key to choosing the right cruise at the right price is finding a
knowledgeable cruise agency and cruise counselor. The agency must be
"connected" to receive the latest information, and counselors
need to be constantly up-to-date with the latest promotions from both
advertised and unadvertised specials.
Constantly throughout the day Cruise Brokers International watches for the
best deals, then passes those savings on to you. The more flexible you are
with your dates, the better the deals we can get you.
Here are 23 other ways to find cruise discounts that are currently
available to savvy consumers:
What is the
most affordable time to take a cruise?
specials - or second passenger cruise free
Better than 2-for-1
50% - 80% off second passenger
Early Booking Discounts
sail free or 3rd/4th-passenger cruise for reduced rates
Flat Rate Specials
Reduced rate or free air
Discount for full payment
for combination or back to back cruises
Reduced Single Rates
Instant Payment Discounts
Credit Card Promotions
Airline Frequent Flyer
Senior Citizen Specials
First-Time Cruisers' Discount
is the most affordable time to take a cruise?
If your schedule is flexible and you are looking for the very least
expensive time to take a Caribbean cruise, then consider sailing between
the end of August and the sailing before Christmas, but not over Christmas
and Thanksgiving. Most families have children that are back to school and
people begin saving vacation time for holiday travel. Usually this is when
you'll find the senior citizen rate specials and any regional promotion,
past passenger promotion, or last minute deal. Winter, Spring and Summer
are your most busy time for the Caribbean.
Other destinations depend on their season. Refer to What is the best time
to take a cruise? (hyperlink) under the Q&A's General section.
Generally the shoulder seasons will be your best opportunity for savings.
specials - or second passenger cruise free:
This is one of the best cruise discounts currently available to consumers.
2-for-1's are offered on a consistent but selective basis by many cruise
lines including: Princess, Holland America, Premier, Royal Olympic, Costa.
Carnival, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean and Celebrity do not
typically advertise 2-for-1's, but their promotional pricing can be
equivalent to a 2-for-1 discount. Generally 2-for1's are for the cruise
only, but on rare occasions they include air from select cities.
Princess has more 2-for-1's than any other cruise line but they are
usually regional offers so the cruise agency must be informed enough to
know where the deals are. These offers are capacity controlled and may be
withdrawn without notice. They are often offered on a "last
minute" basis, 7- 60 days prior to a sailing. However, for longer
more exotic sailings, 2-for-1's are sometimes available up to a year in
Occasionally Princess or Holland America will offer a 2-for-1, plus an
additional $250-$500 per person off. These offers tend to be on the
longer, more exotic sailings.
- 80% off second passenger:
This is another way for a cruise line to offer a 25% - 35% discount per
person for a specific sailing. There is usually an expiration date to
these offers. Commonly used by Holland America, Cunard, Orient Lines and
Early booking cut-off dates are popular with Holland America, Princess,
Crystal, Silversea and Seabourn. Many other lines have some equivalent
which are capacity controlled and can be withdrawn without notice. These
include Carnival (SuperSavers), Disney Cruise Lines, Holland America (CS
Rates), Princess (Love Boat Savers), Norwegian Cruise Line (Leadership
Fares), Royal Caribbean International (Breakthrough Rates), Costa (Andiamo
Rates), and Premier (SeaFares), to name a few.
sail free or 3rd/4th passenger cruise for reduced rates:
Some promotions are specifically for kids. American Hawaii has offered a
"kids cruise free" rate when two accompanying adults pay full
fare. Reduced rate 3rd/4th passengers is popular with Premier, Royal
Caribbean, Celebrity, Costa, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Princess.
Cruise lines often change itineraries and destinations to take advantage
of seasons throughout the world. For example, they may cruise Europe,
Bermuda or Alaska in the summer and shoulder seasons, Canada/New England
in the Fall, Antarctica, South Pacific and South America in the late fall
and winter months, and so on. Some repositioning cruises are deeply
discounted with 2-for-1 savings.
Offers may include "Book a 14-day cruise and get 7 days free".
Others may include free shore excursions or a free or greatly reduced pre-
or post-cruise hotel room. Commonly used by Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland
America, Cunard, Costa, Renaissance Cruises and Orient Lines.
Similar to the "added value" category mentioned above. Commonly
used by Holland America and Renaissance.
Flat rate specials usually give one fixed price for the best available
cabin at the time of booking. There is usually one flat rate for inside,
oceanview, or oceanview with balcony cabins. The offers are usually for
the cruise only, but airfare may be offered for an additional price.
Commonly used by Princess and Norwegian Cruise Line.
Popular with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise
Lines. Upgrades are usually from an inside to an inside cabin, or an
oceanview to an oceanview cabin, excluding suites and sometimes oceanview
cabins with balconies. Most of these upgrades are unadvertised and may be
withdrawn without notice.
rate or free air add-ons:
Air add-on rates are offered by many cruise lines in conjunction with
their cruise only rates. Sometimes, special promotions are offered where
the air is reduced. For example, an air rate of $349 from Chicago to Miami
may be reduced to $149 per person. In some cases, a promotion may be
featured in which the quoted air add-on rate is waived and offered free.
Commonly used by Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line and
Cruise lines may offer special reduced prices for residents of certain
States. Commonly used by Holland America and Princess.
for full payment in advance:
Popular with Silversea and Seabourn. For example, consumers who pay in
full for their cruise at least 6 months in advance of sailing can receive
a 15% discount.
Past passenger discounts and promotions are becoming more and more
popular. Many lines have some program in place which offers extra
discounts to their past passengers. Especially popular with Princess,
Holland America, Crystal, Seabourn and Silversea.
There are two kinds:
1) Affinity groups that travel together such as family reunions, religious
groups, clubs/associations, corporate/incentive meetings, etc. receive
group discounts as well as the free berths, depending on the number of
passengers. (An example of a free berth would be 1-person cruises free for
every 15 paying adult passengers. Airfare, port charges and taxes are
2) Agencies, such as Cruise Brokers International have reserved group
space on select sailings to destinations around the world. By linking onto
these sailings, individual cruise passengers can take advantage of rates
that are normally afforded only to those traveling in a group.
for combination or back to back cruises:
Used by Cunard, Holland America, Seabourn, Orient Lines and Silversea.
Book one week and get the second week for a reduced rate.
Single cruise passengers traveling along typically pay 125-200% of the
double occupancy rate. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line
and Cunard have a limited number of single occupancy cabins at reduced
rates. Some lines offer "Single Share" programs where you are
matched with a cabin-mate of the same gender. You pay the lower double
occupancy rate even if they fail to find you a roommate. "Single
Shares" are offered on a limited basis by Holland America, Carnival,
Celebrity, Cunard, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess and Royal Caribbean.
Infrequently, some lines offer special discounts just for single.
You may wish to consider joining a "singles cruise club" with a
minimal annual membership fee allowing you the opportunity to travel with
other singles. Most of the time they can match you up to share a cabin
with a roommate of the same gender.
Great discounts for passengers willing to pay in full at the time of
booking or within 48 hours. Popular with Norwegian Cruise Line, Premier
Some credit card companies offer additional savings, shipboard credits or
frequent flyer miles when you pay for your cruise in full with that credit
Frequent Flyer Programs:
From time to time, some airline frequent flyer programs may offer reduced
pricing promotions with bonus frequent flyer points.
Reduced rates for seniors on select sailings are commonly used by Royal
Caribbean, Celebrity, Costa and Norwegian Cruise Line. One passenger in
the cabin must be at least 55 years old to receive the discounts.
Seabourn has offered discounts up to $500 per person to passengers booking
the line for the first time.