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Monday, June 03, 2013

How to snag a last-minute cruise deal

How to snag a last-minute cruise deal
With more capacity than the market needs, bargain cruises and cruisetours to Alaska are still available in surprising numbers.

If you have been procrastinating about going to Alaska, your not alone. According to Raye & Marty Trencher, editor's and publishers of the online Cruise Traveler Magazine, by waiting until the last minute you may actually find better deals than those who’ve already booked.

There are bargains to be had for Alaska cruise vacations this summer, but the deals may not last.


7 day Alaska Princess Cruises can be found online for as low as $399 per person. ( July 10 - Coral Princess ) Now that's for an inside cabin, but that price is well below the average price of about $699, a savings of $300 per person.  Cruisetours, a combination of a 7 day cruise and 3-7 days on a land tour of interior Alaska, including Denali National Park are selling for as low as $799 per person. Nearly 50% off the average price. Over a hundred sailings offer last minute bargains. Check with your travel agent for dates and rates.

So, if you are ready for an Alaska vacation, but limited by your budget, experts suggest cruise travelers search travel sites for deals for their sailing departure of choice, such as Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, Whittier or Seward, especially since some deals are exclusive to one site only. As an example, Princess Cruise bargains can be found at Alaska Cruises Direct, a certified Princess Cruises Vacation planner. Visit their web site at www.alaskacruisesdirect.com

To avoid paying top dollar, refrain from booking a suite or even a deluxe balcony cabin.

While the lead-in prices are for interior cabins, prices escalate significantly as your upgrade to better accommodations. The best views of calving glaciers come from the panoramic views you get from the front of the ship on deck and not from your verandah.

While the last minute cruise savings are significant this time of the year, be advised that the most desirable cabin locations on the ship always go first, so your choices may be limited to the forward or aft sections and may be near elevators, laundry rooms, stairs, or even below the disco.

So what are you waiting for. Now Alaska bound cruise travelers can  get 100% Adventure up to 50% off!  Wildlife, Wilderness & Epic Vistas Await!

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