Friday, November 9, 2007
Paying for Your Cruise in Advance Can Mean Discounts
There are a surprising number of ways to get discounts on the price of your cruise. For example, we've talked about special group cruise rates, booking your next cruise while you're still on your last cruise, and saving money by booking extra people into your cabin. These are all ways to get great discounts on cruises.
Now here's one more trick for saving money when booking:
According to Cruise Vacations For Dummies, you can save money by paying in advance.
"Cruise lines love to get your cash as early as possible," the book says. "So some of the pricier lines offer discounts to folks who pay their whole cruise fare ahead of time. Silversea Cruises, for example, offers a 5 percent discount if you pay for your cruise in advance."
It sounds like this particular "cheap cruise" trick may only work for the luxury lines, so I guess RCI and NCL are out, but if anyone has gotten a discount from the mainstream lines by paying early, please let us know in the comments below.