What's the best time to take a cruise?

Cruising can be a year round opportunity. Take advantage of cruising to Alaska during the summer or maybe even Europe during the summer or fall. Try a unique New England cruise that only occurs during August or September or a special South America cruise from December to March. Whether you're looking to cruise in April or October there is always the Caribbean, which sails year round!

Is cruising affordable and a good vacation value?

Cruising gives the best bang for your buck! It includes all the award winning meals (including room service) and all regular non-carbonated drinks. Cruises also include all your daytime and nighttime activities, the amazing entertainment and all inside their floating hotel which takes you ot the most exotic locations!

When is the most affordable time to take a cruise?

The least expensive time to cruise is generally between the time the kids go back to school (early September) and up until the week before Christmas. This time frame is considered the most affordable time to cruise the Caribbean. The great thing about discounted-cruises.com is that we can find you a great deal anytime of the year! So let us know what week you need and we'll find you a great deal.

Where can I go?

With the recent increase in the number of cruise ships worldwide, cruising has taken a turn to offer global wide cruising. Whether you want to see Europe, Asia or the USA there are cruises that will take you there. Just give us a shout and let us know where you would like to go and we'll get you there!

Are all ships and cruises fairly similar?

Most cruise ships have certain activities that are similar, for instance dining and nightly shows, however, the ships themselves and all the activities aboard are quite different. Each cruise line and even each ship will cater to different people. Some cruise lines attend to elderly people with great care and other lines are family oriented. There are some that are very elegant and others that are very casual and laid back. Whatever your ideal vacation is, we have the right cruise for you!

I have never been on a cruise. Which is the best cruise line for me?

Never cruised before? No worries we have the right cruise for you. By taking the time to get to know your interests we will find you the cruise that works for you. We take in all your concerns and likes. Whether price is the biggest factor or maybe it's your activity level ranging from ultra-relaxed to constantly going is your thing, we will direct you to the right cruise line and the right ship for your needs.

What's there to do in port?

With so many ports of call out there the question is not what is there to do in port, the question is what is there not to do in port. Anything you can imagine is available. From shopping to entertainment you have it all. There are beaches, hotels, casinos and so much more. Just tell us what you like to do or see and we'll find you your ultimate day in port!

But I Don't Want To Take A Tour!

The nice thing about cruising is that you don't have to do anything! If taking a tour doesn't fit your desires, then there are many options to your day in port. Some people like to do it on their own. They find it more adventurous to see the destinations in the rough so to speak. Others like to get a local guide to show them local culture. Depending on the port some cruisers like to spend the day shopping, while others like spending the day aboard the ship where it feels like you own the boat!

Most cruise lines have lots of activities for kids, however, there are certain cruise lines that are much more family oriented. They cater to activities for Adults as well as children and also have fun activities for families to do together as well as apart. Just tell us what your family enjoys doing and we'll put you on the right cruise!

What's there to do at night?

Nighttime on the ship can be a dazzling experience. After dinner there is usually a nightly show to take in. There's always the casino or if clubbing is your thing there are plenty of hot spots with drinking and dancing. There are parties every night and don't worry you won't go hungry as there is still plenty of food served in the late night buffets. The night is your night and there is so much to choose from!

Is cruising right for honeymooners?

No matter your age, whether your married at 18 or 81, honeymooning on a cruise ship is the way to go. You're sure to find a romantic spot on board. Cruising offers renewing vows, candlelight dinners for two, a quiet stroll on deck under the moonlight or the greatest dancing out there. There's breakfast in bed or on your balcony along with many personalized activities just for two. Plan your next anniversary on board as well.

How do I book a cruise?

The best way to book a cruise is by contacting our cruise specialists by phone. We want the cruise experience to be the best you'll ever have and by spending some time with you we learn what that will take. Give us a little bit of your time and we will find you the greatest cruise experience ever!

Why should I book with the Discounted-Cruises/Martin Travel Services?

We have the best cruise agents out there! By booking with Discounted-Cruises/Martin Travel Services you are assured the best cruise experience ever along with the lowest prices anywhere.

Not only will you get the best service and the lowest prices, but you can be at ease knowing that we've had no complaints against us since our beginning. We're a member of the Better Business Bureau, Cruise Lines International Association, and we are accredited with the Airlines Reporting Corporation and the International Airlines Travel Network.

We invite you to do some checking and you'll find that we are one of the most reliable cruising companies out there today!

Why are your rates better than what my local travel agent is quoting me?

Top Producing Cruise Agencies have better buying power than most of the travel agencies across the country. Our rates are often better because we buy in bulk and we often we have group rates that your local agent does not have. We are informed immediately of special regional, last minute, and senior promotions. Our agents are trained to ask for the best rate on each booking.

Is it better to book my cruise early or wait for a last minute discount?

