3/19/2013 12:15:00 PM
5 Great Websites to Search for Amazing Cruise Offers
Big volume websites offer the best deals for cruise deal-seekers. They get first notice of cruise sales and may even book space in advance to sell at a discount with perks - such as giving you onboard spending credits you can use for drinks. Here are five great websites to search for amazing cruise offers.
This free clearing house lets you choose your cruise and get competing bids from agents. Hundreds of agents have access to your request and respond with their best offers via the site - they don't get your actual contact information. You can turn off your request to stop receiving quotes. There's also a live chat option if you have questions.
Cruise Critic is the top cruise reviews and information site and has very active user boards - a great source for what's happening on specific ships. A deals section lets you check for highly discounted last-minute offers from leading cruise agencies, including from parent company TripAdvisor.
Volume speaks volumes at this site, part of World Travel Holdings, the largest vacation retailer in the U.S. and a top producer for Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Norwegian and other cruise lines. A Special Offers section posts deals by category – such as deals geared towards families and weekend getaways.
Loaded with the latest and greatest sales and added-value offers, this site's big bonus is its easy to navigate Cruise Finder. You can easily see what's available on hundreds of ships by searching by date, destination, specific ship or line and even port of embarkation, view route maps and check deck plans.
This discounted cruise clearinghouse has ratings of dozens of ships. If you like what you see you can press a Show Me the Deals button to check the latest and greatest offers. For those who can cruise less than 90 days from the time of booking, Last-Minute Cruises are offered at up to 75% off.