Posted April 1st, 2009, 11:54 AM
I'm trying to save for a cruise but I can't figure out what the cost will be. It would be my wife, myself, and our children, ages 8, 5 and 3. I'm assuming we all can't be in one room with a balcony. Do we have to pay for two rooms? Would it be cheaper to get a suite, and if so, how much would each kid be?
We really want to go on a cruise, but giving our youngest up for adoption is out of the question. If anyone knows how to economically do this I'd appreciate it. Thank you.
The cost will differ substantially based on the time of year you go, the cruiseline you pick, the itinerary it travels on, and the class of stateroom you pick. Some ships have rooms available for 5, others you would need 2 adjoining rooms (or you may find this more comfortable anyway).
To save some money, look into booking far in advance or last-minute. Typically those are the best ways to get cheaper rates. In today's economic situation there are deals on ALL cruiselines, but you can almost always get a cheap price on Carnival or Norwegian.
Once you include mandatory taxes, fees, and service charges I would expect to pay about $150-200 per adult per day for a basic balcony stateroom, maybe less if you find a deal and less if you downgrade to an inside or oceanview stateroom. Your children will be cheaper if they share a room with you. Traveling over the holidays or other peak times such as spring break is always more expensive than traveling in the "low" season, such as hurricane season in the Caribbean or late fall in Europe. You may also need to factor in other expenses such as airfare, a hotel the night before or after the cruise, excursions/activities in your ports of call, beverages, spa, and souvenirs. Your cruise fare includes all meals, dozens of daily activities, nightly entertainment, and of course your room, but there will be plenty of "opportunities" to spend on additional experiences
Of course, it is possible to just pay your cruise fare and not spend another dime and still have a great vacation.
Carnival Victory 02/12/12
: San Juan to St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten
Crown Princess 01/09/10
: Fort Lauderdale to Grand Cayman, Roatan, Cozumel, and Princess Cays
Celebrity Millenium 09/18/09
: Vancouver to Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Sitka, and Victoria
Norwegian Spirit 12/14/08
: New Orleans to Costa Maya, Belize, Santo Tomas de Castilla, and Cozumel