When planning a vacation with family and friends, you really sweat it out, because you want to have fun, but at the same time you have to ensure your plans don’t burden your pocket. It’s true you have to pay if you want to enjoy top-notch services, but everywhere there are a few insider tips that will help you pinch a few pennies.
This article discusses a few ways you could save money on your next cruise ship vacation. Check them out.
Early bird booking –
Book in advance, almost 6 to 8 months earlier. Cruise lines offer excellent deals to travelers who several months ahead of their travel date as a promotion strategy. Make reservations during the wave season could get you free or slashed air fare, cabin upgrades, free beverage packages and other on-board complimentary amenities.
Last minute reservations –
It might not be a very practical option for a family, but if you are traveling with friends, alone or as a couple, you can book, pack and go. Last minute bookings, almost 3-6 weeks before the sail date, can help shave off a few hundred dollars. The only downside of this tactic is that you have to settle for what is given to you (e.g. Rooms without balconies); there is no choosing.
Travel off-season –
Travelers can snag a great price on a cruise ship vacation by travelling off-season. The prices dip even further during hurricane season. An advantage of travelling during the off-season is that you can escape the crowds and enjoy a more relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Grab sales and discounts –
The travel industry, as far as cruise ship vacations are concerned, has an abundance of sales and promotions. To get the latest updates, you can register with a travel agent specializing in cruise travels and vacations or sign up for newsletters. Such sales don’t offer savings over and above 50%. This is a tip to tell which offer can be trusted and which not.
Shorter cruise –
Can’t afford a week-long cruise ship vacation? You can always book yourself for a shorter one. Given the demand for shorter cruises and more affordable rates, many cruise lines offer cruise trips closer to home. It gets more economical as you save a major chunk on airfare.
Book on board –
If you are a travel buff and plan to take more cruise ship vacations in the future, you can book on board. It’s not exactly a reservation, but a credit that can be applied to any future booking you make for a cruise ship vacation. The advantages include flexibility in choosing travel date, itineraries and cruise ship and reduced deposit amount. The deposit amount is refundable.
On board savings –
The other tips you can use to save on board, on your cruise ship vacation include the following:
· Instead of booking all-inclusive air packages, make your own reservations for airfares and excursions.
· Pack light to cut costs spent on luggage fees.
· Pre-purchase meal and spa packages.
· Try to avoid buying beverage packages; if the cruise line allows you can carry your own bottle of wine or champagne.
· Do your own laundry.