If you’ve long had a hankering for a cruise vacation but
didn’t think you could afford it – think again. Especially
now with the travel industry struggling mightily to survive
in the aftermath of Nine Eleven, bargains are out there. It
just might take a little looking. What you want to look for
is a cruise travel package. Here is where the best bargains
Once you know who’s going to be traveling with you, look for
theme cruise packages. Some are designed for honeymooners,
some for families, some for baby boomers, some for seniors,
some for gay and lesbian cruisers. Try for a port as close
to your home as possible – or if not close, look for the
least expensive to reach by plane, train or car. Book your
cruise way ahead of time if you can. Many packages offer
early bird discounts.
You can also try a last minute vacation package if you have
that kind of flexibility and you just might find a great
deal here. If cruise lines are getting ready to head out
soon and they’re not full it’s costly to them. If someone
cancels their trip they’re left with empty berths. They’ll
gladly offer you a top-notch rate to fill the spot that was
going empty – and unpaid – otherwise.
One thing you’ll have to be aware of is that taking part in
shipboard nuptials necessitates your being issued a marriage
certificate of the home port of the ship line. If married
aboard the Grand Princess, for example, your marriage
license will be from Liberia. Make sure that your home state
will accept this as a valid certificate. There are so many
cruise lines from which to choose – the most prominent being
the aforementioned Princess Lines, Carnival Cruise Ships,
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines,
Celebrity and Royal Caribbean.
If you’re really an adventurous spirit and you don’t mind
being a little unconventional you can actually book yourself
aboard a freighter. China is one common freighter
destination – and their freighters typically accept
passengers. You’ll usually have about three weeks to three
months of ocean travel on these boats at under $130 per day.
Keep in mind, however, that you won’t find any scheduled
activities on these. They don’t plan entertainment for their
passengers – just berths and meals. It’s not the place for a
family vacation if family means children.
A Carnival Island Destination Wedding, in contrast, includes
transport to and from the wedding site of your choice –
fantastic exotic places like Barbados, Montego Bay, Cozumel,
San Juan, the island of Saint Thomas and Nassau. These
romantic island nuptials start at just under $1000.
Melissa Duckett is the webmaster of
Relax Cruises which is a resource for cruises
For more information go to: www.relaxcruises.com
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