cruise bargins

07.03.2007
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by Paul Motter

Balcony Cabins

You can get on a 7-day cruise very inexpensively these days, with a lead price between $400 and $500 almost anytime, but when you see a balcony stateroom in the neighborhood of $700 per person, I suggest you claim it right away.

How about a balcony cabin on a Golden Princess 7-day Caribbean cruise for only $707 per person? Look at the Cruise & Tours Unlimited offer. When it comes to balcony staterooms on a beautiful ship like this, it's is as good as it gets.

Most ships built since 2000 have up 80% balcony cabins, yet they are still the first to sell out on almost any given sail date. Why? Allow me to relate some of my favorite balcony moments. And then use your imagination for a few more.

One favorite experience is sailing past the raging volcano on the island of Hawaii at night on NCL's Pride of Aloha. Lava flows down from the heights like liquid gold pouring into the sea, forming a plume of steam seemingly a mile high.

Vacations to Go has a 10-night Hawaii cruise starting $599, but with balcony cabins as low as $1199 per person. This is on Norwegian Sun, one of the nicest NCL Free-style ships, and this 10-day cruise ends in Ensenada so you save on airfare home. NCL Sun has a European staff, so expect the best service.

Cruises-N-More is offering balcony staterooms on 7-night Hawaii cruises on NCL-America Pride of America with airfare included for $1199.

CruiseDeals is offering balcony staterooms on 7-night Pride of Aloha Hawaii cruises for $699 per person (air not included).

Another favorite balcony moment: anchored in Glacier Bay and watching sheets of ice weighing hundreds of tons peel away from the mother glacier and crash into the sea. Watching the resulting wake of the calving ice come towards us until we feel it gently rocking the ship.

You can get a balcony cabin on Carnival Spirit (one of Carnival's nicest ships) in Alaska STILL for just $1099 per person from America's Vacation Center.

If you want a balcony cabin, the best bet is to book early for the best price, for example, we booked our balcony cabins on Mariner of the Seas six months ago and got them for just over $800 per person. Our friends who want to join us have to pay over $1200 per person today.

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