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How Much Does a Caribbean Cruise ACTUALLY Cost? (Real Examples)

If you are considering a cruise you may be wondering how much Caribbean cruises ACTUALLY cost.

I’ve been on many Caribbean cruises and have spent years learning how to cruise on a budget.

In this post, we will look at the prices of Caribbean cruises on the following cruise lines:

We will also look at how price varies by season and Caribbean region.

It is of course, possible to find cruises which are cheaper, and more expensive than those mentioned in this article – but the cruises mentioned are designed to be representative examples.

How Much Does a Caribbean Cruise Cost?

The average price of a 7-night Caribbean cruise, on a mainstream cruise line, in April is approximately $616 (£493) per person, excluding taxes.

The price increases during August to approximately $773 (£619) per person, excluding taxes. Caribbean cruises in November average $552 (£442) with many as cheap as $399 (£319). 

There are a number of things that impact the price of a Caribbean cruise.

The time of year, cruise line choice and itinerary all also have an impact.

The size and the newness of the ship also have an impact.

A cruise on an older Royal Caribbean ship can be far cheaper than sailing on one of the newer Oasis class ships – Like Wonder Of The Seas,

These prices are based on two sharing and do not include taxes.

If you are booking a Caribbean cruise from outside of the US the price will usually be inclusive of taxes.

7 Night Caribbean Cruises – Cruise Only (No flights)

The table below shows example prices for a selection of Caribbean cruises. These cruises are during the months of April, August and November.

Only one example from each cruise line was used for the comparison, prices do vary even within the cruise line based on the cruise ship but the prices below do provide a good example of what to expect.

Royal Caribbean$708$958$740
Norwegian Cruise Line$799$949
Carnival Cruise$459$589$419
MSC Cruises$449$599$499
Virgin Voyages$1284$990$1639

Price Variety by Time of Year

Caribbean Cruises in Peak Season (Winter)

The peak season for a Caribbean cruise is between December and April.

Many people head to the Caribbean when the weather in the rest of the world gets cold. December to April also avoids the hurricane season.

Benefits of Cruising The Caribbean in Peak Season: 

  • Not hurricane season
  • Prices are steady
  • Good weather
  • Little rain

Drawbacks of Cruising The Caribbean in Peak Season:

  • Cruise ships are usually full
  • Ports can be busy
  • Children aren’t off school
  • Have to make bookings ahead of time

What’s The Weather Like in The Caribbean in Winter?

The weather in the Caribbean in winter is usually between the mid-70s (f) to mid-80s (f) (21c – 16c)

This makes it very comfortable for exploring and going on excursions.

There is little rainfall at this time of year and the days are usually bright.

I’m from the UK where it usually rains ALL WINTER – having almost guaranteed sunshine is one reason why many people from the UK head to the Caribbean in wintertime.

British Virgin Islands

Caribbean Cruises Over Christmas

Taking any cruise at Christmas can be incredibly expensive.

I’ve taken three Christmas cruises and all three were brilliant. That said, cruising over Christmas can easily be double the cost of cruising in January.

If you can though, I’d definitely recommend it. You don’t have to do the dishes or worry about buying presents for your friends and family, it’s great!

To find out what a Christmas cruise is like, including what MSC think a Christmas dinner is, check out this post:

Caribbean Cruises in Spring

Cruising in Spring is a great way to get a slightly cheaper cruise.

The weather is less predictable and the cruise ships and ports tend to be less busy.

The Caribbean is a very popular destination for Spring Break cruises, but apart from this, the spring is less popular with families and children are usually at school.

Benefits of Cruising The Caribbean in The Spring:

  • Cheaper than peak season
  • Warm weather
  • Less busy destinations

Drawbacks of Cruising The Caribbean in The Spring:

  • Not in the school holidays
  • The weather isn’t the BEST
  • Less choice of cruise lines and itineraries

Caribbean Cruises in Summer

Summer is actually the down season for the Caribbean because the temperature increases dramatically and hurricane season runs from June-November.

Many other parts of the world have good weather in summer. Fewer people feel the need to “escape” the bad weather and head to the Caribbean in Summertime.

June can be quite rainy but by August the days usually become sunny and bright with long days.

The prices of cruises do tend to increase in August when the schools break up and demand increases. 

Benefits of Cruising The Caribbean in Summer: 

  • Cheap cruises (apart from August)
  • Ships aren’t full
  • Ports are less busy
  • Children are off school for the summer break

Drawbacks of Cruising The Caribbean in Summer: 

  • Hot weather (very humid)
  • Risk of hurricanes
  • Less choice of cruise lines and itineraries

Caribbean Cruises in the Fall (Peak Hurricane Season)

Hurricane season runs from June until November with October and November usually having the worst weather.

Many people will avoid cruising at this time of year because of this reason.

Cruise ships do a number of things to avoid bad weather, and are very used to dealing with storms, hurricanes and last-minute itinerary changes.

To find out more about what cruise lines do to avoid bad weather, including when they may cancel your cruise, check out this post: 5 Ways Cruise Ships Avoid Bad Weather.

