Travel agent Cruise118 has seen a surge in late bookings with 54 per cent of customers choosing to depart within ten weeks of booking their cruise, compared to last year.
The increase comes as the current economy crisis only looks set to get worse, with hard-up families constantly struggling to get by.
Director of Cruise118 James Cole said: “With the current economy in such a shambles and prices constantly rising, it comes as no surprise that we have seen such a rise in last minute bookings. Everyone looks forward to a holiday and why should they settle for staying in England when there is a whole world out there to explore?”
“It is extremely common for cruise lines to get rid of their last bit of stock by cutting their fares and I think now many people are risking the chance of getting a great deal last minute, instead of paying the full fare months before, because they don’t have any other choice.”
Many of these cruise holidays set sail within ten weeks, which leaves less time to prepare for a holiday, but a bigger chance of getting a better deal.
Avid cruiser Mary Thistle, 54 from Lincolnshire said: “I have been cruising for many years and simply refuse to go on any other form of holiday. Unfortunately though, due to redundancies in our household we have to hold off on booking our holiday and instead try to find a late cruise deal, to save on the pennies. There are so many incredible deals that you can find last minute, it was the perfect option for us and it means that we are still able to go on a cruise holiday!”
You can find the late cruise deals that customers are booking at http://www.cruise118.com/