Cruises are a popular option for cheap last minute travel deals for a number
of reasons. First, last minute cruises don't require you to plan out your itinerary
or worry about booking a hotel or spending extra money on food. Second, last
minute cruise deals allow you to travel to a number of tropical destinations
in a relatively short amount of time. Most cruises stop at three or more destinations,
and popular cruise destinations include the Caribbean,
Alaska, and Europe.
If you want to save money on cruises at the last minute, look for Caribbean
cruises that depart from ports in Florida
and Texas. There are many low-cost cruise
lines that offer last minute cruise deals from the Port
Everglades cruise ship terminal near Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. A typical cruise ship has many different restaurants
to choose from as well as nightclubs, discos, casinos, and pools. Some last
minute cruises offer day spas or full service salons. Nearly all cruise lines
include the price of food and entertainment in the price of the cruise, while
massage and salon services are usually extra.
When booking last minute cruise deals, it helps if you have a flexible schedule and pay attention to the busy and slow times for cruising to your destination. For colder regions such as Alaska, you can find the best deals on cruises at the last minute in May or September. Cruises to warmer regions such as the Caribbean and Mexico will offer the best cruise vacation deals in the spring and fall months, which are considered the off season. One way to save money on cruises is to leave on a Monday or Tuesday and come back on a Friday. By avoiding travel over the weekend when the majority of people take cruises, you can save money on airfare. You can also save money on cruises at the last minute by finding cruise lines where children can cruise for free. This can be an especially good deal if you have more than one child. Some cruise ships accommodate young passengers by offering kid's clubs with splash pools, movie nights, and craft centers, while other cruise ship lines limit the number of children you can bring onboard.
Although you won't have to worry about finding hotels for last minute cruises, you may have to find last minute flights to the cruise port. Luckily, most cruise ships depart from major cities where flights are readily available, making it convenient for you to travel to your cruise ship port and start your vacation.