The state of Florida has 1,200 miles of sand beaches, 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, & waterways, 1,800 miles of coastline, and 14 deepwater ports. This means, there are literally dozens of cruises from Florida, offering a number of opportunities to score a cheap cruise from Florida.
Florida ports include the Port of Miami (the world’s busiest cruise port), Port of Tampa (one of the world’s fastest growing ports), Port Canaveral (the second busiest port in the world), Port Everglades, and Port of Palm Beach. Cruise destinations depend on the port. For example, cruises to the Caribbean or Mexico from the Port of Tampa are popular and Port Everglades is a favorite departure port for voyages to South America, the Caribbean, and trans-Panama Canal and trans-Atlantic cruises.
The Port of Miami is the homeport of some of the world’s most “distinguished” cruise lines. These include: Azamara Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Costa Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, and Oceania Cruises. These cruise lines offer discounts and deals on a regular basis both online through the cruise line’s official website or through any of the following discount booking search engines:
Other ways to score cheap cruises from Florida include:
· booking early
· booking late
· booking with popular cruise lines
· booking off-season
· taking advantage of senior discounts
· taking advantage of group discounts
· shopping and comparing
· booking online
· taking advantage of package deals
Cruise lines prefer to sell out far in advance, so you may enjoy discount cruises just for booking well in advance. On the other side, cruise lines also offer discount cruise vacations for booking at the last minute. If cabins are still available several weeks or so before the cruise departs, prices may be reduced as much as 75% off the regular rate.
The world’s most popular cruise lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas, SilverSea Cruises, and Windstar Cruises.
If you don’t mind booking off season not only will you enjoy big discounts, but you will also enjoy smaller crowds, and discounts and lower prices on everything from excursions to shopping. You’ll find the most discount cruises during the slow or shoulder seasons in year around destinations. The following is a list of destinations and their slow seasons: Alaska, May and September; Bermuda, April-May and September-October; Canada/New England, July-August; the Caribbean, late April-May, September-early January; Hawaii, late August, late November, and February; Mexican Riviera, early January and May, October-November; Eastern and Western Mediterranean, March-April and September-November.
Besides discount cruise vacations for groups and families, just about every cruise line also features special rates for seniors. A senior is typically defined as a person who is 55 or older. If you are a senior, in order take advantage of senior rates, you cannot book online. There are two ways to book if you are a senior: you can call a cruise travel specialist or book directly with the cruise line. Keep in mind that proof of age is required. To enjoy discount cruise vacations for groups and families it might be a good idea to book your cruise through a cruise travel specialist for the best deals or if you have a cruise line in mind, contact a live cruise travel agent.
To find out more about discount cruise vacations, you can visit any number of cruise review websites to read reviews from real passengers, with real experiences. While there are many cruise review websites to choose from, some of the most popular (and reliable) cruise review websites include: