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How to Save on Cruises

Updated on August 13, 2014

There are many ways to cut the costs of a cruise vacation. Whether you are on a tight budget, looking to save for a financial goal, or simply looking to get the most for your money so you can travel more often, try these ways to save on cruises.

Budget Cruise Options

There are many ways to save with budget cruises.

You may look for a cruise on an older ship that belongs to a well-known line. These older ships are by no means junky; you'll find them on many well-known cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, or Princess. But they aren't the mega shops of today that you would expect to see in port.

Often, an older ship has been retrofitted to have many of the modern amenities you expect to find in cruising. But it may not have as many amenities as a modern ship. If you don't mind a few less entertainers or restaurants, or a smaller cabin, you'll be find.

Or you can cruise on a budget cruise line. Top choice for budget cruise lines include Celebration and Voyages of Discovery. Celebration offers short cruises from Florida to the Bahamas. Voyages of Discovery offer educational cruises around the globe. Their boats have fewer flashy amenities but offer onboard entertainment, lectures, and of course top cruising destinations.

Ways to save on cruise travel.
Ways to save on cruise travel. | Source

Off Season Cruising

Low season cruising or off season cruising can be a great way to enjoy a relaxing vacation to a top cruise destination without paying full price.

So-called low season cruises takes place during the off-peak season for a particular area. Since cruising is so seasonal and very international, you can find low season cruises in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. For example, spring and fall are low season in Alaska. Summer is low season in Canada and New England, as well as in Australia. And certain parts of winter are low season for parts of Europe and for the Caribbean.

Take an open approach to international cruising, and you'll be able to combine global travel and competitive prices.

Repositioning Cruises

A repositioning cruise happens when a ship on a particular cruise line is trying to get from Point A (say Alaska) to Point B (Puerto Vallarta). In this case, the ship could cruise down the Pacific coastline without any passengers. But that would not be profitable. By selling tickets to a so-called repositioning cruise, the cruise line can turn the ship around and earn money. Passengers like you win because tickets are cheaper.

Budget cruise ideas.
Budget cruise ideas.

These are just a few of the ways that you can save money off your next vacation. Discount travel websites and travel bundles can help you make your vacation even cheaper by shaving hundreds off your hotel, flight, and transportation to your cruise.

© 2014 Lindsey D.

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