Sailing the high seas -- rather than hopping aboard a plane, train, or automobile -- is becoming a preferred way to travel. After all, your meals, entertainment, and accommodations are all included in the initial price. But discerning cruisers also know that a watery holiday can leave a sizeable dent in your savings. And with the variety of package options available, it's hard to know if you're getting the best bang for your buck.
With some help from the Hotwire Group, U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of the season's best cruise lines for your wallet and some clever tips to help you save big on your next trip.
-- Liz Weiss