Ask Dr. G
For the past few months I have discussed airline ticketing and a few of the nuances of booking and selecting seats as well as tracking costs (all of them) associated with air travel.
It seems that the patients in this practice really love to travel and had similar questions about cruising (on ships, not down the road).
There are 2 sites that I use to track cruise prices.
This website will track a cruise by date, price, and stateroom category, all you need to do is register, and if you don't mind checking the site regularly, it is a free service. CruiseFish is happy to send you the updated information, but that will require registration and a nominal fee per booking.
The second option, an app for your smart phone, is called Cruise Ship Mate, which is a free service. Below are links to the app for Apple and Android phones.
On this app you enter the cruise you are following or booked and set the app to alert you for price changes.
To do so:
- Start Cruise Ship Mate by pressing on its icon
- Click My Cruises
- Press the Plus Sign (+)
- Enter the cruise details
- You will be shown a list of cruises you are “following”
- Select the cruise you want to track
- Press "Price Alert" to start price tracking and the program will send you updates automatically.
Once you see the price drop call your travel agent or the cruise-line to have your account adjusted or to book your trip.
And don’t be scared of the app, there is plenty of other valuable information in it.
Until next time, Bon Voyage,