Some weeks of the year simply aren't popular for cruising. The low demand means low prices and real bargains.
1. The first 2 weeks of December. Thanksgiving and Christmas consume the nation's attention, resulting in low demand for cruises between the two holidays. But it really is a fine time of year to get away from the hustle and bustle. Take advantage of the cheap cruises to relax on a warm island beach.
2. The second week of January through February. This is a big down time for the cruise industry. People have spent a lot of money on the holidays, kids are in school, and traveling is difficult up north because of snow. It's a great time to escape the cold of winter and save big bucks.
3. After Labor Day in September and October. It's hurricane season, which naturally scares off a lot of people from taking Caribbean or Bahamas cruises. Kids are in school and that eliminates family travel. Are the low fares worth the risk of bad weather on your vacation? If you go, cruise insurance might be a good idea.