At least a couple of online travel agencies are offering four-night Caribbean cruises on Carnival’s Imagination for $159, plus taxes and fees for a total of $213 per person, double occupancy. That’s $53 per day, not the lowest rate I’ve ever seen but pretty close.
The cruise goes to Key West and Cozumel, then spends a day at sea before returning to Miami. I’m not crazy about the port schedule — the ship docks in Key West only from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in Cozumel from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Also, keep in mind that the Imagination is one of Carnival’s older ships and that the cabins at this rock-bottom price feature upper and lower bunks — not romantic.
Nevertheless, it is an excellent deal, and cabins with beds that combine into a queen are available at $10 or $20 more per person.
These rates include, of course, all meals and most entertainment. If you avoid the high-priced shore excursions and the on-board art auctions, you really don’t need to spend much more beyond the tips, which usually total about $9 a day per person.