Going on a cruise tends to appear rather frequently on lists of things that pensioners want to try out in their retirement. But many think that heading out to sea is out of their means and thus throw their ambitions to the wind. This doesn’t have to be the case! There are plenty of ways that you can land yourself on the deck of a liner with a limited budget. You just have to be a little savvy with your spending and look out for the best opportunity to book your trip. Here are a few tips and tricks that can ensure you get to experience the cruise of a lifetime.
Luxury cruises may find that they have a couple of places available at short notice. Perhaps some passengers have canceled their booking without much notice, or one room is left over after a particularly large group booking has taken up the rest of the liner. In situations like these, liners may offer discount deals due to the inconveniences that late notice entails. You should seize these opportunities. If the cruise is all-inclusive, you are likely to be well catered for and will simply have to pack a few personal belongings, your sun cream, and your passport. Check out the website Vacations To Go for great deals. They allow you to signup to receive email notifications of the latest deals found.
If you don’t have the cash at hand to book last-minute, you can always take out a personal loan and pay the amount back to a lender in smaller, more affordable installments. This means that you can take advantage of the reduced price of the trip, which may no longer be available by the time you have saved the amount for yourself. The last minute trip savings may far offset any loan interest you will pay on the loan. UK readers should check out GoBear comparison and those in the US check Bankrate for the best offer available to you.
Travel With a Companion
Cabins with two beds tend to be more affordable than cabins with one, individual bed, as you can split the overall price between you and another person. So find a travel companion (UK) or check out Friendly Planet and head away together. You could also share travel down to the liner itself and back (whether you share the drive or you decide to take a taxi and split the fare). This will make the trip cheaper and also more pleasurable, as you will have company throughout. Just remember to choose someone who you will feel comfortable inhabiting a relatively small space with for an extended period of time.
Believe it or not, you can still often get away with haggling when it comes to engaging with estate agents and cruise liner companies. If you have seen a similar cruise offered by an alternative brand for a cheaper price, chances are that others will match the price in order to win your being their customer. So, take a look at all of the options available to you. Choose your preferred cruise liner and see if you can knock the price down a little. It’s always worth a try!
These are just a few ways to cut the overall costs of heading away for a break on a cruise liner. Try them out and you could save yourself a few bucks that can be put away for a rainy day down the line.