May is usually your last chance to cruise before the summer rates really rise and the temperatures, too. Summer cruises are notoriously expensive because that is when kids are out of school, and the only deals to be found would be at the last minute. If you are within a day’s drive to a major cruise port, you could be at a real advantage for last minute cruises. If you homeschool, travel with college students, or only have preschool kids you can can probably go on a last minute cruise in May. For those that can not, the listings below will give you an idea of pricing when comparing to summer cruises.
- Norwegian Cruise Line offers discounts for kids under 2 (lower than their 3rd-5th person rates)
- Carnival Cruises averages out their rates on their website based on the number of passengers per cabin – so my pricing will not match theirs. I show the true 1st and 2nd passenger and 3rd-5th passenger rates.
- Disney is not a good cruise line to travel last minute (typically) as their cruises sell out and they raise prices.
- MSC Cruises offers kids 11 and under cruise free on almost all of their cruises, but they are based in Europe mainly during May and the summer.
So, here are some May deals I found (including April 30th departures). All cruises listed below start and end at the same port.
April 30, 2011 – Carnival Triumph - 7 Day Bahamas
Starts at New Orleans and visits Key West, Nassau, and Freeport
Inside: $329 1st/2nd passengers , $199 3rd-5th
May 7, 2011 – Carnival Fascination – 7 Day Bahamas
Starts at Jacksonville and visits Grand Turk, Nassau, and Half Moon Cay
Inside: $449 1st/2nd passengers, $179 3rd-5th
May 9, 2011 – Carnival Paradise – 4 Day Mexico
Starts at Los Angeles and visits Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mx
Inside: $249 1st/2nd passengers, $109 3rd-5th
May 1, 2011 – Norwegian Spirit – 7 Day Western Caribbean
Starts at New Orleans and visits Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize, and Cozumel
Inside: $429 now $379 1st/2nd passengers, $199 3rd/4th, $160 under 2 years old
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photo credit:Justin Marty