How to plan a Vacation on a Budget


Family vacations are important to us because they're an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones and create memories for us to look back on for many years to come. During the warm days of summer, many families, couples, and friends enjoy vacationing together for some fun in the sun and relaxation. Creating memories with those you love in beautiful cities around the world do not need to come with an expensive price tag. In order to create lasting memories, family vacations do not need to be all about extravagance and high cost ... or least not high cost.


With Carnival Cruise Line you can get an amazing family vacation for an amazing deal which includes your meals, entertainment, amazing service, beautiful ocean views and all the fun you can handle. With many departure cities, I was able to set sail out of Galveston which saved me a ton of money on transportation.Traveling in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and visiting breath-taking beaches like the ones in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, and Cozumel can all be done for an affordable price.

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The kids and I recently went on a 7-day Carnival Cruise in the Caribbean and had an absolutely amazing time on our trip. Our first stop on our vacation was Jamaica!


The great thing about vacationing on a cruise ship is that there are a wide variety of things to enjoy. Whether you want to relax by the pool or on a beach and catch some sun rays, explore the culture and food of a different country, or just be entertained all day and night with live shows and performances, there's something awaiting you aboard a Carnival Cruise line ship. Oh, and did I mention the 24-hour all you can eat Pizza Cafe? Yea. Pizza. 24 hours.


On our excursion trip in Cozumel, we had the opportunity to do some snorkeling in the clear waters of Mexico. Our time in Cozumel was just one of the amazing highlights of our cruise.If you have a tight budget and would love to explore the city you're visiting, I would recommended paying for an excursion even if it's a beach excursion. With your paid excursion; transportation, entrance fees (if applicable), some rental items and food is included. In the end, paying for an excursion can cost less as a bundle then paying for everything separately and it'll save you on the stress of getting back to and from your destination in time or navigating through a new city.


On our "Days at sea" we enjoyed all the fun and entertainment that the Carnival Magic ship has to offer including a fun water park on the upper deck! Kids and adults have fun sliding down one of the awesome water slides. Don't have enough money in your budget to book excursions for all your days at port? You can still enjoy your day on the ship at the water park, pools and other entertainment happening on board.


Cruise Planning Tips
  1. Book during the Fall or other "off season" times. You'll find better prices.
  2. Booking your vacation far in advance will help you save money. You can often get a discount for booking early.
  3. Check back often for special rates.
  4. Sign up to their emails. You'll be alerted on special deals.
  5. Look into group rates if you're traveling with a large group.
  6. Don't forget to include gratuity funds into your budget.
  7. Pack everything you need to last you for the entire duration of your trip. Travel sized items may not be enough to last your family for an entire week. It'll save you from having to purchase last minute items.
  8. Don't over pack. You can avoid baggage fees if traveling by air. Do keep in mind that you'll most likely be in bathing suit or summer gear while on your cruise.

Visit Carnival today to book your next amazing family vacation!


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