So, you want to take a break from the daily routine and explore the more of the world, but how do you go about it? Well, if you have never considered a cruise, you could be missing out big time.

Some people have certain pre- conceived ideas about this type of trip, but take it from me, the activities and experiences a cruise can afford are extensive. In addition to waking up somewhere different every day, you will benefit from stress-free travel, meet loads of new people, and enjoy an abundance of on-board entertainment.

But all these advantages come at a cost right? Think again. Follow these three trips to find an awesome cruise deal without sacrificing comfort or quality.

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Don’t travel during peak season

Due to work and school commitments, several cruise ship passengers have no choice but to travel during peak season. However, if you’re flexible with your schedule, you can make some fantastic savings.
In many respects, I prefer travelling during low season anyway, as fewer people means more freedom at popular tourist spots. If you struggle with hot and humid temperatures, a wintertime trip to the Med or Caribbean might be preferable too.

 

Book at the right time

When it comes to booking a cruise, you’ve generally got two options for securing an affordable deal – far in advance or at the last minute. If you know exactly when you want to travel, then don’t waste any time in choosing your itinerary, which are often announced 18 to 24 months before a ship’s departure.
Then again, you could wait until the last minute in the hope of snatching a bargain. Prices often drop as early as 12 weeks prior to departure because of other passengers cancelling their plans without wanting to incur a fee.

 

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Consider a repositioning cruise
This option might not suit some holidaymakers but it is perfect for any intrepid explorers like me. Rock-bottom prices can be had when a cruise line needs to re-position its ship from one part of the world to another ahead of the upcoming season.

As such, one-way re positioning cruises start at one destination but end in another. You’ll probably need to book two separate flights and be prepared to spend more days at sea, but the potential savings could make it well worthwhile.

Bear these three trips in mind and you too can enjoy an awesome cruise ship experience for less than what other passengers might be paying.

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