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Carnival Cruise Lines and its passengers have not been having a great couple of months. First there was the news of Carnival Triumph, when the 4,000 people aboard were stranded in the Gulf of Mexico for five days. Passengers spent nearly a week at sea with no power, limited supplies, and extremely unsanitary bathroom conditions. The most recent disaster comes aboard the Carnival Dream, which is currently docked at the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
Your family is packed. After an early morning drive to the airport, a flight, a cab ride, and a few temper tantrums, you’ve finally made it to the dock. Now all if you have to do is wait in line for your cruise ship to board and hope that your cabin is ready for you. What if you could skip that last step and board early? What if you could guarantee that your room would be ready the moment that you boarded? Would you pay for that privilege? Well, Carnival Cruise Lines is testing a program that will allow you to do just that. For $49.95, you and anyone else sharing your stateroom can skip the line, board early, and have your bags waiting for you when you arrive at your cabin. Read more
Carnival Corporation is having a rough week, from ship fires, to armed robberies, to barred ports of call. Coupled with the Costa Concordia disaster, it’s understandable that travelers may be a bit more reluctant to book a cruise for their vacation time. But despite the bad press, and perhaps to some extent because of it, this is a great time to find cruise deals; and scores of them are available right now.
January through March is what the cruise industry refers to as “wave season” and it’s the time of the year that the most aggressive deal and advertising campaigns are launched and, consequently, when most cruise reservations are made. Even so, demand for the season isn’t down and deals abound; the industry still wants to fill its cabins. What this means for you is that your cruise deal options are wide and varied. What you want to watch out for especially are flash sales and special offers and rates.
If you’re looking for a post-holiday pick-me-up and a quick fix of sunshine to carry you through winter, look no further than Carnival’s 4-night Bahamas cruises in January – we’ve found some terrific low rates from just $169 on inside cabins, or from just $229 in oceanview. This round-trip journey from Port Canaveral, Florida, promises plenty of sunshine, visits to breathtaking islands, and many fun-filled activities aboard the casual, family-friendly Carnival Sensation. Ports of call include two days in Nassau, an island paradise where you can do some shopping at the town’s markets or sneak a peek at the gorgeous Atlantis Resort, as well as a stop in Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island, known for its beaches and water sports.
THE VALUE: Book through CruisesOnly for some superb savings. The lowest rates of $169 for the January 15 sailing (perfectly poised for a Martin Luther King Day weekend escape) are slashed as much as 80 percent off brochure rates, and work out to under $43/night per person. Plus, get a free stateroom upgrade, to boot.
THE CATCH: Upgrading to a balcony cabin will hike rates to $369. Plus, rates for the same exact sailing for other departures in January spike to as high as $279.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.cruisesonly.com to book.
WE’VE GOT MORE: Need to get to Port Canaveral via Orlando? Use our Travel Search price comparison tool to find low rates on flights.
The visit our Bahamas Travel Guide to help plan your trip.
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