Planning a cruise does not have to break the bank. In fact, planning a cruise can be more affordable than planning a road trip or going to Disneyland. With a little creativity and some early planning, it is possible for you and the family to enjoy a cruise together. Taking a cruise is still possible, even if you are on a budget. Here are some tips to help you plan your budget-friendly cruise:
It may take some time, but do some research to help you find the best cruise for your budget. Research each cruise line and make a list comparing similar itineraries, what’s included and the costs. You can also do this by visiting sites such as CruiseDeals.com and CruiseCompete.com. Your travel agent might be able to offer some insight into which cruise lines are the most affordable and will be able to tell you if there are any specials available to help reduce the cost of your vacation.
No matter when or where you want to cruise to, the best way to get some great prices is to book early. If you start your search at least six months in advance you should be able to find the best prices for your cruise. Aldo, if you plan to cruise from January to March you will also find some great prices as most cruise lines will lower their prices during this time of year. Another great time of year to find amazing prices is during off-season months. These months vary depending upon where you want to cruise. For example, prices are lower during hurricane season in the Caribbean between the months of June through October. Prices may also drop during these times of year.
Also, when booking your cruise, ask if there are any discounts on shore excursions if you book them before setting sail. Another way to save money on your shore experiences is to plan your own excursions. Do some research before you leave about the ports of call you will be docking at. Then map out what you want to see and the best way to get around. Skipping the guided tour will save you a lot of money.
Instead of planning a week-long cruise, opt for a shorter sailing period. Taking a three or four-day cruise can be just as fun as an eight-day cruise. With sailing fewer days the cost of the cruise will be considerably less and you will need less spending money.
Though taking a cruise can be an affordable vacation option, some of the extra expenses can add up. If you are finding yourself on a tight budget, but still wanting to enjoy a cruise, you just have to be a bit creative in your planning process. With a little research and creative thinking, you can plan your dream cruise on any size budget.