Just 10 ten to 12 years ago, you would be hard pressed to find a cheap Alaskan cruise. Although it was still great value, compare those prices to what they are today, every cruise looks cheap now! Industry veteran, Matthew Vaughan estimates that overall, cruise prices have dropped 25%.
I pointed out to him a recent article on the state of cruise prices which noted that the cheapest price in 2013 was 43% cheaper than the cheapest cruise in 2009 onward. Matthew was skeptical at first of this claim, then mentioned, “We are seeing some more bottoming out (sell-off) deals these says, like the $199s and such. So the lowest possible price on the year is or was probably cheaper or cheapest ever!”
If you want a last minute deal, you may just get one next year. Remember though you will likely have to compromise one way or the other, whether it’s the stateroom category, air price, hotel cost or even cruise line (or maybe all) and may even end up paying more in the end. With prices as they are now, there’s really no reason to wait last minute and run the risk of not getting exactly what you want.
Premium lines such as Holland America, for example have Alaska cruises that start at $499 (plus $150.43 taxes) per person at the time of writing this. There are more great deals to be discovered on our site. Make sure to check out our Special Offers page.