Spring Break 2023 Cruise News

Carnival and Norwegian Cruises Go Masks-Optional for Most

WSJ | 03/1/2023 | Major cruise lines including Carnival and Norwegian are loosening onboard mask rules starting March 1st. The same policy goes for Norwegian Cruise Line ships departing from U.S. ports

Spring Break 2023 Cruise Options!

If you are looking for an alternative to Cancun, MX or one of the beaches in Florida for your Spring Break 2019, you might want to consider an "Island Hopper Cruises," a "Crusise & Stay" package from one of the major Spring Break tour operators.

You could also just use Expedia or book directly from one of the many cruise lines with ports of call in the Carribiean or Mexico.

The cruises depart from Port Canaveral a few minutes drive from Orlando with stops in Nassau and CocoCay in the Bahamas and returns to Port Canaveral.

Crusise & Stay" Packages

There are also "Cruises & Stay Packages" that include 4 nights on Grand Bahama Island and other Spring Break destinations.

You depart from Port Everglades in Ft. Lauderdale. The cruise from the U.S. to Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island takes 3 hours.

After 5 days of fun and sun in the Bahamas you cruise back to Fl. Lauderdale arriving sometime between 9-11pm.

Most tour packages include the roundtrip cruise, roundtrip taxi transfers, hotel in the Bahamas for 5 days. Meals, parties, drinks, cover charges and taxes may vary depending on the tour operator, so be sure to check on the specifics.

Cruise Lines

The major cruise lines offering 3-5 day cruises during Spring Break 2023 are Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean.

You can find a listing of cruises on Expedia that will give you a good overview of many of the cruises available.

Tax­es and port charges (the per-pas­sen­ger port charge for boarding), crew gra­tu­ities and the cost of a drink plan are not in­clud­ed in the ad­ver­tised pric­e and they can really add up. The ad­ver­tised price of is generally for in­side cab­ins with­out a view, so you will have to pay more for a room with a view or a balcony.

Cruise pric­ing is based on dou­ble oc­cu­pan­cy, two peo­ple in a cab­in. If three peo­ple share a cab­in and split the cost, you might be able to save some money.

In most cas­es, your cruise will in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tions, ba­sic meals, night­time en­ter­tain­ment, and most day­time ac­tiv­ities, but once you step on board any additional services, drinks or snacks are ala carte and add up quick­ly.

It is a good idea to set an on­board spend­ing bud­get for everybody in your group be­fore you leave home and then keep keep track of ev­ery­thing you spend so you are not suprised when you get your fi­nal bill at the end of the cruise.

You can check your account at the purs­er's desk and some ships have Interactive TVs and you can check your account in your cabin.

Carnival Cruise Line Alcohol Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line Alcohol Policy

Royal Caribbean Alcohol Policy

Covid Spring Break Options

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