If you have never gone on a cruise, then you simply have no idea how much fun can be on a ship. And, once you come back from your first cruise, you will not be able to wait until it is time for your next vacation – another cruise! Many people plan for year and years for their first cruise, but if you are a little more flexible and can go without so much notice, you can save a lot of money on late cruise deals.
There was a time when you would have to book your cruise up to a year in advance, because the demand was more than the amount of rooms available. But, today there are many new ships out on the seas and the cruise lines are eager to fill every room. They can not afford to let any cabin go without passengers, so they offer some really good late cruise deals that you can take advantage of.
Whether you are able to travel at a moment's notice (usually the same week), or are willing to book as far out as a month or two, you can get late cruise deals on virtually all of the major cruise lines, saving up to half what you would pay if you booked in advance.
There are several ways to go about this. First of all, contact each of the cruise lines and get on their mailing list. This will help you become apprised of what deals there are. Also check with online travel brokers who can let you know when there are upcoming openings on destinations of your choice.
If you are able to travel on a short notice, you will not believe how much less you will pay than everyone else on the ship, leaving you more money to play with onboard.