From Cruise Planners
School will be out soon. It's not too late to plan a great Summer Vacation with the family. We all want to save time and money when planning a vacation. Here are some frequently asked questions when planning to take a Cruise.
Well that depends on you. Do you have the luxury of traveling at the last minute? If not, contact your local cruise agent and book well in advance. This will assure you the best cabin at the best rate available. That doesn’t mean that the cruise rate won’t change; but if you are dealing with a good agent, they will guarantee to change your rate if the cruise line adjusts the prices prior to final payment.
Check out the company you are dealing with – try using one that has a good reputation and is a “Top Producer” with the cruise line of your choice. This typically means that they have buying power and will have special pricing or amenities available.
If you are traveling to any exotic port, there are usually softer booking periods in which pricing can be hundreds of dollars lower. For example, if you are sailing to Alaska – book in May or September and your savings will be substantial. Caribbean is dirt cheap in the fall – it’s so inexpensive, it’s almost free. Well, maybe not, but it can be less than $100 dollars per day which is cheaper than staying home. Again, choose a reputable, knowledgeable agent who can guide you to these savings.
Ask your travel agent if they send out weekly specials. Most competent agents send out a weekly e-mail promotion. This will give you a heads up when they have special cruise deals. "Agents regularly have access to cruise line promotions that include: shipboard credit, cabin category upgrades, reduced payment deposits, coupon booklets for onboard savings, and even free gratuities," according to local cruise expert, Lee Boughan with Cruise Planners in Apopka. "But you will miss the deal, if you don’t know about it."
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