New Cheapism Research Finds the Best Cheap Cruises for Frugal Travelers

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Norwegian Sky and Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas earn top spots

Another hallmark of the best cruises: the food. Majesty of the Seas earns above-average marks for food quality, while Carnival Cruise Lines is rated highly for its large selection, 24-hour room service, and occasional midnight buffets.

With cruise lines apparently dropping prices to lure travelers back in the wake of the Costa Concordia accident, review site Cheapism.com has identified Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky and Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas as the best cheap cruises. Both offer many onboard activities, quality ships, and comfortable accommodations, according to an analysis of features and online reviews by travel writers, magazine editors, and passengers.

Norwegian Sky offers a four-night Bahamas cruise for $169 per person, while Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas runs a similar cruise for $199 per person. Carnival Cruise Lines also makes Cheapism’s list for its good cheap cruises. It shares a parent company (Carnival Corp.) with beleaguered Costa Cruises, but Cheapism found that cruise reviews consistently praise Carnival Cruise Lines’ myriad activities, family-focused outings, and clean ships.

Cheapism’s report notes bargains available for weekend cruises and repositioning cruises, which are one-way trips on ships relocating to different regions. MSC Cruises offers several repositioning cruises for as low as $60 per night, but Cheapism found that the cruises are rife with hidden fees.

Norwegian wins plaudits for good service and successfully delivers either a relaxing voyage or a party-filled trip, according to reviews, depending on passenger preference. Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas cruises appeal to a wide audience ranging from 20-somethings to 65-plus. The line earns hundreds of rave reviews based on ship quality and positive overall experience.

Another hallmark of the best cruises: the food. Majesty of the Seas earns above-average marks for food quality, while Carnival Cruise Lines is rated highly for its large selection, 24-hour room service, and occasional midnight buffets. Some reviewers applaud the relaxed meal times and dress code of Norwegian Sky’s “freestyle dining,” although others would prefer a more formal experience. MSC cruise ships don’t live up to their Italian lineage, according to passengers, who say the food is tasteless and the portions stingy.

About Cheapism.com
Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap,” Cheapism.com is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Cheapism is the only review site that focuses exclusively on low-price products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.

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