I was going to publish this as a resource, but there isn't a cruise category for resources - so thread it is. I wanted to document the strategies I have used or know of to find and book cheap cruises. Would love to hear new strategies from others. I also thought we might be able to use this thread to post exceptionally good deals we stumble across. What’s in a Fare? Like airfares, the final price you pay is going to be a combination of the base fare plus taxes and fees. Unlike airfares, the prices advertised are for base fare only. Taxes and fees are extra. Finding a Cheap Cruise Cruise Sheet - http://www.cruisesheet.com One of the only sources that can sort by cost/day (cruise fare only). VacationstoGo - http://www.vacationstogo.com Once you’ve generated a list based on your criteria (date range, length of cruise, region, etc), the list can be sorted by cost per night. 90 Day Ticker is useful for finding last-minute deals Discounted solo supplement list is great for us solo-cruisers. Note: This is a good place to start, but I’ve never actually booked with them because every time I’ve called (about three times) the fare on their webpage was “no longer available”. YMMV CruCon - http://www.crucon.com One of the larger online cruise travel agents. Their interface is pretty easy to use to check prices. They often run sales which provide extra perks for booking depending on the type of cruise you are booking. Longer cruises in higher categories of cabins get the best benefits.€ LMTClub - http://www.lmtclub.com “Paid” travel club. But, there is almost always a way to get free membership if you google around a bit. I’ve seen cruise fares here that are lower than anywhere else on select sailings, but it’s very hit or miss. CruiseCompete - http://www.cruisecompete.com Once you’ve determined which cruise you want, you can select the sailing, number of people, and type of cabin on CruiseCompete and receive quotes from a number of travel agencies. Sometimes they will offer additional perks such as OBC, gratuities, or excursions in addition to the standard best price you can get booking online yourself. Discounted Fares There are a number of groups that sometimes receive discounted rates. This can be hit or miss depending on the cruise line and specific sailing, but it’s wise to check and categories you belong to just in case. Only one person in the cabin needs to be eligible for the rate and it will (generally) apply to the whole cabin. State of Residence - Cruise companies (for reasons I don’t fully understand) will often have resident rates for certain states that are less than their published rate. Cruise Line Loyalty - There are often lower rates for individuals who have previously sailed with a line before. There are also sometimes specific discounts for elite members of a cruise line’s loyalty program. Senior Citizen - Usually defined as 55+ but each line may vary. Military - These are generally searchable on each line’s webpage and vacationstogo.com maintains a list of currently discounted cruises. Police/Firefighters/EMTs - Vacationstogo.com maintains a list of discounted cruises. Teachers - Vacationstogo.com maintains a list of discounted cruises. Interline - Discounts for airline employees - see: http://saverocity.com/forum/threads...nts-for-airline-and-military-and-others.2305/ Discounts, OBC, and Other Perks Travel Agents Travel agents will sometimes offer additional discounts, OBC, or other perks (alcohol, gratuities, specialty dining, etc.) for booking with them. American Express Platinum Cruise Perks Provides benefits on cruises of 5+ days on the following lines: Azamara; Celebrity; Crystal; Cunard; Holland America; Oceania; Paul Gauguin; Princess; Regent; Royal Caribbean; Seabourn; Silversea; Uniworld; Windstar. $100 - $300 OBC depending on category of cabin booked. Additional perks depending on cruise line - this can be something like a bottle of premium champagne/wine (Royal Caribbean); plate of canapes (Princess); or $150 per cabin shore excursion credit (Crystal). Shareholder Perks Carnival Corporation (Owners of 100 Shares) Cruises on Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Seabourn, Cunard, Costa, Aida, Ibero, and P&O. OBC based on number of days of cruise: $250 - Sailings of 14 days or longer; $100 - Sailings of 7 to 13 days; and $50 - Sailings of 6 day or less. Can generally combined with other discounts, sales, and OBC offers. RCL (Owners of 100 Shares) Cruises on Azamara, Celebrity, Croisieres de France, Pullmantur, Royal Caribbean, TUI Cruises OBC based on number of nights of cruise: $250 - Sailings of 14 nights or longer; $200 - Sailings of 10 to 13 nights; $100 - Sailings of 6 to 9 nights; and $50 - Sailings of 5 nights or less. Generally cannot be combined with other discounts, sales, and OBC offers.