Cruise TipsBooking4 Ways to Check for Price Drops on Cruises

4 Ways to Check for Price Drops on Cruises

What happens if the price of your cruise drops after you booked it and put down a deposit?  You can usually get the lower price as long as final payment hasn’t passed. It is worth noting that some special “one day sales” that various cruise lines will offer are for new bookings only.

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With some fare codes, you can even get onboard credit up until 72 hours before your cruise if the price drops. It is best to always know the rules behind the fare code that you are booking. However, what is the best way to monitor price drops and how can you know if the price of your cabin has gone down?  Here are four ways to make sure that you don’t overpay on your next cruise.

Check Yourself – The most common method of checking for price drops is to manually check and see if your cabin category is now selling at a lower rate.  To find this out, simply do a mock booking on the cruise line’s site and see if your cabin category is selling for a lower price.  If it is, you can then contact the cruise line or your travel agent (whoever you booked through) to get the lower price. has an automated tool that searches price drops for you, saving you time from doing it yourself.  If you were to book a cruise 6 months in advance and check every day to see if the price went down, you would spend approximately four hours (two minutes per day) over the four months until final payment.  For 99 cents, CruiseFish will do this for you and send you an email if there has been a price reduction. Saving four hours of time for less than a buck?  Sounds like a dollar well spent!

Ship Mate – The world’s #1 cruise app now offers a price drop feature that will monitor and alert you anytime the price of your cruise cabin drops more than 1%.  The feature is currently available on Apple and Android products.   For those who do not use the app, you can also set yourself up with price drop alerts on their parent company’s website  Just search for your cruise, and click on the “Set up FREE Price Alert” icon.  It’s super easy and the entire process takes less than 60 seconds.

Travel Agent – A good travel agent (keyword: good) will check for price drops for you and automatically get you the lower price.  Not all travel agents will do this. You will want to ask any potential travel agent that you might use if this is included in their services.

If you are looking to book a cruise and are wondering which cruises have recently dropped in price, you can check out our widget that shows recent price drops up to 65% off.  The page is updated several times a day and has cruise destinations all around the world.

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Cruise TipsBooking4 Ways to Check for Price Drops on Cruises


  1. how do you find your cabin category on carnivals cruise lines site ? All I ever see is balcony no categories ? We are 8E but I can not find an 8 E…just balconies ???? I am trying to see if the price drops on both of the cruises we are taking in nov and dec of 2020

  2. CHANGE your travel agent, a deposit IS refundable before final payment (I do not know ANY of the cruise lines that do not offer that) or can be transferred , but if you already did final payment, get a category upgrade, cruise credit or SOMETHING, that is why a travel agent is good, because they can do that for you, if you are not comfortable doing that, if you booked it directly (which I never do) and the cruise line has a personal cruise consultant you used first contact him/her but if not the regular, be persistent and get the same thing (after final payment they will NEVER refund your monies).

    And FYI for all you Carnival (not me for sure!) passengers, they have two options a Price Protection Policy for Early Bookers, if the price goes down, you get the difference in cruise credits or an upgrade, and if you doń´t use it up, they send you a check for the difference, this happened to a woman at my dining table when they removed the 100% single supplement, she found out BEFORE the cruise sailed (they will NOT do anything after the cruises leaves-which I found out much to my bitterness. Fairness is not paramount to them.)

    Two, on Carnival if you do not like your cruise, if you get off on the first port, they pay to have you returned to your departure point and give you a refund of 110 percent of what you paid. (Hope a lot of people take advantage of this.)

    I have a very, VERY good travel agent, but I may not be able to post that information here (it was removed from all the other cruise forums) but go to Trip Advisor and in the search in the forum for a thread ¨The difference between a cruise travel agent and a booker” and you will be able to contact me and I can give you his name.

  3. Cruisefish is excellent and well worth the cost. I didn’t sign up for a long time, because while the cost per cruise is only 99 cents, you have to purchase 5 credits up front. That said, just one price drop and you’ve made your money back many times over.

    I have also heard that good TA’s find price drops for you. And a former TA told me that they had a system that did it for them (but he never found me anything). But I’ve yet to hear of one that actually does it. I’m sailing on a British Isles cruise this summer that had some pretty major price drops that were probably due to a pricing error. Cruisefish caught them and I was able to save hundreds of dollars by calling my TA and getting the price adjusted. She hadn’t noticed them, and when I posted the info on the sailing’s roll call thread on another site, no one said “my TA got me that already”. So bottom line, I really do question whether this is true.

  4. What happens when the travel agent tells u that your deposit is non refundable and if I want the new fare they will have to rebook therefore loosing the whole deposit

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