Would not it be great if you could go away on a cruise vacation? Just think, you could be on a relaxing voyage aboard a sturdy ocean liner, enjoying the warm tropical sun as the ship's crew attends to your every need. The only problem, sometimes, is whether you can afford it. Or maybe you just want to avoid spending too much on your next vacation. The thing for you to do is to go looking for great cruise deals.
One way to get a much better deal on a cruise is to book far ahead of time. For really good deals, and to find accommodations on the best cabins, you should set your booking at least six months before the actual cruise date. It is really a great advantage to have the first dibs at picking your cabin. And you can get an early bird discount of up to 60% off. Of course, it is not always feasible for you to book so far in advance. But you can book your cruise at least 90 days in advance, then you will probably get a good discount.
What if you can not book your cruise in advance? You could do the opposite, and wait until the last minute. Cruise lines do not like having empty cabins, so to entice passengers, they often give good last-minute deals. These are not always easy to get, however, in your schedule does have to be a little flexible. The best way to get one of these deals is through a well-placed travel agent, especially the type who specializes in cruise bookings. Be warned, last-minute deals are a bit of pot luck, and you really can not count on getting the cruise that you want. You will pretty much have to think any cruise that is available and just right for your schedule.
If you find it convenient, you can also book a cruise during the off-season, which is in April to early May or in November to December. At such times you can enjoy a peak rates of around 40 to 50% off. However, many cruise destinations are not so attractive during these times. The off-season often coincides with the wet season, though. Well, as they say, in life a little rain must fall.