Benefits of Cruising The Caribbean in Fall (Peak Hurricane Season): 

  • Cheap cruises
  • Ships aren’t full to capacity
  • Ports aren’t as busy

Drawbacks of Cruising The Caribbean in Fall (Peak Hurricane Season): 

  • Hot weather (humid)
  • Risk of hurricanes
  • Children are at school
Caribbean Cruise Island

Price Variety by Cruise Line

There are a number of cruise lines that cruise the Caribbean year-round.

The main cruise lines are Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruises and MSC Cruises.

There are a number of other cruise lines which offer cruises to the Caribbean but these are the most popular.

Carnival and MSC Cruises

Carnival and MSC are the cheapest cruise lines which cruise the Caribbean.

Both cruise lines do cruise elsewhere but Carnival focus most of their cruises in the US whereas MSC cruises are mostly in Europe.

MSC Cruises

MSC are an Italian cruise line and the experience onboard is quite different to cruising with an American or British cruise line.

You’ll find a mix of nationalities onboard MSC cruises and the food and entertainment is more ‘Mediterranean’ than you’d find on other lines.

MSC are very popular with families and younger cruisers.

I took a ridiculously cheap cruise on MSC Seaview, just after the pandemic. The cost of the cruise, including flights AND drinks was only £580 ( $750.) Find out why by watching the video below:

This cruise cost me £580/$780 including flights from the UK AND drinks

I have taken many MSC cruises over the years, and although they are quite different to American cruise lines, i find they offer great value for money.

To learn more about cruising with MSC make sure you check out our recommended cruise line page: Recommended Cruise Lines.

Carnival Cruises

Carnival cruises are all about having fun and being relaxed. The atmosphere onboard is very lively and you’ll find many families and young cruisers cruising with Carnival.

Carnival currently have 25 cruise ships to choose from and you’ll usually find many of these in the Caribbean at any given time.

The oldest ship in the Carnival fleet was built in 1996 and is called the Carnival Sunshine.

Carnival has plans to add new ships to its fleet. Carnival Jubilee sets sail in December 2023 and Carnival Firenze is arriving in 2024.

If you want to party, relax and eat, Carnival cruises are a great option.

Find out about the Carnival cruise i recently took from New York City in the video below:

Princess Cruises

If you are looking for a more relaxing, traditional cruise, Princess cruises are a good option.

Princess are generally targeted towards adults although children are of course welcome.

Princess are a mainstream cruise line with a mid-price point, they’re one of my favourite cruise lines because the quality of entertainment, food and service is always high.

I personally really love the style of the ships and they feel very spacious. Most Princess cruise ships have 4+ swimming pools!

To learn more about why I constantly recommend Princess, check out our recommended cruise lines page here: Recommended Cruise Lines, Full List

I’ve been on three cruises so far, a cruise across Asia onboard the Golden Princess and two British Isles cruises onboard the Royal Princess and Emerald Princess.

Both were great and I can’t wait to cruise with Princess again.

Discovery Princess is Princess’s newest ship, she set sail in 2022. She has more restaurants, bars, showrooms and deck-top pool space than many older Princess ships, and I would love to sail on her.

I took a family cruise on the Emerald Princess in 2022. Find out all about that here:

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean

Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are two of the biggest American cruise lines. They are possibly some of the most well-known cruise lines that frequently advertise all over the world.

Both cruise lines focus highly on their ships which offer new and exciting features and experiences. They generally focus on the younger cruise/family market but do attract passengers of all ages.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line cruises worldwide. They focus primarily on freestyle cruising with an emphasis on choice and flexibility.

There are no formal nights onboard and dinner is not served at a set time. I personally love the relaxed, fun nature of Norwegian cruises.

Norwegian are particularly good at catering for solo cruisers, to find out why, check out my recommend cruise lines page here: Recommended Cruise Lines. 

The last cruise I took with Norwegian was on NCL Prima from New York to Bermuda. Find out all about that amazing ship here:

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean have the biggest cruise ships on the market and they constantly fill their ships with new and exciting innovations.

It is almost impossible to be bored on a Royal Caribbean cruise, the daily schedule is busy and there are things going on around the clock.

There are multiple dining options onboard all ships and the food is generally of a high quality.

Royal Caribbean Flowrider Activities
Me trying the Flowrider on Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

I recently took a Royal Caribbean cruise on one of the biggest “Oasis Class” ships, Symphony of the Seas.

My cruise onboard Symphony of the Seas was around the Mediterranean – but there was so much going on onboard, I hardly felt the need to leave the ship at all!

Find out all about that cruise here:

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages is an adult-only cruise line, that wishes to attract a younger crowd to the cruising market.

They say they do things differently to the mainstream cruise lines, and regularly sail to Caribbean destinations from Miami.

Nearly every itinerary features a late stay or overnights, so you can explore it all from morning to night (and morning again).
We’ve teamed up with locals in each of our ports to reveal sides of places from the people who know the destinations best.

