You may think you know everything about booking a cruise, but here are some of the in-and-outs of the industry that a lot of people get wrong. Did you know these things? How savvy are you with cruises?
We’re sure that you can learn a thing or two for your next cruise!
Myth 1: Booking last minute for better discounts
The best discounts are usually not the last minute ones, but the ones book months ahead of time. Sure, it’s great to find something dropped 50% off a week before the due date, but it’s usually a really bad option and not something you would usually go to. For a choice in what you want, try to book at least 6 months in advance. On the other hand, if you don’t really care about where you want to go, and you just want a vacation anywhere, it might be cheaper to book last minute. Because some vacation packages want to fill up the seat on their cruise, they might get better rates but you don’t have a lot of choice on the matter.
Myth 2: Buying on line is always cheaper
Buying online might always be the best case. There are a lot of sites out there that advertise they have the lowest deals, but that’s simply not true. Even if you get a deal that’s unbeatable — eg) There was a pricing error with Flighthub before and people got into a deal that was just beyond incredible, but Flighthub cancelled it and didn’t refund people until 8-12 weeks later. So book through an agent. An agent can give you better offers and even extras, like drink tickets or coupons for shows.
Myth 3: Cruises are all-inclusive
There are extra costs to even an all-inclusive package. You have to pay for things like bottled water, wine with dinner, drinks (unless you get a drink package) and short excursions. You also have to consider tipping the housekeepers every day.