Monday, August 31, 2009

Getting a Great Cruise Deal Online

The other day Dennis, a friend of mine mentioned he was thinking about taking a Mediterrannean cruise and asked me how to find a good cruise deal online. I leave finding cruises up to Kathy, so I asked her to email him some advice.

I thought her email was pretty good, and might be useful to other people as well, so I'm posting it here as a blog posting.

Here it is:


Dennis

I hear you want to go to the Med .. fabulous .. I want to go back myself!!

Here is how I decide ...

I go to
www.vacationstogo.com
that site gives me a list of what cruises are around the time I want to cruise and how long, where they are going and the price that they can sell it to you for.

I have some favorite cruise lines so if they are within an acceptable range (cheapest is not always best ) then I go to the website for the cruise lines and see what they advertise it at. While there I check on all of the "deals" they all have a page for specials.

When I decide on one or two or however many cruises that I am interested in and know the approximate range I should pay .. I email our travel agent (cruise specialist) Judy and get her to quote it. Often she has a group going on that sailing and offers a good price and on board credits etc.

Alternately .. you can go to
www.cruisecompete.com and request a quote. They put it out to a lot of online travel agents and you get several quotes in email. The caveat is of course that you don't know the agency that you are dealing with.

I will tell you that before we cruised with Judy and then started using her for bookings I used vacations to go two or three times (Including the Orient) and had no problems whatsoever.

If you have any other questions ..let me know.

kathy

And that concludes my blog for today!

Bill