5 Cruises Under $500: Warm Weather Getaways in Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean

by  Lauren Dana Ellman | May 10, 2019
Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape / Photo courtesy of the cruise line

If you love the beach, consider a warm weather getaway on any one of these five expert-approved cruise itineraries. Just don’t forget to pack your swimsuit, sunscreen, and shorts.

1. 6-night Eastern Caribbean Escape on Carnival

Why it’s Great: With fewer crowds, cooler temperatures, and affordable activities, September is the perfect time to cruise the Caribbean. Passengers will sail roundtrip on the Carnival Magic from Miami and visit the Dominican Republic, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk. On board, you’ll find a rum bar, an adults-only retreat, a kids’ camp, a water park, and more.  

Sail Date: September 26, 2020

Price: Interior cabins from $429 per person

2. 3-Night West Coast Getaway on Princess

Why it’s Great: If you’re looking for a long weekend escape, consider this itinerary from Princess Cruises. Passengers will sail roundtrip from Los Angeles on board Royal Princess, which features a curated art gallery, a casino, and a 60-foot long SeaWalk (where you can take in uninterrupted views of the open ocean). The ship calls on beautiful Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico.

Sail Date: December 5, 2019

Price: Interior cabin from $419 per person

3. 4-Night Bermuda Cruise on Norwegian

Why it’s Great: Take in the pink-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Bermuda as you cruise on board the recently refurbished Norwegian Escape, which sails roundtrip from New York. Even though you’re cruising in the off-season, you’ll still enjoy warm weather (the average temperature ranges from 67-75 degrees). As you cruise, take advantage of the the onboard amenities including live musical performances, 25 dining options, the Aqua Park, and the Snow Room (an ice-cold room that helps stimulate blood circulation).  

Sail Date: November 15, 2019

Price: Interior cabins form $449 per person, ocean-view cabins from $499

4. 7-night Western Caribbean Itinerary on Royal Caribbean

Why it’s Great: Explore the natural beauty and hidden treasures of the Western Caribbean on board Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas, which sails roundtrip from Tampa and calls on Puerto Maya, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Roatán, Honduras; and Cozumel, Mexico. While cruising, enjoy onboard entertainment (think original productions, live orchestra concerts, and even piano sing-alongs), 13 bars and lounges, a fantastic spa, and more.  

Sail Date: December 5, 2020

Price: Interior cabins from $479 per person

5. 6-Night Mexico, Key West, and Grand Cayman Sailing on Celebrity

Why it’s Great: Sail roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale on board Celebrity Equinox (which will undergo a multimillion-dollar refurb in June) as you soak in the sun in Key West, Florida; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. On board, passengers can choose from an array of dining options (ranging from sushi to steak and everything in between), book a treatment at the spa, and catch a live performance in the theater.

Sail Date: October 20, 2020

Price: Interior cabins from $429 per person

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