How Do I Find the Best Cruise Deals? That is a question I find posted all over the internets as well as asked offline all the time in hair salons and at dinner parties. According AARP Magazine, following @CruiseSource on Twitter is how they find great Cruise Deal Alerts on Twitter. ABCNews recommends subscribing to CruiseDeals.com’s weekly Seamails as a key way to landing amazing deals on Cruise Vacations.
On top of ABCNews and AARPs recommendations, I have a 3rd crucial step to booking Amazing Cruise Deals:
#1 Listen to AARP and Follow @CruiseSource on Twitter!
#2 Take ABCNews.com’s Advice and Subscribe to Seamail Alerts.
#3 MOST IMPORTANT! When you are alerted of a deal that meets your requirements from one of these two sources do not hesitate…the best deals go fast!!
Don’t gamble with your vacation dollars. In the last year, CruiseDeals.com (the agency) and CruiseSource.us (the Blog) has been featured in ABCNews, AARP Magazine, Wired Magazine, USA Today, BusinessWeek, the Miami Herald and many more. The best part is that behind the Awesome Deal Alerts there is a team of dedicated, passionate Cruise Consultants who make sure that your vacation is booked perfectly.
Why Gamble with your Vacation?
Full Disclosure: WOW! Two very trusted sources, AARP and ABCNews recommends CruiseSource.us on Twitter and CruiseDeals.com’s Seamail for finding the best cruise deals. I just want to fully disclose (happily) that I’m tied directly to both @CruiseSource and Cruisedeals.com! We have a team of deal finders who work closely with the cruise lines to make sure that we alert our clients of the very best Cruise Deals as soon as they are released. Seamail and Twitter are the tools we use to alert our friends and clients of these deals. Go to Seamail.com to check out our current top 5 deals! As great deals come across my desk, I put them out on Twitter Real-Time.
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Carnival Destiny FUN
I cruised on the The Carnival Destiny last year in October. Out of all the ships doing 4 – 5 night itineraries, it is the youngest and largest. On May 28th, the Destiny is going to Key West and the Bahamas for 4 nights. May 28th is a Thursday. So it goes from Thursday – Sunday. I that this cruise is setting up to have the potential of being one of the funnest cruises of the year. It is over the weekend and because of the last minute itinerary change the cruise is currently selling for $229 per person. This rate will be available until end of day on May 14th, 2009.
I think that this particular has potential to be one of the funnest cruises of the year is because of the FUN itinerary of Nassau and Key West plus the fact that it is very affordable for the 25 – 30 year olds. The younger crowd on the the Carnival Destiny, the best ship doing short itineraries, should be a blast. For those of you who are 22 – 35 looking to getaway on a short, fun vacation…this is it. Click here to check out current rates.
As I had mentioned in the December 15th post, I noticed what was looking like a bottoming of Cruise Prices. With my very active weekly research on cruise prices I noticed that there was a lot of rapid fluctuations in prices. The overall trend was a slight increase in pricing but with the fuel surcharges being removed from the major Cruise Lines, the total price for the cruises were the lowest they had ever been.
It looks to me like that week would have been one of the best weeks to book your 2009 cruise. The great news is that this upcoming week, starting on Dec. 29th is the calm before the storm known as Wave Season. Employers have started asking employees to put in their time off requests as early as possible. So this means that we book 70% of our cruises between January 2nd – March 30th. This increased demand is accompanied be an increase in pricing. December 29th – January 3rd will still have very enticing rates because the heavy booking volume will start the following week.
Do not miss out on the current low prices because you think people will not travel in 2009:
Most cruises sailing in the next two weeks are sold out, which means that ships are full and that people are still traveling. Cruising offers an incredible value compared to land based vacations…people are still going to travel in 2009 and the value of cruising may draw a lot of first time cruisers. If you know you are going to be cruising in 2009, then I advice booking early to take advantage of the current pricing. Cruises booked through agencies such as CruiseDeals.com that are scheduled more than 75 days out are held with a fully-refundable deposit, so if prices were to go down prior to final payment being due you could cancel and rebook at the lower rates. But just as I was correct on December 15th about the rates going up, if you book a month from today you will pay more for the same 2009 cruise. This is FREE Advice, try to book your 2009 cruise this week…and if you do not get the opportunity to this week, then book it as close to January 1st as possible!
A major part of my job is to track cruise pricing and to find the best cruise deals that are going to be the most popular with our subscribers. Take advantage of the many hours that I spend tracking prices and sign up for our free Email Newsletter with Exclusive Deals: Click here to sign up for SEAMail.com!