5 Cheapest Cruise Destinations – FAQ Fridays

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Welcome to another edition of Travelstarts’ FAQ Friday with me, Nick Paul.

Last week we were asked a couple of questions about cruises. We thought this week we would focus on 5 of the cheapest cruise destinations to go to.

1. Alaska

Alaska is an affordable destination for cruising if you are looking for something a bit unusual, such as seeing fjords and glaciers. It is the least expensive of such destinations.

Cruise price: R5000+ per person sharing

Departure points: Seattle or Vancouver

Visa: US (R1700) and Canadian Visa (R1000)

Flights: R12 000 + (JNB return)

2. The Caribbean

The Caribbean is made of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman Islands etc.

Cruise prices: R4000+ per person sharing

Departure Point: Miami or Fort Lauderdale

Visa: US (R1700) and we recommended you check with your flight agent if you need visas for any other destinations in that area.

Flights: R12 000 + (JHB return)

3. The Mediterranean

Another very popular cruising destination is the Mediterranean. There are so many choices in this region.

Cruise prices: R7000+ per person sharing

Departure Points: Barcelona, Marseilles, Rome, Venice, Athens (The Port of Piraeus) and even Istanbul.

Visa: Schengen Visa – R1000 approx.

Flights: R7000+ (JNB return)

4. Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is a less popular destination but it is still possible to cruise in this area.

Cruise prices: Starting price of as little as R3000 per person sharing. (most of the cruises are from R8000 per per sharing)

Departure points: Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong

Visa: For those destinations, it’s only mainland China which you’ll need a visa for (R500+)

Flights: R7000+ (JNB return)

5. South African Cruise Region

Departure: Cape Town or Durban

Destinations: Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Namibia.

Prices: R2800+ per person sharing

Flights: domestic flight prices apply

Visas: none needed if you are a South African citizen

That’s a wrap on the cheapest cruise destinations around the world. If you have been on a cruises and have any tips or feedback to give, please tell us in the comments below. If you would like to ask any other travel related questions please also ask in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel by clicking here.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. one must always consider that all your accomodation, and mostly meals are included in the fees. This makes the cruises very more attractive.

    Would like to know more about the Scandanavian cruises.

  2. Cruise from Durban to mauritius or Mozambique

  3. South Africa, Which days are Available

    • Hello Simeon, are you wanting to book this cruise?

      Let us know so to get one of our agents to assist with this

  4. Hi I would like to enquire about a South African Cruise region as I do not understand when it read as from Cape town or Durban as I will be coming from Johannesburg.

    kindly please explain the R2800 per person.



  5. You quote cruise prices to Alaska, the Med etc – but how LONG is a cruise?

    • Hello Andre – Cruises range from a couple of days to about 2 weeks – all depends on what is on offer, as well as where you are cruising to – for more information you can contact one of our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300

  6. Are there any cruises that singles can go on without having to pay an extra single supplement

    • Hello Jenny, all local and international cruise liners charge a single supplement, you can contact one of our agents to assist with this on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 – they will be able to advise more details on booking these cruises 🙂

  7. – Is the price you quote per night?
    – What’s included and what’s excluded?
    – What are the extras like huge bills for kids to play electronic games

  8. Hi, we are looking at a Mediterranean cruise

  9. I’ve done a 7 day Alaskan Cruise (there’s 14 day cruises as well). Best choice! Would and could the cruise multiple times and never seen everything at the ports (let alone on the ship)

  10. Mauritius in December are there any cheap options

    • Hello Isabel, Mauritius in December is generally more expensive to visit than any other time of the year. Also it depends on when you book – try and book it as soon as possible so to get the best deal! You can contact our agents on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for assistance with this. Alternatively you can subscribe to our newsletter on http://www.travelstart.co.za/ to get all our specials.

  11. Hello
    I am interested in the Alaska cruise trip do send me details I am a South Africa passport holder and do let know how I can get the visa.
    Issaka Harouna

  12. We did the Carribean cruise a while back. Loved and enjoyed it. Best way to travel. Will be doing the Alaska cruise shortly.

  13. Hi, I would like to book for an msc cruise for 3 days to Mozambique or Durban to Nowhere during the 19-22 December 2014. All I need is detailed quote as I will be bringing my family along. Can an agent help me with this?

    Khombi Phetla

    • Hello Khombi, thank you for contacting us! Please send us your details so to get one of our agents to contact you about this, or you can contact them on 0861 878 278/+2721-468-4300 for assistance with this, they will be able to give you all the necessary details as well as a quote based on availability.

