Cruise – 4 Insider Tips

[tweetmeme source=”cruisesource” only_single=false “” includes a weekly insider tip in their weekly top 5 deals SEAmail.  Here are a few of the recent SEAmail insider cruise tips:

SEAmail Insider’s Tips – Weekly Tips for You

Obstructed Oceanview: What is It? An obstructed oceanview stateroom is a stateroom that has a window, but will likely have a view of a lifeboat or other external structure of the ship.

The Hook: If you’re on a budget, then these are often just a few dollars per day more than an interior cabin. Sure, you won’t see any scenery, but having natural sunlight will enhance your trip and make waking up easier in the a.m.

The Lowdown: If you’re on an itinerary with a lot of sea time, these can be a great value since you won’t miss as much scenery. They tend to be on higher decks which often puts you a bit closer to the action. But always check the price difference for an unobstructed view stateroom. Again, it might be a matter of just a few dollars per day to get that view which is especially nice.

Stateroom Guarantee: What is It? Think hotel…when you make a reservation, you don’t know which room you’ll be in. Rather, you are reserving a room type. A stateroom guarantee is similar–you are reserving a cabin type (Interior, Oceanview, Balcony) but not a specific cabin category.

The Hook: If you’re on a budget and not too particular about location, you can save some money over even the lowest priced stateroom of the type you select.

The Lowdown: Guarantees are a way for the cruiseline to offer an additional discount while still commanding a higher price for the most desirable staterooms. If they end up filling your voyage, you’re likely to end up in the lowest category, but you’ll still have saved a few dollars. On the other hand, you should always check the price for the better categories within the type of cabin you want. The difference may not be that great and we can help you select a stateroom that’s well placed away from elevators, not below the dance club!

All Inclusive: What’s the Deal? These cruises include much of what costs extra on other cruise lines, so you’ll find your total vacation cost is more complete from the start.

The Hook: Sometimes called fully-inclusive or ultra-luxury, these cruises can really be a great value even if the cruise fare is significantly higher than a similar itinerary on another cruise line. That’s because things that cost extra elsewhere, such as gratuities, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, transfers, air transport, shore excursions and alternative fine dining are often included in your upfront price

The Lowdown: While many of the cruise lines are now offering drink packages to help you manage your onboard spending, you will only find all-inclusive cruise lines in the Deluxe and Luxury markets. If you’re the type of person that likes to know what you’re spending and don’t want too many surprises later, then choosing a fully inclusive cruise is not only relaxing but ultimately can be comparably priced to other cruises, with an element of added luxury!

Repositioning Cruises: What’s the Deal? Repositioning cruises are necessary one-way voyages with the main purpose of the sailing being to move the ships from one cruising market/destination to another.

The Hook: Repositioning cruises are your chance to get a fantastic cruise, with a one-of-a-kind itinerary, visiting unique ports-of-call, all for an amazingly low price!

The Lowdown: Many of the repositioning cruises sell for the lowest price per day making them an incredible value. If the repositioning cruise starts its one-way voyage from close to your home, you will also get to enjoy the fact that you only need to purchase one-way air!

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