Cruises are pretty well known 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, so we’ve put together some of the easiest ways to save money on cruises.
They say the early bird gets the worm and if you’re ready to nab an early bird deal you could be enjoying some big, fat, juicy 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 enjoy some significant savings. Most major cruise lines offer a number of special early bird deals, so whether you’ve been planning your cruise for ages or are simply attracted by the savings, booking early is a sure fire way to save money.
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 this 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 which are constantly being offered by different cruise lines. 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.
What’s your best tip for saving money on cruises?