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Nine Tempting Itineraries for Cruise Virgins

Deal Alert: If you’re looking for fall or winter getaways, check out these killer cruise deals…and I’m not just saying that because I work at Travelocity! Rates start at $149. Seriously.

I am going to scream if I talk about the silver lining in this economic crisis one more time. Well, cover your ears, people, because I’m belting it out…again. NOW IS THE TIME TO TRAVEL. When I say travel, I’m not talking cheap airfare and low hotel rates. This time, I’m talking about the tempting cruise deals that travelers can snag right now.

Photo of Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas

I’ve had my eye on these cruise prices for months and have said time and time again that this recession is the perfect occasion for would-be-first-timers to try out a cruise. I went to Travelocity’s resident cruise experts to round-up a few ideal itineraries for cruise virgins, and they recommended nine cruises that depart from various ports around the country.

These suggested itineraries have a few things in common that are important to first time cruisers: they’re good deals; they’re shorter itineraries; and they’re newer, fancier ships.

Nine Tempting Itineraries for Cruise Virgins

1. Bahamas from Miami

Deal: $249 / $62 per night (oceanview)

Length: 4-nights

Ship: Norwegian Sky (1999)

Find it here.

2. Eastern Caribbean from Miami

Deal: $339 / $68 per night (oceanview)

Length: 5-night

Ship: Carnival Destiny (1996; refurbished 2008)

Find it here.

3. Bermuda from New York City

Deal: $573 / $115 per night (oceanview)

Length: 5-night

Ship: Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas (2000)

Find it here.

4. Baja California from San Diego

Deal: $319 / $64 per night (oceanview)

Length: 5-night

Ship: Carnival Spirit (2001; refurbished 2006)

Find it here.

5. Western Caribbean from Miami

Deal: $448 / $90 per night (oceanview)

Length: 5-night

Ship: Celebrity Century (1995)

Find it here.

6. Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale

Deal: $580 / $83 per night (oceanview)

Length: 6-night

Ship: Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas (2008)

Find it here.

7. Mexican Riviera from Long Beach

Deal: $580 / $83 per night (oceanview)

Length: 7-night

Ship: Carnival Splendor (2008)

Find it here.

8. Mexican Riviera from Los Angeles

Deal: $484 / $69 per night (oceanview)

Length: 7-night

Ship: Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas (2003)

Find it here.

9. Canada/New England from New York City

Deal: $729 / $104 per night (oceanview)

Length: 7-night

Ship: Norwegian Dawn (2002)

Find it here.

Editor’s Note: I highly recommend springing for an oceanview room at the very least. They’re slightly higher in cost than an inside room, which has no windows, but having a view vastly improves the ship experience.


My name: Jennifer Gaines, but my friends call me Gaines, Jenni-Dallas or just plain Jenn.

(Find me on Twitter @jenngaines)

Travel ambitions: It's my mission to visit each of the New 7 Wonders and to step foot on every continent before my next milestone birthday.

Greatest travel lesson learned: Find the local hangouts to experience the real, true culture of a place. During a trip to Europe, my friends and I spent several days with a French family in the small town of Vichy. We had a private party in their family-run creperie, feasting on cheese-stuffed crepes and sampling wine that we picked up in the Bordeaux region a few days earlier. Their English wasn’t much better than my French, which is limited to a few well-known phrases from Moulin Rouge and the question: Parlez-vous anglais? (I'm proud to say that I can spout this question off in several different languages, and luckily most Europeans do indeed speak English!) After a few bottles of wine, the language barrier was hardly noticeable (slurring actually sounds the same in French!), and we managed to swap stories about life in other places. What a slice of local flavor!

My most beloved place in the whole world is: My grandparents place in Texas. It’s a 10-acre oasis in between two sprawling cities: Dallas and Fort Worth. A creek runs through their enormous backyard, where Granddad built a deck over the water. The entire place is shrouded with all types of trees (mainly pecan), blocking the Texas sun in the summer. Dusk is the best time to sit on the deck, drink a glass of ice tea and watch baby raccoons from the spring litter surround their back porch as Gram feeds them bread (no lie!). There will be dozens of raccoons eating on any given night. In the fall, my family gathers in the courtyard in front of their house for an annual “weenie roast.” Granddad lights the bonfire, and we roast dogs and s'mores. Yes, y’all, we’re from Texas!

Favorite way to get around: Well, I’m not much of a driver. I get lost easily and my tires have never come across a curb they didn’t want to get to know a little better. But, I do enjoy cruising around and listening to music. That said, I much rather explore a place by foot (with my iPod in tow) for a more intimate encounter.

View that took my breath away: Coming from Texas (where the view is wide but there’s not much to see), scenes from my new home of San Francisco never fail to amaze me. The city is a pedestrian’s dream, but don’t forget to turn around and look behind you as you meander through its neighborhoods. You won’t realize it, but you’ll be at the tip-top of a hill and the ocean will suddenly seem to be at eye level. Take a drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge where even more stunning views await!



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