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Five money saving tips to know when booking a cruise


Are you looking for vacation ideas? Consider a cruise. Cruising allows travelers to navigate the waters of the world while also enjoying exclusive amenities, events, destinations and experiences. But before you book your trip here are five things to know:

1. Consult a travel agent

Travel agents can help search for travel options that best meet your needs and budget. They have access to cruise line promotions that aren’t available to the public, which can help you score a great travel deal.

2. Plan ahead

It’s best to book a cruise at least six months to a year in advance. Doing so can help ensure you get an optimum selection of cabin types, preferred itineraries, and early bird rates for your sea vacation.

3. Off-peak times can mean better rates

The month of November and through mid-December are considered off-peak times, which translates to lower cruise fares for travelers. Rates tend to go up between Christmas and New Year’s, and back to regular pricing during the months of January, February and March.

4. Don’t forget gratuity

Gratuities are the one expense the cruise lines are only too glad to pass onto the passenger. Most cruise lines suggest tipping $10 to $12 per day per passenger. This means each cruiser, regardless of age, should budget at least $70. The trend now is to prepay the tips and have them added to the cost of your cruise.

5. Arrive early

If possible, travel experts recommending flying into your departure port a day or two early rather than the day of to avoid the stress of traffic or flight delays. It also gives you some time to see a bit of the port city.

If taking a cruise is on your bucket list, let the experts at Crystal Lake Travel help plan the best experience for you.

Crystal Lake Travel : 13 Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake IL 60014 : 815.459.2500 :


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