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062: Getting Best Cruise Fare - Timing

Essential Cruise Tips

Release Date: 01/30/2015

Should you Do Cruise Line Excursions? Yes or No? show art Should you Do Cruise Line Excursions? Yes or No?

Essential Cruise Tips

I look at the Pros and Cons of cruise line excursions, and look at the best reasons for booking and doing your port tours with the cruise line, and the reasons for not doing excursions with the cruise lines. Many travellers use cruise line tours as it is convenient and easy, and they like the guarantee that the ship will not depart until all of their tours are back, even if running late.

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European Versus Mekong River Cruises. Just How Different Are They? show art European Versus Mekong River Cruises. Just How Different Are They?

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Just how different is a European River cruise and a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia? I take a look at the key similarities and differences and the things that surprised me as I had expected them to be very different but were not. A Europe river cruise and Mekong river cruise are great travel and cruising experiences and this will help you understand what to expect from both.

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7 Best Things About Cruising ? show art 7 Best Things About Cruising ?

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What are the best things about cruising, and why? With 77 cruises done to date, I share what I think good things, the pros and the positives are about cruising in my opinion, and why. I look at many aspects from who they cater for, where they go, what they offer and more. Do you agree with these?

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Mekong River Cruise. 4 Key Things You Really Need To Know ! show art Mekong River Cruise. 4 Key Things You Really Need To Know !

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Discover the 4 essential things you need to know about a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia. I was invited by CroisiEurope to cruise on the Indochine II between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap on a classic Mekong River cruise itinerary. Along the way I discovered four things that I think anyone interested in, or considering doing, a Mekong River cruise needs to know. I explore what the river is, where it goes, best times to go, the main experiences and sights and what you can expect

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Cruise Line Excursions: 6 You Should Take And 6 To Avoid show art Cruise Line Excursions: 6 You Should Take And 6 To Avoid

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Which cruise line excursions should you take, and which not? I suggest 6 excursions that I would usually take with the cruise line, rather than with an independent tour company or self tour. I also recommend 6 that I would suggest you consider not doing with the cruise line, and how to do them yourself. The big advantage of going on a cruise line excursion is the ship will always wait for all their tours to return before leaving.

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8 Best Places In The World To Cruise To ? show art 8 Best Places In The World To Cruise To ?

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I explore the 8 destinations and place that, in my view, are much better to cruise to than go on a land-based vacation. Around the world some places are easier and simpler to visit and explore on a cruising vacation than trying to do it by land. Discover the 8 places, times and destinations that I believe you should consider a cruise to than the land alternative.

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Cruising And The Environment. What Are Cruise Lines Doing? show art Cruising And The Environment. What Are Cruise Lines Doing?

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Cruising and it's impact on the environment is becoming under more focus by cruise passengers, environmental groups and governments around the world. I explore the 5 things that I see and read that cruise lines are doing, and focusing on, to improve cruising impact on the environment. Some of these are about the ships, some about the ports and how passengers and ships interact with all of this. Find out what these are and what difference they should make to cruising and the environment.

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Biggest Trends In Cruising show art Biggest Trends In Cruising

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I explore the 6 biggest trends in cruising and how they could change your cruise and cruising experience. These cruise trends are things I am seeing and hearing the cruise industry talking about. These are the most important trends that I think will influence and change cruising as we know and experience it today. I look at who cruising is looking to attract on board and how the on-board offering may change, what is happening and will happen to cruise

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Best Adult Only Cruises And Cruise Lines show art Best Adult Only Cruises And Cruise Lines

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I look at the very best adult-only cruise lines and cruises. I explore four main topics:

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7 Reasons To delay Booking a 2021 Cruise Now show art 7 Reasons To delay Booking a 2021 Cruise Now

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Many travellers, including me, are looking forward to getting back to cruising when it is safe to do so. Lots are looking at 2021 as the key time to return to cruising and looking at booking 2021 cruises now, so they have something to look forward to. However, as I looked at and thought about booking a cruise in 2021, I had at least 7 reasons to pause and delay booking a cruise in 2021 right at this moment. In this I explore those watch-outs and things to consider before you book 2021 cruises.

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Getting Best Fare: Timing

I have many tips for getting the best fare. Here is some more of them:

Avoid maiden seasons of new ships

New ships joining a cruise line fleet receive significant media coverage and are highly sought after, with guests wanting to experience the latest offering and fares are at a premium. During maiden seasons you should find lower and discounted fares on their older ships.

Consider less popular or very competitive routes

There are some cruises that the lines find harder to sell and you may find attractive fares on these like:

  • Repositioning cruises. At the start and end of the Mediterranean summer season most lines move the ships to areas like the Caribbean and South America. As there is at least seven sea days they have limited appeal. You can get a week cruising either the Mediterranean or Caribbean and an Atlantic crossing at low fares.
  • Start and end of the season, especially out of school holidays. While you risk having mixed weather, prices will be lowest during these periods.
  • Crossings at start and end of world cruises. These are better suited to people who can cope with rough seas as they usually travel the North Atlantic in the winter months.
  • Competitive routes like the Caribbean out of Florida ports and Mediterranean out of Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) will often have good deals as there is lots of capacity and competition.

Listen for more tips on finding good cruise fares in other episodes.


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