Virgin Voyages

Although I have never sailed to the Caribbean on Virgin Voyages, I did test out one of their ships, the Scarlett Lady on a short cruise from the UK.

Virgin Voyages aren’t a traditional cruise line and certainly aren’t for everyone. Find out more about that here:

Price Variety by Itinerary

There are three types of Caribbean cruises:

  • Eastern
  • Western
  • Southern.

Generally speaking, Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises are cheaper than Southern.

You’ll find many luxury cruise lines (and British cruise lines) in the southern Caribbean.

The most popular way to visit the Caribbean is on a cruise from the USA. It is also possible to do a transatlantic from Europe which heads straight to the Caribbean.

Price Variety by Cruise Length

A longer cruise is, of course, more expensive than a short cruise. This however doesn’t necessarily work on a proportional basis.

On most cruise lines a 14-night cruise will be less than double the price of a 7-night cruise.

It is considerably easier for the cruise line to keep the same guests onboard than to keep having to change guests.

The day where guests embark and disembark is called turn around day and this is often the busiest day for cruise line staff.

The cruise ship will have to disembark thousands of passengers by around 10 a.m. and will start welcoming new passengers at 12 noon. It’s amazing how it works really!

Emma Cruises Norwegian Prima Pool Deck
Emma Cruises Norwegian Prima Pool Deck

Other Cruise Lines:

There are a number of other cruise lines which regularly cruise the Caribbean.


One of the most popular is Disney, I’ve not included Disney in this comparison as they are more expensive than the rest of the cruise lines in this list and they would skew the results upwards.

To book a cruise for April, a 7 night Caribbean cruise with Disney is likely to start at around £3228/ $3960!

Celebrity and Holland America

Celebrity Cruises are also frequent cruisers of the Caribbean as well as Holland America line, both of these cruise lines provide a more relaxed slower pace than cruise lines like Carnival or Royal Caribbean.

Celebrity Cruises are usually more expensive than Royal Caribbean even though they are actually owned by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises are the more luxurious sister.

A 7-night Caribbean cruise in April will realistically set you back $1076 on an older Celebrity ship – or far more on a newer ship.

I recently sailed onboard the wonderful Celebrity Edge. Find out what I thought of her here:

British Cruise Lines

In addition to the American cruise lines mentioned above you’ll find a number of British cruise lines cruising the Caribbean.

These don’t cruise as frequently and many are only in the Caribbean for a portion of the year.

P&O cruises and Cunard both regularly complete transatlantic voyages and Marella can also be found in the Southern Caribbean.

To learn more about these cruise lines, check out our recommend cruise lines page here:

 Recommended Cruise Lines, Full List

Cruise Examples Used – Cruise Only, No Flights

Below are the example cruises used in this post. These are only a few examples and may not be available when you read this post. They provide a pretty good look at the typical pricing:

April Seven-Day Sailings

Oasis of the Seas: Inside cabin from £865/$1060

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Miami, Florida


  • Miami, Florida
  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas
  • Labadee, Haiti
  • Falmouth, Jamaica
  • Miami, Florida

Norwegian Escape: Inside cabin from £815/$997

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Miami, Florida

  • Miami,Florida
  • Great Stirrup Cay,Bahamas
  • St. Thomas,US Virgin Islands
  • Tortola,British Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic
  • Miami,Florida

Carnival Celebration: Inside cabin from £530/ $649

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Miami, Florida

  • Miami 
  • Amber Cove  
  • San Juan 
  • St. Thomas  
  • Miami 

MSC Seascape: Inside cabin from £579/$709

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Miami, Florida

  • Miami
  • Puerto Plata
  • San Juan
  • Charlotte Amalie
  • Miami

August Seven-Day Sailings

Wonder of the Seas Inside cabin from £1068/$1307

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

  • Orlando (Port Canaveral) , Florida
  • Perfect Day at CocoCay , Bahamas
  • Cozumel , Mexico
  • Roatan , Honduras
  • Puerto Costa Maya , Mexico
  • Orlando (Port Canaveral) , Florida

Norwegian Jade: Inside cabin from £813/$995

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida

  • Orlando (Port Canaveral),Florida
  • Puerto Plata,Dominican Republic
  • St. Croix,U.S. Virgin Islands
  • San Juan,Puerto Rico
  • Great Stirrup Cay,Bahamas
  • Orlando (Port Canaveral),Florida

Carnival Magic: Inside cabin from £465/$569

ROUNDTRIP FROM: Miami, Florida

  •  Miami 
  •  San Juan  
  • Amber Cove  
  • Grand Turk  
  • End: Miami

Before You Go

Find out when is the best time to cruise to get the best value for money in the article below:

When is the Cheapest Month to go on a Cruise? (Real Examples) – Where and When I Travelled

Is it best to book directly with the cruise line or use a trusted travel agent? Find out in the article below:

Is It Best To Use a Travel Agent or Book Directly With The Cruise Line? (Money-Saving Hints and Tips For Booking, and Much More…)

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Ever wondered how the mainstream cruise lines compare? Cruise lines won’t tell you this, but I will.

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