scales - Answered a Question by spillett (13 Jul 07 16:44)

There is a very small time between deciding that the price is at its lowest & it disappearing from the papers/teletext/internet. Also, a price that may look good can mean that the cruise company's cabin availability is limited & more importantly that the cruise company's original flight arrangements are all gone, so you are routed convolutedly to the embarkation port. Our 'rule-of-thumb is not to consider any cruise unless it is half the brochure price, below that & you are running the risk of the above. best 2 places we have found to get a great idea of cruise prices is Saturday's Daily Mail & teletext page 118. Scan these for a while before your planned dates, & you will get a very good idea about what/where to/what ship is on offer. Be careful of companies who offer a ship's cruise & add-on their own flights, these must contain a pre-cruise stay in a hotel, just in case there is a flight delay.

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Neil Down - Answered a Question by spillett (11 Jul 07 16:36)

There are very few "BOGOF" cruise offers. They do occur from time to time but the best thing that you can do is to get to know what is a bargain price and what is a "come-on" There are times when cruise lines need to fill up ships because of underbooking or maybe even a change of itinerary and that is generally when you find the real bargains. Don't just believe that 1/2 price or 33% off is a is a give away until you are aware of what most shrewd people would expect to pay for that cruise. Neil Dow.

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