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A cruise can be a great way to have fun, see a new part of the world and even make new friends. The cruise lines have learned like airlines that they are selling a commodity that has only a certain shelf life. Cabins that are left unused represent revenue opportunities missed. This means you should be able to score big on a last-minute cruise deal. You could also look for what are called repositioning cruises. For example, a cruise line offering Alaskan cruises will likely be repositioning its ships in September for Caribbean cruises. You might be able to score big on one of these cruises.
#8. Gamble a bit
If you're willing to gamble you could save money by booking a Caribbean cruise during hurricane season. The good news about a cruise is that a boat can be repositioned unlike a hotel that is pretty much stuck where it is. However, with a cruse ship bad weather can cause cancellations of certain ports of call. So rolling the dice could save you some money. As an example of this a 10-day Princess Cruise in the Eastern Caribbean starts at $909 in September – which is considered to be during hurricane season – versus $1199 in February.
#9. Going to Mexico? Choose your destination carefully
Our State Department has issued warnings about those areas of Mexico you should seriously avoid. Beyond this, you can save money by choosing your destination carefully. One of the darlings of a Mexican vacation is Cancún. But if you were to choose Puerto Vallarta instead you would save on both hotel and airfares. As an example of this, one night at the Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach in Cancún typically costs $258 a night while the Fiesta Americana in Puerto Vallarta currently costs $172 a night. Multiply that difference by seven nights and you'd be saving $602 just on your hotel stay alone.
#10. Take to the road in style
If you're planning a road trip consider doing it in style. Leave that old clunker at home and rent something like an Audi A4 instead. There’s a new company Silver Car that rents only Audis and only at certain airports. If you think this would be too big a splurge, think again. You could rent from Silver Car in Miami for six days at a cost of $405. In comparison a Nissan Maxima from Hertz for the same number of days would cost you $638. You'd be both cheaper and look cooler.
#11. Don't always cheap out
When it comes to planning a vacation it always pays to be price-sensitive. But remember the value is also important. If you're trying to choose between a four- or five-star Mexican hotel don't rule out the five-star just because that's what it is. If you shop carefully you might be able to find a really first-class hotel for just a bit more. This is also true of cruise ship cabins, rental cars and more. The trick is to determine where you need to hold the line on your vacation spending but still get the comforts and amenities you need to have a really memorable one.