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Cruise Fare Monitor save money on cruising

absolute23 14 10 December 7, 2015 at 08:34 AM in Finance (7)
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Hey so this is the second time I have used this service and it did not disappoint. They saved me 1000 bucks for wife and I.
The website has three options for tracking your cruise price.
All use a credit card for payment options.

www.cruisefaremonitor.com

They tracked my cruise and when the price dropped they sent me a message and I was able to get it lowered. Check out the website. Hope it helps another family save some money.

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OP: Please mention that this is a paid subscription and would need credit card to setup
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OP: Please mention that this is a paid subscription and would need credit card to setup
The post has been updated.thanks.
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I prefer vacationstogo.com [vacationstogo.com] to see all of the dates and cruises available. I might not necessary book on that site but it's a good one to get a glimpse of prices.
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We saved with http://www.cruisefish.net/ -- not a whole lot -- maybe just $50/each, but we also bought in pretty late.

The unlimited monitoring of all cabin categories for a single saildate costs only $0.99 USD (less if purchased in bulk).

All other CF services are free (deals, forum, ship alerts, etc.). There is no software to install or maintain.
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has anyone used ShipMate.com? I'm using it to track pricing on an upcoming 7 day to Mexico. Seems reliable but I only get alerts about once a month. should I be using one of these other services?
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I prefer vacationstogo.com [vacationstogo.com] to see all of the dates and cruises available. I might not necessary book on that site but it's a good one to get a glimpse of prices.
Vacations to go sells cruises at the current price on the date you buy. The trackers watch prices after you buy and if the price goes down, you can often get a refund of the difference from your agent depending on the rules of the sale.

I agree that it's a good site to make comparisons.
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What do you all think of cruisecompete.com? My friend is leaving today on a cruise booked through them and was exceptionally happy with the deal.
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What do you all think of cruisecompete.com? My friend is leaving today on a cruise booked through them and was exceptionally happy with the deal.
I've used them a few times. Sometimes you only get a price you could have found on your own but sometimes you get a bottle of wine or some onboard credits from an agent you would not have found on your own. Last time booking, we found the best deal from an agent right near home -- but I never would have thought to pick up the phone and call them. In the past -- like almost 10 years ago -- you could get some really good deals. We got a balcony for the same price as an interior back on a 2007 cruise.
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I've used them a few times. Sometimes you only get a price you could have found on your own but sometimes you get a bottle of wine or some onboard credits from an agent you would not have found on your own. Last time booking, we found the best deal from an agent right near home -- but I never would have thought to pick up the phone and call them. In the past -- like almost 10 years ago -- you could get some really good deals. We got a balcony for the same price as an interior back on a 2007 cruise.
Thanks thumper1. Sounds similar to my friend's experience. The cost out the door was the same, but the agent they found on cruisecompete included a number of excursions and a couple hundred dollars worth of onboard credit they wouldn't have otherwise received.
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Thanks thumper1. Sounds similar to my friend's experience. The cost out the door was the same, but the agent they found on cruisecompete included a number of excursions and a couple hundred dollars worth of onboard credit they wouldn't have otherwise received.
Definitely worth looking at. Last cruise ($499, booked about a month ahead), we got a $50 onboard credit each through CruiseCompete, but previous cruise went through VacationsToGo because we got a bottle of wine there and no better deal on CC. However, found on CruiseFish a lower price and called VTG and got the money back as onboard credits. It was only $40 or $50 each -- but that was enough to pay for almost 2 shore excursions each or towards gratuities.

I never book shore excursions through the cruise line unless I feel that there is a safety issue or time constraint. I check reviews on TripAdvisor and book on my own. We usually find a half to full day tour for about $25/person in the Caribbean. No frills -- maybe a beer or soda or water bottle -- but good info and enjoyable. In Alaska, we rode the city bus to Totem Bight State Park -- free entry and $1 bus ride (a tightly packed bus ride) -- and Princess was charging $55/person for the ship excursion. We've also rented a car and shared costs with another couple or just on our own.

In Aruba, I posted on CruiseCritic and got enough of my cruise mates to do a 5 hour excursion that included a snorkeling stop and some historic sites and the price went from $40 to $25/per person because we were able to guarantee 14 people. CruiseCritic.com is a good source of port info, ship info, and to hook up with people on the cruise to share excursions or just have someone to hang with if that's what you're looking for.
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Cruisefaremonitor.com would sincerely like to thank you for your business. We have taken great pride in our ability to save a considerable amount of money to most of our customers, and we certainly appreciate your understanding of the value of our automated system for identifying price drops. However, we are now considering a new business model, and while we're doing this, the existing website and all its functions is going to go dormant.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us at admin@CruiseFareMonitor.com
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I'm trying to plan a cruise from Seattle to Alaska this summer for me, my husband, his parents (in their 70's) and my kids ages 12 and 14. Ideally we wanted a one way trip so we could get off in Alaska and tour some of the parks and then fly back. It looks like I can't find a one way cruise from Seattle? Anyone know of any? I could drive to Vancouver if necessary. I've never done a cruise of any kind and would love to hear how other people found deals and what they recommend. I was also looking into getting a balcony 2 bedroom suite instead of getting two separate cabins. It looked like those can sleep 6, but most websites make it hard to get details, especially for pricing.
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I'm trying to plan a cruise from Seattle to Alaska this summer for me, my husband, his parents (in their 70's) and my kids ages 12 and 14. Ideally we wanted a one way trip so we could get off in Alaska and tour some of the parks and then fly back. It looks like I can't find a one way cruise from Seattle? Anyone know of any? I could drive to Vancouver if necessary. I've never done a cruise of any kind and would love to hear how other people found deals and what they recommend. I was also looking into getting a balcony 2 bedroom suite instead of getting two separate cabins. It looked like those can sleep 6, but most websites make it hard to get details, especially for pricing.
Have you looked at vacationstogo.com [vacationstogo.com]? Apparently the one-way cruises appear to be going out of Vancouver and Anchorage. We did the 7-day round-trip from Seattle in May. Had an inside cabin so spent lots of time outside as we cruised Glacier Bay.
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Have you looked at vacationstogo.com [vacationstogo.com]? Apparently the one-way cruises appear to be going out of Vancouver and Anchorage. We did the 7-day round-trip from Seattle in May. Had an inside cabin so spent lots of time outside as we cruised Glacier Bay.
thanks for your reply! yes, I did see that site mentioned here and checked it out. Are the prices listed all per person based on double occupancy? is that the site you used?
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