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Video Arcade

Liberty

  • Seaside Theatre – jumbo 12ft x 22ft screen
  • City Sports Park – 9-hole mini-golf course, padded jogging track, shuffleboard, ping-pong, volleyball
  • Coney Island Pool with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Venetian Palace – main show lounge
  • Video Arcade

Freedom

  • Seaside Theatre – jumbo 12ft x 22ft screen
  • Stress Less Pool with Twister waterslide and 2 additional pools with spas
  • 9-hole mini- golf course and jogging track
  • Camp Carnival – kids club with wading pool 
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Victoriana main show lounge
  • Video arcade

Splendor

  • Seaside Theatre – jumbo 12ft x 22ft screen
  • 9-hole mini-golf course, jogging track, sports deck
  • Thunderball Pool with Twister waterslide, Splash Park, 2 additional main pools and spas
  • Camp Carnival – kids club
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Video Arcade
  • Spectacular Spectacular main show lounge

Spirit

  • Fantail Aft Pool with Twister waterslide, 2 additional main pools with spas
  • Mini-golf and jogging track
  • Camp Carnival – kids club and kid’s pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Pharoah’s Palace main show lounge
  • Techno Video Arcade

Pride

  • Lido Poseidon Aft Pool with Twister Waterslide, 2 additional main pools and spas
  • Mini-golf course and jogging track
  • Taj Mahal main show lounge
  • Camp Carnival – kids club and  kid’s pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Real Virtuality Video Arcade

Legend

  • Mini-golf course and jogging track
  • Unicorn Aft Pool with Twister waterslide, 2 additional main pools with spas
  • Camp Carnival – kids club and  kid’s pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Follies main show lounge
  • Gigabyte Video Arcade

Miracle

  • Mini-golf course and jogging track
  • Lido Orpheus Aft Pool with Twister waterslide, 2 additional main pools with spas
  • Camp Carnival – kids club and  kid’s pool
  • Circle “C” – tween club
  • Club 02 – teen club
  • Phantom main show lounge
  • Wizards Video Arcade

 photo credit: Jemingway

Carnival’s Triple Play Sale Extended Through Sunday

Cruise, a sunset touch

Carnival has extended their Triple Play Sale to go through Sunday April 3, 2011.  The sale features “great rates”, free upgrades, and onboard credits of $50-$100 per stateroom depending on the length of your cruise.

After spending some time searching Carnival’s site for cruise deals, the Triple Play pricing has often been higher than resident rates or Pack and Go last minute rates.  Carnival’s cruise search makes it easy to see which fare type offers the best deal for your family.  Just make sure you factor in the onboard credit.

photo credit: faungg

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