Cheap Last Minute Cruise Deals. The 10 Best Ways To Find Them!

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In this video you are going too find out the
best way to find incredible last minute cruise deals. Hi, I am Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travellers
and also author of books like “The CruiseTraveler’s Handbook” and “Essential Cruise Tips”. I am going to share with you how you can get
a phenomenal last-minute cruise deal. First, and most important thing you should
know, is don’t start looking for a last-minute cruise deal until at least 90 to 60 days before
your cruise. The reason for that is that cruise lines require
passengers to pay their final balance 90 days before the cruise. So those people who have booked in advance
have to pay the full amount. So 90 days before or 60 days before the cruise
line know how many cabins they still have to sell. That’s when they start to look at putting
on deals. Obviously the closer and closer you get to
a cruise ,and the more cabins that are unsold, the more likely you are to find a deal. But do not start looking until at least 90
days before you want to cruise. The second critical thing to do is focus on
non-peak times of the year. You are unlikely to find an incredible deal
last minute at peak times like school vacations or holiday times like Thanksgiving, Christmas
or Easter. The other thing you should do is avoid public
holiday weekends. So take a look at US or UK or European long
weekends, have a look at when those public holidays are and avoid cruising around that
time – because that’s when people will take vacation and go on cruises. So you are less likely to find deals then. The third most important tip is be flexible. The more flexible you are, the more likely
you are to find great last-minute cruise deal. So if you know there is a specific ship on
a specific itinerary at a specific time you want to go on, you probably not going to find
a last minute cruise. But, if you know basically I want to go to
the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or want to go to South America, you have a broad basic
region you want to go to, you are quite flexible about what cruise line, what ship you are
on – that is going to give you the greatest chance of finding a deal. The more flexible you are, the more you are
going to find an incredible cruise deal at the last minute. My fourth tip is to focus on really big embarkation
ports. Ports where a lot of cruises sail from. For example, Miami which is the biggest cruise
port in the world, Fort Lauderdale, Barcelona or Rome. You know those ports you have lots of ships
sailing out of them, you have lots of cruises starting and ending there – so those are the
ports to really focus on because that’s where most of the capacity is, that’s where most
of the flexibility is, that’s where most of the competition is. So you are more likely to find a great deal. My fifth tip is when you are looking for a
great deal, look at longer cruises. Clearly people like to go on one week or maybe
10 day or two week long cruises – with one week being the most popular cruise of all. So the longer the cruise, the greater the
chance you are of finding a deal. One really big tip is to specifically look
at repositioning cruises. Now, repositioning cruises are when the cruise
lines move their ships from one region to another. It tends to happen twice a year and largely
happens twice a year between the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Repositioning cruises tend to have quite a
lot of sea days and so are less popular. They also tend to be a little bit longer. Repositioning cruises tend to be cheaper anyway
on a per day basis, They tend to combine a couple of ports at the beginning and end,
but there will be more sea days. People will generally like cruises with lots
of port days, so you going to find the best deals on longer cruises and those with more
sea days. Tip number six is take a look at what new
ships are being launched and avoid them! So if a cruise line is launching a new ship
in any particular year, you will find those are very popular. There is lots of marketing effort put behind
them, there’s lots of publicity. Lots of people want to go on the new ship. So take a look at some of the older ships
in that cruise line, because they may be finding this harder to fill. Particularly if they are adding capacity to
the line. So take a look at some of the older ships
because you are more likely to find last-minute cruise deals as everybody tries and goes on
the new ship in the cruise line. Now that’s a great way of finding last minute
cruise deal. My next tip is also to focus on ports that
are driveable from where you are. One of the things that you will find is getting
a flight last minute is often quite expensive. Flight prices tend to go up the closer it
gets to departure. So actually you might get a great cruise deal,
where you save a lot of money, but that is negated by finding a flight to the port which
is very expensive. So that’s why I recommend focusing on ports
that you can drive to. So if you are lucky enough to have a port
which is drivable to, or you can get there on a bus, you are more likely to find a great
cruise deal – because you are not going to find you are having to spend a lot of money
getting to the port. Now my 8th tip may sound a bit goulish in
a way, but one of the things you should do is keep an eye on the news. Look for activities or events which may put
off people travelling to a particular port. So if there is something happening in that
particular port, people may want to cancel their cruise. And you might find there is much more capacity
available. Reality is things happen and cruise lines
are committed to certain itineraries and people may be reluctant to go to a certain region
and fares will come down. Do make sure though that your government is
still saying it is okay to travel there and your insurance will still cover you. Now my 9th tip is an important one. Make sure that you sign up for newsletters. Sign up for newsletters with any cruise line
that appeals to you. Cruise lines use their email newsletters to
push out activities and promotions, especially related to last minute cruise deals. Have signed up for many many cruise line newsletters,
and pretty much every week almost every day I get an email with different offers for cruises
in the next two months or month. And you get great deals. The second option, which is also a great one,
is there are some online cruise agencies that are fantastic. They collate and bring together all the deals
and they will send you out an email newsletter. Two examples of those are: in the United States
there is a site called and another one which is based in the UK which
is called ROLCruise and they are at So again I recommend sign up for newsletters
and get a constant flow of great deals. My last tip, and this again an incredibly
important one, is rely on your cruise agent. Get a hold of your cruise agent, and I always
strongly recommend you use a cruise agent to book a cruise, get hold of your favourite
cruise agent, tell them that you are looking to go on a cruise in the next month, two or
whatever it is. Tell them what your budget is, tell them what
you are looking for and ask them to look out for deals. Now that’s very important because although
you may be signing up for newsletters, getting other alerts elsewhere, often cruise lines
will talk to the agents when they have some capacity to sell. Particularly agents that are very strong with
any particular cruise line, and they may offer them deals or promotions that they don’t want
to make that public. So your cruise agent is very well connected
to the cruise line and they probably are going to know special deals that you will not find
out anywhere else. So there you are, that’s 10 ways that you
can get a phenomenal last-minute cruise deal. Cruising is a fantastic experience, it’s a
great way if you have flexibility and you want to to cruise at short notice. Just remember, be flexible and keep looking
out for all those different ways of finding out of finding a great cruise deal. You can go on a phenomenal cruise at a phenomenal
price. Hopefully you found that helpful. If you have any other ideas or tips, please
leave those in the comments. If you enjoyed the video it would be great
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Tips For Travellers · August 31, 2017 at 5:25 pm

