The Travel Professor
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Finding cruise values

Most cruises departing between now and the end of March have been marked down to the lowest rate that will be available, so if you are planning to cruise during this period, it's time to shop and give your travel planner a call.

If you're planning to cruise after the first quarter of the year, you may want to wait to see if deeper discounts develop before booking. There are, of course, a few notable exceptions. Here they are some thoughts.

Families hoping to travel during the peak June-August period and needing one stateroom that accommodates more than 4 people (often called a "family suite") or two staterooms with a private connecting door should book now. Such staterooms are few in number and will book far in advance of departure because of the soaring demand for cruises among families. Keep in mind that two staterooms may cost less than a family suite.

Don't miss the boat! Contact your travel planner today!