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Cruise Cost Saving Ideas

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Money Saving Ideas
...Booking a Cruise.

•  Book ahead as much as 6 months to get best buys and choice cabins; booking late offers savings but limited cabin choice.
•  Less expensive inside cabins, mid-ship, sway less and have no windows--providing uninterrupted sleep into the morning.  Cabins are used mostly for sleep and changing clothes.
•  Shoulder seasons offer attractive savings--Alaska in the fall/ spring; Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises in the fall.  

•  Look for specials, promotions and high-volume cruise agencies that offer savings.

•  Grandparents are offered discounts and with their grandkids’ rates--a cruise can be quite affordable.

•  Children’s rates offer a savings, sometimes kids cruising free!

•  Group rates are offered--ideal for family reunions.

•  Repositioning cruises from a winter port to a summer port can offer significant savings.
•  Save money on shore excursions by organizing your own trips to sites and attractions--avoiding the higher priced tour rates.

•  Ask your travel agent to get the best deal--never pay full catalogue price.

•  Travelers Insurance can protect you against trip cancellation, due to a variety of causes and also provide medical/accident coverage, with optional lost luggage, trip delay, and various other add-ons.  Purchase through an independent agent.

•  Inaugural cruises have special introductory rates, however be prepared for kinks to be worked out.

•  Repeat passengers usually receive special discounts.


--Deb Cornick


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Camping the Great Outdoors
...ideas to consider

   "Since that first camping trip, all of our trips have been only partially planned, with itineraries set more as ideas than as fixed schedules.  We usually take each day one at a time, and do whatever feels right for that particular day.  Slowing down to smell the roses has never been so sweet as when we travel with our two kids!"  -- David, Westminster, MD

 Take it from David, there's a time to plan and a time to take one day at a time.


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