Cruise holidays are exceptional value for money, with all transportation, accommodation, meals, and activities rolled into one price, but everyone is looking to save money these days, so how can you do it when choosing a cruise? One thing you can do is book early; cruise lines often offer early bird rates when you book well in advance; not only might you bag a bargain, but you will also have the flexibility to choose your own stateroom. You’ll have plenty of time to pay off the balance, which means you can put money aside each month to avoid the stress of owing a large sum of money at short notice. Conversely, if you can be flexible, booking a cruise last minute can also work in your favour – but only if a ship isn’t full. Great deals are up for grabs if you’re not fussy about your stateroom type, and when you cruise. If you are currently on a cruise, booking your next cruise while you’re on the high seas can work in your favour. Talk to the ship’s Cruise Consultant, as they will be able to tell you about any current special offers available, and take a booking for your next cruise adventure. And depending on the cruise line, you may even be eligible for an additional on-the-spot discount, or an upgrade.
If you can cruise early or late in a specific destination season, or if you’re happy to take a cabin on a lower deck and forgo a balcony, being flexible will can also result in securing a great deal. Other tips for being flexible with your booking include cruising during the shoulder season on a high seas cruise, or off-season on a river cruise, with the bonus of a lineup of incentives potentially on offer such as free onboard spending money. Also consider taking a one-way or repositioning cruise, as they are often less expensive than roundtrip voyages, and if you have cash on hand, you may be eligible for an early payment discount if you can pay for your cruise in full ten months or earlier before departure. And finally, solo cruisers can 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 supplementary charges are reduced, or even completely waived. They all have solo offers available from time to time, and deals for early bookings, and if you’re flexible with your travel dates you’ll have the pick of the best offers.