It's been a tough year for the cruise lines (we're looking at you, Carnival (). Make the industry's pain your gain. )
Between last year's Costa Concordia accident in Italy, and the unrest in Egypt and Syria, the area is struggling, says Paul Motter, editor of CruiseMates.com. Mediterranean fares dropped 5% from 2012 to 2013, according to Travelocity. Costa, for one, is offering sailings up to 78% off.
Deal: Eleven nights from Rome on Celebrity Cruises, starts at $1,899 in October, a 5% savings.
The best deals, of course, are from Carnival, which is offering trips as low as $37 a night. Prefer a different line? Todd Elliott, owner of Cruise Vacation Outlet, suggests waiting until fall or early winter when prices start to drop.
Deal: Six nights in the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean, ( starts at $579 in December, down 11%. )
Alaskan departures will increase 8% in 2013, says the Alaska Cruise Association, leading industry watchers to predict a spike in deals. This spring, prices were already down about 5% vs. 2012.
Deal: Save 28% on seven nights from Whittier on Princess Cruises. Starts at $649 in September.
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