Deals Alert: Save on a Last-Minute Winter Cruise

December 7, 2010
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last-minute-winter-cruise-sale (11:40 a.m. EST) -- Already feeling the need for a post-holiday recharge? Didn't have the time or the cash to take a cruise earlier in the year? With rates as low as $36 per night, a last-minute winter cruise could be in order. Fortunately, we've seen an influx of affordable deals for cruises setting sail in December, January and February.

With a bit of flexibility, you'll likely be able to snag a good rate, and maybe even a few added bonuses, such as onboard credits, prepaid gratuities and cabin upgrades.

We've listed a few below, but be sure to check our last-minute cruises page, where you'll find bargains on more than 30 sailings, including many for under $75 per night and even a few under $50 per night. Some of the hottest deals include:

A three-night Bahamas cruise aboard Norwegian Sky, sailing roundtrip from Miami on December 17, can be booked for as little as $124 per person (about $41 a night), and you could even get $50 in onboard credit.

A four-night Western Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Century, sailing roundtrip from Miami on December 16, is available from just $229 per person -- about $57 per night.

A seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise aboard Costa Atlantica, sailing roundtrip from Miami on January 7, can be booked for just $339 per person, or about $48 per night.

A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on MSC Poesia, departing from Fort Lauderdale on January 30, is available from $249 per person -- about $36 per night.

A weeklong Western Caribbean cruise on Crown Princess, departing from Fort Lauderdale on February 12, starts at $338 per person (about $48 per night). Plus, you could receive onboard credit, complimentary wine and/or a free cabin upgrade.

Keep in mind that prices change frequently, and cabins are likely to sell out quickly with such low rates. All deals are subject to availability; rates are based on double occupancy.

--by Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Web Content Producer