With skyrocketing airfares, taking a cruise could be a more affordable travel option

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If you’re looking for a great travel deal these days, you might want to skip checking airfares.

Here’s the short story: They’re going up.

If you’re heading to Seattle, there are a few dates with good prices. Fly between May 26 and June 26 for between $99 and $139 one-way on Delta or Alaska.

Return flights are very expensive, between $325 and $426 one way.

As prices skyrocket on airline tickets, cruise berths are selling at historic lows. Prices are so low, in fact, that you can take a week-long cruise north of Vancouver for about the same price as a week-long Seattle-Anchorage one-way airfare.

Princess has sailings north later this month from $399 per person, double that. On May 25, sail north on the Grand Princess, stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway before docking at Skagway. the royal princess follows the same route on May 28.

Taxes and port charges are extra: approximately $261 per person. Also, the cost of a shuttle from Seattle to Vancouver is $35 to $45 per person.

Royal Caribbean cruises is offering a cruise on the Radiance of the Seas on June 17 for as little as $348 per person, double. Port fees and taxes are lower: $215.19 per person. Ports include Juneau, Icy Strait Point (Hoonah), Sitka and Skagway. The ship docks at Seward.

Of course, your week-long cruise vacation takes longer than a three-hour plane ride. But if you’re looking for a relaxing way to travel that includes your meals and accommodation, many large ships are heavily discounted this summer. Never mind that the scenery along the inner passage is truly stunning.

Stewart Chiron is known as “the cruise linein Florida. He has worked in cruise marketing for over 32 years. I met him on his 249th cruise, aboard the brand new ship “Celebrity Beyond”. Chiron said “We are sailing through the Greek islands at the moment, en route to Athens, Mykonos and Naples.”

There are several reasons why cruise prices are so low right now. According to Chiron, the cruise sales season has been disrupted by COVID-19, as well as CDC guidelines, which have kept people away from cruises.

“If you’re vaccinated, have a passport and some cash, now’s the time to go on a cruise,” he said.

Because much of the traditional cruise sales season has been hampered by COVID-19 and the CDC, many ships are sailing with fewer passengers.

“The ship I’m on now (Celebrity Beyond) has a capacity of about 3,000 passengers,” Chiron said. “I would say there are around 1,500 people on board today.”

[Alaska’s first large cruise ship of the season was half full as it docked in Juneau]

These last minute cruises to Alaska from Vancouver are heavily discounted. But Chiron is encouraging cruise passengers to look to other destinations, including the Mediterranean, Mexico and the Caribbean.

the royal princess has several crossings between Barcelona and Rome, with stops in Genoa, Naples and Marseille. On July 23, berths start at $499 per person, based on double occupancy. There is an additional $120 in shipping and taxes, per person.

Holland America Line has a crossing on July 9 from the Oosterdam to Trieste, Italy, near Venice. Ports include Dubrovnik, Kotor, Montenegro, Nafplio, Greece and Split, Croatia. The ship returns to Trieste on the morning of July 16.

Inside cabins on the osterdam from $499 per person, double. Port charges and taxes are an additional $145 per person. But that’s just an extra $100 per person for an ocean view room. Get a room with a veranda — balcony — for $829 per person, double.

Head to Houston and board the greatness of the seas, which sails to the Western Caribbean on June 1. Ports include Costa Maya (Mahahual) and Cozumel on this five-night cruise. Inside cabins are available for as little as $168 per person, double. Upgrade to Ocean View for an additional $30 per person.

Sail from Fort Lauderdale aboard the Celebrity Equinox June 26. This Western Caribbean cruise visits Key West, Cozumel and George Town in the Cayman Islands. Inside cabin prices start at $349 per person, double. Oceanview cabins start at $449 per person.

“It’s an extraordinary moment in time,” Chiron said. “The fact that everything is available for less than $1,000 is very unusual. Normally, these ships are almost full – and any remaining space sells for a premium.

Chiron is a big proponent of travel insurance. He recommends making sure any accident, medical, or medical evacuation insurance is the “primary” insurance to minimize out-of-pocket expenses. He took out his travel insurance this week on the insurance comparison site square mouth.

Are you ready to go on a cruise? You’ll definitely get more for your money compared to one-way Seattle-Anchorage airfares.

But many travelers are still not ready to go on a cruise, due to lingering concerns about COVID. Also, those who are not vaccinated cannot cruise. These are two reasons why there is extra room on ships.

So as airfares go up, up and away, cruise lines invite you to offer deals and discounts.

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