Few words are as alluring as ‘all-inclusive cruises’. The promise of traveling with all of your needs taken care of while exploring the open sea is the stuff of which legends are made. But what if you want to be sure you get everything you can out of your trip?
Here are a few tips to help you maximize your cruise potential:
1. Gather As Much Information As Possible – You may find that taking your time to check things out can get you a great deal on a cruise. Booking during off-peak times can be beneficial as the lack of general traveling traffic has cruise lines more willing to lower pricing. Booking last-minute & being flexible on when you travel is also a gem your research may turn up. This is tough for most as your vacation days are sometimes set for a specific part of the year. However, if you have a flexible schedule that lets you choose your off days, your chances of scoring a last-minute deal in higher.
2. Operate with a Budget – You always want to create a budget because your dollar has to be worth as much as it can. Misappropriating your finances will make any trip take a nosedive. One of the best ways to begin setting your travel budget is asking yourself as many questions as possible. Is there a difference in price when it comes to traveling to the ship’s port? Are there things that you really want to do while on the ship? Just remember that no question should be off-limits.
3. Booking Early Can Be Essential – While we’re on the subject of budget, remember that booking your trip as early as possible can mean serious early-booking discounts. For those us that have set vacation periods (think small offices where employees are in the single digits), picking and choosing your vacation can be almost impossible. But if you can pick & choose your departure from the real world, you can score major deals for booking many months in advance (i.e., six months). Travel experts indicate that you can also score big if your cruise sets sail for a destination that is a little further away.
4. See What The Ship Has To Offer – If you’ve never been on a cruise ship, and your only point-of-reference has been TV commercials & websites, make it a point to look around. Get settled in your cabin, and just get out there. It gives you a chance to get acquainted with the layout of the ship. Plus, it is the perfect opportunity to interact with other travelers & maybe make some new friends.
5. Find A Place to Get Away – An all-inclusive cruise can be a blast, but being able get away from things can be also be just as nice. Maybe you decided that in order to save money, you chose a cabin that wasn’t exclusive. A few people can share one cabin. The rates for third, fourth, and fifth passengers in a cabin, according to travel gurus, can be 30-60% or more off the regular adult fare. It’s a great deal, right? But it can also be stressful. You’re our on vacation, so you need to actually relax.