Best budget Caribbean cruises

Best budget Caribbean cruises

We all know that the Caribbean is an eternally popular cruising destination, but it seems that Brits are prepared to do some forward planning in order to escape to sunnier climes.

A recent survey conducted by revealed that the Caribbean is the dream overseas destination in which to see in the new year – in fact, more than half of its customers polled would ideally welcome in 2023 from tropical waters and sunny skies.

But a Caribbean cruise doesn’t need to cost the earth. Here, we roundup eight of the best Caribbean cruise deals for you to suggest to your budget-conscious clients. 

Celebrity Cruises Puerto Plata, St. Thomas & St. Maarten

This top-value itinerary exudes tropical island vibes – join the shiny new Celebrity Beyond for a seven-night Puerto Plata, St. Thomas and St. Maarten voyage roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With three sea days, ports include Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas and Puerto Plata. 

Departing November 27, 2022, prices start at £1,816pp, based on two people sharing an Oceanview Stateroom, and including wifi, drinks, service charges, direct flights, a one-night pre-stay at Aventura AC Miami and all transfers.

Marella Cruises Exotic Explorer

Sailing on Marella Explorer 2, this itinerary ticks off hotspot destinations, including Montego Bay where the coastline flaunts crystal clear water and coconut palms, as well as Roatan, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico.

In Belize, customers can hike around ancient ruins or explore one of the world’s largest coral reefs, where snorkelling or diving is a must. Known for its flawless beaches, Mexico also has some amazing snorkelling spots.

Departing Montego Bay, Jamaica, on February 8, 2022 from London Gatwick, prices start at £1,316pp, including return flights, transfers, port taxes, tips and service charges. Based on two adults sharing a deck 4 or 5 inside cabin on an all-inclusive basis.

P&O Cruises Caribbean

This is a great option for families, with lots of newness thrown in courtesy of brand new ship Arvia – not to mention a winter fix of idyllic bays, lush forests and sparkling seas. 

This 14-night cruise departs from and returns to perennially popular Barbados; ports of call are Curacao, La Romana, St Kitts, Antigua, St Maarten, Martinique and St Lucia and Barbados (overnight in port).

Departing January 21, 2023, prices start at £2,099pp for an inside cabin and include return flights from selected UK airports, full board meals, kids’ clubs and entertainment.

Norwegian Cruise Line Caribbean: Harvest Caye, Cozumel & Roatan

This seven-day island hop sailing roundtrip from vibrant Miami, Florida on the 3,804-guest Norwegian Joy, takes in five ports of call, including a stop at the lines’ private island Harvest Caye in Belize where you can soak up the sun or hit the salt-water lagoon for watersports. 

You’ll then make your way to Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico and Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras. 

Departing Saturday April 2, prices start at £645pp, based on two people sharing a Balcony Stateroom (cruise only).

Norwegian Joy

Royal Caribbean 7-Night Southern Caribbean Island Hop

This winter and next spring, Royal Caribbean will, for the first time, call Barbados home, offering holidaymakers the chance to experience the southern Caribbean onboard Grandeur of the Seas

Guests can visit seven idyllic Caribbean islands in a week, starting in Barbados’ colourful capital Bridgetown, before travelling to the sun-drenched islands of Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada to explore the coral reefs, botanical beauty and local cuisine. 

Kingstown, St. Vincent; Roseau, Dominica and Castries, St Lucia are also on the itinerary.

Departing on April 10, 2022, prices start at £199pp (price excludes flights and is for an interior stateroom).

Princess Cruises 10-day Southern Caribbean with Curacao

Looking for something a little more intensive with some dancing and snorkelling thrown in? This 10-day sailing on new ship Enchanted Princess roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, calls at six ports, including the exclusive private island Princess Cays in the Bahamas for a private beach party. 

Then it’s onto St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; DominicaGrenada; the diver’s paradise of Bonaire in Caribbean Netherlands, and Curacao.

Departing November 19, 2022, prices start at £699pp for two people sharing an inside cabin (cruise only).

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Enchanted Princess

MSC Cruises Caribbean 

Bucket-list cruises don’t have to cost the earth  – in fact, it’s possible to fly-cruise the Caribbean for under £700.

Sailing roundtrip from Bridgetown, Barbados, this seven-night itinerary calls at destinations, including Grenada and St Maarten, all synonymous with stunning beaches and laid-back Caribbean vibes.

MSC Seaview offers great facilities including its Sunset Beach pool with views off the aft of the ship, massages and beauty treatments at the Aurea spa, plus an array of bars and restaurants.

Departing February 1 (sailings run to March 20, 2022, prices vary depending on dates), prices start at £379pp cruise only; £699pp cruise and return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow, transfers and drinks. All prices include service charges/gratuities. 

Colourful houses on the tropical island of Barbados in the Caribbean

Ambassador Cruise Lines Cuba & Treasures of the Caribbean

Got some time to spare next January? Swap a cold winter for crystal-clear seas and cloudless skies on a dreamy 42-night tropical voyage round trip from London Tilbury. 

A one-stop shop for paradise hunters and active adventurers, you’ll soak up Cuba’s charming capital Havana, lie on palm-fringed beaches, witness tropical rainforests and explore islands including Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Tortola (BVI) and Antigua.

Departing January 5, 2023, prices start at £3169 (saving £350pp) for a Superior Twin room.


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