You may very well have the perfect method for scoring the top cruise deals, but if you don’t, we’ll give you a little tried and true advice – at least as tried and true as travel booking advice can be in today’s fast-evolving industry – that will help you land a super deal on a cruise to somewhere sensational. From automobile and warehouse club memberships to opt-in emails and simply knowing the right time to book for discounts, we’ll show you how to find the best cruise deals for 2017.
Ready to start? Let’s jump into the money-saving waters.
Check Your Inbox
Hopefully, you’re signed up to receive emails from all of the cruise lines you could ever be even slightly interested in sailing with. The emails these cruise companies send you will range from new destination announcements to severely slashed price notifications on cruises that aren’t filled up yet or that are limited-time promotions. These deal emails are the ones you’ll specifically want to keep an eye out for. Instead of deleting them all so they don’t clog up your inbox, send them to their own dedicated folder and then sort through them once a week or so.
Tweet for Savings
If you’re looking for last-minute bargains, look on Twitter. Cruise lines and cruise booking sites often Tweet specials on cruises that will sail within 60 to 90 days, and sometimes these companies will Tweet contests or promos on newly launched cruises. Use Twitter’s list functionality to create a deal aggregator that will help you keep track of any discounts or special offers.
Watch Daily Deals Sites and Boutique Travel Booking Sites
Not often, but occasionally, you can find steep savings on European cruises or exotic cruises using a daily deals travel site like Jetsetter. Also, Groupon and Living Social advertise specials on cruises once in a while. It doesn’t hurt to subscribe to emails from these companies and those like them, and then simply glance through the marketing fluff to check for solid deals you might want to take advantage of.
Many times, the best deals are had when travelers commit to their cruises well ahead of time, which means sometimes booking seasons ahead or a year before cruising. Depending on the destination, booking ahead could be the only way you’ll get to cruise – for instance, Christmas market river cruises usually sell out 2 years ahead of time or more.
How to Find the Best Cruise Deals: Start Searching!
In addition to these tips for how to find the best cruise deals for 2017, there are probably at least a dozen more ways to secure a great price on your next cruise. The thing is, you have to look. Think about putting in an hour or 2 every once in a while to potentially reap the rewards of a slashed price cruise to a where your spirit is calling. You can start with the tips we mentioned, and then check with any automobile associations you belong to or can belong to (AAA is offering some fantastic cruise deals for 2017) – and you should inquire with warehouse clubs like Costco if you haven’t already. You can also find deep discounts on cruises on Priceline and the cruise lines’ websites themselves.
Have you found any super deals for cruising in 2017? If so, we’d love to hear about your savings and find out where you’re going!