This is a Guest Post by Austin Gambino, The Cruise Web Team
There’s a lot that goes into booking a Caribbean cruise. Every traveler is looking for maximum value for their dollar, as well as the right cruise line, region and cruise excursions for their vacation. Want to get the most bang for your Caribbean Cruise buck? Take a look at these tips for getting the best Caribbean cruise deal.
The best prices and finest availability for booking a Caribbean cruise is always as soon as the itineraries are released. Although you’ll see last minute deals, and late price drops, the best price will usually be about a year out from the sail date.
So, book now and forever hold your peace.
Use Your Shoulders
The ‘shoulders’ are the parts of the cruise season when taking a Caribbean cruise is considered to be less popular. If you book a Caribbean cruise sailing during the ‘shoulder’ season, you will be more likely to get a lower price.
- January and February are a good time to sail (post-holiday months).
- The fall months – September, October and November (hurricane season) – are also great times to sail, at least during non-holiday weekends.
- Pro-tip: the best price will commonly be found a year out, just after the winter holiday, in January.
- Warning: there’s a reason the shoulders are cheaper, weather may affect your vacation.
Refurbish Your Wallet
Of course, everyone ideally would like to cruise on the newest and most feature-laden ship, and would prefer to stay away from the older ships. That being said, you can find a happy medium.
- Sail on a ship that has just been rendered second-newest, such as the Norwegian Epic, or an Oasis-class Royal Caribbean ship.
- For a great deal, sail on an older ship that has been refurbished—it usually offers similar features to the newest ships for a much better price, offering value and good pricing.
The Western Caribbean tends to be the cheapest region for a cruise. The taxes are lower, for the most part. The Southern Caribbean, on the other hand, lends itself to longer, and therefore more expensive, itineraries.
Use an Agent
This is the simplest tip I can give. A cruise consultant will work hard to earn your business and keep it, by finding special offers, price advantages within their organization and placing you on the correct cruise line for your interests/needs. Make use of them!
As you can see, if you follow my tips, you will be able to find a fantastic cruise deal to the Caribbean. Don’t forget the most important tip: booking a year out is always cheaper than digging for that last-minute deal. If you’d like some help finding and booking a Caribbean cruise deal, visit The Cruise Web. Happy cruising!