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Cruises represent one of the best vacation values. Where else can you unpack bags once and travel to different destinations with lodging, gourmet dining and entertainment for one set price, often for less than $100 per day per person?

1.  Most seasoned cruisers swear the best cruise rates are found online six months or more in advance. While last minute deals are tempting, if you can't drive to the port, airfare may cost much more than your cruise. Also, cruise off-season or during the shoulder season to find even lower rates.

2.  Typically, cruise lines offer better values on longer cruises. For example, you might get a better rate (average per day) on a 7-day itinerary as opposed to a 4-day. Compare cruise rates at multiple sources.

3.  Visit web sites for cruise lines, online travel agencies and cruise specialists. Search for value-added deals with free airfare and shipboard credits. Factor in extra costs not included in the basic fare such as: airline and port parking, on-board gratuities, shore excursions, cocktails and port taxes.

4.  Seasonal repositioning cruises (when ships are relocated to a different market) are cruise industry bargains. A typical repositioning cruise spends 5-8 days crossing the Atlantic or sails from Alaska to the Caribbean via the Panama Canal with very few ports-of-call. These cruise fares regularly include free/discounted airfare and days at sea are sheer luxury.

5.  Save more when you organize a cruise for a large family reunion, destination wedding or travel with friends. The organizer of a group cruise (whether booked through a travel agent or directly with the cruise line) typically gets a free cabin for every ten cabins filled by their group.

6.  When sightseeing and shopping are nearby, exploring ports on your own offers significant savings over cruise-operated excursions. Research reliable private guides and tours online. Never pay for private tours up front. And, watch your time in port. If you are delayed, the ship will sail without you.

7.  Shop around. Use our proprietary, travel comparison tool which displays results from the most relevant cruise travel sites based on your itinerary and location.


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