Don’t let the Carnival Cruise Line’s recent newsworthy items deter you from hitting the high seas. There are millions of cruises that sail each year without making the news. They have great customer service, activities for families, couples, and seniors, onboard entertainment, and unique ports around the world. Today we've rounded up the best of the best, from exotic international cruises to the always-popular beach destinations.
Looking for a traditional warm-weather cruise? Plan ahead and you'll save the most. Stay five nights aboard the Celebrity Constellation, with its upscale restaurants, lounges, and staterooms, for just $349 per person in February 2014. That comes out to just $70 per person per night! The Constellation leaves from Fort Lauderdale and docks on the island of Cozumel and in vibrant Key West, Florida, so you can experience the heat of the Caribbean without straying too far from home. Travel to the Bahamas instead for three nights this November aboard Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas and you'll spend just $199 per person while sailing to Nassau, home to the famous Atlantis Resort, and Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island. Or, you can sail to upscale Bermuda on the Norwegian Dawn in October 2013 or 2014 with 7-night cruises beginning from $479 per person – that's $69 per person per night.
Consider a cruise as your next European getaway: Mediterranean and northern Europe cruises are affordable ways to visit the countries you've always wanted to see without spending the euros on a hotel room. A weeklong cruise to Italy and Greece aboard the Costa Mediterranea is an astounding $399 per person in June, bringing you to unforgettable ports like Rome, Athens, and the Greek Isle of Santorini. Sail round-trip from Barcelona on Holland America's ms Ryndam for $599 per person for seven nights, and travel to unique places like Monte Carlo, Monaco, and the island of Sicily. Or discover the incredible fjords of Norway on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas cruise to Scandinavia this May for only $519 per person for seven nights.
For an even more exotic cruise, take a one-of-a-kind trip from Mumbai to Athens aboard the Azamara Journey for $494 per person for 14 nights – amazing value at just $35 per person per night. Or sail to Thailand and Vietnam next winter from just $585 per person on a 7-night RCI cruise.
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