One of the questions I get asked frequently is what time of year is the cheapest to cruise? Well, it really depends on where you are going but one of the main factors is when kids are in school. When kids are out, the cruise lines know families will take vacations together so prices will increase.
The least expensive times to cruise for the Caribbean are Fall and Winter but avoiding any holidays like Christmas, New Year’s or even Valentine’s Day. More availability during fall and winter bring sales and great prices.
For Alaska and Europe summer is considered season so your least expensive time for those destinations are May and September. Also known as shoulder season. But unlike the Caribbean where you can often get last minute deals, Alaska and Europe are best to book well ahead of time. Space even during shoulder season can fill up quick. In addition, you will most likely need airline tickets and those seats will fill quick too.
One outlier in this can be when you are booking on a brand-new ship. In this case, no matter the time of year you are sailing, the earlier you book the better. These are in high demand by first time and seasoned cruisers alike so cabins fill quickly causing the prices to increase. If you want to sail on the latest and greatest in its first season, book as soon as space opens.
A great deal you also can consider is a repositioning cruise. This is when a cruise line will move a ship from one port to another either to stay or for the season. The cruise lines will often have great deals on these and the itineraries are unique.
So, as you can see, that question is not just a simple answer. I am here to help you find the itinerary, ship and price that best fits your vacation. Simply call or email me and I will be happy to provide a free consultation.
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