I saw this article which says people can take cruises for as little as $30 a day! I have never thought of taking a cruise as a real opportunity because it seemed so overpriced.
Normally I stay in hostels for about $20 a night, buy two meals a day (usually somewhere cheap for around $10-15 per meal), and then pay for entertainment ($5 entrance to a club and maybe $10 for drinks). So I can easily spend $30, and really, the amount is closer to $50-$60 a day.
In the article mentioned above, Nomadic Matt says that people can arrange their own shore excursions and even provide themselves with their own alcohol to cut back on costs. Do people really do this?
One of the main reasons I have never taken a cruise is that they seem to lack a lot of the local culture that I get by staying in hostels and eating in local spots. Maybe I should think of a cruise as more of a mini-relaxing break like Nomadic Matt suggests.
One advantage of teaching internationally is that I can either fly home at the end of the school year or get my school to fly me somewhere else I want to go (like Miami to catch a cruise to the Caribbean!). Hello 6 weeks of summer vacation! Check back this summer to see if I can find a cheap cruise to go on!
Some websites Nomadic Matt (and people in the comments) recommends for cheap cruises: