It is a lot easier than you think to find an affordable cruise holiday, once over cruising was considered a luxury only for the wealthy. However as more cruise companies formed over the last few decades the availability has increased, thus reducing prices. You can easily compare prices on line which makes looking for cheap cruises a lot easier.
If you do some research first you can find the best cruise to suit your needs. Shorter cruises are obviously cheaper as are ones which start off from a UK port rather than flying to a destination. That means for affordability, destinations around Europe will be the cheapest. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a great deal, to some far flung destination either.
Like other types of holiday, the best time to book is either, right when the prices come out (they tend to be lower to initially attract customers) or up to a few days before departure (cruise lines don’t like cabins sitting empty for the duration of a cruise). You can also save a lot on the type of cabin you book, although many are quite basic, some are more so than others. For example:
Interior or inside cabins are the cheapest and generally the smallest and most basic. You won’t want to spend too long in these cabins, but that’s okay when you consider the activities and entertainment on many cruise ships. For some though a windowless room can seem a bit claustrophobic.
Next up is exterior or ocean view cabins, these basic ones are similar in size to the interior cabins, however you will have a porthole window or a similar small window. You do need to be careful when booking some ocean view rooms, as sometimes your view can be blocked by lifeboats and other equipment when on the lower decks.
Higher up you go on a cruise ship, the better the rooms you will generally find. Next you will find slightly bigger rooms, the balcony or veranda cabins. These usually have bigger bathroom or a separate seating area or living space. You will also find that prices for these vary because where they are situated or if some are bigger than others, there really is a lot of choice.
Finally if you do want to splash the cash then the suites are for you. Large luxurious rooms, they really can’t be described as cabins. You will find some spread over two levels as well as a couple of on-suite bathrooms you will also find private dining areas and full sized relaxation areas.
Some cruise lines offer seasonal discounts; others offer good rates for families, depending on the type of cruise line. Some such as Disney Cruises cater well for children and adults young at heart. Then you have Royal Caribbean Cruises which take everything to the next level for their passengers perfect for people of all ages. Looking for something affordable across the board, then Costa Cruises fits the bill. And finally for a little old school luxury then you should try Cunard Cruises in their regal ships.