Want to Cruise on Oasis of the Seas? Book (and Sail) Now!

March 24, 2010

If you've been watching cruise fares as intently as us, you've probably seen inside cabins on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas priced as high as $1,739 per person for peak summer sailings, with most sailings over $1,000. But if you're itching to get onboard the largest cruise ship ever built without paying sky-high rates, we have a tip: Book -- and sail -- now!

Cruise Critic's deals gurus have started spotting fares as low as $899 on Oasis of the Seas' April and May Caribbean sailings. The prices have been dropping as the sail dates approach -- less than a month ago, they were at $1,099 and that was cheaper than we'd seen before. Now, inside cabins are starting at $899 with outside cabins from $999 and balcony cabins from $1,299 -- all under $200 per night for a week's vacation on one of the world's most innovative ships.

Of course you do have to factor into your total trip cost taxes, transportation to and from Fort Lauderdale, shore excursions and for-fee onboard attractions and amenities -- but sailing Oasis this spring could save you hundreds of dollars based on the cruise fare alone.

One of the reasons Oasis' fares are dropping is because spring is a shoulder season for Caribbean cruises. It's between the peak travel times of spring break and summer vacation, and nice weather at home doesn't create the same pressure to get away that the cold winter months do. All this means is that spring, in general, is a good time to look for last-minute bargains.

Even if you're not a fan of Oasis, you can find last-minute deals on many other ships and destinations -- something that cruise lines are predicting won't be as possible this summer, with people booking early and cruise fares skyrocketing. Keep checking Cruise Critic's cruise deals page for sales on Oasis of the Seas and other ships.

--by Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor