Although cruises have become much more accessible and are no longer enjoyed only by the upper classes, many people still think that they can’t afford the luxury that is offered by most cruise ships. This, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not only have cruises become incredibly affordable but it is also possible to get all the luxury at a very generous discount. Interested how? Below are a few tips how to get a cruise of your lifetime and pay less.
Just like the conventional holiday packages, cruise packages are more expensive during high season. It’s simple, really. It’s when the majority of people go on a holiday and therefore, cruise operators don’t really have a hard time selling their packages. During off-season, on the other hand, not many people go on a holiday. Therefore, travel agencies have to work very hard to attract those few folks that decide to take a break from work and go on a trip. And one of the methods to attract their attention is to offer generous discounts.
If you can’t or don’t want to take a cruise during off-season but don’t want to pay the full price, it may be worth to consider last minute deals. These are not as great as off-season packages but they usually include fantastic discounts.
Another way to get luxury at a discount is to book early. Again, you will pay more than off-season and probably also more than if you decide for a last minute deal. But if you have already set the date and know exactly where you want to go, it is a good idea to book early. Not only you will get exactly the cabin and service you want but you will also pay less. Generally, the earlier you book the greater the discount.
Sometimes travel agencies and cruise operators claim to offer great discounts but in reality, they don’t offer any savings. What they do is set the initial price unreasonably high, so that the discounted price is actually the ‘normal’ price. Therefore, be sure to do some research on the average prices to avoid being tricked by packages that aren’t really discounted.
They all eventually make profit, however, some are satisfied with a lower profit than the others. Shopping around can thus save you a considerable amount of money.