As it’s Christmas, or at least, Christmas is coming, I thought I’d get into the Christmas spirit and give away some really helpful tips on securing yourself a cheap cruise.
Tip number 1:
To get the Cheapest Cruise price you need to understand how the system works. During the peak booking season, January to April, most of the best cruises are sold, for the highest prices. This leaves 2 cheap cruise booking points, either when cruise agents and cruise operators are quiet, November and December, or leaving it to the last minute. Both work well, of course I find it’s nice to know where you’re going so you can brag to your friends…
Book it last minute style
Book it in November or December
Tip number 2:
Don’t go direct to the Cruise Operator. The way cruises are marketed, cheap cruises in particular, is just like every other business or product, supply and demand and bulk buying power. The larger cruise agents buy up cabins on the most sought after cruises, Royal Caribbean in particular, and then sell them throughout the year, at a discounted price over the cruise company, but enough to make a profit.
Use a cruise agent, a specialist such as Cruise Direct.
Tip number 3:
Ask for Free Stuff. Don’t be shy, if you’re booking with a cruise agent make sure you ask if they have any promotional freebies they can offer you to help make the price seem that bit more justifiable. You’d be amazed, many of the cruise operators give the cruise agents incentives to help them sell more cheap cruises.
Incentives such as, on-board spending money, free excursions, cabin upgrades.
Ask for free stuff.
Tip number 4:
Choose an ABTA / ATOL protected agent such as Cruie Direct and make sure you pay using a credit card, if you can. This makes the credit card company liable, just in case anything goes wrong. Cruise lines have been known to go bankrupt.
Use ABTA / ATOL protected agent and a credit card.
I have booked several cruises, and my faourite cruise line is Royal Caribbean. I know, they aren’t the cheapest cruise company, but they do offer an unrivaled service.
Anyway, my advice is to book your next cheap cruise with Cruise Direct, and I hope these tips help you find a cheap cruise.
For a company that’s been around so long, PO Ferries have sure got a lot of keywords in Google.co.uk;
The funny thing is, which is the best search to perform?
The main choices made by most people, whom we guess are looking for the main PO Ferries site because they have far too much money and don’t want to save what is usually a minimum of £50 or perhaps much more. (That’s per person too)
- P & O
- P and O
- PandO Ferries
- P and O Ferries
You can of course see where this is heading, the amazing thing is, all of the above searches produce different results in the search, amazing given the search is in effect the same.
Some of the above are typed in more than others, for example:
- P&O is typed into Google.co.uk 33,100 times a month on average
- P & O is only 6,600
It seems that most people go with P&O so that is my choice for today.
As for obtaining a bargain priced P&O Cruise, then head on over to our favourite Cruise Agent, the one and only:
You know the way it is, you’ve decided that you’re interested in a cruise but you’re a little unsure of which area of the world to actually cruise and also, which company to go with. Let me tell you, if you’re a first time cruiser then you should not feel alone and let me say just one thing right now, all the cruise companies a great and which ever cruise you decide upon, you will have a great time.
Discounts from Thomsons? Down to the nitty gritty;
In todays business climate I like to make sure I get a good deal for my money, and I mean a GOOD DEAL, and given this article is aimed mainly at the first time cruise I will pick my favourite cruise line, Thomsons, owned by the Tour operator of the same name.
Thomsons offer an excellent selection of cruises from one of their 5 cruise ships, 4 of which sail as “Thomsons” vessels and the 5th sails under the “Island Cruises” flag. I can guarantee you one thing for sure, no matter what your age, nationality or likes and dislikes, Thomsons have a cruise for you. They are equally at home offering activities and excursions for families with toddlers as they are with offering “adults-only” cruises with a more risque nature. If you get my drift…
Getting the best deal from Thomsons;
Like everything in life, going direct to the manufacturer only saves you money if you buy in bulk and it is no different with cruise companies, so if you want some savings over the retail price then you need to use a travel agent, or in the case of cruises, a specialist agent that only supplies cruises, a Cruise Agent.
These cruise agents in many cases purchase block bookings from the cruise lines at preferential prices due to volume, they then sell these cruises throughout the year with a view to making as much as possible, yet still selling for less than the cruise operator themselves.
There is another bonus that the savvy wood-be cruiser can get, free stuff. It is amazing how many of these agents are given freebies to give away, just to entice them to sell more cruises, so it pays to ask, $100 of extra spending money can come in really handy, especially if you’re a bit of a drinker like me.
My favourite agent is Cruise Direct, they’re really good at finding those great deals plus they are one of the, largest, if not THE largest supplier of cruises in the UK, so they’re well placed to barter you an awesome deal from the operator.
Mention you’re part of Thomson Gold, perhaps some extra bonus’s for you.
Find them here: Cruise Direct