So far the one I have booked is the cheapest. (I haven't gone yet so I am not sure about sail and sign)
The last 3 cruises I booked cost me over 1200.00 each. My sail and sign card was over that amount for each cruise. So I would say I spent about 3000 plus including shore items bought. This time I paid 800.00 for a 4A upgraded to a 4D so until I get the S&S this is the cheapest so far.
Inspiration May 26, 2002
Holiday March 1, 2003 & August 21, 2003 & April 24, 2004
Sensation March 3, 2005
I am cruising the Grandeur 7 day out of New Orleans on the 17th in an outside cabin for 570pp. I had frequent flier mileage for the flight from Chicago.
Total for two people.. 1140. Not too bad for a week's vacation.
Have a Category 6D cabin on the Fascination for the 19 April sailing. Total cost....$378.41. Not bad!
Sitmar Fairwind - June 1985, Sept. 1985, June 1986
Sitmar Fairsky - June 1987
Carnival Fantasy, March 2002
Carnival Fascination - April 2004, October 2005, Dec 2006
Sovereign of the Seas - Sept. 2003, April 2005, Oct. 2005, Sept. 2006
Carnival Sensation - September 2007
Probably the cheapest one we were on was a couple of years ago when we sailed on the Vision of the Seas out of Los Angeles. Can't remember the cost, but we "gave ourselves" a balcony cabin with the savings of not having to fly wherever. Nice ship, too.
Our 4-day honeymoon cruise to the Greek Islands in 1984 cost us $349.00 each, but yes, that was a long time ago. This was on the Epirotiki Lines "Oceanus" which sank several years later, and the captain abandoned ship, leaving the passengers and crew behind.
August and September are the peak months of hurricane season for the Eastern Carib. The weather authorities go by previous year's models hurricanes.
June and July have Western Carib flareups first then it shifts in August and September (October and November) to the Eastern Carib, with the these storms coming off the coast of Africa. The ones off Africa are the big ones.
October can be iffy as well. You are pretty safe by the middle of November.
I live in Miami, so I take hurricanes very seriously. It's not that I don't want to be out on a ship, buy I need to be home to batten down the hatches.
I always cruise in May and December to be on the safe side in the Caribbean and have always had beautiful weather.
Countdown: Four weeks to go for the Explorer of the Seas Eastern Carib.....Yippie!
we took a 7 day out of new york with ncl in june 2001 for total pkg of 520. i bid on it on an auction site that for obvious reasons is no longer in business. our shipboard expenses were less than 100, and we flew to nyc from mo. for 150 each so that vacation was our cheapest ever.
We're sailing on May 19 on Holland America from Rome to Dover - 14 days - outside upgraded cabin - for $1260 per person. That includes all taxes, port charges, etc. We're VERY pleased.
Our guess our best deal was a couple of years ago. HAL (through our TA) said that if we could delay our trip by three weeks (they suddenly had a lot of demand for our original cruise), we'd get back to back 10 day cruises and moved from an inside to outside cabin for the same price. I remember that it was approx. $1100 pp. It was So. Caribbean but, except for St. Thomas, it was all different ports.
We sailed last May/03 on RC Explorer of Seas for $586. taxes included, pp. We drove to Miami, from Ohio, had booked interior room guarantee, had inside rooms on deck 9, and the trip was our best vacation to date. We took our 2 teenage kids w/us, so for 4, it ended up costing around $4,000, but we also swam w/the dolphins in Jamaica @$96. pp. This cruise now cost absout $700 pp for same category, cruise only. We are leaving in 12 days n the Carnival Holiday from New Orleans 5 day to Playa del Carmen & Cozumel. Booked a 4C for $319.33 pp, taxes included, and thought that was a great deal.
I also read on this forum somewhere where RC has Happy Hour on tuesdays, they e-mail their TA w/specials. I called my TA to inquire about it, and she's like yea, we do. So I'm like I wish I woulda known that before, and I coulda gotten some other good deals. Hafta wait til next yr, as will be outta vacation days this yr!
Not sure what my last cruise was Mom took care of it, so I guess that would be the cheapest. BUT, there is a sailing on the Paradise on 4/25 going for $329.00 right now, everything included. 7 nights. WOW! That's only $41.00 a day...
HD and I are paying about $400 for 4 days on the Sensation. We live in FLA and do not have the extra expense of air fare.
I remember sailing on Premiere (they went bankrupt a few years ago) for about $250 for 3 days. They were big noisy ships, but the food was great. Also, I was younger and could easily forgo some of the amenities. I never saw a window in the cabin until I was about 35 y.o.!!!
The worse thing you can do is treat yourself to a balcony on something like the Glory, because all else is a come down.....
but hey it is hard to go wrong with good friends, salt air, blue water and a little rum!!
Explorer of the Seas October 2013
Caribbean Princess July 2006, May 2010 & November 2012
Monarch of the Seas November 2008
Crown Princess November 2007
Celebrity Zenith November 2005
Enchantment of the Seas August 2004