Cruise: The simple hacks to save 50 per cent and get a free upgrade on luxury cruises

Cruise guests on ship

Cruises are a luxurious way to holiday

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 06/11/2023

- 12:37

Updated: 10/11/2023

- 11:37

Cruises are a luxury holiday, but they don't need to come with a huge price tag

Cruises are the perfect way to see lots of different destinations in style.

An expert has shared the best way to grab a bargain on your sea holiday.

Speaking to GB News, travel expert and founder of Viva la Vita Lucia Polla shared her top hacks.

When Britons travel could make a huge difference to the cost of the holiday.

Cruise ship

An expert shares how to save on a cruise holiday


Lucia said: "Want to save cash on a cruise? Here’s what I’ve learned from my own trips.

"Go off-peak. Everyone’s after sunshine and smooth sailing, but if you can handle a bit of wind, the prices after summer are way better.

"I once booked a Mediterranean cruise for late September, saved a bundle, and still got the tan."

Booking a getaway last minute can also see better deals.

Some cruise lines will slash prices in the run-up to the cruise to fill rooms.

Taking advantage of this helped the travel expert save a whopping 50 per cent herself.

Lucia continued: "Last-minute bookings can be a gold mine.

"I was in Marbella when I found a crazy good deal because someone else dropped out.

"It was half off. You’ve got to be ready to pack your bags and go, but it’s worth it."

Cruise ship


Signing up for loyalty programs and saving points can also help slash the bills and give travellers more for less.

"They sound like a snooze, but stick with them," Lucia added.

"A couple of friends of mine thought they were just gimmicks until I showed them how to really use them.

"They ended up getting a room upgrade that would’ve cost a pretty penny for free on their next trip."

This comes as cruisegoers were given tips on how to get the best deal on board.

They were advised on how to get the best value out of cruise holidays.

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