Are you planning a cruise? There is a plethora of cruise money saving tips to help you save money during your next vacation on the high seas. Some of these tips are specifically for Royal Caribbean, but most will work for all cruise lines.
Cruises can be an affordable travel option – if you avoid being nickel-and-dimed at every turn, once your on board. Follow these Caribbean cruise money saving tips & tricks to stay on budget.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Money Saving Tips
:: Book last minute – Booking last minute cruises can save you a ton of money. If you’re flexible with your schedule & room type this is a great way to cruise for less. Look for cruises going out within the next few weeks. Cruise lines don’t want to sail with empty staterooms, so you can usually find a good deal. Payment will be due immediately for last minute bookings, so keep that in mind.
Booking these types of cruises are most economical if you’re within driving distance to the port or you’ve confirmed that you can get inexpensive airfare prior to booking.
:: Book early – Conversely, you can find good deals if you book 6 – 9 months prior to sailing. If you know when you want to cruise or have a specific room type and location you want, it’s best to book early. Sometimes early bookings come with incentives on room rates or even airfare.
If you are planning an Alaska cruise, premium rooms fill up quickly, particularly those with a view or balcony. The sea and land tours can fill up a year in advance. Always plan for these types of cruises well ahead of time.
:: Book cruises 2-3 months prior to sailing – Royal Caribbean requires final payment 60 days prior to the sailing date for 3, 4, or 5-night cruise vacations, 75 days prior to the sailing date for 7-night or longer cruise vacations, and 90 days for holiday (Christmas and New Year’s) cruises. If you looked at a cruise but found it to be above your budget, check back on these dates to possibly get a better rate. People cancel or simply don’t make final payment. Cruise lines want to fill these rooms, so you may be able to take advantage of cancellations.