Going on a cruise for $79!

I scored a 2-day cruise from Palm Beach, FL  to Grand Bahama Island for $79 per person! I am doing it the weekend of Feb 26 to Feb 28. This has been on my list for a while and I jumped at the chance to do it cheaply. I will fly down to Palm Beach from Atlanta and head over to the port.

All in I am spending under $500 for the cruise and the flights. I used my Delta Platinum AMEX companion certificate to keep the airfare down by 50%! The annual fee of $150 just more than paid for itself in this one transaction!

The cruise itself is for 2 nights with a day on the island. I have never been on a cruise before so I figure a short one is a good way to "get my feet wet" in cruise experiences. The price includes the food and certain drinks but alcohol and sodas are extra. Tipping is also extra but not too much (pay per person per day).

This will be my first vacation for 2011 and another country under my belt. I am also in the process of figuring out where to go for this coming Thanksgiving. I am strongly considering southeast Asia once again but have other options on the table that I have not ruled out just yet. Only time will tell!