Cruises for under $500 fall into a couple of categories that make them affordable for cruisers on a modest budget. Categories include: Older ships, repositioning cruises, and seasonal discounts.
Ships in the Cruises for under $500
Older ships are usually more budget friendly because they lack what the newer, larger ships can offer, namely, more features and amenities. Also, they are often shorter cruises. There are overnight cruises, three and four night cruises and seven day cruises. Older ships are refurbished regularly. They offer the same level of service, Broadway quality entertainment, and a variety of excellent food venues. Cruisers can enjoy pool, spa, gym, shopping, casino and many of the games and activities found on larger newer ships for a much more affordable price.
Repositioning Cruises for Under $500
Ships that seasonally reposition from one home port to another offer a wonderful opportunity for very low nightly per person rates. They give cruisers the opportunity to experience sea travel to interesting and exciting destinations on a high end cruise ship. Trips are usually about 10 days. Cruisers need to figure in the cost of an air flight home.
Seasonal Discounts for Cruises under $500
Seasonal discounts make cruising to destinations you always wanted to visit a possibility. You can book at the very beginning of a season or at almost the end of a season for Alaska and take advantage of reduced rates. You can do the same for the Mediterranean in winter, and the Caribbean in the fall.
Current Listings of Cruises for Under $500
Australia/New Zealand, Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, Pacific Northwest, Repositioning