11 Nt Mediterranean Cruise + Kids Sail FREE
Sail to Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, and Israel - includes FREE drinksExpires: 03-24-2017Expedia
Deals for Cruise
RCCL Every 3rd Nt FREE Sale
Bonus: Receive up to $100 discount per stateroom on all sailingsExpires: 02-10-2017Expedia
Maiden Majestic Adriatic Sea Princess Cruise
Includes up to $600 onboard spending money - 3rd & 4th guests just $349Expires: 01-31-2017Princess Cruise Line
4-Nt Cruise to Cozumel & Key West
Includes up to a 3-category upgrade and limited time reduced ratesExpires: 01-31-2017Priceline
Luxury Holland America Explore 4 Sale + Bonuses
Signature beverage package, Pinnacle Grill dinner, reduced fares for 3rd & 4th guest + 50% OFF faresExpires: 02-27-2017Expedia
4-Day Carnival Cruise Sale w/FREE Upgrades
Sailings to Mexico and the Caribbean marked down into spring Expires: 02-10-2017Expedia
7-Nt Mexico Cruise on New Ship
Sail from New Orleans to Cozumel, Roatan and Harvest Cay on board the Norwegian DawnExpires: 01-19-2017Orbitz
10-Nt Mexico Cruise from San Francisco
Sail in February with $1000 OFF per stateroom - 3rd and 4th guests just $299Expires: 02-24-2017Princess Cruise Line
Norwegian 5-For-Free Cruise Event
Sail the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, and South America with FREE drinks, gratuities and moreExpires: 01-24-2017Expedia
Sitewide Balcony & Suite Cruise Sale
No deposidt required + up to $750 in Cruise CashExpires: 02-15-2017Orbitz
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MSC Caribbean 2-For-1 Cruise Sale
Buy one cruise and your second guest comes for FREE - book by 10/31Expires: 02-16-2017Expedia
Balcony on Luxuy Princess Caribbean Cruise
Sail this December to Honduras, Belize and CozumelExpires: 02-17-2017Princess Cruise Line
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Cunard 3-For-All Europe & Transatlantic Sale
Free tips, upgrade & $150 reduced deposit when you book by December 1 - Valid on select 2017 sailingsExpires: 03-29-2017Expedia
NCL Cruise Deals + Onboard Credit
Pick from select Europe sailingsExpires: 01-19-2017Expedia
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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.