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Travel Tip: Cruise Resident Rates

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The cruise lines are always looking for creative ways to fill their cabins—after all, most of their revenue comes from onboard spending. And sometimes, where you live can make a difference in the price of your cruise.

Several cruise lines have what’s called a “resident rate,” a discount for those who live in the same state—or close to—a port city.  Sometimes other states are included in targeted promotions.

Carnival has upcoming deals for residents of Florida and Georgia on several cruises to the Bahamas. We’re talking as much as $130 off a 5-day cruise that’s listed at $330.

Holland American occasionally offers homeport rates, and right now Norwegian Cruise Line has resident rates for Hawaii, California, and Washington, for its Hawaii cruises.

Royal Caribbean has special rates for residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, on Caribbean cruises departing from Cape Liberty Cruise Port.

Not sure where to find these deals? Travel agents who specialize in cruises may have access to them, like CruiseOne, often has discounts for residents of New York, Florida and Texas.

And if you’re booking online and they ask for your zip code, chances are they’re looking to see if you qualify for a resident discount.

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