Taking a cruise is one of the most popular types of vacations offered today, overshadowing luxury resort stays in the minds of a great many people.
Modern ships with luxury amenities, fine dining, and stops at exotic ports are the offerings made by virtually every cruise package, assuring there's something of interest for everyone aboard.
The only negative that potential vacationing passengers cite for not considering an onboard vacation is that cruises are expensive. Generally speaking this is so, but not always. It's possible to book cruises at a discount of over 80%. As astonishing as such a saving sounds, such huge discounts are available almost continuously to knowledgeable travelers.
To be a cruise passage bargain hunter you need to appreciate that the ships are going to sail regardless of whether they are full or not. A cruise ship sailing with an empty cabin means the cruise line misses out on the revenue that cabin represents. A cruise line would much rather sell an empty cabin at a discount than have it remain empty. Basically, making something is better than receiving nothing. However, selling cabins at cheaper prices to get rid of any remaining inventory poses a problem. With passengers having already booked at full fare, the cruise line really doesn’t want to offer the remaining cabins at a cheaper price on their own website or through travel agents.
The solution for cruise lines is to work with third parties that specialize in offering cruises at a discount. This way, the cruise line doesn’t appear to be selling it's cabins at a discount, but they're able to sell most, if not all of their cabins.
To realize discounts on a cruise that can exceed 80% you need to be flexible on both the departure date and itinerary. Being able to travel on short notice is also crucial to being able to take advantage of a great offer. Register with discount cruise companies authorized to offer deals on unsold cabins. Signing up is free, and signing up with more than one discount cruise seller increases your chances of securing an amazing deal.