This summer may be the year for your dream vacation!
Travel Agent Lawton Roberts has his predictions for travel in 2013 and they don't look cheap.
Snellville: If you haven't booked your summer vacation yet, you may get a better deal than those who booked months ago. The problem is airfare.
Snellville resident and travel expert Lawton Roberts says he's seeing cruise fares and resort prices at all time lows. But airfares at all time highs. He operates a one day cruise sale website called www.onedaycruisesale.com And this summer he's getting more and more deals from the cruise lines. He says the industry has tried to get away from last minute sales but this summer it just hasn't worked out.
"I just saw today a deal for an inside cabin on a 7 day Alaskan cruise for $399, but I also just saw a western Mediterranean cruise for $299." Lawton told us. "The economy hasn't changed like the cruise line expected." He also found a deal with Azmara Cruises where they were offering a $2000 credit for airfare.
Now to be clear these are deals at places that would take a long flight to get there. So don't expect a deal for a beach hotel in Florida. Lawton says the best deals he's seeing right now are in European and Alaskan cruises. So this may just be the year for your dream vacation.
"The cruise lines have to establish where their ships are going to be 18 to 24 months in advance. So the bottom line is they guessed wrong and they're taking a blood bath in terms of prices. But the bad news for the cruise lines is good news for the consumer." Lawton said.
He also said this will apply to resort deals as well. Many of them are having to offer deals to make up for the increased cost of airfare. "The hotel industry is having to compensate for the fact that the consumer is having to spend more of their dollar on transportation," he said.
Maybe the worst news is for those that already booked. "The good news is for the consumer who hasn't booked, but it's bad news for those that did because the cruise lines aren't making up the difference," Lawton said.