Posted by: Bill MacBride | May 9, 2008

Spending Your Stimulus Check

What are you Spending Your Stimulus Check on?

 
It’s May 2008 and you know what that means, it’s tax stimulus time.  This gift from the government is being provided to get consumers spending.  A recent Goldman Sachs report showed that stocks like Royal Caribbean are sure to benefit from these dollars as consumers seek out their next vacation or upgrade from an ocean view stateroom to a private balcony with their new found monies.
 
There are a lot of places to spend the stimulus monies like on a new sofa, paying down some credit card bills, doing some home repairs or getting away on an exciting cruise vacation. But how about spending it on all or at least some of those things?  We have some amazing getaways that won’t deplete your whole stimulus check. 
 
Getaway with the whole family this summer for as little as $32 a person, a day (for a family of four).  Norwegian Cruise Line just announced they are moving a ship to the Caribbean this summer that will sail 3- and 4-night cruises from Miami and for a limited time, Kids Sail Free.  There are a number of other ships and itineraries to choose from for under $50 per person, per day.  Sail a 4-night Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Imagination from Miami or sail a 5-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Fascination from Jacksonville.  For under $60 per day you can sail a 4-night Baja Mexico cruise on the Carnival Paradise from Los Angeles, a 4-night Bahamas cruise on the Carnival Sensation from Port Canaveral, a 4- or 5-night Western Caribbean on the Carnival Holiday from Mobile, a 5-night Baja Mexico cruise on the Carnival Elation from San Diego, a 5-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Fantasy from New Orleans, or a 7-night Florida & Bahamas cruise on the Norwegian Majesty of the Seas from Charleston.  How about sailing in a Balcony stateroom for under $100 per person, per day?  You can on a number of 7-night Caribbean cruises on the Carnival Triumph, Liberty or Valor, on Carnival Spirit’s 8-night Mexican Riviera cruises or on Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas 12-night transatlantic cruise.
 
There are a ton of deals out there and your Cruise Specialist is just the person to find them for you.  So when your stimulus check arrives, go ahead and use some of it to pay down your mortgage, or make a car payment, but be sure to keep just a little to spend on a holiday for yourself and your family.  This might be the only time the government pays for your vacation.
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