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How to Get a Last-Minute Cruise Deal

by 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

Fran Golden is a Cleveland-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.

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