How To Save Big on a Last-Minute Cruise Booking

Think cruises are unaffordable for you and your family? Think again.

When cruise companies are in a pinch to get rooms filled, they sometimes sell them at a high discount, making all-inclusive cruises a financially feasible options for just about anyone.

Why the Discount?

The last thing cruise lines want is too many empty cruise ship cabins on any given sailing.

Empty cabins means less money spent on board. With a goal of approximately 107% occupancy for every cruise sailing (which means higher occupancy that 2 people for every 1 cabin available), cruise lines are banking on certain profit once the ship sets sail.

This need puts extra pressure on cruise lines to fill as many cabins as they possibly can before the ship sets sail.

Plus, consider this: if cruise lines don’t fill all of the available rooms, they lose a lot more than just 50% of the cost. Because unlike hotels, cruise ships can’t rely on last-minute walk-in customers. Once the ship sets sail, that’s it – those empty rooms remain empty for the entire duration of the trip.

From a revenue standpoint, it’s worth pricing unfilled rooms at a huge discount, instead of letting them sit empty. Money-savvy shoppers take advantage of these incredibly low rates on a regular basis – now you can too!

How To Find One of These Deals

Of course, most cruise lines don’t want you to know about their deepest discounts.

You will need to scour the internet.  Up until 72 hours before a cruise sets sail, you will be able to book online and also see how many rooms are still available that might be discounted.

Scheduling your vacation in the off-season too can also save you tons, even on all-inclusive cruises.

Don’t worry about catching a cold, though, because cruises in the Caribbean and South America are warm all year long. Imagine relaxing by the pool, sipping a margarita while those at home are shoveling snow.

Just know that not all cruises will have empty cabins and not all cruise lines have the ability to drop prices drastically. But, with a little patience and spontaneous nature, you could swipe a deal too good to be true.

Now that’s something we can get on board with.

Like anything, it’s always a good idea to be aware of the latest research. We recommend comparing at least 3 or 4 options before making a final decision. Doing a search online is typically the quickest, most thorough way to discover all the pros and cons you need to keep in mind.

Featured Tip

Don’t let your vacation days go to waste – make sure you travel! Only 23% of full-time employees use all of their days off each year, Forbes reports.