If you're booking your cruise in October, look out for this logo and you're on the money.

If you like having a look in the window of your local travel agency when out and about, you may already be seeing the above logo, indicating it’s nearly time for National Plan A Cruise Month – one of the best opportunities all year to secure a great price on cruises worldwide.

Running through the entire month of October, National Plan A Cruise Month is an initiative of the entire cruise industry where holidaymakers are thrust into pole position to secure a stack of incentives by booking on a huge variety of ocean and river cruises as well as expeditions and small ship cruising not just close to home but in far-flung corners of the world too.

Travellers will be the winners across the month, with offers sure to include bonus onboard credit in addition to existing offers, stateroom upgrades (potentially even two categories – meaning if you book an inside stateroom, you could find yourself with a balcony for the same price), free specialty dining passes, photo packages, shore excursion credit and much more – there are so many possibilities, and every cruise line will be looking to do better than others.

There are hundreds of knowledgeable and professional travel agents around Australia who will have access to Plan A Cruise Month deals.
There are hundreds of certified travel agents around Australia who will have access to Plan A Cruise Month deals.

So how can you get your hands on these great deals? Read on…

To get started, CLICK HERE to find your nearest Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) certified travel agent. These agents are located all around Australia and have all undertaken significant levels of in-depth training and personal experience to ensure they are able to provide you with the best service and knowledge on all sorts of cruises around the world.

Then, keep checking with these agents over the remainder of October. For four weeks, agents will be releasing special offers from cruise lines large and small in this order:

  • 01-08 October – Expedition cruising
  • 08-15 October – River cruising
  • 15-22 October – Ocean cruising in Australia, New Zealand and close to home
  • 22-29 October – Ocean cruising around the world
Explorer of the Seas cruising.
A huge variety of cruise deals will be available during Plan A Cruise Month.

While certain weeks have been set aside for particular styles of cruising, keep your eyes peeled throughout the month as you never know when a deal might pop up that is too good to refuse. Talk to your travel agent about booking and deposit guidelines to ensure you are able to secure a stateroom on your preferred date – as they are all bound to be popular.

“There are so many cruise options today and each cruise brand has a different personality. A travel agent can make sure that they match the right ship and the right itinerary to each holiday occasion,” a CLIA spokesperson said.