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Last-Minute Cruise Deals
November 6, 1999

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Well, if you don't win our cruise contest there's still a pretty good way to get a deal on a sea-voyage. Now, we've all heard of flying stand-by. If you're not in a hurry to get to your destination then it's a great way to get a bargain on your ticket: some airlines will give you a reduced fare. But recently, I received a call from Peter, a listener in Portland, Oregon. He wanted to know about a different kind of stand-by ticket...one for a cruise.

You can't get a stand-by cruise, but there's always a way to get a deal. I called Ann Campbell, the editor of the new Web site cruisemates.com. She says that Internet auction Web sites are the newest ways to get cruise discounts. Remember, discount cruises don't allow for much planning. It's a sail by the seat of your pants kind of thing. Make sure to have your bags packed.

Savvy Resources for Cruise Deals:

  • Ira Kaplan is with Cruise Holiday in New Jersey. To find out about last-minute discount cruises, call him at 732-972-2444.

  • Ann Campbell is the editor of the new Web site cruisemates.com. She has info there on how to get a good deal on a cruise by surfing the 'Net.


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