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Maria asks…

Whats a good website or vacation packages I could get to go in a cruise?

Me and my cousin are thinking about going on a cruise. but we just don’t know where to start looking for a great price.  What are some websites you would recommend me to visit, or where have you gone that you really liked.

I live in Alabama so I would like a cruise that will leave from Alabama and not from some other place I would have to drive.

John answers:

Maria, you’re timing is good, if you and your cousin are prepared to act relatively quickly.  There is only one large-scale cruise ship home ported in Mobile, Carnival Elation.  Unfortunately, Carnival has recently announced that the Elation will depart Mobile for good on October 22nd.

If you plan to take your cruise after that date, or if you would like more options, then you should look at cruises from New Orleans or the major Florida ports.

Some websites to explore:  Carnival’s own website, Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity.  And you won’t escape my customary advice that you use these websites for research, and then use the services of an experienced travel agent to actually book the cruise.

Finally, where have I been that I really liked?  Too many places to list.  Travel is one of life’s great experiences.  Go with an open mind, be prepared to learn and be inspired.  You’ll grow and be richer for the experience.

Mandy asks…

What is the best website for finding cheap vacation packages/cruises?

My boyfriend and I are in college and needless to say, on a very tight budget. But we’d love to get away for a few days or a week inexpensively. Do you  know of any good sites for this?   Have you gone somewhere that was really inexpensive??  I’ve checked out most of the mainstream websites but we are still trying to find a good deal.   Any info would be great!  Thanks!

John answers:

Google cruise discounts for college students.  You’ll get a number of options.  One I thought was interesting was American Airlines’ site at aa.com/college.  You’ll find discounts on flights and flight/hotel packages.

There are other vendors offering group discounts on cruises.  Just proceed with caution, as some of these might not be completely trustworthy.

You should also ask around campus as much as possible.  There are probably plenty of your fellow students who have explored this question as well.  You may get some good pointers.

Steven asks…

I need help finding a cruise vacation package to the Caribbean leaving from Rome, Italy.

I currently live in Germany and am trying to plan a cruise to the Caribbean at the end of November or early December. I need a cruise that is leaving preferably from Rome, Italy because I’d like to go there too but really anywhere close to Germany would be great. I’ve been trying to find one on my own and am getting very frustrated so if anyone has any tips that would be wonderful.

John answers:

Steven, you are looking for a repositioning cruise.  These are offered by the cruise lines when the cruising season ends in one region and ships are moved to another region for a new season.  These are one-way, of course, so you’ll have to fly home.

Rome to Ft. Lauderdale is a definite possibility.  Rome to the Caribbean is not.  Pacific Princess will depart Rome for Ft. Lauderdale on November 27th.  You could sail from Malaga to San Juan on Royal Caribbean in November, however, if that appeals to you.  Visit cruisetransatlantic.com for a handy listing of all the transatlantic cruise options.

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