Generally it is better to book early. The advantages are getting the right cabin on the right deck. Usually the best pricing comes early and if not you are always price protected up until final payment.

You should book early (at least 6 - 8 months in advance) if:

  • You want specific cabin, i.e.
    · suites or mini-suites
    · location (port, starboard, middle of the ship, bedding, etc.)
    · handicapped
  • It is a unique itinerary (holiday, infrequent)
  • You're not flexible with dates (honeymoon, vacation, etc.)
  • You need a cabin for 3 or 4 people
  • You need multiple cabins (family, group, etc.)

Book late if:

  • You have lots of flexibility (itinerary, dates), especially if only two people are cruising
  • You don't care about the location of your cabin and you will take an inside cabin
  • You can drive to the port (and none of the other guidelines apply)

Last minute discounts are out there, however, you can't be specific to a ship or sail date as you never know when or where the best discounts will take place.

Can I book on short notice?

The nice thing about booking with us is that you can book whenever you're ready. The best way to book a cruise is when it's right for you. If you have the foresight to plan your next vacation or you just want a quick getaway, we are here to get you what you need. Our experience in booking all of the cruise lines allows us to find the best deal out there whenever you book!

Do the cruise lines have Senior Citizen Rates? Family Rates? Last Minute Discounts?

Senior Citizen Rates are rates that are exclusive to those over the age of 55. These promotions are usually given as a cruise gets closer in to its sailing date. The cruise lines figure that retired people are able to cruise more easily and can book at the last minute and these rates are generally used to fill the ships closer in.

Family rates are used to add a third and/or fourth person to a room. These promotions are usually reserved for the times when kids are in school and not during Holiday or summer vacation times. The idea is to fill the ship without necessarily using more staterooms. This can make the price of a third or fourth person for as little as $0, with just the taxes needing to get paid.

Last Minute Cruise Discounts are less popular with the cruise lines than in the past. The cruise lines are trying to fill the ships with better early booking discounts using nonrefundable deposits. This way they can predict that right around ninety days prior to sailing (when final payments are due) if a sailing needs help. The best deal is to book early and if the price comes down after putting down your deposit, the cruise line will lower your rate to the new promotion (provided it is not a nonrefundable deposit).

What about these rates I see in my Sunday newspaper? Why aren't they ever available?

The rates you see in your Sunday newspaper are what we call lead in rates. They are the least expensive rates for an inside cabin and are offered on one specific week which is often not the week you wish to travel. Many times this rate is unavailable at the time of booking. At Martin Travel we will never mislead you with teaser rates. All prices we quote are complete with port charges and fees so you know exactly what the cruise will cost.

Should I buy cancellation insurance? Is it worth it? What does it cover?

Without insurance, you are taking a huge gamble. If you cancel after final payment, you will suffer penalties. There is no question about it. It could be $50 per person or could be the full cost of the trip. The cruise line doesn't care if it was your life savings, if it was a heart attack, or a death. You will not get your money back after final payment without insurance.

We recommend insurance to everyone. We don't push it on anyone. But remember it is your money and if the unexpected happens you may lose all your money. Some things to consider:

  • Would losing the total cost of trip hurt?
  • Do you have family members who are ill or at risk of illness that if their condition turned worse you would abandon your travel plans? Young children or older family members?
  • Do you have a pre-existing medical condition?
  • Is your trip relatively expensive? Are you leaving the country for 10 days or longer?
  • Are at a point in your life where you are susceptible to accident or illness?
  • Have you ever experienced baggage delay or loss by the airlines?
  • Does your insurance cover medical expenses in a foreign country? Probably not?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may want to consider insurance. Insurance typically costs about 10% of your total trip cost and usually covers baggage, trip delay, trip interruption, medical expenses, medical evacuation, and more. The cruise lines' insurance typically doesn't cover pre-existing conditions but we have other insurance we sell to cover this situations. Ask your agent for a brochure explaining it in more detail?

Is Insurance worth it? If you have to use it, definitely? But insurance also buys peace of mind, which is not a bad reason to have it either?

How do I pay for my cruise? What are the deposit and final payment requirements?

Paying for your cruise is simple. The cruise lines accept all major credit cards and if you would like to stop by our office you may also pay with cash.

If you are booking your cruise early (outside of four months prior to travel) the cruise line typically requires a deposit ranging from $100 per person for a 3-5 night cruise, $250 per person for a 6-9 night cruise, and $450 or more for 10 nights or longer cruises. Your cruise must be paid in full at least 60 days prior to travel for 3-5 night cruises, and 90 or 120 days for cruises 6 nights or longer (some require final payment even sooner). Your Martin Travel agent will discuss payment terms with regards to your particular cruise.

You will get a comprehensive receipt for every payment and will receive a final payment reminder to keep you on top of your payments. If you would like to make periodic payments on your trip, you may do so provided all payments are completed prior to the final balance due date.

  
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