Frugal Family Friday | Winter Cruises From New Orleans

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Mississippi River at New Orleans
photo credit: HeroicLife

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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Cruise Tip Tuesday | Post Cruise Excursions

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French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
photo credit:
mnchilemom

I am back…for now!  I have no idea at this point as to how often I will post, but hopefully more than I have been.  I have gotten a lot more traffic to this blog lately without even posting.  So thank you to all the recent visitors!  I hope some of my tips have been helpful to you.

So here is a quick tip:  Book a post cruise excursion with the cruise line to ensure easy transportation back to the airport.

Our last cruise was out of New Orleans, and we booked Norwegian’s post cruise New Orleans excursion.  After meeting in the theatre at a specified time, we were basically led off the boat as a group and did not have to wait in any long lines to disembark.  We picked up our luggage, and it was placed under the bus.  We learned a little bit about the city and history and were then dropped off right at the airport.  Since we have young children, I always worry about taking taxis without car seats and actually fitting in a taxi.  With the excursions, you are usually taken via charter bus and there is no need or worry about car seats for children.  If you have any interest in the city of disembarkation, it might be worth the cost and ease of booking the post cruise excursion offered by your cruise line.

As a bonus, kids are usually charged a discounted rate, and oftentimes infants and toddlers are free.

One thing you must ensure is that your flight leaves the day the cruise ends AND that it is late enough in the day to actually have time for an excursion.  A return flight departure of 1pm or later is usually safe, but I would consider 2pm to be better.  It really depends on the length of the excursion and distance to the main airport.  For example, if you were to cruise out of Port Canaveral, FL, you might want to consider a later flight since you would probably be flying out of Orlando International Airport which is approximately an hour away.  You will usually see information in the description of the excursion that tells you how late your flight needs to be to go on the excursion.

As an alternative, you could contact the cruise line and buy just transfers from the port to the airport, but the price might not be much less than buying the excursion with the tour.

As a reference, the 2.5hr tour that Norwegian Cruise Line sells from New Orleans as a post cruise excursion is $49 for adults and $29 for children.  I am almost positive that children under 2 are free.

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

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 | 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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