There are some simple ways to ensure the greatest value from your cruise vacation:
- Purchasing a cruise well in advance assures the best fare. Last-minute sales, if there are any, can easily be negated by the cost of last-minute airfare to the port. Booking six months to a year in advance is often best: get more advice on this from your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
- Peak season brings peak prices, so cruise a little before or after the busiest time. For example, look at Caribbean sailings between Spring Break and graduation season; or the Greek Isles in fall. You should encounter better prices, fewer crowds, and nice weather.
- Drink packages (unlimited water and soft drinks for a set price) can be convenient, but think about whether it will pay off for you. Check the rules for your cruise line, which may allow you to bring your own bottled water and soft drinks on board, ensuring your preferred brands at a reasonable price.
- Everyone loves a treatment in the onboard spa, but the prices may turn you away. Don’t give up too quickly – ask if there are discounts when the ship is in port, and you may secure a bargain price.
- Bypass specialty restaurants that require an extra fee. The gourmet cuisine is tempting, but you can dine very well at the venues included in your base fare.
Finally, if you love all the luxurious extras and don’t want to go without them, consider booking a cruise on a luxury line. Fares are higher, but they often include shore excursions, alternative dining, laundry services, WiFi and other amenities that cost extra on mainstream ships. Let your budget and Anita, your Cruise Holidays cruise expert, guide you!
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