Balcony Cabin on 7-Nt Mediterranean Cruise
FREE drinks, speciality dining package, $50 shore excursion credit, 3rd/4th guests sail FREEExpires: 09-21-2016Priceline
Deals for Cruise
Last-Minute Cruises up to 75% OFF
Choose from Alaska, Caribbean, Mexico, and Europe sailingsExpires: 09-19-2016CruiseDirect
Princess "Sun Drenched" Cruise Sale
Bonus: 3rd and 4th guest fares from only $199 on Fall and Spring sailingsExpires: 09-16-2016Princess Cruises
NCL Cruise Sale + All Drinks FREE
Free at Sea Sale offers low prices, drink for FREE, and ship creditExpires: 09-22-2016Travelocity
Autumn Cruise Sale + Hundreds in Ship Credit
Almost all cruise lines and itineraries includedExpires: 09-15-2016Travelocity
2-For-1 Viking River Cruises + FREE Air
Bonuses include FREE shore excursions, drinks + ship creditExpires: 08-31-2016Orbitz
RCCL Cruise Sale + Every 3rd Nt FREE
Reduced rates, ship credit, free spa treatments, Expires: 09-14-2016Orbitz
7-Nt Caribbean Cruise w/FREE Drinks
Sail in late August with hundreds in ship credit, FREE WiFi, moreExpires: 09-20-2016Travelocity
Celebrity Cruises on Sale from $699
All 2016 itineraries discounts + Up to $75 Onboard CreditExpires: 09-27-2016Expedia
Luxury Cruise Sale + Hundreds in Bonuses
2-for-1 fares, free gratuities, free drinks and moreExpires: 08-31-2016Priceline
Luxury Holland America Explore 4 Sale + Bonuses
Signature beverage package, Pinnacle Grill dinner, reduced fares for 3rd & 4th guest + 50% OFF faresExpires: 08-30-2016Expedia
Sale Sailings to Mexico Through 2016
Four-night cruises to Catalina and Ensenada on Carnvial shipExpires: 10-20-2016Travelocity
CaribbeanSee All »
Balcony Cabin on 6-Nt Cruise from NYC
Sail to St. Maarten and St. Thomas on Celebrity Summit with hundreds in ship credit Expires: 08-30-2016Orbitz
All Royal Caribbean Cruises 30% OFF
Select sailings offer $100-$200 credit, kids sail freeExpires: 08-31-2016Expedia
EuropeSee All »
Azamara Club Cruise "More To Love" Sale
Up to 30% OFF, FREE drinks + gratuitites, and moreExpires: 09-29-2016Orbitz
Norwegian Europe Cruises up to 80% OFF
Sailnigs from $729 + up to $1000 in ship creditExpires: 09-28-2016Expedia
AlaskaSee All »
$799 Balcony on Alaska Summer Cruise
Sail in late August from Vancouver w/FREE drinks, low rates and moreExpires: 10-20-2016Orbitz
Alaska Summer Cruises + Up to $750 Credit
Bonus: choose up to 2 amenities + no deposit requiredExpires: 11-08-2016Orbitz
MexicoSee All »
OtherSee All »
Finding a good deal on a cruise can be the key to truly enjoying your maritime getaway.
It used to be that the closer the time came to a cruise's date of departure, the more desperate cruise lines became to fill cabins, so they would offer amazing discounts. That is no longer the case. Some major cruise lines have even instituted a policy whereby they do not give any discounts at all if you book within 30 days of your departure date.
Research the prices for various cruises, and if you find a deal you like, reserve your room right away. Don't wait in the hope that prices will fall later.
Choose a Less Popular Destination
The most popular cruise destinations change from year to year. One year, Alaska might be a hot spot, while the Caribbean might be the place to go during another year. Try to find out which cruise destinations are less popular; these may be more affordable. However, you also have to consider the price of getting to your port of embarkation. If you have to spend a lot of money to get to Europe to go on a discounted cruise, you might be better off financially if you take a slightly more expensive cruise that begins closer to home.
Often, the ships that take less popular routes are older ships. This doesn't mean that the ships have been neglected in any way, but they may be lacking the latest and greatest technology and amenities. However, they can still offer an exciting cruise experience.
Look for Coupons and Promotional Deals
Peruse coupon and travel websites in search of special rates on cruises. You may find an unadvertised discount that will save you hundreds of dollars or furnish you with unexpected bonuses, like an extra land excursion or free drinks.
Sometimes, travel websites will have package deals wherein if you book a cruise, you get other travel perks for free.
Check Budget Cruise Lines First
Some cruise lines offer consistently lower rates than their more luxurious counterparts. For example, Carnival Cruises are often affordable. Things can get a little noisy on board because this cruise line caters to families with kids, but if you have children yourself, you'll have no reason to complain.
Norwegian Cruise Line also has a reputation for low prices. The rooms may not be posh, but you'll be so busy enjoying the cruise, the ports of call, and the ship's many amenities that you won't notice your simple studio cabin.