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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Jan 20, 2015

Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio


Getting Best Fare: eMail Newsletters

I have many tips for getting the best fare based on my experiences and from what other passengers and agents have shared with me. Here is one of them

Sign up for the cruise line and cruise agent emails

This is the best way to keep up to date on when new itineraries are launched as well as the latest deals and promotions. Most lines, and agents that sell cruises, send regular emails promoting future cruises, deals to sell off excess capacity and slower selling itineraries. Visit websites of lines that appeal to you and join their mailing lists. You should also browse the latest offers which will be displayed on their home page or via links while there.

The best deals will usually be for cruises departing within 90 days. This is the deadline for travellers with existing bookings to pay the final balance of their fare. The line then knows with greater certainty the capacity they still need to sell. Most want to sail with full ships as they make significant income from on-board expenditure and offer deep discounts, upgrades or on-board credit to fill the remaining cabins.

Listen for more tips on finding good cruise fares in other episodes.