April 18, 2010
By Judy McEuen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Apr. 18, 2010/ — Sailing to exotic and picturesque destinations is a welcome break from the monotony and stress of the daily grind. Rather than wasting time in airports or arguing with taxi drivers, many travelers have found respite from the hassle of air and land travel on ocean cruises.
What better way to travel to holiday destinations than by spending it vacationing on a luxury cruise ship? Just imagine days of being pampered onboard while waiting to reach your destination. A much better deal is to be able to stretch your budget while you’re at it. So, it’ll serve you well to learn a few tricks on how to save money on cruises.
Book your ticket when it is cheapest
Book your ticket when it’s cheapest. You don’t have to pay the full price to enjoy the same level of pampering in a cruise ship. Timing is essential. Shop around for early bird specials or last minute deals. These are valid marketing campaigns to maximize sales. Cruise companies want to make sure that they are going to sail on a full ship, so they are likely to offer big discounts to early birds to ensure a full seating capacity. If their quota is not reached 30 to60 days before sailing time, a call for last minute deals is most likely. When demand is low, cruise liners are more than willing to lose a few hundred dollars on your cruising fare in the hopes that your on-board purchases will cover it.
Take advantage of dollar-off discounts and other promotions. Believe it or not, coupons for cruises are also available online. Check out from the official websites of cruise companies as well as from your online travel agents. Cruise companies also offer complimentary beverages, food and transportation which can save you hundreds of dollars if you are sharp enough to grab them while available.
Consider getting an all-inclusive cruising deal. These all-inclusive deals include your onboard suite, meals and beverages, onshore accommodation and return airfare to your port of embarkation. All-inclusive prices will not only save you a few hundred dollars, it’ll also help you stick to the budget and avoid over-spending on your holiday.
Book a cheaper suite. The location of your suite has a significant impact on how much your cruise is going to cost you. Balcony and outside suite or cabins are more expensive. If you don’t have to have these rooms, then opt for an inside cabin because they are more inexpensive and it’ll save you also from having to look at the stormy sea if the weather doesn’t feel like being too friendly.
Choose your port wisely
Finally, don’t spend on airfare if you don’t have to. Many cruisers unnecessarily spend hundreds of dollars on airfare for unwise port choices. Check which ports are nearest you and book a cruise from there. Consider driving from your home to your port of embarkation to save on air fare. Most ports have allotted secured parking spaces for cruise passengers; so, you don’t have to worry about your car while you’re at sea.
Finally, to bag the most affordable deals that can help you save money on cruises, make use of cruise comparison sites such as Travelocity, Cruisedirect, and Priceline. Check out the offers available and compute which one is the best deal of all.