Everyone wants to travel the world, right? How does a luxury cruise sound? Warm beach, faucet overseas port, fine dining, 5 star service, humps and falls umbrella drinks. Who can resist?
The course has one small problem – the inhumane price that keeps the cruise vacation dream out of the reach of 90% of people. But there is hope. I’m here to help you find the absolute best cruise travel deals. Wholesale prices, incentive cruises and even occasional FREE trips are at stake. My goal is how to plan, find, book and enjoy a lifetime cruise vacation on a glittering budget is your first cruise or your tenth.
Be sure to check out this month’s Top Hints, Insider Secrets and Travel Industries to find out what you don’t want to know about how to get great cruise travel deals.
Here are 5 ideas to start looking for cheap cruise bargains:
1) Go off-season
Everyone and their brother are planning a cruise in early spring or early summer. Think spring break and that’s where you’ll find the crowd. The cruise industry is not offering any good cruise travel business in their busy season because they simply don’t need it. Expect 20-30% cheaper fares for off-season cruises.
Bonus: Air travel will also be cheaper because of the extra money you save in less travel months.
2) Reconsider the position
These cruises are heavily discounted because the cruise line only operates boats from one home port to another. How many passengers will have to take this trip without signing up. You’ll find a few less ports – but if you’re a true cruise lover, the extra days at sea won’t be a big burden. You can expect 40-60% savings on a daily basis on regular cruises.
3) Leave the flight
Most shipping in the U.S. originates from Florida and California, but did you know that dozens of other port blockades (where you left off) are available? Unexpected places like New Orleans, Houston, Seattle, New Jersey, and even mobile, the A-League offers a few cruise trips a year. How much can you save if you can easily drive from somewhere within driving distance? Forecasts for incoming and outgoing travel from Embarkation Port for an easy drop down to 1000 1000 for 4 families.
Bonus: Also, you don’t have to worry about hotels on either side of the cruise in this scene.
4) Last minute savings
Often if your schedule is flexible, a good cruise travel contract can lead to departures in the last 2 months. Think about it – the boat is moving, the overhead is relatively stable, so empty statrooms cost large sums of money for a cruise line that can never be recovered. Sign up for the email newsletter (cheap cruises.com, welcomestogo.com, and travelju.com) my favorites) so you can get cruise travel priority notifications.
5) Talk and cruise
If you ever go on a cruise trip, you know that the board has an endless array of entertainment and educational opportunities. From underwater basket weaving to painting classes, wine tasting seminars Everything Did you know that this presenter and his family each received a complimentary cruise instead of a 1 hour work session? Do you work 2 hours to get a free cruise?