More than 14 million people go on cruises each year, and that number will continue to only rise. Cruises allow you to relax, visit multiple breathtaking destinations, try new foods and go on fun adventures. They're great for families, couples and even singles. We found five of the best, most affordable cruises to take this year. Are you ready to experience the vacation of a lifetime?
Norwegian Cruise Line offers some of the best last-minute deals out there. If you have some extra vacation time coming up, we highly recommend checking out this cruise line. They currently have packages starting at $249 per person for a seven-day Alaskan cruise.
What we like best: The freedom and flexibility. Norwegian Cruise Line lets you plan your vacation your way. They offer various types of entertainment, no set dining times and a huge variety of rooms. Norwegian Cruise Line accommodates all your needs, guaranteed.
Princess Cruises have some of the best rates for West Coast sailing, including this three-day West Coast Getaway starting at just $229 per person. You'll depart from Los Angeles, California on October 7 and head south to Ensenada, Mexico; and then return to Los Angeles on Oct. 10.
What we like best: Our favorite thing about Princess Cruises is the food — they take it seriously! Bread and pastries are baked fresh daily, sauces are made from scratch and the chefs take advantage of preparing fresh, local meals for you to savor each night.
Holland America Line goes everywhere — literally. You can take a cruise to Europe for just $599 per person or go to the Bahamas for $299 per person. Make sure to check the website regularly, as Holland America is always offering deals and discounts throughout the year.
What we like best: It's spacious. Holland America Line is one of the roomiest and most comfortable ships at sea. You won't feel overcrowded or claustrophobic on this boat — complete with fine chocolates on your pillows at night!
We can't mention affordable cruises without mentioning Carnival! They currently have a three-day cruise to the Bahamas for just $179 per person. That's cheaper than most hotels! If you're looking for a good time with plenty to do, Carnival is your best bet.
What we like best: Carnival cruises are perfect for families and those looking to have a good time! With so many activities offered onboard the ship, this vacation is more adventurous than it is relaxing. The ships have theaters, live music, water activities, casinos, mini golf, karaoke bars, video arcades and more!
Royal Caribbean International offers hot deals and limited-time offers year-round. Currently, you can take a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise for just $499 or a seven-night Bahamas cruise for just $749. Perfect for couples looking to relax and reconnect or families looking for kid-friendly activities, Royal Caribbean will both meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
What we like best: This cruise has it all — from casual to sophisticated dining, adventurous to relaxing activities and simple to luxurious rooms, you get to decide exactly how you want to sail the ocean blue.
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