How to Find Discount Cruises Online

05 January 2018 | By admin in Cruise Deals, Cruising Tips

Discount cruises to the Caribbean are available if you know how to find them. It may take a little effort on your part, but it’s so rewarding when you get the deal you’ve been searching for. Here are a few suggestions to help you discover one of the many Caribbean cruise deals offered.

Searching for cruise deals can be very complicated for many reasons. First, there are too many places to look. There are hundreds of travel agents and cruise sites who all want your business and it’s easy to get a headache just thinking about it. Second, even if you narrow those options down to a few, you then have to decide which cruise, out of thousands available, to take.

My first recommendation is for you to rule out all travel agents. Why? They will charge fees for a service you can do yourself. You are not their only customer, so you won’t always get their full attention. Also, some travel agents will try to push a more expensive deal so they can earn more commissions.

Searching online is the best way to find discount cruises. Here are some steps to take to find a cruise selling at a discount:

1. Decide when and where you’d like to go before searching. This will help a great deal. One way to help you decide this is to go to cruise direct (a link is provided on the top-right of this page) and choose various options on their search form. After playing around with this search, you should be able to come up with some cruises you like. Make note of them.

2. Go to the cruise line website and check for prices for each of the cruises you chose from step 1. Make note of these prices, as well. Sometimes the cruise line will offer deals you can’t get from other sites.

3. Go to several other travel sites and check the same cruises. You might be surprised by the results. Generally, many of them will be the same or they will vary by a few dollars. I did an experiment two weeks ago with the sole purpose of looking for discount cruises. For the experiment, I chose a 4 day Carnival cruise leaving Mobile in October. Almost every travel site I checked listed the price as $219. When I checked Carnival’s site, they had a fare that was $189 for the same cruise. However, one of the travel sites beat that fare. Travelocity showed a fare of $159, but there was a $19 fee you’d have to pay for their booking service. Even with the fee, the price for two people is $337, which is lower than Carnival’s $378. There were only 4 cabins available at that price, so to get the discount you would have to reserve quickly. When you’re checking these sites, be sure to add Travelocity to your list to check.

As I stated in the introduction, finding discount cruises isn’t always easy. But, if you use the right tools and put in a little effort, you’ll be enjoying a low priced cruise in the near future.

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