Never tried a cruise? Then you don’t know what you’re missing!
A gentle ocean breeze. The best food, drink and entertainment. Friendly staff catering to your every need. Exotic ports, beautiful people and high-speed Wi-Fi so you can share your best moments (if you want).
However, prices on cruises are determined by many factors. And the difference between getting a good deal and an absolutely fabulous deal makes all the difference. Let’s face it, how upset would you be if you found out that the person in the cabin next to you paid hundreds or even thousands less than you did for the same trip?
That’s why we have put together the five tips below in-order to help you get the best deal possible on your next (or first) cruise!
Understanding the Cruise Industry
Getting a good deal begins with understanding the cruise industry and using that to your advantage.
You see, cruise lines don’t typically negotiate their prices, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot get a great deal on your next cruise.
In addition to price, you can also get a far better deal if you learn how to negotiate for some of the extra perks that can quickly add to your cruise bill.
tip 1: search online
Search online to find the lowest price on the cruise you want. Be sure to consider and record not just the cruise and ship but also the perks and accommodations included for the price when comparing offers. Check with the cruise line itself and also cruise-selling websites.
tip 2: call around
Call travel agents and state the price you found, then ask if they can beat it. They might not be able to get you a lower starting price, but they might be able to add on some perks, like complimentary spa treatments, or free bar service to make the price a better value.
tip 3: be flexible with your dates
Tell the travel agent that your dates of travel and destination are flexible. Sometimes you can get a better rate by traveling during a less-popular week or visiting a slightly different area of the world.
tip 4: ask about airfare promotions
Inquire with the cruise line about airfare promotions. You might be able to lower the total cost of your trip by getting discounted airfare through the cruise line.
tip 5: wait until the last minute!
Call the cruise line to ask about last-minute deals. If your travel plans can be flexible, you can get extremely low rates toward the date of departure as cruise lines look to fill their empty rooms. Keep in mind that you will have limited choices when it comes to the type of room and your destination by getting a deal this way. But you may be able to get a great cruise at an exceptionally low price.