Carnival is offering an 8-Day Celebration Bahamas Cruise for $299 per person. Departs from New York, NY on 11/17. Stops at Port Canaveral, Nassau, and Freeport and offers a variety of dining and excursion options.
Retail: $478

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 791
    Posted 8:45 pm PDT 09/17/13

    Lay the boat on its side in a beautiful beach off the coast of Italy and then it's a bargain.

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    dhho1 Ben's cred: 222
    Posted 11:46 pm PDT 09/17/13

    that is cheap!

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    suednim Ben's cred: 165
    Posted 12:08 am PDT 09/18/13

    Nassau is like the geto w/palm trees and sand. Avoid. Worth your life there to stroll around.

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    Whistler Ben's cred: 265
    Posted 12:31 am PDT 09/18/13

    ^ Oh, please! Not true at all.

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    JediKnight Ben's cred: 683
    Posted 5:01 am PDT 09/18/13

    Cruise aboard the Costa Concordia .

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    smokediverxxx Ben's cred: 30
    Posted 5:39 am PDT 09/18/13

    all the ports are nice, just walk a little past them and you will see the SLUMS

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    me2 Ben's cred: 108
    Posted 5:47 am PDT 09/18/13

    The Dutch side of St Maarten is a shanty town of tin shacks and open sewers, with rag vendors (T shirts) literally wearing rags. Nearly every cruise ship port in the world now has a tourist village with the usual t shirts and assorted junk - makes you wonder if the ship even went anywhere or is just circling the same island slowly.

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    poop_too_much Ben's cred: 11
    Posted 7:52 am PDT 09/18/13

    This is a great deal for an 8-day cruise. Nassau is a nice little town. We did the segway tour of the botanical garden and a fort, and it was a blast. There were a nice selection of restaurants in town, but not much else to do other than that.

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    techsupport Ben's cred: 807
    Posted 7:52 am PDT 09/18/13

    This price probably only includes interior rooms with no portholes or balcony. YMMV, but that would drive me crazy. Still, cruises are struggling right now and offering good prices. Keep in mind that the price includes meals and many shipboard activities. If you live in NYC, there's no airfare cost. This could be a very cost effective, hassle-free and relaxing vacation.

    BTW, don't listen to #3. I would not say that Nassau is a gem, but it's a nice little town. You can also take an excursion to Atlantis, but at that point the "cost effective" argument goes out the porthole.

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    braisler Ben's cred: 6
    Posted 8:27 am PDT 09/18/13

    Carnival is the Kmart of cruise lines. You'll have a better time on just about any other line. Also VacationsToGo.com has deals like this every day. I use them for cruise booking.

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    kel789 Ben's cred: 49
    Posted 8:50 am PDT 09/18/13

    at this price you will probably see lowlife animals on board with zero respect on any aspect.

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    ptcmini Ben's cred: 66
    Posted 9:08 am PDT 09/18/13

    Our family just came back from the Carnival Dream and it was wonderful. BTW, we cruise mainly on other cruise lines and I know what I'm talking about.

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    bargaindude1001 Ben's cred: 4
    Posted 9:20 am PDT 09/18/13

    looks like a good deal but I agree with kel789 about seeing lowlife on board and i would add no service would be expected, i guess you get what you pay for.

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    techsupport Ben's cred: 807
    Posted 10:53 am PDT 09/18/13

    I have taken Royal Cab, Norwegian and Carnival cruises. Carnival was probably the worst of those three, but not by a lot. I'd say the food and entertainment on Royal was best but Carnival was not altogether terrible. The only real complaints I had about Carnival were that the food selection was not so great and cabin staff were not super friendly. They did their jobs well but on other cruise lines they tended to go above and beyond to engage on a personal level. Our cabin steward was like a machine, but a very well built and functional machine.

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    ForgiEngineering Ben's cred: 1
    Posted 11:48 am PDT 09/18/13

    Shmeagle - thanks for the belly laugh (tho' not v. respectful of the lost souls ....

    We've been on cruises from Alaska, Canada, Carib/Fla, and Europe on NCL, Carnival + Royal Carib. Food-wise, Carnival has consistently been the best - tho' we're cheap/don't spend additional $$$ on specialty restaurants, so can't comment on those. Entertainment ? NCL kicks-a**, tho' Carnival has recently been trying to improve their (very dated) shows. Staff/quality of service? Sort of all over the map...I think this varies by captain/ship/region - tho' can't say any one line is better than the other for this. Demographic? "K-Mart' crack is a good one - if you like to drink/gamble and otherwise be merry, Carnival is lots of fun - your mileage may vary Smile. From a price perspective, you simply cannot beat the Carnival deals - and unless you like Motel6 and fast food, it's ***way*** cheaper to get on a boat than pay for hotel+meals+car rental+entertainment. Wife + I took a 5-day cruise (sailing from Miami) last winter for a little less than this deal per person, had a blast. So, for 8 day cruise, this is a steal, IMO.

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    czynut Ben's cred: 33
    Posted 12:36 pm PDT 09/18/13

    What other costs are there when taking a cruise? I know drinks are extra. And fine print says if any day oil price goes over 80 or something then they charge extra but how much? It's always over 80 these days. What about tips? If you drive to departure port, any parking available at ports? What is the real cost of cruise? I never been on cruise and don't like surprise charges.

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    Laotze Ben's cred: 18
    Posted 1:02 pm PDT 09/18/13

    I can only speak from my personal experience. My wife and I were on a 7-day cruise from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta. We were assigned a dinner table that was pressed against a post that I couldn't even pull my chair to sit. We asked the Maitre D' to give us another table and he asked us to check in 30 minutes before dinner time the next day. We did that for 3 days and no action were taken. We ended up not going to dinner altogether. My complain to the ship service manager went nowhere. I will not recommend Carnival, unless you want to be treated like low life animal.

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    techsupport Ben's cred: 807
    Posted 2:30 pm PDT 09/18/13

    #16, they add on charges for gratuities and taxes. If you drive to the ship, parking can cost $150+, depending upon days. You also pay extra if you want to drink soda. Otherwise, water, Ice tea and lemonade are free. Alcoholic drinks and some restaurants are extra. There's also money to be spent on excursions and port activities. All in all, You can have a pretty cheap and fun vacation for this price. Even with mandatory extras, you can probably keep the whole thing below $1200 for 2 people.

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    czynut Ben's cred: 33
    Posted 5:01 pm PDT 09/18/13

    Thanks for your reply, #18.

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    iconmaker Ben's cred: 7
    Posted 6:37 pm PDT 09/18/13

    Super deal. It costs more to stay home than this cruise!

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