Showing posts with label caribbean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label caribbean. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

Carnival Imagation 4 Night Western Caribbean From $149

If you’re not picky about where you’ll be sleeping on a cruise and want to save a lot of money, the Carnival Cruise Lines Super Saver rates are for you. For example, a four night Western Caribbean cruise out of Miami, embarking December 9, 2013, can be had for as low as $149 per person. This equates to about $37.25 per night per person.

The Cruise

carnival imagination 4 night western caribbean cruise

The Carnival Imagination leaves Miami at 4pm on Monday, December 9, 2013. The following morning, she makes her first of two port calls on this short Western Caribbean journey. From just 7:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon, Imagination will be docked at Key West.

On Wednesday, December 11, Carnival Imagination parks at Cozumel, Mexico at 1:30 in the afternoon and departs at 10pm. This allows for some sun, followed by a nice Mexican dinner and sunset before getting back on board the ship.

After a full day at sea on Thursday, skimming across the top of northwestern Cuba, Imagination arrives back at Miami Friday morning at 8am.

The Pricing

Using the Super Saver plan, an interior stateroom can be had for around $149 per night per person or around $37.25 per person per night. An ocean view room will cost around $200 per person and a suite can be had for $559 per person. This is an older ship without balcony rooms. With the additional $77.71 in government fees and taxes, the all-in price for an interior stateroom is about $225 per person.

What is the Super Saver rate? The Super Saver is a no frills rate that is non-refundable with not upgrades and no price drop protection. You have no choice in what room you choose and it will not be assigned until check-in time. This means, your stateroom could be on any deck at any section of the ship.

The Ship

carnival imagination cruise shipCarnival Imagination is a Fantasy Class ship that has been in service since 1995. She was last refurbished in 2007. Imagination is the middle child of the eight ship Fantasy Class, being the fifth oldest in a group of identical ships put in service between 1990 and 1998.

Imagination is fairly small by today’s standards with a gross tonnage of 70,397. She is 855 feet or 261 metres long and has ten decks accessible to a capacity 2,056 passengers. 920 crew members make things run smooth at sea. Despite its size and age, Imagination has it all. The standard casino, wellness centre and programs, kids programs and nightlife are available on board.

Interestingly, after calling Miami home for most of her life, she is repositioning in January, 2014 to Long Beach, California. The Panamax ship will depart Miami on January 10 for a 16 night cruise to Long Beach via the Canal. Staterooms for this cruise are still available but fairly expensive at over $1,600 for an interior room. The vessel will make stops in the Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico before reaching its California destination.

The Small Print

·Because of the nature of last minute deals, the pricing printed here is fleeting and could change at any time.

·Prices are in Canadian dollars.

·Most meals are included in a typical cruise price but DRINKS ARE NOT!

·Also not included are gratuities.

·Cruise pricing does not include air fare, ground transfers and hotel accommodations before and after the cruise.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

4 Night Bahamas Cruise From Just $111

The Cruise

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Nearly two full weeks before this cruise embarks, this is not so last minute. A four night Bahamas cruise embarking from Miami, Florida on board Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas can be had for as little as $111 per person. That equates to $27.50 per night – much cheaper than your local bug infested motel.

The cruise takes off from Miami on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm. On Tuesday, the ship stops at Nassau, Bahamas. After gambling your money away in Nassau, Wednesday is spent at Coco Cay, a private island leased to Royal Caribbean International. Also known as Little Stirrup Cay, Coco Cay is one of the Berry Islands and is used exclusively by customers of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. You shouldn’t get lost and miss getting back on the ship as the island is just around a kilometre long by 200 metres wide.

Thursday brings an interesting twist as Majesty of the Seas stops at Key West in the Florida Keys. Don’t drink too many Margaritas and Mojitos in Key West as the ship arrives back in Miami at 7:00 am on Friday morning, December 6.

Pricing for this cruise is more than half price for this sailing date. Price and availability are subject to change quickly and without notice – especially at these rates. An interior stateroom can be had for $111 Canadian dollars per person. An Ocean View room is slightly more and worth the investment at just $127 per person. A suite is not so cheap at $649 per person.

Not included in those prices is $98 per person in government fees and taxes. This is pretty much a standard rate, regardless of the length of a cruise. For example, on a 15 night TransAtlantic Repositioning Cruise, you will pay around the same total in fees and taxes.

The Ship

majesty of the seas royal caribbean
Majesty of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s oldest active ships, making her maiden voyage in April, 1992. She was built by Chantiers de L’Atlantique in St. Nazaire, France, which is now owned by STX Europe. Back in 1992, Majesty was christened by Queen Sonja of Norway. She was last refurbed in 2007.

At a length of 880 feet or 268 metres and 13 decks accessible to passengers, Majesty of the Seas may not be the largest boat on the ocean but she’s of pretty decent size. The ship carries around 2,750 passengers and 833 crew members.

The last remaining ship of Royal Caribbean’s Sovereign Class, Majesty’s two sister ships are still around but sailing for RC’s Spanish subsidiary, Pullmantur Cruises. Sovereign of the Seas is the oldest, put in service in 1988. She switched to Pullmantur after 2008. Monarch of the Seas came into service in 1991 and just switched over in 2013.

The Small Print

·         Because of the nature of last minute deals, the pricing printed here is fleeting and could change at any time.

·         Prices are in Canadian dollars.

·         Most meals are included in a typical cruise price but DRINKS ARE NOT!

·         Also not included are gratuities.

·         Cruise pricing does not include air fare, ground transfers and hotel accommodations before and after the cruise.