Just like anything else, the price of a cruise depends on supply and demand; the price will be higher when the ship or route is in high demand and lower when it is not. Other things that come into play when prices are high are high fuel costs and popular seasons. It would cost you more to book a cruise for a holiday or during spring break versus booking it during seasons cruises aren’t popular.
Below are the best times to book a cruise:
1. 6 to 12 months in advance. You’ll receive an early-bird rate, which can give you up to 50% off in discounts
2. 60-90 days in advance. However, keep in mind that last-minute bookings are only good if the cruise line wants to fill up more space on the ship – some care, some don’t.
3. Late October and January and February. These months are considered Wave Season, the time period where passengers book peak-period cruises. Because so many people will be booking during these times, you will see a lot of special and reduced fares.
4. Shoulder period. These are the weeks before or after a peak season.
5. When you ask. Sometimes you can get even more savings when you simply ask the cruise line about discounts.
Right now would be a good time to book a cruise to Europe, Alaska, and/or the Caribbean because September is their shoulder season. You’ll have to wait until October or April 2017 if you want to travel to Bermuda on a discount. However, keep in mind that shoulder seasons usually mean the weather is not as great and fewer families are on board. Safe travels!
Have you discovered any perfect times for booking a cruise?