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Cheap Cruise Tips

Finding an affordable cruise isn’t quite the same as looking for hotel discounts or bargain airfares. You have to understand how the industry works and learn to avoid the pitfalls that can quickly turn a cruise bargain into a budget disaster.

For example, some cruise lines will sell you a bargain trip, but soak your budget with overpriced shore excursion charges. The industry likes to add up profits on little extras like your beverage at dinner, photography and even gratuities.

It’s important to consider some cheap cruise tips so that you can approach the buying decisions as an informed consumer. In my experience, informed consumers have a lot more fun on cruises, and don’t look back at a wake of unexpected bills after they return home..

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Villa Cassinelli

What’s on Your Travel Bucket List?

Villa Cassinelli

What’s on your travel bucket list?

Fushimi Inari Shrine Kyoto

I know that you’ve been diligently crossing major items off your list.

You know, Paris. Australia. Tahiti. An African safari. A private jet flight.

Alhambra

I asked our globe-trotting contributors here at Luxury Travel for their dream vacations.

A few fantasies that kept cropping up: Japan. Havana. Cape Town. George Clooney.

Cape Town

See how your wanderlust compares with our Luxury Travel writers’ bucket lists >>

Photos from top: Villa Cassinelli on Lake Como, Italy ©In Villas Veritas; Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine ©Paul Vlaar/Wikimedia Commons; Tahiti Dancers
Patio de los Leones in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain ©Jim Gordon/Flickr/ Wikimedia Commons; Cape Town, South Africa ©Andrew Massyn/Wikimedia Commons; Tahitian dancers ©Paul Gauguin Cruises.

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Meeting a Sea Lion in the Galapagos Islands

Save Big on Upcoming Galapagos Island Trips

Meeting a Sea Lion in the Galapagos Islands

Several companies are offering either free airfare or discounts on upcoming trips and cruises in the Galapagos Islands. It’s one of the most interesting trips we’ve ever taken and you can see why at  Galapagos Islands.

International Expeditions is offering free international and in the country airfare for a few trips in August and September.

National Habitat Adventures had a group cancellation on one trip in August, so is offering a $1,000 trip discount.

Lindblad Expeditions has a “Fly Free in 2013″ program,  with free flights on select September and November cruises. Kids go for free on select summer dates if a trip is booked by July 31.

Photo: (c) Lois Friedland

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Travel Tips for Finding Cheap Cruises

About 2,200 cruise passengers earned a free future trip this past week.

Royal Caribbean’s The Grandeur of the Seas caught fire en route from Baltimore to The Bahamas. No passengers were injured, but the seven-day itinerary was cut short. Everyone received a full refund and that “cruise to be named later.”

There have been a lot of those free cruise certificates circulating in the past year or so, following a sad string of cruise mishaps. Most of us don’t want to earn free travel that way, and some of us might ask how many of these affected passengers will ever set foot on another ship.

Remember: the few cruises that go wrong wind up in the spotlight. Thousands of trips that end happily receive no attention.

Cruises present some distinct advantages for budget travelers, but know-how is necessary to reap the benefits. With that in mind, take a look at a collection of articles aimed at budget cruising.

Clearly, cruising poses some risks. But don’t let all the bad publicity surrounding a few ill-fated trips discourage you from full exploration of your cruise options.

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Step by Step: How to Find Cheap Cruises

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Deals for the Week of Feb. 11

Here’s the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you’re interested, act quickly. But don’t act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Winter Travel Deals aren’t quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week’s deals: offers on spring repositioning cruises, a European East rail pass and $1 bus seats for travel across Texas.

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Freighter Cruises for Budget Travel

Cargo ships and cruise vessels pull out of the Port of Seattle on a regular schedule. But there the similarities end.

Cruise ships visit tourist-friendly destinations. Sometimes, cargo ships visit those ports-of-call. But these ships also spend days in exotic ports the cruise ships bypass.

The itineraries are much longer on a cargo ship, and for that reason alone this is not an option for many budget travelers. But if you’ve got time and you don’t mind missing out on glitzy cruise ship packaging, check out freighter cruise options for budget travel. It might make for the most interesting budget cruise of your lifetime.

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Quark Expeditions Polar Cruises

Polar Cruises to the Arctic and the Antarctica

Quark Expeditions Polar Cruises

Quark Expeditions offers diverse itineraries on its polar cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica.  You’ll find special interest cruises for photographers, penguin lovers, whale watchers, birders, sea-kayakers and cross country skiers. You can even spend a night on the ice on some of the expeditions.

Photo courtesy of Quark Expeditions

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Deals for Week of Jan. 14

Here’s the latest list of 10 travel deals for this week. Many of these links lead to offers with a very limited shelf life, so if you’re interested, act quickly. But don’t act so quickly that you miss the fine print. Winter Travel Deals aren’t quite so fleeting, and are also worth a look. Among this week’s deals: a wave special on small-ship cruises along the Dalmatian coast and Greece, discounts for online Bed and Breakfast reservations and sale airfares between the U.S. and London.

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Budget Travel 101 Email Course

One of the best ways to provide an overview of budget travel is to examine its various facets in an unhurried manner, much as college students pursue subjects in classrooms.

Although online courses have become quite popular, not many colleges offer Budget Travel 101. You’ll earn no credits, but you can sign up for such a class right here at About.com.

Each week, you’ll receive a new “lesson” with eight articles that pertain to some aspect of budget travel — finding good airfares or affordable cruises, for example — and read at your leisure about these strategies. In eight weeks, 64 articles will prepare you to make plans for affordable travel.

Sign-up is free and takes only a moment. So register today and watch your inbox for a new lesson each week.

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