  14. We need more info on the Mediterranean and Mauritius tours. Like departure dates and return dates as well as all other costs as well as in Mauritius places to stay You can contact us by e-mail

  15. Hi

    Never been on a cruise before. Do we go ashore at different ports?

  16. Hi need to know when u r having cruise to no where would love to book off peak time cos we r pensioners don’t have a lot off money

  17. Thank you I have enjoyed receiving your weekly updates on travel specials and these travel info bytes 🙂 and I have enjoyed using Travelstart over the years thru both your helpful agents and your website search engine! You guys are a pretty awesome home grown travel company! Many thanks and continued blessings 🙂

  18. Please give me the number of days of the cruises as well as departure dates for the Alaska, Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean cruises

    • Hello Raymond, please contact us on 0861 878 278 / +2721-468-4300 for assistance with this, where one of our agents will be able to assist you with finding a cruise suited just for you. Almene

  19. Would like to find out a price on a cruise from durban in febuary 2015 or march. The most affordable one please, 2 adults, one 18 year old and one 5 year old, and what does it include.

  20. Cruise information for December 2015: Caribbean, Cuba, Alaska? Departure dates, visa requirements?
    Wish to plan for what is available.

    Thank You


    • Hi Zelda,

      Great to hear from you! Sounds amazing. Great holiday and way to end of the year 😀

      Should you request a quote, we have a group of Travel Experts who would love to help plan your Cruise holiday for December 2015! You welcome to e-mail them direct at: travelbar@travelstart.com with your exact requirements, what you looking for and they will get back to you with a quote within 2 working days.

      Please e-mail all details: Exactly dates of travel, number of people, where you are wanting to depart from and budget

      Look forward to hearing from you! Have a great day 😀

  21. Hi, how long does a cruise ship take to get to Mozambique from South Africa?

    • Hi Carmen,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      This depends on the cruise liner and the itinerary they have laid out.

      If you are looking to book a cruise holiday you are welcome to contact our direct sales team where one of our Travel Experts will gladly assist with the itinerary and cost.

      You can e-mail them your details, number of passengers your budget to: travelbar@travelstart.com and a consultant will revert back in 2 working days with a quote.

  22. I would like to know about a cruise from durban to maritius how much can it cost for how long . actually I want the detailed information about a cruise because I’ve never been on a cruise.

    • Hi Gladness,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Yes we do sell cruise packages. Should you request a quote you welcome to contact our Travelbar team on: travelbar@travelstart.com where one of our Travel Experts would love to assist.

      When e-mailing them your request please give all details including exact dates of travel, where you would like to depart from and sail to, number of passengers and budget. And a consultant will get back to you with a quote within 2 working day.s

      Alternatively you are welcome to contact them on 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) or Saturday 9am – 1pm and speak to a Travel Consultants. (Our lines are closed for quotes on public holidays)

  23. Please leave your comment…HAI Almene I want to knw if the cruise can reach europe or American region,And am Zambian by the way. Am I qualified. Reply please

    • Hi Isaac,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I am not what exactly you are requesting. If you can please rephrase so we can try assist accordingly.

  24. Good day i am looking for work in cruiseships but I don’t know any genuine cruise ship agency. Please help me if you have any information

    • Hi Lavender,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize in this area. Best to Google and do some back ground checks on that company before dealing with them.

      We wish you best of luck and hope you find a reputable company.

  25. Hi do you offer one way cruises to Mauritius?
    Then spend a week on the island and fly back to Durban, or vice versa
    2 adults 2 kids

    • Hi Eugene,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I am sure one of our travel consultants would be able to assist with your query.

      Should you wish to get assistance in making a reservation or receiving a quote, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact Travelbar by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing and number of passengers and they will get back to you with 2 working days.

  26. Good day I wanted to find out the price and availability of a cruise ship from Durban to Mauritius and back. And what are the requirements, am Zimbabwean with permanent residence in South Africa, my wife is South African. Is there any discount if we are many couple’s.

    • Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Should you wish to get assistance in receiving a quote or making a reservation, we have a team of Travel Experts that would love to help.
      You can contact our direct sales team by calling 021 468 4300 (Monday – Friday) or by sending an email to travelbar@travelstart.com with all details exact dates, routing, budget and number of passengers. An agent will get back to you with 2 working days.

      I’m afraid we do not specialize with visa related queries. For this you will need to contact the Embassy direct or official visa handling agency.

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