From the open sea to the smallest of river banks, the world is your backyard when you travel by water.
"It is the best vacation in the world, the best buy for the dollar you could hope for," said Bill Lang from Brecksville.
Lang recently returned from his 21st cruise. He says the lowest price he's ever paid for an eight-day trip, his room, his meals, and Vegas style shows, was $400.
Angie McClure, co-owner and travel specialist at Canary Travel in Cleveland, told Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor she has her own amazing story of cruising on the cheap.
"It was a 7 night out of New Orleans, Western Caribbean cruise, we had it for $299," she said smiling.
Tip number one for finding the lowest-priced cabin on the ship is to book an inside room. It won't have a window; but seasoned travelers like Lang said you won't miss it.
"Do you feel claustrophobic?" asked Taylor, "Never, no, huh uh," replied Lang.
Travel Consultant, Cori Zupan from All Travel in Brecksville, had another great tip for finding an amazing deal on the water. She recommended vacationers consider a "repositioning" cruise. They’re only available twice a year, when cruise lines move their ships from one side of the world to where the weather is warmer on the other.
"You may be starting in Rome, heading to Barcelona, hitting another port in Spain, maybe the Canaries and then a five-day transit," said Zupan. She said she routinely sees 12-day repositioning cruises priced at $499 and that includes the cabin, all meals and snacks and onboard entertainment.
Another hot tip is to set sail in January, February or early March when the weather is cold. Zupan said travelers can save at least 50% while sailing sunny, 80-degree days in the Caribbean because the kids are back in school and cabins are plentiful.
Those who are feeling lucky and have more flexible schedules can save a fortune by waiting two weeks before a ship is scheduled to set sail before calling to book a trip. McClure said she’s seen eight-day cruises go for $300 because cruise lines do not like to sail with empty cabins.
Zupan told Taylor it pays to have a relationship with a travel agent. It doesn't cost you anything and agents have access to sales and promotions that aren't advertised to the public.
McClure agreed, "There's one little button we can hit that'll show us if there's any senior discounts, police and fire, military, resident specials. There's all kinds of different promotions out there."
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