- When booking a cruise you can save money and hit the crowds by planning your trip strategically.
- Generally, the cheapest time of year is to travel when the weather is less than perfect in your destination.
- Here is the best time of the year to travel economically to six of the most popular cruise destinations.
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Cruises are already a valuable way to vacation, but you can get even more edge by planning your trip strategically.
When it comes to planning a cruise, experts say timing is everything. If you're okay in less than perfect weather, you might be able to save a bundle and hit the worst of the crowd.
"Most of the time with the cruise time, the cheapest – and the least crowded – cruise times will be when the weather isn't necessarily ideal for your destination," said Colleen McDaniel, cruise critic's business insider, Business Insider.
With that in mind, we asked experts the best times of the year to travel to some of the most popular cruise destinations in the world, including Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.
Here's what they said.