Best Affordable Cruises that Take You Around the Caribbean


So you’ve decided it’s time for you and your family to book a cruise. Good cruises can often be pricey, and it feels like the ones you can afford don’t have all the qualities you want for your trip. Fortunately, a good cruise with all the amenities and luxuries you crave doesn’t need to break the bank. Many ships sail around the Caribbean, offering the experience of a lifetime, at a price you can afford. Check out the best affordable cruises to book your next vacation.

1. Carnival Vista

Carnival Vista sailing at the sea

Photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Named the “best new ship,” it’s no wonder Carnival Vista tops our list of best affordable cruises. Need to work out? Try out the suspended bicycle course at SportSquare. Traveling with kids? Spend days at sea while splashing in Carnival Vista’s complete water park. Pubs, restaurants, pools, and kids’ book readings round out the list of Carnival Vista’s best activities. This cruise starts in either Miami or Galveston, TX, depending on the itinerary, and takes you through the high seas of the Caribbean, stopping in the perfectly soft golden sand shores of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel, Mexico on some routes, or in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, on the four day trek.

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2. Allure of the Seas

Aerial view of Allure of the Seas

Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

A price you can afford on one of the biggest cruise ships in the world? Yes, please. The Allure of the Seas, from Royal Caribbean, has everything your heart can dream up. Rock wall? Check. Zipline? Check. Ice skating? Check. Allure of the Seas has the world’s first Starbucks at sea, a mini “central park”, and so much for you to explore. The best part? This cruise will take you ashore to a private island. The cruise, which starts and ends in Miami, takes you through the region’s best islands, including Royal Caribbean’s private resort in Labadee, Haiti. With ziplines soaring over the water and coasters speeding along seaside tracks, the island is full of adventure.

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3. Caribbean Princess

Caribbean Princess at sunset

Photo credit: Princess Cruises

Get the royal treatment on this cruise ship. Caribbean Princess specializes in making your dream Caribbean cruise vacation come true. Check out the specialty food, including fresh seafood, gourmet Italian meals, or grilled-to-perfection steak. Looking for some fun for your days at sea? Caribbean Princess hosts kids’ programs, festivals, art galleries, concerts, pools, movie nights and more. The Caribbean Princess docks in a private Bahamian paradise, Princess Cays. This beach, just for your cruise, offers you miles of untouched white sand beaches with only your fellow cruise-travelers to keep you company. All this and more, giving you the true royal treatment, make this ship one of the best affordable cruises you could pick.

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4. Norwegian Getaway

Norwegian Getaway ship provides the best affordable Caribbean cruises

Photo credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Don’t let the name fool you, the Caribbean is home for this ship. The nearly 4,000-person occupancy ship is almost like it’s own little village on the high seas. Norwegian Getaway vessel comes with performance venues, magic shows, a “waterfront” area full of shops, restaurants, and bars, a water park spanning multiple floors, and world-famous dining – a perfect combination of amenities for your days at sea. Plus, this affordable cruise gives you a unique private island experience at a price you can afford. Norwegian Getaway takes you from the Port of Miami to the best beaches in Mexico and Honduras, as well as Harvest Caye, the cruise line’s own private resort in Belize. Relax in your own slice of paradise with clear turquoise waters and soft white sand to keep you company.

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5. MSC Seaside

MSC Seaside for the best affordable Caribbean cruises

Photo credit: MSC Cruises

Rounding out the best affordable cruises is a cruise full of luxury that won’t break the bank. The MSC Seaside gives you the best of the best. Stroll along the boardwalk, lounge on the sundeck, splash around in one of the pools, or treat yourself in the spa. All this plus a waterpark, bowling alley, movie theater, nine restaurants and over 20 bars mean you’ll always find something to do aboard the ship. Add that to stops in Jamaica to swim with dolphins, the Cayman Islands to zip through the trees or trek through the forests, Mexico to explore ancient caves, and Bahamas for snorkeling adventures.

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This article “Best Affordable Cruises that Take You Around the Caribbean” was written by Rebecca Pittore, content writer at AllTheRooms.

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