FINDING THE DEALS
Cruising has become my favorite subject of late and why not?
The deals that are being offered up continue as long as you
book early, and I emphasize book early. Cruises, when you
figure the cost per day are still a cheaper alternative in
many cases than flying or driving and paying for a hotel room.
So lets review what you'll need to do to find a great vacation
at a cheap
As I've already stated, book early. Not only will you be
cheaper tickets, but many cruise lines offer incentives such
as onboard ship credits of anywhere from $50 to $200. That
might not sound like much, but if you book a cruise where
you pay for your own drinks or shore excursions that money
comes in handy.
Do as much homework as you can before you pickup the phone
and call a travel agent. Review newspapers, especially the
Sunday edition and go online and hunt for those bargains.
Every cruise carrier has a website and other travel providers
such as Frommers, American Express, Travelocity and Expedia
all offer cruises packages. Do a search on the word "cruise"
You'll be amazed to find out how many online travel agents
are out there looking for your business.
And speaking of travel agents, once you decide on a particular
region of the world, find a good travel agent. Travel agents
often get better deals than
those you'll find advertised in the newspapers or online.
paid by the cruises lines to the travel agents are such that
they will work
hard for your business. As in any business there are good
and bad travel
agents, so find someone you can trust. Make sure they are
members of the
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) or the United States
Its difficult for journalist to be flexible, but if at all
possible try and
give as much leeway in vacation planning as possible. This
will help your
travel agent in securing the best possible deal.
Here are a few other helpful suggestions. If you have traveled
particular cruise line in the past, check and see if they
have any specials
for repeat customers. Also have your travel agent check with
lines to see if there are any bargains or specials available.
donut always advertise price, but they have specials and sales
everyone else. Remember and empty room is revenue they'll
never be able to