By JT Ripton
Have you ever dreamed of taking a cruise? You'd love to stand on the deck of the ship, wind blowing through your hair, without a car on the world. The only thing stopping you was the cost -- cruises can get expensive. Fortunately, there are budget cruises. Enjoy the benefits that come with a cruise when you sail on one of these.
Celebrity Cruises' Eclipse
The Eclipse is famous for its "repositioning" cruises. These cruises offer one-way voyages between different ports in Southampton, England and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There are several stops along the way, including Bermuda and the Bahamas. Passengers must pay their own way to or from the UK, but cruises start at $61.
While you're on board, though, there's plenty to do. Relax in the spa, watch the hot glass show, tan on a faux lawn, and reflect in the Sky Observation Lounge as you watch the ocean pass by. This is currently one of the top rated cruises on Cruise Critic with a full five-star rating. Start a new life and sail on the Eclipse today!
Carnival Cruise Lines' Dream
The Carnival Dream, which starts at just $48, is a great budget cruise to take. The ship goes across the Caribbean Sea and back, from Port Canaveral, Fla., to New Orleans, La. Though recent events have tarnished the brand's image in the public eye, Carnival wants to show that it's a great company to take a cruise with, even going so far as to discount it's already discounted rate. With many events and amenities, such as a spa, a fitness center, and more, you'll never have a dull moment. The Carnival Dream currently has four out of five stars on Cruise Critic.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway
This ship sets sail to the Bahamas and starts at only $64! You can take a two-night cruise, a seven-night cruise to the Bahamas, or, if you're in New York, you can travel to the Southern Caribbean on a 12-night cruise. There are several water parks on board, including one specifically for kids. If you want to have a little more adult fun, head to the casino and try your luck on Blackjack, Poker, or Roulette. There are several shows that run each day. The Breakaway currently averages four out of five stars on Cruise Critic.
Voyages of Discovery
If you're looking to take a cheap cruise for an extended time, look no further than the Voyages of Discovery cruise. It has all the amenities you could want — spas, pools, jacuzzis, and more. The cruises can last anywhere from 10 to 48 nights. It's recently upgraded the soft furnishing on the ship, so you'll relax in the lap of luxury. It even has a gym, so you truly have no excuse to not stay in shape while you're on the ship. Make sure to reserve a rental car online at the various ports before you set sail so you can take advantage of the various vacation destinations.
Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas
This is a week-long cruise, and the prices start at $64 per person, per night, sailing out of Port Canaveral, Fla. It's recently upgraded a few things on the ship, including a new nursery and a poolside movie screen. Customers give high marks to the Freedom of the Seas for quality of service and overall experience. There's plenty to do once you're on board, including riding a surf simulator, climbing a rock wall, watching a 3D movie, gambling at the 10,258-square-foot casino, or hanging out at one of the ship's many cover-less bars and lounges.
No matter which liner you decide to set sail on, you're going to have a great time. Each cruise offers plenty of amenities to keep you entertained, and at prices this low, you're sure to travel again and again. Have you ever been on a cruise? What'd you think? Leave a comment below.