Top 5 Most Affordable Cruise Lines

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Check out the water park on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas. - Photo by Royal Caribbean International

What should you consider the next time you’re looking to book a cheap cruise vacation? Well, the first thing to remember is that not all cruise lines are alike, so it’s important to figure out which one is best for you. Here is our inside scoop on the top budget lines, with some cheap cruise deals you can book now:

1. Carnival Cruise Lines

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Waterworks on Carnival Breeze - Photo by Carnival Cruise Lines

Right For: Partiers, boisterous families, and sociable types.

Recommended Cruise: Western Caribbean on Carnival Breeze

Coolest Amenities: The 320-foot water slide at the water park, and Food Network star Guy Fieri’s burger restaurant.

Amazing Accommodations: “Cove” balcony staterooms are closer to the waterline, meaning you get better sea views; deluxe ocean-view staterooms, with five berths and two bathrooms, are great for large families.

Port With the Best Beaches: Grand Turk.


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2. Norwegian Cruise Line

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Studio cabin on Norwegian Epic - Photo by Norwegian Cruise Line

Right For: Families, singles interested in the studio cabins, and couples who want a less traditional cruise.

Recommended Cruise: New York to the Bahamas on Norwegian Breakaway

Coolest Amenities: The ice bar features an ice sculpture of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the stage show is Broadway’s “Rock of Ages.”

Amazing Accommodations: Both Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Breakaway have studio cabins that do away with the age-old upcharge for traveling alone.

Port With the Best Beaches: Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas.


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3. Costa Cruises

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Costa Luminosa - Photo by Costa Cruises

Right For: Partiers and families shopping for a deal.

Recommended Cruise: Western Mediterranean on Costa Luminosa

Coolest Amenities: The ship has a 4-D cinema and the largest percentage of balcony cabins in the fleet.

Amazing Accommodations: Suites have Murano glass lighting fixtures.

Port With the Best Beaches: Palma de Mallorca, Spain (but check the average daily temperatures before you book — these islands cool down in fall).


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4. MSC Cruises

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Eataly - Photo by MSC Cruises

Right For: Anyone looking for a deal, especially in the Mediterranean during the summer.

Recommended Cruise: Eastern Caribbean on MSC Divina

Coolest Amenities: Shipboard outpost of Eataly, the famous restaurant from Turin, Italy; poolside gelato bar; daily aqua cycling classes (think spinning, but in a pool).

Amazing Accommodations: Clever design enables guests to fold up the shower’s doors when it’s not in use.

Port With the Best Beaches: Grand Turk.


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5. Royal Caribbean

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Interior balcony cabin - Photo by Royal Caribbean

Right For: Families and sporty couples.

Recommended Cruise: Western Caribbean on Allure of the Seas

Coolest Amenities: A hand-carved carousel and an ice skating rink. It’s also the largest ship at sea, and the only one with a Starbucks coffee shop.

Amazing Accommodations: Some balcony cabins are actually interiors, and — instead of overlooking the ocean — they overlook, say, the Central Park “neighborhood” or the “Boardwalk.”

Port With the Best Beaches: Labadee.


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What’s the best deal you ever got on a cruise, and where did you find it?

1 Comment

Posted by MrChocoholic

Best deal EVER was the most recent--a four-night midweek on Norwegian Pearl out of Miami. Had a great wheelchair-accessible interior cabin, large bathroom, fantastic entertainment (it was a rock music-themed charter), surprisingly good Indian food, amazing karaoke (lots of real entertainers aboard), well, you get the drift. The solo price for that cruise was less than I'd paid before on two other cruise lines for double occupancy.

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