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Old November 4th, 2016, 07:25 PM
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Default Best Price May Not Always Be The Best Deal!!

Often, when many people are looking to book a cruise, especially first-time cruisers, they consider the price as the most important factor in deciding which cruise to take. Because of this, they often miss out on a better deal. Of course, searching online or talking directly with the cruise lines can make this a very confusing experience, which is why it's important to talk to your cruise specialist.

With all the specials being offered, it's always very important to consider the bottom line, while taking into account everything involved. This includes gratuities, beverage packages, discounts for 3rd & 4th person in the cabin, the type of cabin, etc.

Another thing to consider is that the advertised price is always the least expensive cabin in that category and does not include taxes, but it may or may not be something you want. For example, the lowest price inside cabin could be a guarantee cabin, which means you don't know where you're going to be on a ship and you could end up under a noisy area or in the very front of the ship. Plus, if you want two cabins close together, you could end up on different decks or not close to each other. Or the cheapest inside cabin could have bunkbeds; not something couples or seniors are really interested in. And almost always, the advertised specials are for doubles only, which can really impact rates for triples or quads.

Also, keep in mind that the advertised price usually says "from", which could mean that's the cheapest price of the year and may only be offered on dates you're not interested in.

As I mentioned, the extras can add up when looking at the bottom line. For example, if there are 2 of you, you need to consider that you'll be adding around $175 to the total for a 7-night cruise for gratuities. Another cruise line may have this included as a part of current special, which means you might be able to do a nicer cruise for the same price. Beverage packages are a big incentive to consider. In some situations, this can be worth upwards of $900 or more, if it's included in a special.

An example of one special going on right now is what NCL is offering:

FREE AT SEA EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 30, 2016 - DONíT MISS THIS CORNICOPIA OF OFFERS WITH UP TO $2,800 IN VALUE

Norwegian's Free At Sea promotion has been extended! You can choose up to 5 fantastic, FREE offers. When you book in an Oceanview Stateroom or higher, you get to choose 2 FREE offers and better yet, if you book a Suite or The Haven, you'll get all 5 offers for FREE! You can choose from: FREE Unlimited Open Bar, FREE Pre-Paid Service Charges, FREE Specialty Dining, FREE WiFi and Friends and Family Sail FREE. With a value up to $2,800, donít miss out, as this incredible offer ends November 30th!


Not trying to push NCL, but just showing how sometimes these specials can make a huge difference to the total price of your cruise when you add everything into the mix.

Keep in mind that specials change all the time and can be offered at any time for various reasons. The false advertising about 'save up to 82% off last minute cruises' just doesn't exist. That claim is 82% off the brochure rate and nobody, not even the mass market cruise lines, sell cruises at the brochure rate. In fact, none of the major cruise lines even put rates in their brochures anymore. Cruise lines are constantly monitoring sales and when needed, specials will occur to increase sales much earlier in the process than ever before. Plus, they are getting away from changing prices late in the process as it's not fair to those who booked early, as this causes major problems. So, booking late is no longer the attractive option like it use to be many years ago. When you see a special that is attractive to you, book it!

And lastly, look at your transportation options, as this can impact your costs. Sometimes, flying into one port is considerably more or less than another. You may find booking a cheaper cruise out of one port will end up costing you more than booking a nicer cruise out of another port because of the differences in airfare.

As the title says, the best price may not always be the best deal. So, don't just look at the advertised rate and don't go looking at only one cruise line. Always remember that when booking a cruise to take everything into consideration. You may be surprised by what you find.

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I wish that we had "like" buttons because this makes so much sense.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 02:06 PM
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Thanks, Moraine!!

Hopefully, others will chime in and post additional helpful information. This can be especially useful for the new cruisers who are often overwhelmed by all the confusing advertisements and specials, as it's easy to lose sight of the bottom line.

The number one comment I get from newbies is that they spent hours and hours combing the internet and now they're more confused than ever. Then, as if that weren't enough, they get information from family and friends, which makes the situation even more confusing.

As I always say, what one person loves, another will hate. So, it's very important to remember that opinions are like bellybuttons; everyone has one. Take all the suggestions, recommendations, comments, and reviews into consideration, but find the right cruise for you based on your specific requirements, budget, and lifestyle, which may be different than what everyone else likes or dislikes.

And lastly, keep in mind that any vacation is what you make it. If you want to have a good time, you will. If you want to have a miserable time, you will. There are always little things that can go wrong, so don't sweat the small stuff - and it's all small stuff. My other long time philosophy is; you will always find what you're looking for, so always look for the best in everything.

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I am totally agree with you that price is the most important factor for the first time cruisers. Before reading this information I thought the best price always be the best deal, but now I know the reality that the best price may not always be the best deal. Thanks for sharing this type of valuable information with me.
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This is a really great advice from the moderator. I believe in successful cruise journey rather than cheap rates. Best cruise deal for me is having a successful cruise travel. I get an insurance cover of $ 25,00,000 on every ticket from cruisemeout.com. It makes my cruise travel safe and secure.
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