Do you have any other ideas and tips on how to get great last-minute cruise deals? Leave a comment and add to the discussion

thejokerspeaks · September 1, 2017 at 10:56 am

I usually watch repo cruises for a couple years out, see what the trend is.  For Holland America's cruise tours in Alaska, we were planning to book last minute, but they seemed to have changed the price structure for 2017 & 2018.  The good news is that I can book ahead at a more reasonable price, but the bad news is that there are no more last minute bargains.

Gail Abert · September 2, 2017 at 6:19 am

Thank you so much for the information!

Petr Frizen · September 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

Hugely phenomenally helpful!

val hadfield · September 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm

Thank you for these trips, appreciate them. I've watched several of your videos now and taken on board your advice. One thing I would suggest is if you have prescription medication, not only pack it in your hand luggage as you said, but also ensure you have a list of EVERY item you take or use from the doctor, in the UK we have green and white reorder slips but they don't always in include all your meds. If you end up with a hospital stay on holiday they might need to change or reorder meds and written evidence helps. Hope that's useful. I had a brain tumour and take a copy of my MRI with me too, it helps.

Helpful Mum · September 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm

This is a great video. I wouldn't even have known where to start with looking for a cruise.

Ma S · February 6, 2018 at 7:34 am

what about Australia 💑

Mark S · March 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

if you get a re positioning cruise, how do you get back home? They are one-way only.

Robert McOrmond · April 21, 2018 at 11:18 am

Concise, well thought out, and quite informative. Thank you! 🙂

In My Opinion · May 14, 2018 at 4:11 pm

Great tips sir. I m a frequent cruiser and can't add anything. After you have taken alot of cruises you tend to love the sea days more. Repositioning cruise deals is a excellent tip. I actually prefer them now. On sea days all services are open aboard and more activities.

Team Flames · June 3, 2018 at 4:27 pm

how do you find agents that are well connected to a particular line? I am especially interested in Azamara and Seabourn deals

MaikoZafiro · August 23, 2018 at 8:21 am

Thank you for this! Excited to start looking to book my first cruise!

Blue Fluke · August 25, 2018 at 2:29 am

Be careful of those cruise only websites. I've looked at some of those cruises and realized that it's the same price as on the cruise line's website.

ART DECO · August 25, 2018 at 10:07 am


cool purp45 · August 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

hi i have been meaning to go on a cruise. i have never travelled outside of the bahamas and i am looking to go on a cruise with my 14 year old son. i know nothing about cruises and i dont wanna be taken advantaged of. i want to go on a 2 week vacation with my son and looking at approximately 2500. i dont know……i am so confused but i want to go on an exciting cruise. we get bored very easily

brightful5 · September 14, 2018 at 1:12 am

Jeremy from jersey just subscribed

Pfsif · October 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm

I can't find any discounts on cruises leaving in a week. Seems to be same price.

Pedro Obando · November 27, 2018 at 12:24 am

Great tips thanks.

dfierros83 · January 19, 2019 at 5:15 pm

And if you want to go on the funnest cruises avoid every tip he has said! Ha

MH0709 · February 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

How do you find a cruise agent?

Pentecostal Believer S-R · March 23, 2019 at 2:33 am

We would love to try a repositioning cruise, but when we looked at your recommended site (Cruise Direct) we would have to be overseas to depart from and sail to the port nearest us (the U.S.). It doesn't seem that it would work for us. How do we get home, thousands of miles away if the ship isn't repositioning here ? That's a lot bigger expense than just sailing from a U.S. port and back again to a U.S. port.

fargo007 · April 9, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Really nice group of points here. Well done.

Mister X · April 26, 2019 at 3:50 am

Great advice Gary…cheers!

Joseph Forest · June 7, 2019 at 6:22 am

Miami is the biggest? When I sailed into it , it put me in mind of a huge airplane hanger, the nicest I was in , was Southampton's. I enjoy Transatlantic cruises , I was told that for the best prices, go to Vacations to go .com , just after 90 days for deals , for trips that people have cancelled.

Kevin Heintzelman · October 5, 2019 at 2:44 pm

you are the most entertaining vlog i watch thanks so much for sharing it's amazingly enjoyable

Shaun and Sarah Jane Reviews · October 11, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Great video and tips

Audrey Emuss · November 8, 2019 at 8:05 pm

Could be that you might have deals that you know about that you could put on this site ?.

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