Now that the temperature is starting to drop — at least a little — the thought of escaping to the sunny isles of the Caribbean is beginning to sound pretty good to us. We scoured the Internet, and found these five cruises, all of which offer sun, sand, and frozen drinks (with little umbrellas), at discounted prices. So book one of these, and you can sail to the Caribbean — and score a deal while you’re at it.
Disney Magic, Disney Cruise Line
This cruise sails from Miami, with stops in Grand Cayman (or Castaway Cay) and Cozumel, Mexico.
How Much: From $495 per person, double occupancy.
When: Departs on October 27, November 1, November 10, and November 15.
Why Go: That period between summer vacation and the end-of-the-year holidays is a good time to check in on last-minute promotions on a family-friendly line. This five-night cruise strikes a good balance between port time and sea days and is just the right length to hold a child’s attention span.
How to Book: Contact your travel agent or Disney Cruise Line at 800.951.3532. Book by October 31.
Riviera, Oceania Cruises
This cruise sails 10 days in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean round trip from Miami to Grand Turk and Tortola, British Virgin Islands, among other ports; it’s just one of many two-for-one deals the line is offering now.
How Much: From $2,098 per person, double occupancy.
When: Departs on December 12.
Why Go: This cruise is chock-full of a variety of ports that include Grand Turk and La Romana in the Dominican Republic; the price also includes round-trip airfare to Miami.
How to Book Contact your travel agent or Oceania Cruises at 800.531.5619. Book by December 31.
Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise round trip from Miami, with ports of call in Philipsburg, St. Martin; St. Thomas; and Nassau in the Bahamas.
How much: From $449 per person, double occupancy.
When: Departs on November 2, 9, and 16; the price goes up a little for Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.
Why Go: Swap sweaters for sandals, and hit the beach in St. Martin or sip rum punch in Nassau.
How to Book Contact your travel agent or Norwegian Cruise Line at 866.234.7350.
Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
Cruise round trip from Fort Lauderdale, anchoring at Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico.
How much: From $669 per person, double occupancy. (Spend just $30 more for an outside cabin.)
When: Departs on December 1.
Why Go: Big ships mean an overabundance of cabins to fill. Translation: deep savings on last-minute sailings. This voyage represents the best value of the ship’s pre-holiday sailings.
How to Book: Contact your travel agent or Royal Caribbean at 866.562.7625.
SeaDream 1, SeaDream Yacht Club
Sail from Bridgetown, Barbados to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, with stops in Bequia, Guadeloupe, St. Barts, and Jost van Dyke.
How Much: From $2,799 per person, double occupancy.
When: Departs on April 5, 2014.
Why Go: A voyage on SeaDream is what a vacation in the Caribbean should be: tranquil, relaxing, and intimate. More private yacht than mega-resort at sea, this ship drops anchor at less-trodden ports. Best of all, the sale fare is 48 percent off the published rate.
How to Book: Contact your travel agent or SeaDream Yacht Club at 800.707.4911.