So, you found a senior cruise that suits your fancy. It’s time to buy the tickets, but the question remains: how can you get them for cheaper? In addition to senior citizen cruise discounts, booking and traveling tips can reduce your costs no matter the destination.
For instance, Google can email you when phrases – like “senior cruise discounts” – come up. You can also stay on top of the latest promotional offers by subscribing to email and other notifications from your favorite cruise lines. Cruise companies may send you time-sensitive deals and limited discounts just for sharing your contact information.
Preparing for a Cruise
There are some things you can do beforehand to try and reduce the cost of your cruise. Keep the following tips in mind when you’re in the planning stages:
Cruise the Off Season
The time you want to cruise directly impacts the cost. Summer and holidays are usually the high seasons, so prices are higher.
Traveling during the off-season can save big bucks and may be a better experience since crowds are smaller. September and October are the best money-saving months for cruises.
Early Planning and Last Minute Cruise Deals
Alternatively, you may find more affordable high-season fares if you book very early or very last minute. You may save money on exotic or popular trips by booking a year or longer in advance.
It is often easier to take advantage of last minute cruise deals if you live near one of the following popular areas with cruise departure ports:
- Boston, Massachusetts
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- New York City, New York
- Norfolk, Virginia
- Seattle, Washington
- California, like Los Angeles, San Diego, or San Francisco
- Florida, like Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Miami
- Texas, like Houston and Galveston
Get Travel Insurance
Paying more may seem counterintuitive to saving money, but travel insurance can save you thousands if the unforeseen happens. Although many of us do not like to admit it, aging increases the likelihood of a medical or other emergency. For instance, travel insurance could refund your money if you suffer a heart attack that prevents you from going.
Join Loyalty Programs
You may be able to save even more money if you are part of a company’s membership rewards program. The following are some of the most popular loyalty programs:
- VIFP Club for Carnival
- Captain’s Club Cruise Rewards for Celebrity Cruises
- Castaway Club for Disney Cruise Line
- Captain’s Circle for Princess Cruises
- Latitudes Rewards Loyalty Program for Norwegian Cruise line
- Crown and Anchor Society for Royal Caribbean
- Viking Explorer Society for Viking Cruises
Budget Tips for Senior Singles
Will you be traveling alone? Some senior singles cruise lines have a single surcharge for solo passengers who book a double-occupancy room.
Instead, look for single-occupancy cabins for lower prices, such as Holland America Line, Silversea Cruises, and Costa Cruises. Or, relive your youth and save on single surcharges with single-share programs that pair you with another single passenger of the same gender.
Senior cruises tend to have more female passengers than male, and a little-known cruise-line job is a Gentleman Host. A Gentleman Host respectfully dances, dines, and socializes with single female passengers. Unlike other ship services, your time with a Gentleman Host is completely free!
Cruise lines with hosts include:
- Cunard Line
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Silversea Cruises