Don’t be fooled by last minute off-peak season cruise deals

The last two months, I’ve been sharing incredible last minute cruise price drops on my Price Drop alert email and on the CruiseDeals Facebook Page.

Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas

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I was even quoted last week in the Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch because we proved that some last-minute cruises are less expensive than staying at a Motel 6.   Read the article here. 

But Don’t Be Fooled

I don’t want you to be fooled by the low last-minute prices available now for non-peak cruises.  Summer and Spring Break 2014 cruises will be much more expensive.

When to book peak-season 2014 cruises? 

RIGHT NOW, is the slowest time of year for new cruise bookings.  To try to increase bookings during this slow period, the cruise industry created National Cruise Vacation Week and all the cruise lines participate in the World Largest Cruise Sale with offers to entice you to book early.

Ideally, if you are looking to cruise in 2014 for spring break or summer then you’ll book this week during Nation Cruise Vacation Week.

Click here to see each cruise line’s special offers:  WORLD’s LARGEST CRUISE SALE.

a few benefits of booking peak-season cruises early:

  • Refundable deposit locks in today’s rates
  • If rates drop between now and final payment due date, rates can be adjusted lower
  • most likely, peak spring break and summer cruises will go up in price
  • better choice of staterooms
  • if you’re cruising with a group, easier to get cabin close by

If you’re unable to book during National Cruise Vacation Week [10/21 - 10/25/13], then book your 2014 summer or spring break cruise soon after.

Cruise booking volume picks up right after Christmas and January – March is the busiest time for new cruise bookings.  The closer you get to the busy booking season [aka wave season] the more likely the prices will go up on peak-season cruises.

If you have any questions about specific cruises, please put them in the comments and I’ll give you my thoughts on the best time to book it.

 Author Note:  Rich Tucker is founder of CruiseSource and regularly quoted publications like the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, etc as a cruise price expert.

 

 

 

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About Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is the Social Media Manager for Travel Leader's Leisure Group and Founder/Editor of CruiseSource.us. Rich has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired Magazine, BusinessWeek.com, USA Today, ABCnews.com, and several other major media outlets either as a cruise pricing expert or for his use of social media in the cruise industry.

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