Beat the Recession and Get the Best Cruise Deals in 2010

Published: Thu Jan 07 2010

Recent research from Mintel, one of the World’s largest market research companies, says that consumers will still look for bargains as we move into 2010. The key to finding some of the best deals could be simply browsing one of the online cruise communities which have seen tremendous growth over the last year.

See below for some of the tips our users suggest for beating the recession and getting the best cruise deal in 2010.

Research online – With over 80% of the population now having access to the Internet – researching a holiday has never been easier. has a wealth of third party content including The Berlitz Guide to Cruising and the Unofficial Guide to Cruising, as well as reviews from past cruisers and forums discussions.

Get quotes from several agents – There is nothing like shopping around, whether online or on the high street. Agents get different deals and those agents that specialise in selling only cruises get better deals.

Read reviews from past passengers – they’ve got the experience! – is the UK’s largest cruise community web site – with over 62,000 reviews and comments as well as 110,000 questions and answers. Or join the forum to post your own questions, meet others that are planning to cruise and see what others have to say.

Treat yourself to a balcony – There are more balconies on newer ships - travel agents will have offers which will cost little or nothing to upgrade. We suggest that you only purchase more expensive products if you can see a clear value.

Don’t go to the high street and pick up brochures – Think green and dump the brochures! Most companies now have their brochures online and you can see plans and itineraries for each ship from the comfort of your armchair.

Join forums – Many travel web sites, including, have forums where you can post specific questions or start discussions. Increasingly people are tracking more areas of their lives through online forums, comparison sites and micro-blogging sites. If you want to know something about the ship, food, tours etc, then our 20,000 forum users will be able to help.

Watch videos – Many of the cruise lines will now have online videos – and if they haven’t then have a look at Increasingly guests are coming back from their travels and posting their holiday videos and it will give you a great idea about the ship, cabin and the destination – all helping you make the decision and probably saving money too!

Never book with the cruise line –The cruise companies will advertise offers but you’ll always get the cruise cheaper through an agent. You can even try DIY and book cruise only with low-cost flights – it may save you pounds.

Don’t pay for anything extra when you book - Don’t pay for gratuities in advance as there is no advantage – get the service and pay as you see fit. is the equivalent of Tripadvisor™ for cruisers – if the answer to the question you have isn’t listed in our recession busting tips– then chances are one of our 110,000 regular users will know the answer. Alternatively visit our forum and ask our members a specific question. is the UK’s most popular cruise based web site, with over 62,000 impartial cruise reviews as well as over 100,000 member question and answers, in addition to industry recognised reviews from Berlitz and Official Guide to Cruising.

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