In Defense of Last Minute Cruises
In the travel industry, there is often a love hate relationship when it comes to the subject of last minute cruises. Now, we can definitely throw our opinion in the mix, but a little more explanation is required before we do that.
You see, the trouble is that getting good deals from last minute travel can be a bit difficult at times. It’s not that the deals can’t be found. On the contrary, these are heavily advertised because if they aren’t it can be difficult to have those slots filled. When slots aren’t filled, the cruise line loses money. So if you really have open availability and you want to get a vacation on the cheap, this is definitely the best way to go.
However, open availability is often a pipe dream. It can be hard to fit a last minute trip into your schedule — far too often, if you really want to take advantage of a last minute cruise trip, your money is non-refundable. So if you book a trip and suddenly can’t make it, the money that you put down for the trip is definitely not going to come back to you. The only exception to this is if you have travel insurance, but even this is a hard sell. It’s a lot better to make sure that you can absolutely make those travel dates before you reach for that last minute deal. This is something that a lot of travelers fail to think about it, and it ends up costing them big time in the long run.
Now, we just got done telling you that last minute cruises can be a bad idea. Does that mean that they are always a bad thing? Not necessarily. Let’s say that you know a few weeks in advance that you’re going to be free, you’re going to have spending money, and you want to get away from home. This is a great scenario for last minute cruises.
It does take a bit more reading through the fine print to really pull a last minute cruise trip off. You want to make sure what is actually going to be charged and what will be part of the package that you select. The more details that are taken care of for you in advance is definitely a good thing. There’s nothing worse than thinking that you had something covered, only to find that it’s an extra charge.
It goes without saying that you’ll want to make sure that your legal affairs are in order — you will need your passport for most cruise trips, so don’t leave home without it!