Finding the Cheapest Cruise Price
If you're going on a cruise, it is amazing how much you can save on the EXACT SAME ROOM simply by shopping around. Do your homework, and save your cash!
The first rule of thumb is to pretty much NEVER go with what the cruise line quotes you. That is like the Manufacturer Retail Price on a car. It's not what you actually should pay for the cruise - it's the top starting price. I have always found cheaper prices by checking the web.
In May 2005, I did research for a room type D on a Norwegian Majesty cruise. Here are the quotes I received for the exact same room from different locations. What I ended up doing is booking through Expedia because they have a price-match-plus-$50-certificate guarantee on all rooms. Meaning I could book with Expedia, then call them immediately to tell them the lowest price I'd found on the web. I'd get that same price on Expedia PLUS a $50 gift certificate to GiftCertificates.com.
CruisesAtCost.com - $915 each
cruisedeals.com - $920 each
seaescapes.com - $950 each
ecruise.com - $963 each
cruise-pros.com - $963 each
7blueseas.com - $963 each
whatatripvacations.com - $963 each
cruise.com - $964 each
cruisedealership.com - $964 each
cheaptickets.com - $964 each
expedia - $992 each
vacationstogo.com - $999 each
leisureleaders.com - starting at $1024 each
travelocity - $1040 each
hotwire - $1179 each
bjsvacations.com - $1179 each
priceline.com - $1179 each
cruisedealscruisebargains.com - $1279 each
cruiseman.com - $1279 each
itakeatrip.com - no rooms under $1300 each
cruisebrothers.com - $1484 each
Your best bet is to build a spreadsheet as you do your research so you remember which sites you've tried and what cost they gave. Always remember to include taxes and fees - to write down the FINAL total price.
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