Prices Drop for Oasis

| Monday, 23 Sept. 2013

I am pretty sure this is the first time since 2009 when Oasis of the Seas launched, followed by her sister ship, Allure of the Seas in 2010, that these sister ships have offered cruise prices without the "new ship premium" they have enjoyed for almost four years now.

A "new ship premium" is the extra amount a person pays to sail on a brand new, innovative ship fresh out of the shipyard. But four years is a record for maintaining that premium. For the last four years it has been all but impossible to get an inside stateroom for less than about $749 and a balcony cabin for less than $849.

Finally the prices have dropped, and you can sail on Oasis or Allure this autumn for just $649 per person (inside cabin) or get a balcony cabin for just $759. These are the lowest prices we have seen for Oasis or Allure of the Seas yet, and they are not available on every cruise - only on select cruises. Keep in mind that at these prices these ships will start to fill up fairly early, and once most cabins are sold the prices for remaining cabins on any specific sailing date will go higher.

Right now, these prices are only available for the September 28 Western Caribbean cruise, but keep checking back since prices change all the time. The best approach is to be able to cruise within a few weeks' notice. These are true "last minute deals" and the prices could be put on other sailing dates as those dates get closer.

The itinerary includes Labadee, the private Royal Caribbean beach on Haiti with one of the highest zip lines in the world and the "Dragon's Breath" roller coaster. It also has a beautiful sandy beach where they cook (complimentary) barbecue food all day long. The next stop is Falmouth, Jamaica, a port of call especially designed just to accommodate these super "largest cruise ships in the world." The port features original buildings from the British Colonial period of Jamaica. The final stop is Cozumel.

For the best hot cruise deals go to "Hot Deals" on the Royal Caribbean web site and look for the best price you CAN find, then call your travel agent to get booked on the ship. Keep in mind that at this late date you will have to pay for the cruise in full with no cancellation available after the first 24 hours. So, be sure to check airfares as well when thinking about these cruises. These prices are best for people who live closer to Florida since last-minute airfare can be pricey. The ships sail from Ft Lauderdale, so don't forget to include Southwest Airlines in your search (Southwest flies to Fort Lauderdale, but not Miami, and it does not come up in the listings for the major air travel selling web sites, you must go directly to the airline web site).

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