Cruise The Bahamas + All Drinks FREE
Pick from 3- and 4-night sailings through the end of the yearExpires: 12-30-2016Travelocity
Deals for Cruise
RCCL Every 3rd Nt FREE Sale
Bonus: Receive up to $100 discount per stateroom on all sailingsExpires: 02-10-2017Expedia
Autumn Cruise Sale + Hundreds in Ship Credit
Almost all cruise lines and itineraries includedExpires: 12-09-2016Travelocity
10-Nt Mexican Riviera Cruise + Extras
Sail roundtrip from San Francisco on top-rated Princess shipExpires: 01-13-2017Orbitz
9-Nt New Year's Cruise on New Ship
Bonus: Hundreds in FREE ship credit and sail to Jamaica, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos, and Key WestExpires: 12-20-2016Priceline
Sale Sailings to Mexico Through 2016
Four-night cruises to Catalina and Ensenada on Carnvial shipExpires: 01-13-2017Travelocity
4-Day Carnival Cruise Sale w/FREE Upgrades
Sailings to Mexico and the Caribbean marked down into spring Expires: 02-10-2017Expedia
Princess Cruise Line Anniversary Sale
Get up to $600 FREE onboard spending money per stateroom on all destinations sailing Summer 2017 through SprinExpires: 12-29-2016Princess Cruise Line
10-Nt Mexico Cruise from San Francisco
Sail in February with $1000 OFF per stateroom - 3rd and 4th guests just $299Expires: 12-15-2016Princess Cruise Line
MSC: Buy One Cruise Get One FREE
Valid on select Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings into 2017Expires: 12-22-2016Travelocity
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7 Night Caribbean Southern Cruise w/FREE Drinks
2nd guest at 50% OFF, FREE WiFi and tips, hundreds in ship creditExpires: 04-01-2017CruiseDirect
Epic Balcony & Suite Cruise Sale
Up to 3-category upgrade + up to $750 in Cruise CashExpires: 02-24-2017Orbitz
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Norwegian Europe Cruises up to 80% OFF
Sailnigs from $729 + up to $1000 in ship creditExpires: 02-18-2017Expedia
Viking River Cruises w/up to $1000 Ship Credit
With only 95 cabins, intimate accommodations create a comfortable atmosphere Expires: 12-16-2016Orbitz
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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.