Affordable vacation ideas in the year ahead include four cruise options: Here’s what to know

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She added, “So if you’ve taken a cruise on one ship with the line, you know exactly what to expect on the next. If you’re looking for a smaller-ship experience, with more luxurious offerings and thoughtful inclusions, this is a great line to try.”

Norwegian Cruise Line to Hawaii

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is the only cruise ship that sails round-trip from Honolulu year-round and is the only U.S. flagged cruise ship, according to the company.

Pride of America visits four Hawaiian Islands and five ports in seven days for those who would like to vacation in paradise. 

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In this photo illustration, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) logo is seen on a smartphone screen. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America is the only cruise ship that sails round-trip from Honolulu year-round and is the only U.S. flagged cruise ship.  (Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images / Getty Images)

This cruise option is ideal for a honeymoon or a memory-making family vacation. 

No passport is needed for this cruise.


In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line offers a Military Appreciation Program, according to its website, which was introduced last year. 

All active and retired military veterans and their spouses receive a 10% discount on their cruise fare. This Military Appreciation Program offer can be combined with the cruise line’s Free At Sea offer. 

Norwegian Sun cruise ship

The cruise ship Norwegian Sun is shown departing the harbor in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Sept. 14, 2008.  (REUTERS/Andy Clark (CANADA) / Reuters Photos)

The choice of perks occasionally changes, according to The Points Guy.

Yet Norwegian typically offers the following five: a free drinks package, free specialty dining, free shore excursions, free Wi-Fi and free third and fourth guests in a cabin. 

Occasionally, said The Points Guy, free airfare or a 50% air credit for the second person in a cabin is also a Free at Sea option.

“You can see a lot of Hawaii in a short time because you’re leaving from Hawaii rather than the West Coast of the U.S.”

Lisa M. Lee, a travel adviser with Avenue Travel Group in Bernardsville, New Jersey, told FOX Business, “The best thing about the Pride of America is it’s the only one that’s fully inclusively around the island without having to come from the mainland.”

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She added, “It also gives you a way to see the islands without having to fly between them or having to unpack multiple times.”

She also noted that “it’s the only cruise that’s as close to all-inclusive as you can get in the Hawaiian islands. And yes, the military discounts are good.”

AmaWaterways river cruise on Europe’s Danube River 

River cruise company AmaWaterways, based in California, is a pacesetter in the river cruise industry, as it’s raised the bar on vacation experiences along the Danube and other rivers in Europe and throughout the world. 

Guests get a front-row seat to history, culture and foodie experiences from these luxury river ships. 

She also said, “The Danube is also a fantastic river to cruise. For those who haven’t cruised Europe before, it’s a popular starting point. It’s also an itinerary where you can pack a lot in at once, so you’re able to really experience a number of European destinations, from Vienna and Budapest, to the Wauchau Valley.”

She added, “It’s a beautiful balance of history, culture and modernity.”

Celebrity Cruise to Alaska

Celebrity Cruises’ Alaska season returns in May 2024, but planning now is the best way to secure the ship, cabin and Alaskan itinerary of your choice.


There are three Celebrity ships offering Alaska sailings in 2024: Celebrity Edge, which will sail round-trip from Seattle; Celebrity Solstice, which will sail round-trip from Vancouver, Canada; and Celebrity Summit, which also sails round-trip from Vancouver.

Celebrity Cruises ship

The Celebrity Apex, another cruise ship operated by the company, has an open-air platform that is attached to several levels and provides views for cocktails, meals and can even double as a disembarkation point.  (Celebrity Cruises / Fox News)

The round-trip excursion from Seattle takes guests on 7-night itineraries to the pristine Endicott Arm Fjord and Dawes Glacier, complete with views and waterfalls, with stops in Victoria, British Columbia and Ketchikan. 

Also, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Solstice combined offer 57 sailings and an array of itineraries lasting 6-8 nights from May to September 2024.


All itineraries feature the unspoiled beauty of Alaska, offering a summertime escape for multi-generational trips during the summer vacation months. 

Celebrity Cruises is a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

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