Cure the Winter Blues by Booking A Cruise Vacation
After being housebound for nearly a year, the winter doldrums are in full force. We think the best remedy to cure cabin fever is one hearty dose of vacation planning, which gives you something to dream about as you sip that hot cocoa! Not ready to travel yet? That’s OK too. The best part about planning is that you can look as far ahead into the future as you want.
But if you can believe it, now is the best time to book a cruise vacation for later in 2021 and beyond. While there is uncertainty on when cruising will resume, with vaccinations underway and clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on what actions the cruise lines need to take, we are confident that we will be sailing the high seas together sooner rather than later.
If you need some convincing, here are the top four reasons to book a cruise vacation now:
- Limited Availability – The closer we get to cruising, the more difficult it will be to select your favorite cabin category and deck location due to limited availability. Not only are more people already booked on these cruises, but when cruising resumes, there will be not as many cruise ships sailing, fewer itineraries, and less passengers on board.
- Better Prices – The limited supply mentioned above coupled with increased demand from cruise fans who are ready to set sail means that pricing will only go up if you book a cruise vacation closer to its sail date. In order to drive business, cruise lines are adding extra perks to the price of the cruise, so you are actually getting even more bang for your buck when you book a cruise vacation now.
- Flexible Cancellation Policies – You can book your cruise with confidence because all cruise lines have relaxed their cancellation policies. Right now, it is possible to cancel penalty-free, anywhere from 48 hours to 60 days prior to sailing, depending on the cruise line.
- More Time to Pay It Off – Not only are cruise lines adjusting their cancellation policies, but many have shortened the window for when final payments are due. Depending on the cruise line, final payment can now be due 30-60 days prior to sailing, rather than 90 days. In addition, some cruise lines have reduced deposits and there are travel agencies that will pay the deposit on your behalf, so you don’t have to put any money down at the time of booking.
Are you convinced? If you want to take advantage of these perks and book your next cruise vacation today, we recommend you work with a travel agent. A travel agent will walk you through the entire planning process and provide additional guidance on what to expect, because it may look a little different. But that’s another story!
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