Finding Discount Cruises
Have you always dreamed of taking a cruise but never thought you could afford it? Well, if you are diligent and do some research you will be able to find many affordable cruises. With all the cruise lines available today many cruise lines don't always book to their full capacity. So you can find some good deals here. Do some checking online and you might be surprised at the discounts you will find. If you are not fixed on a specific destination this could be another great way to save. This way you can catch certain promotions as they arrive. Try to book a cruise in the off season. You will find much bigger discounts than if you try to book during the peak season. Let’s say you want to travel to Alaska. You would want to book it for September instead of June which is during peak season. Remember that peak season from May to July is expensive. If you choose months like September, October and November you will find cruises are much cheaper.
You can also use a travel agent to find deals for you. Just make sure they are a member of the American Society of Travel Agents or the equivalent in your country. Travel agents that deal with certain cruise lines on a regular basis should be able to get you a better price as well. Most travel agents have special rates for those that book early.
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When booking a cruise you probably should not go for the cruise air packages. It should save you money if you plan your own transportation. You will probably avoid multiple flight connections as well. Also be aware of the cruise line tour excursions off the ship. They are generally priced higher than private tours. You can also check to see if the cruise line offers group discounts. It is generally cheaper to travel with a group or club. Another thing to consider is the sleeping cabins. It could be much cheaper to stay in an inside cabin without a window than staying in one that has a window or even a balcony room. After all, you will be spending very little time there any way. Stay away from booking suites since they are pricier as well.
The most important thing to remember is this is your vacation, so take your time and do some research. Compare cruise lines and their packages. What does each have to offer and at what price? Be flexible if you don't have a certain destination in mind, you will have a better choice of packages and discounts. Keep a look out for last minute deals. If you happen to find a great deal online, always make sure that they are a member of the Better Business Bureau. Plus, make sure that their web site is secure before you book anything. Whether you book online or over the phone always write down the confirmation numbers. You also should write down the names of the people you deal with over the phone, along with their extension numbers and you should also have them email you your confirmations and other important information as well.