Everyone wants to travel the world, right? How luxury cruise sound? Warm beaches, great call outlets, fine dining, 5 star service, fruit swings and umbrellas. Who can resist?
Of course there is one small problem – the terrible prices that put the dream of a sea vacation out of reach of 90% of people. But there is hope. I'm here to help you find the absolute best travel cruise deals. Wholesale prices, motivational cruises, and even the occasional F.R.E.E trip in the bag of tricks. My goal is to show you how to plan, find, book and enjoy a cruise on a limited budget whether your first or 10th trip.
Be sure to check out this month's top tips, insider secrets, and tricks that the travel industry doesn't want to know about how to get a great travel deal.
Here are 5 ideas to start finding the cheapest cruise deals:
1) Go off season
Everyone and their brother are planning a cruise in spring or early summer. Think of a spring break and this is where you will find crowds. The cruise industry will not offer any good travel deals during a busy season because they simply don't have to. Expect 20-30% cheaper fare for off-season cruises.
Bonus: Air fares will also be cheaper during less travel months, saving you extra money.
2) Consider re-setting
These cruises are severely reduced because the cruise line is simply moving the boat from one home port to another. They must make this journey regardless of the number of passengers who register. You'll get a few ports – but if you're a true cruise lover, the extra days at sea won't be a big burden. You can expect to save 40-60% on a daily basis on regular cruises.
3) Skip the trip
Most US cruises come from Florida and California, but did you know that dozens of other departure ports (where do you leave) are available? Unexpected places like New Orleans, Houston, Seattle, New Jersey and even Mobile, AL offer some cruise routes a year. If you can travel from somewhere within a short drive, how much will you save? Expect travel costs to and from the port of departure to easily drop $ 1000 for a family of 4.
BONUS: You won't have to worry about the hotel on either side of the trip in this scenario.
4) Last minute savings
Often, if your schedule is flexible, good travel deals can be made within the last two months before departure. Think about it – the boat is running, and overhead is relatively constant, so empty halls cost large cruise lines that can never be recovered. Sign up for email newsletters (cheapcruises.com, vacationstogo.com and travelzoo.com are favorites) so you get priority notice of air travel deals.
5) Speak and Cruise
If you are on a cruise, you know that there is an infinite range of recreational and educational opportunities on board. Everything from weaving the underwater basket, to drawing lessons, to seminars about wine tasting. Did you know that each of these providers and their families receive a free cruise for a few hours of work? Do you work for two hours to get a free cruise?