How to find cheap cruises

One of the most common misconceptions about cruising is that it is too expensive, reserved for the super-rich or retired and out-of-reach for the average couple or family. I’m happy to report however, that this is not the case and cruise holidays are accessible to all if you know where to look and how to plan your getaway. Learn how to find cheap cruises and still have an amazing experience at sea with this helpful guide.

Be flexible

Flexibility is key when searching for that incredible cruise bargain. Whether it’s a last-minute deal or an off-season sailing, there are numerous reasons why cruise lines will offer your ideal itinerary for a much more affordable price. If the date you sail isn’t an overriding factor, then you can simply search for cruises by price and save yourself a bundle.

Go all-inclusive

All-inclusive policies are a fantastic way to save you money on-board. They can incorporate a variety of on-board extras, including drinks, meals, gratuities, activities and even shore excursions – all included within your original fare. Make check to with your cruise line exactly what your all-inclusive policy covers, so you don’t get a hefty bill at the end of your voyage.

Choose your cabin wisely

You’ll never find a particularly cheap cruise if you’re heart is set on the most luxurious of suites, complete with in-room whirlpool, butler service and baby grand piano. Inside, Outside and even Balcony Staterooms can go for a fraction of the price of the most opulent suites, so if you have no plans to spend many hours in your accommodation, always go for the cheapest option for a real bargain.

Look out for hidden charges

Hidden charges can often creep up on you, leaving you with an unpleasant surprise on your bill at the end of your sailing. One such charge is gratuities and tipping, with is often set at a certain amount per day, depending on your cruise line. Always check your gratuity charges beforehand, so you can account for them in your overall holiday budget.

Limit your on-board spend

Even if you have secured yourself a fantastic all-inclusive policy, be aware that everything absolutely everything on-board will not be covered. To limit your on-board spend and save yourself a packet, perhaps skip that additional indulgent spa treatment, as it will probably cost extra, and don’t fritter away your budget on blackjack and roulette at the on-board casino – unless you are feeling lucky of course!

Search for the best deals

There are always fabulous deals available on cruise holidays if you book at the right time. At, you’ll find reduced prices and added incentives including free flights, transfers, gratuities and on-board spends throughout the year. Simply look online or call the expert Cruise Concierge team on 0207 980 2847  to discover the best deals available for your perfect cruise and set sail for less.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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