There are several easy ways to find a great deal on a cruise. We present some of our favorite tricks for getting the bargain you want.
Timing is important when looking for cruise deals. You may find a real bargain by booking your cruise at least a year in advance. The cruise lines love early bookings, so they encourage them with low rates. Reserving your cabin early also gives you the most choice -- nothing is sold out that far ahead.
Another way to use timing to your advantage is to look for last minute cruise deals. If a cruise isn't filling up, the price may be cut dramatically in the last 30 days before sailing. Selection will be very limited, but you could get a deal.
The "wave season" (January to March) is the busiest booking period for cruises. During these months the cruise lines offer good deals to grab as much business as they can for themselves so they offer great specials.
Cruise lines offer bargains to returning passengers. It's worth it to keep you loyal and coming back often. Join the cruise line's club for returning passengers.
Your age or state of residence can qualify you for a special price too. Be sure to check with your travel agent or the cruise line.
The Cruise Guide Network posts four "cruise deals of the week" every Friday. Check that to see some of the most interesting current cruise discounts.