Cruises are great value for money, with all your transportation, accommodation, meals, and activities rolled into one price, but everyone is looking to reduce their costs these days, so there are a number of great cruise hacks to consider before you book. One is to register your email address with deals sites such as us, also travel agencies and your favourite cruise lines, to have newsletters, sale information, and weekly deals delivered regularly to your inbox. Some will only share the best information and offers with subscribers, so it’s a great way to guarantee you’re getting in first with the best fares. If you have a specific ship and itinerary in mind, be sure to compare fares with several resellers as to what’s included, and check the fine print for booking and cancellation policies. Cruise lines also offer early bird rates when you book in advance, guaranteeing you’ll get yourself a bargain. You’ll also have plenty of time to pay off the balance, which means you can put money aside each month, and avoid the stress of owing a large sum of money at short notice. If you can be flexible, booking a cruise last minute can also work in your favour if a ship isn’t full. Great deals can be yours if you’re not fussy about your stateroom type, and when you cruise.
If you’re on board a cruise right now, you can also talk to the ship’s Cruise Consultant and get the latest on all the current special offers available. And depending on the cruise line, you may even get an additional on-the-spot discount. If you can cruise early or late in a season, or if you’re happy to take a cabin on a lower deck and forgo a balcony, you’ll often bag a bargain here too. Other tips for being flexible with your booking include cruising during shoulder season on a high seas cruise, and off-season on a river cruise, with the bonus of incentives which may be on offer such as onboard spending money. Also consider taking a one-way or repositioning cruise, as they are often less expensive than roundtrip voyages. If you have cash on hand, some travel agents and cruise lines offer an early payment discount to guests who pay in full ten months or more before departure. And finally, single cruisers often have to pay a supplement of 25 to 100 per cent on top of the fare to occupy a stateroom by themselves, but some cruise lines charge less than others, and occasionally these charges are reduced or waived.