How to Get a Last-Minute Cruise Dealby Fran Golden | May 30, 2017
8. Follow the news.
If there's strife in a market — or negative press for a cruise line — people cancel and last-minute deals emerge. This is true right after major well-reported storms and in places that have one-off instances of political unrest. Right after the Paris terrorist attacks, for instance, river cruises from Paris were a huge bargain, and the French were happy to have tourism dollars from travelers who were willing to go immediately.
9. Look far and wide.
Search for fares for a variety of embarkation ports, not just, for example, southern Florida.
10. Drive yourself.
If you live close enough, be prepared to drive yourself to the pier since last-minute airfare may not be cheap.
Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.