- Do you truly need a larger stateroom, spending the extra bucks for a mini-suite or larger? Think about how often you spend time in your stateroom, and how you spend that time?
- Along the same lines, how often do you use the balcony? Is it necessary to spend the extra money on the balcony when considering the amount of time you spend out there?
- If size is important, a travel agent can help. He/she should know the average stateroom sizes for each cruise line, and ship.
- If Hurricane Season doesn’t faze you much, you can find better deals on Caribbean Cruises in late August to mid-October, which is the peak of the Caribbean Hurricane Season. This might be your opportunity to get that mini-suite at balcony stateroom prices.
- Booking a Guarantee (a category level without knowing your stateroom number until the cruise gets closer) will save you money. It is also quite possible that you get bumped up to a higher category level.
- If you are a frequent cruiser on a particular line (and sister lines of a parent company), perks tend to include upgrades to higher stateroom categories. Be sure to look into this!
Don’t get me wrong…a suite is sweet! However, I certainly do not cruise to spend much time in my stateroom. And, when I am in the stateroom, its size isn’t an issue, since I’m either on the bed, in the lav and/or paying attention to my beautiful wife! The money saved on the proper stateroom can be used for other amenities on board, as well as for shore excursions and shopping. And, maybe…just maybe…a drink or two (or three)!!