You know how kayak.com and bing.com/travel have airfare-predicting charts to help you gauge the best time to get the lowest prices on airfare? A new site, cayole.com, applies the same forecasting technology to cruise fares in the United States.
When you're ready to book, just select your destination, departure port, desired cruise line, price range and/or other options in the site's faceted search boxes — and voilà!
My trial search today, which requested Atlantic cruises out of New York for less than $400 returned a four-day Princess cruise beginning Oct. 27 for $399. And clicking through to the cruise itinerary page provides ports-of-call details, as well "future price predictions" that serve as advice on whether you should book now or wait. (This particular cruise was deemed "expected to stay about the same in short to medium term.")
As a rule, any cruise that comes in at $100 a night or less is pounce-worthy in my book, so if I were, in fact, in the market for a cruise, I'd snag this one pronto.
What's more, there are no booking fees, and cayole.com provides a phone number with a real, live person on the other end, should you need help or have questions.