How to get last minute deals on cruises

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How to get last minute deals on cruises
If you book at the last-minute online, you can often avoid booking fees. (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Pack your bags and purchase your suntanning lotion in preparation for a cruise. Preparing may be easier and less expensive than you think. Instead of planning to capture a budget-cruise package in advance, reel in last-minute cruise deals. The bad news, for your nosy neighbours, is they may never know you paid budget-cruise fare, because cruise operators don't advertise them openly. Travel agents and the Internet will work to your advantage.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Contact several local travel agencies for last-minute cruise deals. They will be able to search cruise lines and find discount fares. Give them time to look for the best rates, and compare their rates to other agencies. Ask for information about which cruise lines they are checking and keep in touch with them.

  2. 2

    Cruise the Internet. The Internet is one of the best ways to find last- minute cruise deals. Search ports you are interested in or search for cruises that visit other than top destinations for the less expensive deals.

  3. 3

    Contact cruise lines directly for information about last-minute deals or discounts. Contact them through the Internet and by phone, as prices will differ.

Tips and warnings

  • Among cruise lines to contact are: Disney Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines and Royal Caribbean Cruises.
  • Last Minute Cruise Deals online and Cruise Direct online are among site offering last-minute budget cruise deals.

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