Actually, it would make sense that cruiselines would offer discounts when business is down. And, many people are looking for a little joy, given the grim economy.
But before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the company offering the cruise is legitimate. As always, Start With Trust by researching the company’s track record on www.bbb.org and other trusted sites. You could also:
- Check with your State Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (or that of the state where the company is registered.) Make sure they are properly licensed to do telemarketing and travel sales.
- Ask if the company offering the vacation is a third party. Some companies have been known to avoid responsibility for customer dissatisfaction via this sort of relationship set-up.
- Search for hidden fees or just costs you might not think of at first so that you can calculate the true cost. A discounted cruise does you no good at all if you can’t afford the airfare or the rental car.