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.
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.
CruiseFish.net – CruiseFish.net 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 Cruiseline.com. 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.