Go Cruising For Less


Cruise holidays usually represent excellent value for money, given the sheer amount of destinations you can visit and the fabulous all-inclusive nature of many cruise holidays, with on board cuisine and travel arrangements. However, everyone loves a bargain, and who can resist the chance to save money on a holiday – particularly if it means you can enjoy the savings as spending money?653_536737787217_4913_n

Take a River Cruise

In comparison to the big ships, river cruises are a bit more on the luxury side.  However, the costs of these trips aren’t nearly as elaborate for what you get.  In 2014, picturesque Russian river cruises were extremely popular.  And, it seems that this type of river cruising style isn’t slowing down in popularity either.  Asides from Russia, trips up the Danube River in central Europe is also very popular.  These cruises are an opportunity to cruise without feeling like you’re on one of those over-sized liners.

Last Minute Deals

Late deals are a popular choice and work in a similar way to package holidays. In the last few weeks leading up to the cruise holiday’s departure date, look out for discounts or special offers such as free upgrades or other incentives such as extra on board spending money. This is a great time to snap up a bargain, providing you can be as flexible as possible on your holiday criteria. For instance, try not to limit yourself to a specific itinerary or cruise operator, if it means you could save money by travelling on a similar itinerary with another brand.

Compare Holidays

Well most people tend to just pick a favourite cruise line and are done with it, if you’re looking to save money on your cruise holiday don’t just book the first thing you see, shop around.  A great way to compare holidays from all the major tour operators is to use a travel agent and browse their late deals or early bird discounts, or use the search panel to look for holidays departing within your preferred time frame.

Go Off-Season

Not only are cruises – well, actually all sorts of travel – cheaper during the off-season, but you’ll get destinations to yourself.  If you’ve ever been to Dubrovnik in July, you’ll know that arriving a midst hundredsof of other cruise travellers isn’t all that fun.  Personally, I tend to seek out the times of year that are just off-season but not so off season that the weather is terrible.  For example, if you’re booking a cruise up to see Alaska, a great time of year to go is early October.  The prices are low, but the scenery is still stunning and you’ll have fewer crowds to contend with.

So whether you’re after a short break or a month-long voyage at sea, it’s well worth spending a little time searching for the latest deals, and it means you could enjoy a fantastic cruise holiday for less. Perfect!

Author: Brendan van Son

Brendan van Son, the Editor-in-Chief at Vagabundo Magazine, is a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. He is currently exploring West Africa while working on the "It's My Life 365" project. Brendan's work has been featured across the world in both press and on a variety of online productions.

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Go Cruising For Less