Forget About Norovirus — There Are Caribbean Cruise Deals To Be Had

With all the snow hitting the mid-atlantic region, we’re dreaming of warm, sunny days in the Caribbean. Taking that beautiful vacation on a cruise ship might not sound like the best idea, what with all the recent problems: norovirus and crippled ships (“poop cruise” anyone?). But if you’re looking for a good deal you might just find the best on a cruise, thanks to an overabundance of ships now sailing the area.

Cruise lines added four new ships since November, three of which will sail the Caribbean year-round, leading to bargains for those looking to sneak away from the snow and cold winter temperatures, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Prices have dropped 7.7% since December and average ocean-view and balcony cabin prices on the six major North American lines have dropped $49 over the past month. Even an inside cabin could be snagged for $22 less than normal.

Just be aware, earlier this year at least two cruises cut their journeys short because of illness sweeping the ship decks.

But if you’re looking to purchase for future trips, you won’t get such a great deal. Prices for trips in November and December are up $2 to $45 from last month, says cruise analysts.

To combat Caribbean fatigue, cruise companies are introducing new destinations and amenities.

Royal Caribbean Cruise’s new Quantum of Seas comes equipped with a skydiving simulator and a bumper car pit. Just this week, cruise guests visited the newly constructed port of call near Trujillo, Honduras.

Cruise lines are also reportedly weighing options to send ships abroad to other warm destinations in the Mediterranean or Asia.

If you’re itching to get out of the cold, deals on cruises are likely to continue in the coming months.

A Caribbean Crowded With Ships Means Discounts for Cruise-Goers [Bloomberg Businessweek]