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The Best Time of Year to Book a Cruise

The most common question when planning a vacation at sea is “When should I book my cruise?” No worries, WorldTravelService® has the inside scoop on the best time of year to book a cruise and get the most bang for your buck.

Taking a cruise is one of the most efficient ways to spend your vacation. The scenery comes right to your room, and you can visit several spectacular cities and sites (and even countries) without ever setting foot on a plane. No security checks, no crying babies, no renting a car to drive for three hours in order to see one underwhelming waterfall. With cruises, the vacation is brought to you. Most cruises have land excursions planned out and are sometimes included in the price, so your itinerary is always as full (or empty) as you want it to be.

And the ships themselves are unbeatable! Rock climbing walls, Broadway shows, and five-star dining are all steps away from your cabin. And each cruise line has its own identity. Some are more geared toward family fun and others can give you a more romantic second honeymoon that you imagined in your wildest dreams. If you’re interested in learning more about which cruise line is best for you, ask one of our representatives.

So when should I book my cruise?

You’ve decided that yes, cruising is definitely for you. So when to book it? You can find dozens of travel agencies and cruise lines offering advice on whether it’s better to book early or book late in relation to when you want to cruise, but what if your dates are flexible and you really just want the best deal?

Simply put, the best answer is during National Cruise Week.

What is National Cruise Week?

Every year, the Cruise Lines International Association promotes an annual fall flash-sale where most cruise lines offer pretty large discounts and added perks in order to fill up remaining cabins. Some of these discounts can climb to 50% of the retail price, and perks can include anything from a cabin upgrade to on-board credits. Cruise Week 2014 took place from October 6-13, and included cruises in North America, the U.K., Ireland, and Australasia.

Some highlights from 2014’s cruise week with World Travel Service’s participating cruise lines:

Cunard: If you booked a 2015 transatlantic crossing aboard the Queen Mary 2 you received a $175 on-board spending credit in honor of the cruise line’s 175th anniversary.

Royal Caribbean International: Cruisegoers who took advantage of 2014 Cruise Week specials with World Travel Services got to pay full fare for one guest and bring a companion for 50% off.

Norwegian Cruise Line: Lucky travelers enjoyed 10% cash back to spend onboard. If you spent $1,000 you received a $100 credit.

Carnival Cruise Lines: If you booked a cruise to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, or Canada and New England you received a two-category cabin upgrade and $50 to spend onboard.

How can I get in on cruise week discounts?

Contact us! We’re partnered with the world’s largest global distribution system giving us access to a nearly unlimited range of options and perks for your next vacation. Not only will we help you book your dream cruise, we can also get you the best discounts and perks on airfare and hotels on your way to port.

With WorldTravelService®, you have a dedicated agent assigned to your account, helping to make sure your vacation is accompanied by the utmost peace of mind. Give us a call at 800-676-3796 and make your dream cruise a reality!

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