(7:30 p.m. EST) -- Didn't cruise during December this year because of budget or time constraints? Need to get rid of some holiday stress? Then resolve to squeeze in a getaway in January. There are still cabins available -- and at bargain prices to boot!
January can be a great time to go on a cruise for several reasons. It's a quiet time for travel, as many people take their trips during December holiday breaks or spend so much money on gifts that they vow to live frugally in the new year. With cruise ships and planes filling more slowly during the first month of the year, providers typically drop prices to entice people to book.
Better yet: Since January is only days away, smart shoppers can also benefit from last-minute offers.
Here are just a few of the great deals we've spotted for an eleventh-hour winter escape -- for travelers in the U.S. and the U.K. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, for inside cabins, unless otherwise noted.
In the U.S.:
A three-night Bahamas cruise on NCL's Norwegian Sky, departing on January 22, is going for $179 for outside cabins.
A five-night Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, departing on January 16, costs just $229.
A seven-night Mexican Riviera cruise on Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess, departing on January 23, starts at $399.
A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on NCL's Norwegian Jewel, departing on January 31, is an affordable $349 per person.
A seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Summit, departing on January 16, starts at $399.
And in the U.K.:
Samsara spa cabins on four seven-night Middle East cruises, departing throughout January, are on sale from £951 per person.
An 11-night Caribbean fly-cruise on Holland America's Noordam, departing on January 14, costs £1,249 per person.
A 14-night Southern Caribbean cruise -- with flights -- on Ocean Village, departing on January 27, is £1,199 per person.
Be sure to bookmark CruiseCritic.com's and CruiseCritic.co.uk's deals pages for new bargains, added regularly!
--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor
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Get Away in January with Great Cruise Deals
December 28, 2009