Everyone has Cyber Monday deals – but just because they say they are deals, doesn’t mean they are.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your Cyber Monday cruise deals.
1. Do Your Research
Know when you want to cruise and how much that cruise typically costs. If you’re just starting your cruise search, consider the time of year you want to travel. A good rule of thumb is that cruise pricing is at a premium when the kids are out of school. Pricing is lower in late summer and fall (hurricane season).
2. Onboard Credit Tactic
Some of the cruise lines will claim to have specials offering $100 on board credit, only to jack the price of the cruise up $100 just to make you think you’re getting a deal. Don’t be fooled by this. This is where a knowledgeable travel agent will help. A travel agent can answer any questions you may have and book your sailing without a fee (they are paid a commission by the cruise line).
3. Book Now
Cruises pricing is a lot like airline pricing and based on availability, so once a sale is gone – it’s gone. Be ready to break out your credit card and put a deposit down once you’re sure you want to go. By the time you email your significant other and ask if they can go, the sailing could be sold out.
4. Reduced Deposits
Just because a deposit is 50% percent off or reduced doesn’t mean that you’re getting a deal. It’s just making it easier for you to pay it right now. You will still have to pay for the remaining deposit on the backend of the fare. Logically, the further out you book the more time you have to pay it off.
5. Add Up The Totals
The cruise fare may be a great deal but don’t forget about the extras like gratuities, airfare, hotels, port parking, travel insurance, and spending money. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget about the reality of all the extras fees.
There are some Cyber Monday cruise sales out there that are really appealing, just do your homework. Happy hunting.