Frugal Family Friday | Winter Cruises From New Orleans

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Mississippi River at New Orleans
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Here are some cruise deals for winter (December 2011-March, 2012) out of New Orleans.  The best pricing will be in January and February due to the holidays in December and spring break in March.  The cruise lines that depart from New Orleans are Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean.

*All prices are for the lowest priced cabin available which is an inside cabin.  Some are guarantee cabins where you are not assigned a cabin at booking and could get upgraded and some are assigned at booking. Taxes and port charges are additional.

January 8, 2012 or January 15, 2012 or January 22, 2012 – Norwegian Spirit – 7 Day Western Caribbean to Costa Maya, Belize City, Roatan, Cozumel

Family of 3: $429 1st and 2nd passengers, $199 3rd/4th, $160 children under 2

Family of 4:  $449 1st and 2nd passengers, $199 3rd/4th, $160 children under 2

January 9, 2012 – Carnival Elation – 5 Day Mexican Cruise to Progresso and Cozumel

Families of 3, 4, or 5:  $219 1st and 2nd passengers, $139 3rd-5th

January 28, 2012 or February 4, 2012 – Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas – 7 Day Western Caribbean to Falmouth, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel

Family of 3 or 4: $439 1st and 2nd passengers, $259 3rd/4th

February 26, 2012 – Carnival Conquest – 7 Day Western Caribbean to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel

Family of 3 or 4: $459 1st and 2nd passengers, $179 3rd/4th

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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

Royal Caribbean WOW Sale – 2 Days Only

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line currently has a sale going for 2 days Only- Tuesday, May 3- Wednesday, May 4 – called the WOW Sale.

Sale Features:

  • 50% Reduced Deposits
  • Up to $200 Onboard Credit
  • Good on any itinerary departing after August 1, 2011

The fine print states:

  • 3-5 Day Cruises get a $50 onboard credit per stateroom
  • 6-9 Day Cruises get a $100 onboard credit per stateroom
  • 10+ Day Cruises get a $200 onboard credit per stateroom.

Visit Royal Caribbean’s WOW Sale page to get more info.

More For Your Money Monday: Spring Repositioning Cruises

Royal Caribbean: Grandeur of the Seas

Repositioning cruises are cruises that start and end at different ports.  Spring is a popular time for cruise lines to move their ships around – often to go to Alaska and Europe for the summer.  If you live near a port, the one-way airfare might not be too expensive.  The airfare is usually the killer on these deals, though for most.  Below are some spring repositioning cruises that I found.  There are many more, but these offered the best prices for families of 3 or 4. 

April 24 – May 8, 2011 Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas

14 Day from Colon, Panama to Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Inside: $549 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $641 1st and 2nd passengers
Balcony: $965 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $365
Taxes/fees: $61.57 per person
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $25, Oceanview: $50, Balcony: $75, Suite: $100

April 30- May 8, 2011 Celebrity Summit

8 Day San Juan to Cape Liberty, NJ – visiting St. Thomas, St. Maarten,  Tortola, and Bermuda
Inside: $509 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $609 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $299
Taxes/fees: $139.30 per person
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $25, Oceanview: $50, Balcony: $50, Suite: $250

May 1 – May 15, 2011 Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas

14 Day Transatlantic From Galveston, Texas to Barcelona, Spain
Inside: $629 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $699 1st and 2nd passengers
Balcony: $1069 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $399
Taxes/fees: $82.82
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $25, Oceanview: $50, Balcony: $75, Suite: $175

May 1- May 14, 2011 Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas

13 Day Transatlantic  From San Juan to Malaga, Spain
Inside: $659 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $769 1st and 2nd passengers
Balcony: $1019 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $399
Taxes/fees: $71.35 per person
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $25, Oceanview: $50, Balcony: $75, Suite: $150

May 7- May 14, 2011 Norwegian Star

7 day Alaska from Los Angeles to Vancouver visits Junea, Ketchikan, and the Inside Passage
Inside: $589 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $649
3rd/4th: $249
Infant under 2 (3rd or 4th passenger):  $220
Fees/taxes: $121.08-$125.08 depending on age
Bonus Onboard Credit: Oceanview: $25, Balcony: $50, Suite: $75

May 1-May 8, 2011 Norwegian Pearl

7 day from Los Angeles to Vancouver visiting San Fransisco, Astoria, and Victoria, BC
Inside: $509 1st and 2nd passengers
Oceanview: $559 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $229
Taxes/fees: $120.27-$125.70
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $25, Oceanview: $25, Balcony: $50, Suite: $75

April 3- April 18, 2011 Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

15 Day from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, Spain visiting Portugal, Spain, and Gibraltar
Inside: $939 1st and 2nd passengers
3rd/4th: $99
Taxes/fees: $93.48 per person
Bonus Onboard Credit: Inside: $75, Oceanview: $100, Balcony: $100, Suite: $275

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Royal Caribbean Youth Programs

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Cruise News Weekly

(Above: Rock Climbing Wall on the Allure of the Seas)

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line offers complimentary programs for youth of all ages.

Royal Babies (age 6- 18 months) – Holds interactive classes with youth staff.  Parent or caregiver must be present.  They also offer a Fisher-Price toy lending program (6-36months).

