Cruise Tips For Couples
Advise on Booking Cruise Ship Vacations
Here are some cruise tips for when you are planning you romantic vacations. Actually, planning any vacation may seem like a daunting task, with its complications, trying to get the best deals on accommodations and travel plans. It is no wonder that people get confused trying to book a cruise, especially when you are trying to find the right cruise for the best price. So what do you do? Should you really book your cruise a year in advance, like everyone says or do you hold off and pray that you get what you want for a better price?
The good news and the bad news is that there is no really good answer to the question. With the sheer variety of cruises out there, changes in various policies in long-standing companies and marketing strategies, things happening in politics and world events, cruise pricing has been all over the map, so to speak. However, here are some guidelines that may help with some of the confusion.
Cruise Tips # 1 Shop Around
First, do not be afraid to shop around and compare prices, accommodations and cruises. No cruise line offers exactly the same cruise and cruises within the same company aren't always the same, either. Rest assured that you are always going to have a great experience, no matter which cruise line you choose, but there are pros and cons to each one.
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Expedia is another industry giant that's worth taking a look at when searching for cruise deals. They have quite a selection of Get a great deal on a 3 to 4 day cruise! - Ongoing as well as other deals.
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You can compare cruise lines, read reviews, compare prices and accommodations and see what choices are out there. Of course, you may find that you end up with information overload.
Once you have an idea of the price range and the type of cruise you want to go on and where you want to go, you can begin to narrow the focus of your search.
Cruise Tips # 2 Flexibility
Unless you are forced into specific dates for your vacation, which really limits your choices, flexibility is your friend. Just like the airlines, cruising is a first come first served business. The more flexible you are with your departure and arrival dates, the more options you have and the better chances you have of scoring a better price.
Having very limited flexibility means that you should book your cruise as soon as you can, and it's best to do so, at least six months prior to departure.
The bad news about booking early is that you can't take advantage of the absolute best prices. Many of the cruise lines frown on changing your departure date mid stream, though in order to keep you on the cruise that you are originally booked for, they may offer you a cabin upgrade.
What you have when you book a cruise is a practically guaranteed reservation. Because of weather conditions and other considerations, no competent cruise line is going to promise a specific departure date, but very few have reneged on their passengers.
What being flexible really affords you is a chance to score that awesome cabin on the dream cruise, with little to no notice at a discount that may occasionally show up. The only downside to these deals is that you have to act at the drop of the hat and have your passport and documentation ready and pretty much be packed and ready to go.Cruise Tips # 3 Other Booking Options
Other booking options are choosing destinations that are not as popular such as a cruise up the Eastern Seaboard, from Miami to New England in the fall, or maybe choose a cruise during the "off season", like Alaska in May or September.
Alaska in July and August sells out fast, and is considered peak season. September and May, while still considered "tourist" season for Alaska, is not so popular, you may get a better cabin, or pay less for the cruise itself.
While you consider when to book, remember to take into consideration where you are going. It helps if you have a wish list, a budget and your options to help you decide what you want out of your cruise.
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