Any tips on how to get the best last minute cruise deal?...
In my last 20 cruises at least half of them have been "last minute". That means they were 90 days or less before the cruise.
I check the major travel sites and the cruise lines to see what cruises there are that interest me. I usually cruise outside of the Caribbean but my last two cruises have been to the Caribbean and I booked less than a month before sailing.
The gage that I use is that if I can get a balcony for less than $100/day it is a good deal. If I can get a mini-suite for $140/day or less than it's a good deal. A suite is around $150/day for me to consider booking it.
When I see something of interest I call my T/A and see what price she can get for me. It is almost always less than any of the advertised prices.
You can also have your T/A do the searching for you. Give them the parameters you are looking for and ask them for three or four options and choose from that.
I search by destination and then by ship and cruise line. I am not overly picky about where I end up. I book balcony cabins, mini-suites and suites so there isn't "too" much of a chance of getting a bad cabin. However, I booked an AC suite on the Norwegian Jade and while it was a great cabin with wonderful amenities the forward facing location wasn't the greatest.
Enjoy a last minute cruise. There are some great benefits to getting a last minute booking. Often lower prices and that short countdown clock is always nice.
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