Have you ever wondered how to get the best price for your cruise vacation? Well, let me count the ways! My family and I love cruising, and we have been to the “school of hard knocks” when trying to get a great cruise deal! So, I’m sharing what I’ve learned so far. I want your cruise vacation to be memorable and at a great price! Before we get into how to get the best price for your cruise, there are some simple steps I recommend you take to become a cruise insider. Cruise insiders stay on top of the deals and promotions as they become available so you know a great price when you see it, and you have lots of great choices before you decide.
To become a cruise insider:
Establish an online account with the cruise line(s) you are interested in. This will enable you to compare cruises and save the ones of interest for later research. Once you cruise, this online account establishes a rewards member number that can be used to get freebies as you become a loyal customer.
Use social media to get the latest on deals, promotions, etc. for the cruise lines. Actually follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. If you have your notifications turned on, you will get a lot of traffic so be prepared. If you enjoy this type of thing, you will have loads of fun with this tip!
Sign up for the cruise line newsletter. Deals and special promotions are also advertised in the newsletter. Also, most cruise lines have a blog. Lots of good info here as well.
Don’t forget to sign up for the promotions that are sent out by email. You don’t want to miss anything!
This was the first time Al and I went on a cruise, just the two of us, leaving from Port Canaveral going to Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk on the Carnival Sunshine. During this cruise, we experienced a lot of firsts which I’m excited to share!
Cruise Director: Al and I weren’t aware how important the cruise director is on a cruise. Ours was awesome! Our Cruise director was Mikey, and he made you feel like you wanted to be wherever he was on the ship because you knew you were going to have fun! Now I know what it means to say Carnival’s “Fun Ships”! Mikey selected Al to participate in a dance contest and Al actually won! Mikey started our day with fun and had events all day long if you were up to it! Here’s a pic of Mikey with Al and I.
The girls (Mom, Daughter and I) cruised 4-11 Jun 2016 to Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. This was our first cruise. Lessons learned:
1. Don’t start your cruise on your travel day. We discovered that even with insurance, if your flight is delayed or anything happens that makes you miss your ship, the best the insurance can do is fly you to the next port. This will shorten your cruise, and in our case by 2 days. I don’t know what other compensations are available, but the cruise ship waits for no one! So this time we flew a day early, spent the night in a hotel that provided travel to the port as well as pick you up when you return. You have a choice of going directly to the airport or do more excursions before boarding your plane.
2. Remember to pack sundries because they cost lots of money while on the cruise. Examples of things to bring are:
Sea bands or motion sickness meds
Over the counter meds for tummy issues, colds, pain, etc
Your favorite snacks unless you know you can get them on the cruise. Examples includes nuts, chips or your favorite treat.