Cruises are renowned as one of the best options for easy and affordable holidays. In fact, they’re one of very few travel options that include all of your accommodation, transport, meals and sometimes even drinks for a fraction of what it would cost to book all of the above separately on a regular land-based holiday. However there are even more ways to save when it comes to cruise deals. From early bird savers to re-positioning cruises, here are 5 amazing ways to save big on your next cruise holiday.
They say the early bird gets the worm and if you’re ready to nab an early bird deal you could be enjoying some huge savings. Early bird deals are one of the best ways to save money on cruises, and by securing your spot on a cruise months (or even years) in advance, you can save thousands. Most major cruise lines offer a number of special early bird deals, so be sure to subscribe to your favourite cruise newsletters to take advantage of these deals as soon as they are released.
On the opposite end of the scale, last minute bookings are also a great way to save. In fact, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book. While it can sometimes be a bit of a gamble, if you’re fairly flexible with your deck level, cabin type and even dates of travel then last minute price drops are the way to go. As cruise departure dates approach, cruise lines often drop their prices significantly to try and fill any remaining cabins which can lead to some astronomical savings for you.
One of the most common ways to save on cruises is with a great range of bonus offers, onboard inclusions and upgrades. Scope out which cruise lines offer the biggest discounts and onboard credits to get the biggest bang for your buck. Keep an eye out for price beat policies and for cruises which don’t charge credit card or booking fees to save further. Always be ready to bargain and don’t forget to ask for whatever bonuses are on offer, you might be surprised by how significant the savings can be.
While it's tempting to splash out and book the expensive balcony suite with the premium views, inside cabins are going to save you a lot of money. Besides, how much time are you really planning on spending in your room when you have a whole entire ship to explore?! From all-you-can-eat buffets to waterslides and talent shows, cruises have so much to offer outside of your room. Plus, you can use that money you saved on your room and put it towards those bucket list shore excursions like scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef.
Insides tip: Lower deck cabins are almost always cheaper!
If you don't mind spending a few extra days at sea, re-positioning cruises are a great way to save money. Usually scheduled for spring and autumn, re-positioning cruises occur when the cruise line needs to re-locate the ship to a new departure point ahead of its peak season. For example, cruise ships sailing around the Mediterranean will often relocate to the Caribbean during the European winter. These cruises don't begin and end at the same port of call, they are one-way cruise journeys with less stops than your typical cruise. Offered at heavily discounted prices, re-positioning cruises also allow plenty of time for relaxation and enjoying the ship's fantastic onboard facilities.
Have you used any of these money savings hacks on your cruise holiday? Tell us about your best ways to save money on a cruise in the comments below!