I’ll tell you where to go … SHORT CRUISES

Travelocity is promoting a big sale on fall and winter cruises, and some of the best prices are for three- and four-day sailings to the Bahamas and Baja California on Carnival and Royal Caribbean.

I’ve been on these itineraries, and they make a short, enjoyable break. I recommend them to people who would like to try cruising, but aren’t sure they want to commit to a week-long voyage.

The advertised prices are as low as $199 per person, double occupancy, although it comes out to $225 when taxes and fees are added.

The Bahamas voyages leaves from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Port Canaveral (near Orlando) with stops in Nassau and/or Freeport. Royal Caribbean ships also stop at a private island, where the cruise line maintains a beach.

The three- and four-day Baja California trips leave from Los Angeles or San Diego, with one or two of the following ports of call: Catalina island, Calif.; Ensenada, Mexico; or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

There are also a couple of four-day sailings on the Carnival Fascination that are billed as Western Caribbean voyages, leaving from Miami and stopping at Key West and at Calica, Mexico. Prices start at $239 for a couple of sailings this December, which comes out to $268 with the taxes and fees. The kid did this trip last January, and loved it.

The cruise lines generally put their older ships into these three- and four-day rotations, so you’re not likely to get all the latest bells and whistles. You will, however, get all your food and access to most facilities and entertainment included in the price.

Unfortunately, I’m not seeing any spectacularly low airfares to Florida or California. Right now you could expect to pay at least $250 to either out of Bradley. I’ll keep an eye on it, though.


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