Want to cruise out of New York or Boston this year for a reasonable rate? It can be done, though not at the height of summer.
I’ve often thought it would be nice to take a cruise from the Northeast because I could skip the air travel and take a car to the port. Trouble is, the cruise fares are often rather high out of New York, and I’ve always found lower rates out of the crowded (and competitive) ports in Florida and California.
This year I decided to dig in and analyze the cruise fares out of Boston and New York, and I did find a few decent bargains, which I define as under $100 per person, per day, for the least expensive inside cabins. These fares includes all taxes and fees:
The Norwegian Jewel has 10-day autumn cruises from New York to Canada, with port calls in Boston; Halifax; Quebec City; Prince Edward Island; and Sydney, Nova Scotia, for $802, coming out to $80 per person per day for the Oct. 20 departure; $847 or $85 a day for the Oct. 10 departure; and $967 or $97 a day for the Sept. 30 sailing.
Carnival’s Triumph takes on a seven-day autumn itinerary from New York, stopping at Newport, R.I; Boston; St. John, Nova Scotia; and Halifax. The Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 sailings start at $565 or $81 per day. The Sept. 12, 19 and 26 sailings start at $585 or $84 a day.
The somewhat more upscale Caribbean Princess follows a similar route, adding Bar Harbor, Maine, on seven-day voyages in the late summer and autumn. Departures on Aug 29, Sept. 5 and Oct. 17 are $621 per person or $89 per day. (On Oct. 17, ocean view cabins have been offered at the same price.) Departures on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 and on Oct. 3 and 10 are $666 per person or $95 a day.
The Carnival Triumph is running from New York up to St. John, New Brunswick, and back on four-day voyages in the late spring and summer. The June 7 or June 25 departures cost $386 per person with all the fees, or $96.50 a day.
Holland America’s Maasdam is doing a seven-day one-way trip from Boston to Montreal, with port calls in Bar Harbor, Halifax, Sydney, Prince Edward Island and Quebec City, departing May 30. The price is $660 or $94 a day.
The Norwegian Dawn sails Sept. 13 from New York and stops at the same ports. The total is $689 or $98 per day
The Norwegian Spirit leaves Boston on May 1 for a seven-day trip to Bermuda, where it docks four nights at King’s Wharf before returning. The fare is $666 or $95 per person, per day. The same itinerary is $685 or $98 per person, per day for the sailings on May 22 and 29, as well as June 5. These prices have fluctuated a bit in the past few days. (The Norwegian Dawn is doing similar trips out of New York, but they’re pricing out around $110 a day, at the least.)
Caribbean (One Way)
The Caribbean Princess will do a one-way repositioning cruise with a great itinerary, leaving Oct. 24 from New York and taking eight days to reach Puerto Rico, stopping in Bermuda, St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Thomas. Rates start at $632 or $79 a day for an inside or ocean-view cabin. Of course, in this case, you have to get air fare back from San Juan, but I’ve seen that as low as $127, which would keep the total cost below $100 per person, per day
I researched these fares mainly on cruise.com, but you are likely to find similar prices from other cruise-only agents. Of course, they can change at any time.