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When I shared this week’s price drops on Twitter on Sunday, @bonobochick asked the following:
When will prices drop on Thanksgiving and Christmas Cruises?
Thanksgiving and Christmas cruises are peak season cruises. The fact that the kids are out of school during the holiday weeks mean there are more people in the market to take a cruise. Plus, many people get a day or two off for Christmas and Thanksgiving so if they take a week-long cruise they only have to use up 4 vacation days.
In years past, prices for Thanksgiving and Christmas cruises would steadily go up as we got closer to the sail date. So the best way to get a Thanksgiving and Christmas cruise deal was to book early.
We are tracking Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years cruise pricing and have seen some fluctuations up and down. In general the trend is up, but the prices are lower than they have been in year’s past. Click here to see the BEST Thanksgiving and Christmas Cruise Deals.[box] Recent Holiday Cruise Price Drop: 7-night Ms Eurodam Eastern Caribbean Cruise departing Ft. Lauderdale on 11/17 recently dropped $100 down to $499 per person! Click for Details. [/box]
Will any of the Thanksgiving or Christmas Cruise Prices on our best deals list drop lower?
I’d bet money that there will not be a better 2012 holiday cruise deal than the 8-night Carnival Miracle departing NYC on Thanksgiving Day. Balcony Cabins start at $529 per person [inside cabins starting at $429 per person].[fblike]
While I doubt that there will be much downward movement on the holiday cruise pricing, we were surprised a couple of weeks ago when 4 night Labor Day Bahamas cruise prices dropped down to $129 per person. We alerted our Twitter, Facebook, and Email subscribers of the Labor Price Cruise price drops and had 20+ people take advantage of the price drops.
Tips to getting the best Holiday Cruise Deals:
1. If you have to fly to the cruise port, then you need to book now because any savings you may get in cruise price drops you’ll lose in the airfare going up.
2. If you need a cabin that holds 3 or 4 passengers then I recommend booking now. If there are significant price drops, they are much more likely to be for double or single occupancy cabins.
3. ‘Last-minute’ in the cruise industry is typically 5 – 8 weeks out from the cruise. If the cruise lines are going to make a move in price to sell excess inventory, it is usually 5 – 8 weeks out from the cruise. [Just note, with holiday cruises there is a big risk price goes up instead of down]
4. Most likely, the deals on our best Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Cruise Deals page will not get better. But, we will keep the pricing on the page updated til the end of the year. So if you want to keep an eye on prices, bookmark that page and check it a couple of times a week.
5. Follow @CruiseDeals on Twitter. We will alert our Followers of Holiday Cruise price drops. [@CruiseDeals recommended by Money Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and NY Times for getting the best Cruise Deals]
6. Not on Twitter? Subscribe to CruiseDeals.com weekly SeaMail alerts. If holiday cruise prices drop, we will alert our email subscribers.
7. When you see the alert that the price dropped, act quickly. If the cruise line drops the price, it is to sell the space fast so they can increase the price again. After the final payment date, price drops are for new bookings only. The cruise lines do not want to upset already booked passengers with rate drops, so they will increase the rates quickly after selling a set amount of inventory.
If you have questions about a specific 2012 Holiday Cruise, please add it to the comments and I’ll look to see what the best deal is and let you know if I think it will go up or down from here.
Author Note: Rich Tucker, cruise industry’s leading price expert, quoted in NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc. Rich manages the @CruiseDeals Twitter account and the Cruise Deals Facebook page. .
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