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Looking for a 2013 cruise adventure that won’t break the bank? Set sail into the New Year and save with one of these five budget-friendly cruise picks. Cruising from close-to-home cities to popular ports in Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and beyond, these great-value 3-, 4-, and 7-night cruises all ring in from under $409/person – and one from as little as $199.

Just hurry up and book – prices are sure to spike soon, so don’t miss the boat on these priced-to-go sailings.

5 Budget Cruise Picks for 2013:

Cruise the new MSC Divina to the Bahamas from $219
Length of Sailing: 3 nights
Embarks: November 20
Cruise Ship: MSC Divina
Ports: Embarks from Miami to Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Rates: From $219/person


Sail the Western Caribbean & Mexico from Miami on Norwegian from $399
Length of Sailing: 7 nights
Embarks: December 1 or December 15
Cruise Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Ports: Embarks from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico
Rates: From $399

Summer Cruise from Boston to Canada on Carnival from $299
Length of Sailing: 4 nights
Embarks: June 16
Cruise Ship: Carnival Glory
Ports: Embarks from Boston to Saint John, New Brunswick
Rates: From $299

Ensenada Escape from LA on Princess from $409
Length of Sailing: 4 nights
Embarks: September 30 or November 11
Cruise Ship: Golden Princess
Ports: Embarks from LA to Santa Barbara, California, and Ensenada, Mexico
Rates: From $409

Fall Pacific Coast Cruise on Holland America from $199
Length of Sailing: 3 nights
Embarks: September 25
Cruise Ship: ms Volendam
Ports: Embarks from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles
Rates: From $199

Incurable travel addict, longtime travel scribe, and mindful money-saver Elissa Richard is currently indulging her insatiable wanderlust on an epic 14-month journey around the globe – intent on making it every step of the way without busting her modest budget. Follow her along the way as she reports back with budget-savvy travel tips from the mountains of Transylvania to the wilds of Tasmania, and from the little-trodden temples of Burma to the bustling bars and clubs of Buenos Aires. A vagabond in search of value, just for ShermansTravel!

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