It’s not always possible to book your cruise months ahead due to work or financial commitments, therefore a ‘last minute cruise deal’, might be just what you are looking for?
Below is our TOP 10 TIPS to bag a bargain cruise:
1. If possible, get a feel for availability and pricing 3 months before travel.
2. Most cruise lines require full balance payment often between 90 to 120 days prior to departure, which means cancelled bookings may lead to more cabins going back on the market.
3. Shoulder season (early Spring and very late summer is where you might find the best bargains).
4. Peak season may mean demand is high so prices may in fact go up in price or cruises totally sell out.
5. Be prepared to be flexible with your cabin location and dining times!
6. Consider the total cost of the cruise. For example some mainstream lines now even include drinks as standard. What are the gratuities you will pay? Do you have to pay a service charge on drinks? What about excursions?
7. Look out for repositioning cruises, these are often at the start or end of the season when ships will travel between regions E.G. Transatlantic from the USA/Caribbean to the Mediterranean or vice versa. There are often some great deals to be found or why not consider a longer back-to-back cruise as a combination.
8. Make sure you can get or have travel insurance at the time of booking as the cruise will probably be at 100% cancellation charge if you cannot travel for any reason.
9. Make sure you have at least 6 months validity on your passport as this is a requirement of booking.
10, Oh, and check the dog/cat sitter is available!
Get ready to pack your bags and head off with a last minute Southampton cruise deal!
Cruise lines often sell their last minute cruises and cancellations around 3 months prior to departure and if you are flexible in not caring about your cabin number, dining time and can pay in full at the time of booking you can grab some excellent bargains – often up to 30% off, but sometimes even more!