This must be a question on your mind if you are looking to book a cruise holiday. First, ships lure you with a cheap room deal and offer you onboard credit but then charge you around with high-priced drinks, non-included restaurants, and dollar-a-minute Internet…whoops. A couple of years ago, I went on the Oasis of the Seas on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean. The listed price of this cruise? $800 USD. That’s expensive for a week of cruising. You could get a cheap cruise in Southeast Asia for a month on that kind of money. Luckily, there are, in fact, ways to take a cheap cruise for as little as $50 per day. It just takes a bit of patience, a lot of discipline, and generally being smart when on board.
Given the current situation aroung Covid 19 and the effect it has had on the cruise industry, a lot has changed since April 2020. Today people are more aware about how to travel safely. Further with a global vaccination drive on top gear a lot of the fears around the pandemic has gone away and the cruise industry is seeing increased demand for cruise bookings for the rest of 2021.
Book your cruise very early or last minute.
Booking a cheap cruise is actually quite easy and requires only one thing flexibility. See, cruise pricing is similar to tour pricing. The closer you get to the departure date, the cheaper the cruise becomes. Because cruise ships don’t want to depart with half-empty boats, so they drop prices steadily until that boat is leaving port, since for them empty cabins mean less money.
Cruises make the majority of their money from what people purchase on board, so they want to have maximum occupancy on those ships. Plus, most of the crew earns their money from tips, so they need to keep the crew happy. Most of all who is going to book a cruise that is only half full which means many of the ammenities on board could be closed or non operational.
You can also book early, but I find last-minute cruise bookings to be the best. And since you are booking close to departure, you need to be flexible with where you are willing to go or totally fine with not booking the actual cruise.
Do it yourself cruise bookings get the best deals.
Gone are the days where many travellers would approach the traditional travel agents to find a good deal. While we can say with a lot of confidence this trend is fast changing and the internet travel search engines have fast replaced the travel agents. These do it yourself cruise booking platform do a detailed job of scouring the web for cheap cruise deals and show you the best deals for river, sea or boat cruises. You could search and filter cruises and book themed cruises or choose location/ port of departure or choose from a particular cruise line. This way you can custom tailor your cruise travel plan and trust me you could be surprised at some of the deals out there. While dealing with a travel agent he will only show you cruise bookings for cruise liners they have a tie up with and will often sell you a cruise where they earn a higher commission which may not neccessarily be the best deal for you.
The only benefit to booking a cruise travel early is to secure the room you want.” If you want a specific cabin, book early. Otherwise, wait until the last minute. As I said in the beginning, cruise companies don’t want to sail empty ships and so book last minute cruise deals for heavy discounting. be sure to sign up for cruise company newsletters to stay informed or do a frequent search on their travel sites for updated pricing and departure schedules. Further these days many of the online cruise booking platforms offer you a book now pay later option with no cancellation fees which is really nice. The best part about going on a cruise now is the cruise industry is just getting back to speed and there are so many ships now, prices are at an all-time low. Now is a great time to go on a cruise.