Dec 3, 2012 00:55 - holly | 3,562 views
For sun-worshippers, a cruise to the Caribbean is a great way to soak up the rays on the journey as well as at the destination. As you buy a new swimsuit and stock up on sunscreen to explore the world’s most beautiful beaches and coral reefs, monetary woes should be the last thing from your mind. This infographic can give you the tools for exploring the best time of the year to go on your Caribbean cruise, as well as how far in advance you should book in order to get the best deal. So, get your scuba gear and flotation devices ready and prepare to feel the sand between your toes as you stroll under the Caribbean stars.
Prices of caribbean cruises vary by season, though you can expect the same blue skies and white sands all year long. Late spring and mid-summer are peak season for these cruises, and a substantial leap in prices should be expected. This infographic shows that in March, a Caribbean cruise will cost about $138 per person per day, while April and May come in at about $131 and $132. Summer prices are steeper, with $164 in June, $170 in July and $144 in August. Fall is the season with lowest prices, with average prices coming in at $108 in September, $112 in October and $122 in November. Winter sees a jump and then drop in prices with $152 in December, $125 in January and $132 in February. According to this data the best time to go on a Caribbean cruise is in the fall, just when the leaves start to turn. Relive your summer with an autumn tour of the Caribbean to get the most for you money.
Another question to consider is how far in advance you should book. When it comes to Caribbean cruises, the answer is the sooner the better, though you likely won’t save too much by booking in advance. In any season, booking one month in advance will cost you $142 per person per night on average. Two months in advance will save you a few dollars at $138 on average, while four months will get you $139. The most savings begins to emerge at the six month mark with $136 per day, $134 for eight months in advance, $135 for 10 months in advance, $132 for a year in advance and $131 for fourteen months. The average saving overall, however, is less than the potential savings gained when booking with an eye toward seasonal price variation.
If you are eager to visit the beaches of the Bahamas and the resorts of Puerto Rico, or to parasail along the coast of the Virgin Islands or Jamaica, keep these tips in mind when booking your next adventure.
This inforgraphic was originally published on cruisemarketwatch.com