Activities could include:

  • Musical Inspiration
  • Baby Gymnastics
  • Come to My House
  • Cookin’ Up Fun
  • I Love Animals
  • How Does That Work

Royal Tots (age 18-36 months) – 45 minute playgroup held in a lounge.  Parent or caregiver must be present.  They also offer the Fisher-Price toy lending program for this age group.

Activities could include:

  • Crayola Beginnings Workshop
  • Fun on the Farm
  • Terrific Trips
  • Out & About in the Neighborhood
  • Pirates and Princesses
  • Learning FUNdamentals

Adventure Ocean (ages 3-11)Divided into three age groups: Aquanauts (3-5 years old), Explorers (6-8), and Voyagers (9-11).  Available of Allure of the Seas and starting in 2011 on Oasis of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and Liberty of the Seas your kids will enjoy fun activities such as a story time, dance parties and more with characters from the DreamWorks Animation movies such as Alex, Shrek, Fiona and more. 

Babysitting: 

Late Night Party Zone Ages 3-11 is $6 per hour per child, charged in half-hour increments and closes at 2am or when last child is picked up.

Aquanauts (ages 3-5 years old) – must be fully potty trained and 3 on the first day of the cruise.  Parents of 3 year olds receive a pager.

Hours:
At Sea – 9am-noon, 2-5pm, 7-10pm
In Port – 30mins before first shore excursion-5pm (or return of last shore excursion) & 7-10pm

Activities could include:

  • Adventure Art by Crayola
  • Sail Into Storytime
  • Adventure Theater
  • Fisher-Price Programming
  • Other Games and Activities such as: Nutty Nicknames, Un-Birthday Party, Camp Aquanauts, Ice-Cream Party, Super Hero Afternoon, Face Painting, Pirate Night, Talent Show, Under The Sea Night and Pajama Rama Movie Night
  • Island Activities (on Labadee and CocoCay): Sand Castle Building, Drip Drip Drop, Adventure Family Water Balloon Toss, Beach Relays, Parachute Games and a search for Labadectal and Cocodactal eggs.  Exclusive on CocoCay are battery powered vehicles – Cadillac Escalades and Barbie Jammin’ Jeeps travel approximately 2-4 mph and will accommodate children up to 130 pounds.

Explorers (ages 6-8 years old):

Hours:
At Sea – 9am-noon, 2-5pm, 7-10pm
In Port – 30mins before first shore excursion-5pm (or return of last shore excursion) & 7-10pm

Activities could include:

  • Adventure Science by High Touch High Tech
  • Adventure Art by Crayola
  • Adventure Theater
  • Other Explorer Games and Theme Activities:  Wide World of Extremes Party, Name That Tune, Dancing Through the Decades, Pirate Night, Ice-Cream Party, Scavenger Hunts, Bingo and Movie Mania.
  • Island Activities (on Labadee and CocoCay): Sand Castle Building, Drip Drip Drop, Adventure Family Water Balloon Toss, Beach Relays, Parachute Games and a search for Labadectal and Cocodactal eggs.  Exclusive on CocoCay are battery powered vehicles – Cadillac Escalades and Barbie Jammin’ Jeeps travel approximately 2-4 mph and will accommodate children up to 130 pounds.

Voyagers (ages 9-11 years old):

Hours:
At Sea – 9am-noon, 2-5pm, 7-10pm
In Port – 30mins before first shore excursion-5pm (or return of last shore excursion) & 7-10pm

Activities could include:

  • Adventure Science by High Touch High Tech
  • Adventure Art by Crayola
  • Adventure Theater
  • Other Voyager Games and Theme Activities:  The X Games, Rockin’ Through the Decades, Reggae Beach Party, Scavenger Hunts, List-O-Rama, Backstage Tour, The Art Walk, Win, Cruise or Draw, Talent Show and Sports Tournaments.
  • Island Activities (on Labadee and CocoCay): Sand Castle Building, Drip Drip Drop, Adventure Family Water Balloon Toss, Beach Relays, Parachute Games and Tug of War. 

Teens (ages 12-14 years old): Unstructured program where teens can come and go as they please or hang out in the teen only lounge.

Hours: 
Activities are scheduled throughout the day.  The Teen Centers are open 10:30pm-2am every night.

Activities could include:

  • Theme Nights
  • Improv Games
  • FlowRider® (surf simulator)
  • Scratch DJ Academy
  • Mocktail Competition
  • Dodgeball
  • Open Mic and Talent Show
  • Ice-Skating (Voyager and Freedom class ships)
  • Teen BBQ
  • Dive-In Movie and Pool Party
  • Meet the Stars Backstage
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Teen Casino
  • Unplugged Jam Sessions
  • Snowball Fight in the Caribbean
  • Climbing Competition

Teens (ages 15-17 years old): Unstructured program where teens can come and go as they please or hang out in the teen only lounge.

Hours: 
Activities are scheduled throughout the day.  The Teen Centers are open 10:30pm-2am every night.

Activities could include:

  • Theme Nights
  • Battle of the Sexes
  • FlowRider® (surf simulator)
  • Scratch DJ Academy
  • Dodgeball
  • Teen Casino
  • Open Mic and Talent Show
  • Ice-Skating (Voyager and Freedom class ships)
  • Dive-In Movie and Pool Party
  • Sneak-peak Backstage
  • Unplugged Jam Sessions
  • Climbing Competition
  • Karaoke 
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