Expert tips on how to save money on your next cruise

Ever wondered how you can save money when booking that bucket-list cruise?

Princess Cruises Marketing and Sales Director, Nick Ferguson, shares his top ways to save a few dollars when booking your next cruise. 

From when to book to some insider tricks, Nick has you covered.

Timing is everything

"Book early! At Princess Cruises we’re seeing a trend where guests are booking earlier than they ever have done which points to what a popular holiday option cruising has become."

Insider tips

"I strongly recommend booking through a cruise specialist. They have expertise in matching cruises and itineraries with individual holiday needs. Booking the right cruise can be the difference between a good and great holiday."

Best deals 

"You can find great deals on cruises year-round, especially if you book early. For example, right now is the best time to book a Christmas/New Year cruise. Wave Season, which runs from January to March, is also a peak time when cruise lines include upgrades, onboard credit and other incentives."

Get ahead

"After you book your cruise make sure you jump online and consider your shore excursion options for the ports you visit, the speciality restaurants you want to dine in onboard and even the spa treatments you might want to try. Some activities have limited spots so make sure you book them early."

Don't forget to...

  • "Book travel insurance
  • Tour the ship to get your bearings at the start of your cruise, or better still, book a ‘back of house’ tour onboard to get a special glimpse of the workings of a cruise ship.
  • Cruise ships often feature specialty restaurants which can be very popular – on Princess these include La Mer and Harmony which have menus designed by Michelin-starred chefs, as well as SHARE by Curtis Stone. If your cruise allows you to pre-book your dining options before you embark, then I would suggest getting in early, otherwise make the bookings as soon as you get onboard."

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