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You Can Afford to Cruise – Here’s How

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<p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">More than 20 million people cruised the world in 2012, contributing $37.85 billion to the U.S. economy alone, according to the Florida-Caribbean&nbsp;Cruise&nbsp;Association. The price tag for acruise&nbsp;can range from a few hundred dollars for a two-person cabin to thousands of dollars for a top-of-the-line luxury voyage. If you want to hop on board a&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;for your next vacation, we have some tips to help you finance it.</span></p><h3 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Find Discounts</span></h3><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Not all cruises are exuberantly expensive or even out of reach. Newly christened ships with live entertainment tend to book fast and early, so look for cruises that have been sailing for awhile or from destinations that don’t require as much planning. An exotic Asian&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;probably requires booking up to a year out, while booking a Caribbean&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;can be done nearly last-minute,&nbsp;Cruise&nbsp;Critic reports.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Booking well ahead of time can mean the difference between saving hundreds or winding up with a last-minute fare. “Wave season” represents the&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;industry busy booking periods of January through March, where deals are offered as much as a year out.&nbsp;</span><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/set-up-google-alerts/" href="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/set-up-google-alerts/" style="color: rgb(34, 85, 170); text-decoration: none;"><span style="color:#000000;">Set up a Google alert</span></a><span style="color:#000000;">&nbsp;with relevant information like “cruisesale to Spain” or “cruise&nbsp;deals to Greece.” Whenever a new cruise special&nbsp;goes live on the Web, it will pop up in your inbox.</span></p><h3 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Go Off-Season</span></h3><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Shoulder season (or low season) represents lower travel demand with a price tag to match. The industry has changed over the years—summer was once low season for taking a&nbsp;cruise, but now more familiescruise&nbsp;during summer months to accommodate school vacations.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">For cheaper deals, look for cruises departing North America and Europe during fall or spring. Australia’s fall to winter stretches from about May to September. Weather is still relatively mild, but cruises can enjoy deeper discounts than during its high season in November to March. Caribbean cruises may be cheaper during early spring and fall, but it can also coincide with hurricane season. Look into travel insurance options that cover hurricanes and inclement weather threats.</span></p><h3 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Find Creative Financing</span></h3><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Thinks of ways you can come up with the money to pay for your trip:</span></p><ul style="list-style-type: square; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 15px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; line-height: 20px;"><li style="list-style-type: square; margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Plan a year out and earmark your next tax return for your trip</span></li><li style="list-style-type: square; margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px;"><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.jgwentworth.com/services/structured-settlement/" href="http://www.jgwentworth.com/services/structured-settlement/" style="color: rgb(34, 85, 170); text-decoration: none;"><span style="color:#000000;">Sell your future structured settlement payments</span></a><span style="color:#000000;">&nbsp;for a lump sum of cash</span></li><li style="list-style-type: square; margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Pick up odd jobs—try sites like elance, Task Rabbit and Fiverr to connect with temporary employers looking for people to do everything from data entry to writing sales copy</span></li><li style="list-style-type: square; margin: 0px 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Consider accepting a no-interest credit card to pay for the&nbsp;cruise, and then pay it off before you set sail</span></li></ul><h3 style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS; font-weight: normal; margin: 0px 0px 5px; padding: 0px; font-size: 16px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Work on a Ship</span></h3><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">While long-term cruise ship jobs&nbsp;for entertainers and laborers are available, you can also teach onboard for shorter stints. Although professional teaching experience helps,&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;ships also accept experts in their field from business to art. Lecturers typically receive free cabin and meals, but not much else. That means footing the airfare and tips yourself.&nbsp;Cruise&nbsp;speakers also need to be highly flexible and switch gears, pick-up new responsibilities and be willing to&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;at a moment’s notice as needed. Visit the “Careers” section on the websites of the various&nbsp;cruise&nbsp;lines to see what’s available.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">Everyone can afford to&nbsp;cruise, it’s just a matter of finding out how.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Tahoma, Verdana; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"><span style="color:#000000;">?</span><br></p>
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