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How to save money when booking a cruise

October 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Cruises

There is no denying that even with the recent price increases for cruises that they are still one of the best travel bargains around. Because the price of your cruise will include: lodging, food and much of your entertainment, you will find it hard to beat getting that kind of deal. However, even with the value that cruises offer, it can still mean shelling out a substantial amount of money, to get yourself and possibly your family sailing off onto the sunset. The good news is that there are some tips that will help you do just that. Here is what you need to know about how to save money when booking a cruise-

  • Book early-Many cruise lines offer discounts for those travelers, who are willing to book early. This means that if you can plan your cruise vacation year ahead, you may be able to save substantial money. Most often the price of your cruise will go add from about a year out to the final two weeks before sailing. This means that the earlier you can book, the more likely you are to save.
  • Book late-If you are on the end of the travel spectrum and can pick up and go, at a moment’s notice you are likely to get a great price on your cruise. The cruise line wants to fill every cabin when the leave ship leaves port, so they will mark down the remaining cabins at a substantial discount. However, you should keep in mind that if you choose to book this way, there is a high chance that you won’t get exactly the type of cabin or the location on the ship that you want, since those would have most likely been taken, by cruisers who booked earlier.
  • Understand what all inclusive really means-Many first time cruisers pay the cost of their cruise only to find themselves horrified to be presented with a bill at the end of their journey. Keep in mind that inclusive means different things, on different cruise lines. There may be some things on the ship that are not covered by the price of your ticket. For example-Most cruise lines do not cover alcoholic beverages. If you want to drink on your cruise, you will need to be prepared to pay for it. In addition, some cruise lines add in a gratuity to the price of the ticket, (typically $15 dollars a day) while others will expect you to tip when the ship returns back to the deporting port. You may even find that some specialty restaurants will charge a surcharge, while other areas on the ship are free to eat from. Knowing what cost on your cruise and what is included, will help you to stay on your travel budget.
  • Be wary of shore excursions-While it can be tempting to book your shore excursions, when you book your cruise, this is not always the best way to save money. The cruise line works with the shore excursion company, to provide shore excursions, for their passengers. This means that both companies are making money, off of the fact that you booked with them. Many times you can find the same shore excursion available when you get off in the port, for a much lower price, or even free (a day at the beach etc.) However, there is one note of caution with this tip. If you are taking a shore excursion that is booked through the ship, this means that the shore excursion company will have to have you back, before you ship departs. If you book a shore excursion on your own, you don’t have the same guarantee.

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