(43) Start Your Search With The Cruise Lines
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Most cruise line Websites provide a wealth of information on cruise pricing, categories stateroom layouts and more:
- Begin by checking cruise line “specials” for promotions and discounts.
- Compare fares between different itineraries, travel dates, categories of staterooms and different levels of the ship. Print fares for comparisons with other travel sources.
- Call the cruise line's toll-free number and ask about free or discount airfare, pre or post night hotel stays and other promotions that are often not on the Website.
- If one cruise is stands out above the rest, request a “hold” while researching travel options. A hold is particularly helpful when you want to book air using frequent flyer mileage or compare airfares from different cities and airlines. Typical holds range from 24-hours to seven days.
- While on the cruise line Website, print deck plans and cabin layouts to help select the best cabin or suite if you decide to book the cruise.
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