Lots of people come to this site in search of last minute cruises and cruise deals however there are other ways to save on your cruise holiday. In the article extract below some cruise experts share their knowlefe on how to get the best deal.
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It can be one of the most infuriating situations on a cruise ship – finding out that the couple in the cabin next to you paid significantly less for exactly the same getaway.
Every holidaymaker loves a bargain and in today’s digital age there are plenty of deals to be had – if you know where to look or when to book a deep sea or river cruise.
Some of the biggest savings can be had on trips booked months in advance or at the last minute, or when the getaway is made at off-peak times or with sacrifices.
- Book Early
- Good bargains are available when cruise ship itineraries are announced 18 to 24 months in advance
- Be Flexible
- Passengers can find huge savings if they are willing to be flexible with itineraries, dates and cruise lines
- Wait until the last minute
- Although options may be limited, holidaymakers may find huge savings if they book at the last minute
- Repositioning cruises
- Passengers who opt for a repositioning cruise should be prepared to spend a long time at sea
- Travel at low season
- Some of the best deals are offered in the off-season, including winter itineraries in the Mediterranean
- Choose an inside cabin
- Inside cabins on Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean ship, come with ‘virtual balconies’
- Consider the ship and port of departure
- Holidaymakers may want to consider a port closer to home, as packages without airfare can be cheaper
- Shop around and do your research
- Passengers should also budget for land excursions, tips for staff, shopping and beauty treatments
Cruise Lines International Association, which represents some of the largest companies, said those who have their hearts set on a specific itinerary or cabin should book early to take advantage of early bird savings.
Adam Coulter, UK editor of CruiseCritic.co.uk, said the booking game played by cruise lines is similar to the one played by airlines.
Holidaymakers who book when itineraries are announced 18 to 24 months before a ship’s departure will generally get a good deal and possibly extras such as on-board credit, a cabin upgrade or a beverage package, he said.
The experts suggest checking out the different fares on offer from cruise lines, and speaking to travel agents or tour operators to find out if they can score a better deal or additional perks.