Tuesday Travel Tip…
Fab Reader Debi S asked this question:
What do you know about inexpensive cruises. I would love to go to the Caribbean & my kids would love to sail on the Disney Cruise Line, I know there must be some good deals out there, but I’m not sure how to find them.
Debi… Yikes! I’ve never been on a cruise… so I asked around for you instead… and here’s what I came up with…
Everyone I talked to said they had done a bit of research before they went ahead and booked their vacation. Here are the books that come up in conversation.
Now that you have your reading material… my next suggestion would be to start with a site like Travelocity... The great thing about Travelocity is you have access to many different options … You can click through their site and type in different dates and trip scenarios until you find the one that looks good to you. Of the 3 people I talked to that had recently taken a cruise, two of them booked their Caribbean cruise through Costco Travel. The third person booked directly through the Disney Cruise line.
Basically, if you want to save bookoo bucks on a cruise you’ll need to book your trip as far in advance as possible. However… if your a risk taker (like me) and are up for a last minute trip… I highly recommend Travelocity because of all the last minute deals they offer. These types of deals are bargains for a reason… the cruise ship companies are trying to fill vacant cabins before the ship sails…which could translate to some serious savings if you’re a spontaneous person.
Another one of my favorite travel tools is Tripadvisor.com. Not only can you read other travelers reviews… but there are a ton of photos taken by travelers as well. And be sure and check out their reviews of the Disney Cruise and any other ship you’re interested in as well… not only will you get to read their personal comments… but more often than not you’ll find a secret deal or hidden money saver within in the comment section as well… If you have young children… I think a Disney Cruise is the way to go 🙂
So to recap… Read a few books on the subject, browse the travel websites to find the sailing you want, and find out what other travelers had to say about their cruise ship experience and how they saved money on their trip.
Oh and don’t forget to watch a few episodes of The Love Boat on dvd. 🙂 This way you’ll know what to wear if you get invited to sit at the Captains table for dinner 🙂
How about YOU Fab readers? Have you been on a Caribbean or Disney Cruise recently? Do you have any great tips for Debi? If so … please leave a comment below and let’s see if we can help her reach her goal of sailing off into the sunset at a Fabuless price 🙂