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Win a cruise aboard the MSC Magnifica

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NO MORE HUNTING HIGH AND LOW IN SEARCH OF AN AFFORDABLE CRUISE HOLIDAY. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR TIPS FOR FINDING A GREAT CRUISE DEAL AND THE BEST TIMES TO BOOK.

Often finding a holiday is more stressful than it is enjoyable. That moment for example, when you’ve found a great deal but then wonder if it’s cheaper somewhere else and before you know it you have a million tabs open with flights going all over the world until eventually you forget what you were even searching for in the first place. But not only that, sometimes you’ll find a holiday and set about booking it, only to find there’s hidden charges so you’ll spend an extra £200 ensuring you’ve got everything covered and end up resenting your decision. However we’re here to make planning your holiday enjoyable again with our tips on what to look for and what to watch out for!

BOOK EARLY

You don’t have to leave it until last minute to get a great cruise deal. With cruise holidays becoming more popular, often ships are filling up a year in advance. To incentivise early bookers, they’ll often be great deals such as lower cabin rates, all-inclusive drinks or vouchers for onboard spend that you can use in the restaurants and spas.

BE FLEXIBLE WITH YOUR ITINERARY CHOICES

Each year, different destinations rise and fall in price depending on trends and the launch of new ships and new itineraries. Not only can cruise industry developments affect the price of a cruise, but factors in the travel industry at large can have an effect to. For example, events such as the olympics or world cup can push up prices in the host country. If you visit our destinations page, you can see at a glance the price destination cruises are available from.

EXPLORE OFF-PEAK TIMES

Opting to cruise outside off-peak seasons can help secure a fantastic cruise deal.

If you cruise outside of school holiday times, or decide to cruise when destinations are out of peak season (such as mexico in spring), you’ll still get access to a fantastic cruise yet it will be at a significantly reduced price.

MAKE THE MOST OF SMART PACKAGES

Here at cruise nation we offer smart packages, which we’ve designed specifically as a way to save you money and make planning your holiday as easy as possible. We incorporate your flights as well as pre or post cruise stays so you get more time to explore and relax. Plus these stays mean that you don’t have to rush from airport to cruise dock or vice versa before departing for your cruise or coming back.

CONSIDER THE ‘CRUISE AND STAY’ OPTION

Cruise and stay deals are another great way to ensure you always get a competitive cruise offer. Often you can pay less for staying an extra night in a hotel rather than flying on a certain day. Our smart packages include a cruise and stay element, but you can build on and customise this to add as many nights pre or post cruise as you like.

MAKE THE MOST OF ALL INCLUSIVE DEALS

All inclusive deals are probably the most popular offers and the ones you should most definitely be keeping an eye out for. All-inclusive often relates to the inclusion of drinks packages with your cruise. The deals will differ according the cruise line and sometimes the individual ship. The benefit of these packages means you won’t have to budget for drinks onboard as they’ll all be included!

STILL KEEP AN EYE OPEN FOR LAST MINUTE DEALS

In the travel industry, there will always be great last-minute offers. No matter which cruise line you want to book with. If you’re booking a month or two before the departure date, you’re sure to find a wealth of great deals available to choose from. If you’re currently seeking a great last minute deal, check out our dedicated offers page for these.

MAKE THE MOST OF CANCELLATIONS

Contrary to popular belief, cheap cruise deals aren’t only available from the budget cruise liners. Plans change and cancellations happen - meaning that last-minute cruise deals pop up every day. If you’re flexible about your destination and holiday duration, then there are a number of different options available. So make the most this loophole and you could get a fantastic deal.