Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Secrets for Securing Cruise Bargains

Saving those dollars

Many people think that cruising the open seas on a luxury ship is a vacation we cannot even dream of. However, with some careful planning and searching for incredible cruise bargains a cruise can be affordable. A cruise vacation can be just as much fun without having to spend a fortune. Saving money on your cruise is not just only about finding cruises bargains, but knowing how to save money when you are on board. The cheapest cruises offer the same opportunities for fun and frolic. Cruise ship companies realize that they have a huge opportunity but increased capacity and competition is forcing them to offer incredible cruise bargains to fill those cabins.

Travel Agents
Travel agents will not always offer the cheapest cruises so there is no guarantee of being offered any of those cruise bargains which are always available if you know where to look. That is the secret. However, specialist cruise travel agents will, if you ask be able to offer some great cruise bargains especially if you have cruised with them before. It is worth mentioning this when dealing with the cruise agent. Sourcing cruise forums on the internet can be a good lead to finding recommended cruise bargains. If people have had an enjoyable cheap cruise they will talk about it and may even recommend a particular cruise. We all appreciate paying less for something and some of the cheapest cruises can provide incredible value for money.

On Board Expenses

What good are cruise bargains if you find yourself spending lots of dollars on board that you had not budgeted for? When you have a short list of some of the cheapest cruises then look for those extras, and believe me they can mount up. It may surprise you but cruise operators expect an average of $100 per day spend from their passengers! You can get an idea of what sort of extras could be incurred by looking at the amenities offered on board. Cruise bargains are only a part of the cruise vacation. Think of the overall cost as a package. You are living on a ship, think of those everyday items you use (e.g. toiletries). Cruise ships have shopping arcades offering these everyday items but at a price. Your cruise bargain can rapidly turn into a more than you bargained for cruise!

Final word on Cruise Bargains

Further tips to make the cheapest cruises even cheaper:

Sign up for the nightly games; you may win a travel bag, T-shirt. They can be of good quality.

All ships even those which offer cruise bargains will have a “shop talk” on the first day at sea. Sit at the front as they often throw out samples into the audience.

When you get home, write to the cruise line telling them of your wonderful holiday. They may well respond offering you a discount or voucher for your next cruise to add to the cruise bargains you can find for your next cruise vacation.

These are general tips to enhance the cruise bargains on offer. They have been compiled from input given by those who have cruised on many ships and found these tips make their cruise smooth sailing. Bon Voyage. For a comprehensive guide visit

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