Cruises are great ways for families to vacation together — you get to see new places, experience amazing on-shore excursions and enjoy all the amazing food, fun and amenities cruise ships are known for. But they can also be extremely expensive when you’ve got a whole family traveling together. Fortunately, there are a few simple tricks you can employ to find the best deals possible.
Travel during the off-season. Peak cruising season is May through July and during the month of December. These are the months when kids are most likely to be out of school and therefore the ideal times for families to plan vacations. Unfortunately, that means higher prices (not to mention crowded ships and destinations). If you are able to swing a vacation during the low-season months you are likely to find better deals.
They say the early bird gets the worm but in cruising this logic doesn’t always hold true. Cruise prices are set way in advance based on travel trends and seasons. There are, however, benefits to booking early — if you set up a payment plan and find a cheaper price before your trip is paid off, cruise lines are often willing to work with you on adjusting your total price or changing your reserved dates.
When it comes to getting better deals, it helps if you are willing to be flexible on your dates. Cruise lines are more likely to offer better pricing on dates that aren’t so popular, so if your preferred dates are out of your budget try searching different dates.
If you have your heart set on specific dates and aren’t willing or able to be flexible with them, there is still a chance to get better pricing on fares by being flexible with your room choice. Rooms with exterior balconies on higher decks come with big price tags, but going lower or even choosing an interior room can pay off with much cheaper price tags.
Once upon a time travelers only had two options for booking cruises — directly from the cruise company or from a travel agency. Modern convenience has given us travel sites like Expedia and Travelocity that offer great deals that usually come with bonuses like on-board credits, but there are also great apps that broaden the playing field even further. Apps like Cruise Picker don’t just let you search for the best prices, but you can track your desired cruise and get alerts when the price drops, eliminating the need to check regularly for price changes.
While there are dozens of apps and sites to choose from, when it comes to searching for the best deals you will find the prices don’t vary that much from site to site. For the best deals available, the good, old-fashioned method is still the best — go directly to the cruise line and check out their specials.
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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