Exploring Another Perk of Living in Florida- Last Minute Cruise Deals!

If you needed another reason to make your move south to the Sunshine State, we’ve got you covered. Living in Florida means the ability to take advantage of last-minute deals on cruising. Florida has no shortage of cruise ports within driving distance including sailings out of Port Canaveral, Tampa, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale to name a few. Most cruise lines offer last-minute deals, especially on short weekend cruises. Some even offer deals specific to Florida residents. These are ideal offerings for Floridians to take a long weekend off work and head out on the open seas for some fun and relaxation.

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line offers specific deals to Florida residents when they are looking to fill in empty rooms on the ship. As you can see below, you can hop on a three-night sailing from Port Canaveral on the Disney Dream for as little as $1,134 for two people before taxes and port expenses. 07A is a Navigator’s Veranda room so you can even have an outdoor space with an ocean view. These are just a few of the deals listed. You can find more here or by contacting your Dreams Unlimited Travel Agent.

These photos represent current deals at the time this article was written to give examples and are subject to change.

Royal Caribbean

Disney tends to be a more expensive cruise line. And while we love Disney (and can’t wait for our first Disney Cruise in May), we have found even better deals for cruising at Royal Caribbean. While Royal Caribbean doesn’t offer Florida-specific deals as Disney does, they do offer Last-Minute Deals which is something Florida residents are more often able to take advantage of. These deals range on multiple types of cruises from a variety of ports around the world, many of them sailing from Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.

These photos represent current deals at the time this article was written to give examples and are subject to change.

Royal Caribbean’s deals are a little better in terms of options since you get to choose your stateroom category. Whereas DCL’s options are for one type of stateroom usually. Also, Disney’s prices were a per person per night price. Royal’s numbers look similar to Disney’s, but these are actual prices per person for the total cruise. So while you’ll need to multiply Disney’s per person number by the number of nights, what you see with Royal Caribbean is the total price which is quite cheap for these last-minute deals.

For example, the 3 Night Bahamas & Perfect Day Cruise can be as low as $160 per person for an interior stateroom making the total cruise for two people $320. Like Disney, these prices don’t include taxes and port fees which are around $100 each. Still, you can sail for pretty cheap on Royal Caribbean for a weekend getaway. Last-minute offers can be found here or by contacting your Dreams Unlimited Travel Agent.

What’s a 3 Night Royal Caribbean Cruise Like?

You might be asking yourself what is a cheap three-night Royal Caribbean Cruise like? You’re in luck because I happen to have just taken one this past weekend. It was actually my first cruise ever. We are obviously Disney people, so I was skeptical about how much I would enjoy this cruise not being on a Disney ship. It turns out, it was well worth the price. We booked two larger adjoining veranda staterooms. My husband and I in one, and our mother-in-law in the other. By the way, quick weekend cruise deals are a great way to have family come down and visit you while doing something fun together.

We choose to simply relax on this cruise, take in the food and activities that didn’t cost any extra. We wanted to see how we felt about a cruise where we didn’t add anything extra in terms of costs. The food and events were well worth the low price we paid. We visited Coco Cay and had a day at sea. I loved both days equally as much. We received excellent service from our stateroom attendant and dining room staff. Three nights was a perfect little weekend getaway and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

There are many other cruise lines that offer great deals for those of us living in Florida. I’m excited to explore even more options in the future. Let us know in the comments if living in Florida means more cruises on the horizon for you as well. If you are interested in getting started on your Florida home purchase and taking advantage of all Florida has to offer, our Moving to Orlando REALTORS are here to help you navigate the market. Take a moment to fill out our contact form, and someone will be in contact with you!

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. She is also a contributing writer for a few DIS websites.

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