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Tips For Finding Discount Honeymoon Cruises

by Shannon Kietzman, writer for Your Wedding

Discount cruises are a great option for honeymoon travel. If you are a newlywed couple preparing to spend your life together, you might not have much money to spend on your special honeymoon. At the same time, you want to be sure to have a honeymoon to remember.

Tips for Finding Discount Honeymoon Cruises

Booking early is often the best way to find discount cruises. Many cruises are booked up to 18 months in advance and many cruise lines want to get the cruises booked as soon as possible. In fact, several offer huge discounts to those that book early. Yet others provide discount cruises to those that pay in full when they book the cruise. In addition, you will most likely lose out on getting the cabin arrangements you desire if you wait too long to book.

You can often acquire discount cruises by being loyal to one cruise line as well. As will airline travel miles, many cruise lines will provide special onboard amenities, free upgrades, cocktail parties, and special gifts to repeat passengers. The will also provide preferred pricing arrangements.

Repositioning cruises are often the best of the discount cruises, though many people donít even know about them. These sailings are generally offered in the spring and the fall, which are two of the best times of the year to get married and go on your honeymoon. These special cruises take place when the cruise line is moving the fleet from one portion of the world to another. This is because a ship that is used for Mediterranean cruises during the summer may be used for Caribbean cruises during the winter and needs to be moved to a different port. These discount cruises can be up to 40% off the regular price and offer many days at sea and unusual ports.

Honeymoon Cruise Air Travel

Another discount many people donít consider is airfare. Since most people do not live near to the cruise line ports, it is necessary to fly to the port. In this case, cruise lines will often negotiate airfare for their customers. This is often a good package deal, but not necessarily. Be sure to check current airfare rates before automatically accepting the airfare add on through the cruise line. Keep in mind, however, that you will also need to arrange for transportation from the airport to the ship if you make your own airfare arrangements.

Another potential disadvantage to making your own air travel arrangements is flight delays. If a flight that has been arranged through the cruise line is delayed, the cruise line usually will hold the ship departure if there has been a flight delay. This is not the case if you have made your own arrangements.

Discount cruises can make it possible for any newlywed couple to have a dream vacation. A little research and planning ahead can go a long way in creating your special honeymoon memories.

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