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Thursday, February 25, 2016

How to Find the Best Alaska Cruise Bargains in 2016

2016 - 2017 Alaska Trends

How to Find the Best Alaska Cruise Bargains in 2016

When it comes to getting the most for your Alaska cruise you have to look at the big picture, not just the cabin price. That's because all the top brand Alaskan bound cruise lines offer bonus extras.  Sales promotions loaded with added amenities, with limited price discounts, as incentives to get you to book. Some of the perks at sea include one or more of the following:

Onboard Spending Credits, Cash Back, Cabin Upgrades, 2 for 1 Fares, Low Solo Fares, Kids Sail Free or at Reduced Rates, Lower Deposits, Reduced Airfare, Senior Rates, Military Discounts, Mini- Group Rates, or Past Guest Deals not shown at their web sites, but available through travel agents. Travel agents offer some of the best cruise and cruise tour itineraries and affordable prices, plus several even include one or more of the following Bonus Extras:*

  • Up to $400 Onboard Spending Money
  • Free Specialty Dining
  • Free Beverage Package
  • Free Gratuities
  • Free Onboard Coupon Booklets
  • Free Cabin Upgrades
  • Reduced Rates and More!

When it comes to savings, get the best perks we've ever seen, latest up-to-the-moment special offers, discount prices, current fares, savings and cabin availability, just call us at 800.365.1445.

Book early, and take advantage of multiple perks. Like a seven-night Alaska cruise that comes with unlimited beverages and up to $400 per cabin onboard credit -- the perks valued at over $1000. ( if you drink a lot of alcohol-based beverages )

Compare all the cruise line online offers, then call your Travel Agent and review those offers, and ask your agent what they have on offer. Then, decide if you're getting the good deal you seek. Be sure to look at all the costs, compared to your expectations and budget. Include airfare, onboard spending for drinks, shore excursions, spa, gratuities etc. and then look at your list of bonus extras and add up the savings.

Don't book directly with the Cruise Line, instead use a travel agent to get the best deal on a great Alaska cruise vacation.

Often the most savings -- and the best possible value-added perks on a cruise -- will come from your travel agent.

First, you don't pay extra for their services. Second, they get "unpublished offers" ,  often at lower rates, not necessarily found at the cruise line's web site.

In addition, agents know how to combine Alaska cruise promotions with say, AAA or AARP offers where applicable, so you get an even better deal. Travel agents can find the cruise line, cruise ship, sailing date or cabin category with the best value. Call the cruise line and their only interest is promoting their own interests and steer you to the cabins they want sold. A travel agent works with all the cruise lines without bias.

If your a savvy shopper, you can save even more.  Travel on a group departure organized by your agent. ( you don't have to be a member or even interact with others in the so-called group ) You'll get a lower fare,  perhaps additional amenities, such as shipboard credits, access to special onboard services and lower cost shore tours. A good travel agent can point out the best choice based on your needs and budget.

Book early for the best deals.

Cruise lines sailing in Alaska offer their best prices and bonus extras early in the booking window, ( Jan - March ) and the trend in 2016 shows many cruise lines will not be dropping prices as frequently, or that low, on last minute sailings.

Alaska is a hot destination this year. Europe is not.  So you should book your Alaska cruise as early as possible. Book early and you'll find the best selection of cabins, bonus extras, and great fares. Bear in mind, that offers beyond the early-booking deals will only be on the remaining not so good inventory. Often cabins near elevators, above or below the disco or close to other public areas are all that's left. Many sailings sell out, so you could end up choosing a less popular sailing. Plus prices will go up as ships get close to sold out.

Alaska Cruises Available from May – September

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