meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

What sites do you use when shopping for a cruise?

So once again, I did not book while on board (I know, I need to break the habit!)

 

What are some good sites that people frequent, or newsletters you subscribe to, to keep your finger on the pulse of a good deal? I have price alerts set up through this site, but is there any other sites people like to frequent? 

Tags: Shopping Cruise deals

26 Answers

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I just use the Cruise lines own site.  I may search other sites just so I have some ammo when I call.   If it's NCL, I usually get a better deal anyway.  Loyalty perk I guess.

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I too use the lines' sites.

akaGrandmaJo
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

We've only sailed Carnival so far.  I used a TA for two out of seven, and had a horrendous experience with the second.  Now I only book direct through Carnival since you generally can't get much extra through TA.

When we decide to branch out to other lines, I will consider using an online site that my sister has used with great results. 

 

AuntPinkie
Contributor Level: Captain

Me, too!  I use the the site for that cruise line, airline and hotel!  I even call the specific hotel rather than the chain web-site.  I may shop the general sites, but I book direct!

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I use the cruise lines' sites.

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We booked twice through an online cruise site and since then ourselves directly with the cruise line. I receive a number of regular newletters from sites with deals and have found that in general all sites including the cruise site are very close in price if they differ at all. The biggest differences tend to be in the perks offered. If you use the cruise line site you are limited to that line only. If you look from a cruise web site you can look at all cruise lines departing from an given port and compare what is available.

I have used cruiseplanners.com.  However they do connect you with a TA.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I will first go look at  a web site that shows all cruise lines and all destinations,  then I will check with the cruise lines web site.  I tend to book through the vacations wed site more as they have great travel insurance that covers all your trip,  not just the cruise portion.

 

Being retired I do not have to pick a certain week to cruise.   I like to look at everything and then decide by itinerary, line and price.   Doing this I have ended up booking cruise that I had never thought of on my own.  

MAMAAFRIKA
Contributor Level: Captain

I use priceline.com. I always get a good deal and a discount on my hotel room

 

DVCruise
Contributor Level: Captain

I use the casino portal to princess.com website and often pay only port fees and gratuity.

 

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