How Will You Find a Deal in 2010, the Year of the Non-Deal?

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#1
Boston, MA
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Let's face it: cruise fares are on the rise. With the economy showing signs of buoyancy -- and lines publicly announcing price hikes -- it seems as if the incredible deals of 2009 are behind us. But, while the days of $25-per-night cruises may be gone for now, savvy cruise shoppers can still find bargain fares … if they're persistent and willing to try a blend of unorthodox and pragmatic methods.

Check out our tips to help you become a cruise deal tiger waiting in the weeds ... and let us know your best techniques for getting a deal this year.
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#2
South Eliot, Maine
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Joined Jan 2007
2010 year of non-deals in cruising?
Come September, I am sailing on the Celebrity Solstice in a Aqua Class stateroom with double size balcony for less money than ANY balcony I have ever had. The deals are out there!!!

Air fares to cruise ports are still low too, if you look around.
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#4
Phoenix, Arizona
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We are getting a 12-day in the Mediterranean for $1149 per person at $95 per day, which is for an interior cabin, but otherwise I would not be able to go.

Comparable 12-days on other lines are much higher.
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#5
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Joined Nov 2008
How to find the best rates:
Find a TA that has group space. There are some that have balcony space when the cruise line shows sold out, others are as much as $300 a person LESS than the cruise line for the exact same space.

Sail the Solstice this summer. It is THE best kept secret in the Caribbean and this FIVE STAR cruise is pricing LESS than Carnival Dream on same sailing dates.

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#6
Toronto
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Joined Feb 2007
DCL has 10 and 11 day Med cruises for $999 pp. I was able to combine it with kids sail free and so paid $999 for two people. Total cruise fare was $1998 for FOUR people. That's the best deal I've ever had. Other people who booked a month before me got the same price, PLUS onboard credit of $100 pp. My cost is about $45 pp per day. The deals are out there, they're just not as across the board as last year.
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#7
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With all respect, if they sell cruises for $25 per night, what can they provide? Is that a cruise we're going to enjoy? If we are willing to pay so little isn't it so little that we will experience?

Just thinking........

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#8
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I honestly believe that some of the best deals for 2010 were to be had last year. Not to say that 2010 does not have some favorable pricing, but the deals of yesterday are certainly gone. This is one time (well 3x since we have 3 cruises booked this year) that we are very glad that we booked early, while the prices were dirt cheap in some cases. With that said, the possibility still exists to find a great last minute bargain.
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#9
San Mateo, California
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We book early, use miles when we can and buy future booking credits.

We are already booked for 2010 and the spring of 2011. So booking early works for us.
#10
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Joined Sep 2008
We have a great deal on our October 2010 Carnival cruise - balcony cabin, for four, with all taxes and whatnot it works out to $69.61 per person, per day.
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#12
New England
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Joined May 2005
We have 2 cruises booked for this year and 1 for next year and don't find the prices any higher than our cruises for the past five years. We always book early- a year before. When you consider the cost of hotel rooms these days- a cruise is still a good bargain.
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#13
Maine
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Joined Feb 2010
I think there are still good deals out there. They just are not advertising them as much and you have to look harder. Off season is still off season and if you can be flexable with your dates you can still make out.
#14
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Originally posted by elcuchio24
I think there are still good deals out there. They just are not advertising them as much and you have to look harder. Off season is still off season and if you can be flexable with your dates you can still make out.
Where do you "look" when you look harder for the deals?
#15
Orlando FL
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Joined Sep 2007
Our target price for a balcony has always been under $100 per person per day. The lowest we have ever gotten was $44.40. We book as far in advance as possible and constantly monitor for price reductions. If we get within 90 days of sailing (or whenever final deposit is required) if the price is still too high we cancel the trip.

Used to be the best prices came at the last minute but in the past year the best strategy for us has been to book far in advance.
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#16
Vermont
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Joined Sep 2008
Enjoy the Maasdam, Davidson Duo - it is a lovely ship - the HAL upgrade fairy visited us as well, we booked an HH guarantee and ended up with a C cabin, mid-ship, on the promenade deck! VERY nice.

Does your name refer to Harley Davidson? If so we have a Dyna Glide HD as well.
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#17
Sevierville, TN
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Joined Oct 2001
We ended up with a great deal - 5 of us, balcony and oceanview cabins on the Crown Princess for around $77/person per night - with the cabin credit in the mix, the nightly rate ends up at $68 - spring break cruise, booked 4 weeks in advance.

This cruise is $800 cheaper than we paid for 7 nights on the Carnival Liberty at the same time last year, which was $1k cheaper than the 7 night Ruby Princess we had originally booked.
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#18
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Joined Jul 2008
I am confused and hope someone can help me out. I just read the article on 11Tips for Finding a Cruise and then the follow up article Past Passenger Programs. Since I previously traveled on Carnival and now am scheduled for a cruise on Princess, I decided to check with my TA to see if the discount the World's Leading Cruise Lines (including Carnival and Princess) provide to past passengers would be available to me (the Vacation Interchange Program).

My agent just responded and indicated that there used to be such a program but it has been canceled. Is this correct (I am also going to send an email to Princess to get a response from them).

Please let me know if you are aware whether the program is still in place or not.
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#19
upstate new york
5,012 Posts
Joined May 2003
A little OT but you hear the economy is getting better but read in the papers how cities are closing schools ,cancelling sports and music programs,and firing teachers.Does that sound like the economy is getting better?Not to me.

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#20
2,617 Posts
Joined Sep 2006
Originally posted by Onceasailor
I am confused and hope someone can help me out. I just read the article on 11Tips for Finding a Cruise and then the follow up article Past Passenger Programs. Since I previously traveled on Carnival and now am scheduled for a cruise on Princess, I decided to check with my TA to see if the discount the World's Leading Cruise Lines (including Carnival and Princess) provide to past passengers would be available to me (the Vacation Interchange Program).

My agent just responded and indicated that there used to be such a program but it has been canceled. Is this correct (I am also going to send an email to Princess to get a response from them).

Please let me know if you are aware whether the program is still in place or not.
Although Princess and Carnival are both owned by Carnival Corporation, they both operate independently. As a result, you would only be considered a past pax on Princess if you previously sailed Princess. Having sailed Carnival already, you would be eligible for past pax benefits or discounts only on Carnival. However, if you are a stockholder, you are eligible to receive OBC on ANY of the Carnival Corporation lines (including HAL, Princess, Costa, etc.) when owning a minimum of 100 shares of CCL stock. This OBC can be as much as $250 based on the number of days for each voyage .

I am not familiar with the Vacation Interchange Program.
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  • RCCL Allure of the Seas (08/12) Tropical Storm Isaac
  • Carnival Freedom - Exotic S. Caribbean (Aruba, Curacao, etc.) (04/12)
  • Celebrity Millennium - Falmouth & Grand Cayman (11/11)
  • Carnival Dream - Eastern Caribbean (8/11)
  • Norwegian Jade - Eastern Mediterranean & 3 days post-cruise in Paris (11/10 - 12/10)
  • Carnival Freedom - Costa Rica & Panama (8/10)
  • Norwegian Star - Mexican Riviera (4/10)
  • Norwegian Sky - Bahamas (12/09)
  • Diamond Princess - Alaska (Northbound) Glacier Bay (8/09)
  • Carnival Destiny - Southern Caribbean (8/08)
  • Norwegian Sun - Western Caribbean (3/08)
  • Norwegian Gem - "Savor The Night" Celebrity Cruise (12/07)
  • RCCL Legend of the Seas - Western Caribbean (4/07)
  • Caribbean Princess - Western Caribbean (8/06 )