Tracking Cruise Prices
Tracking cruise prices can be time-consuming, and unfortunately, there isn’t a great way to keep up with dropped fares unless you’re getting emails from the cruise lines. But the rewards may be worth the extra effort if you’re able to snag a lower rate down the line, and if you work with a complimentary AAA Travel Agent, you’ll have extra help.
“I have clients who book way in advance and get a good cabin. Then, if prices are lowered, we adjust a few times before the cruise date,” Campos says, adding that she always checks the price one last time at final payment to see if it’s gone down. She also encourages her clients to let her know if they find out about a lower price. “It’s a team effort.”
The bottom line is that while there are certain times of year when many experts agree travelers often get better deals on cruises, there are plenty of exceptions, too. And a great price may not result in a great cruise (if, for instance, the only cabin left is in earshot of the noisy dance club and you’re a light sleeper), so balancing low prices with the amenities you need is important. Do your research and stay informed—either on your own or with the help of an expert—to keep track of your specific priorities, whether that’s price, cabin style, destination, or cruise line.
As Campos notes, “The best time to book a cruise is when you’re ready to book.”