Where Can I Find Deals on Last-Minute Cruises?

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Welcome to Ask Clark, a column designed to answer your financial questions, by money expert Clark Howard.

Where Can I Find Last-Minute Cruise Deals?

Kevin in Tennessee asks: “I know there are last-minute cruises. Where can I find these opportunities?”

Clark’s Take on Where To Find Last-Minute Cruise Deals

Clark says: “CruiseCompete.com, CruiseCritic.com and VacationsToGo.com: Those are three good sites to go to.”

If you plan to book a cruise now, Clark says you should be prepared for ships that aren’t filled with people.

“This is really an odd time in the cruise industry because a lot of the ships are sailing with limited capacity right now, so we’re not going to have the last-minute dumps of deals on cruises for a while,” he says. “But try those sites and you’re most likely going to find the bargain cruises that don’t have a lot of people booked on them.”

Cruise Compete

Cruise Compete website deals
Screenshot Via CruiseCompete.com

CruiseCompete.com allows you to compare prices between different travel agencies, and you can look up specific cruises and cruise lines. To get started, just set up a CruiseCompete account so you can get quotes anonymously.

The site also has a Virtual Cruise Advisor that lets you choose an itinerary based on a set of parameters you choose. On the homepage, you’ll find a list of “Super Cruise Specials,” which shows you the current deals.

Do you have to register to see last-minute deals? Yes.

CruiseCritic

CruiseCrite.com last-minute cruise deals
Screenshot Via CruiseCritic.com

CruiseCritic is a grab bag of all things cruise-related including reviews, tips and industry news. To find bargains, click on the “Deals” tab in the top navigation bar or the “Last-Minute Cruise Deals” tab on the homepage.

Do you have to register to see last-minute deals? No.

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Vacations To Go

Vacationstogo.com last-minute cruise deals
Screenshot Via VacationsToGo.com

VacationsToGo, which bills itself as “the world’s largest cruise agency,” is another great site to find cruise deals.

The site has a 90-day ticker that shows the best last-minute deals on cruises. Before it pulls up deals, the site will check to see if you qualify for any discounts through any of your professional or social affiliations (see screenshot).

Do you have to register to see last-minute deals? Yes.

Although Clark’s first cruise since the pandemic began took place in the Caribbean, he says some of the best deals you’ll find right now are for Atlantic crossings.

“A lot of the cruises that are deals right now are cruises out of Europe that don’t have enough people booking and have a big American clientele,” Clark says. “You might have some of your best bargains there.”

Another great site to find cruise details last-minute and otherwise? ClarkDeals.com.

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