Cruises are one of the hottest family-friendly ways to have fun during your vacation. But, just like everything else, it can be costly for a large family. Here are some ways to help you find suitable accommodations for family cruises.
Cheap doesn’t necessarily mean below standard. Many cruise lines are beginning to cater to families because they are more likely to spend money on a vacation if there is something for everyone to do in one place. One way to attract families is to offer incentives, and that is what cruise lines are doing.
Begin with the Internet. It is a marketplace of information. You don’t necessarily have to book a cruise this way (especially if you are a first-time cruiser) but you can perform all of your legwork without leaving the house.
Use the Internet to make some crucial decisions about family cruising. Where will we go? Are there activities on board for the kids? What about child care for the little ones? Can adults get away and have time for themselves? What about off-ship excursions?
Use cruise line websites to find out which ships offer the best overall package for family travel. These websites also detail deals that they have for families depending on where you are going and how many are in your party.
Work with a travel agent familiar with cruising. They are a valuable resource for you. Tell them what you want (from your research) and they can work with you to find the perfect cruise getaway. Also tell them about any deals you've found online.
Another way to find cheap cruises is by choosing a cheaper mode of transportation. If you live close to a port of departure, opt to drive instead of fly. Cutting out airfare can greatly reduce the cost per person for a cruise. You can allot more money for better staterooms that way.
There is something to be said for booking at the last minute. Ships that aren’t full may run specials to increase their numbers before time to sail. This option is recommended for those who have flexible schedules as well as having done all of their due diligence. With last minute reservations, there is no time to change your mind after you’ve signed on the dotted line. If you know the who, where, when and how, you can save a lot of money.
Get as much included in the one price as you can. Many ships are all-inclusive. The cost of everything you need is rolled into one. Shore excursions, spa treatments and a few other things may be additional charges. Build your vacation itinerary around the included options. If you want a spa treatment, bring your own products. Give each other a massage or pedicure while you relax in the quiet of your stateroom.
Are you looking for a cheap family cruise? These tips can help you save money while still having a great time.