How to Book a Cruise on Expedia

Feel like sailing the ocean blue on your next getaway? Expedia can help you get seaworthy quickly.

  • You can pick your cruise based on whether you want a no-expenses-spared getaway, a relaxing stroll down a river, or just something that a lot of other people have enjoyed.

  • You can choose where your cruise leaves from and where it goes. You'll find popular destinations like Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and Alaska here.

  • You can choose when your cruise leaves, and how long it will last.

  • You can choose which cruise line you want to sail with. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Disney Cruises... most of the major cruise lines are on board with Expedia!

  • You can pick what type of cabin you want, if you want to watch the ocean pass by as you sail, or don't mind having to get out and about to enjoy the view.

How to Book a Cruise with Expedia

  1. Go to www.expedia.com in your web browser and click Cruises in the menu across the top.

  2. The window on the left side of the screen will help you get set up.  Click the buttons in the screenshot below for an explanation of what you need to do at each spot.

     

    Cruise Type

    Click the respective buttons here to choose a cruise that’s popular, leaves no expense spared, or is a little more small-scale.

     

    Destination

    If you have a general destination in mind for your cruise, such as Mexico, the Caribbean, or Hawaii, you can click the drop-down menu here and select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “Show All”.

     

    Month

    If you have a specific time of year in mind for your cruise, you can click the drop-down menu here and select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “Show All”.

     

    Cruise Line

    If you have a preferred cruise line, such as Royal Caribbean or Carnival, you can click the drop-down menu here and select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “Show All”.

     

    Length

    If you have in mind a specific amount of time that you want your cruise to last, you can click the drop-down menu here and select it. Otherwise, you can leave it as “Show All.”

     

    Departure Port

    You can click the drop-down menu here and select a departure port in a city that’s close to where you live, or you can just leave it as “Show All”.

     

    Check For Discounts

    You can click the drop-down menu here and select where you live to see if there are any discounts available in your area.

     

    Additional Factors

    Click the respective check boxes here if you are 55 or older, have taken a cruise before, or have served in the military. You may be able to get additional discounts.

     

    Search

    When you have entered all of your information, click here to continue.

  3. When you get to the search results menu, you can click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner to sort your results by:

    - How popular the cruise is
    - How expensive the cruise is
    - When the cruise departs
    - How long the cruise is (in days)
    - Cruise Line (alphabetical order)

    You can also click the drop-down menus on the left side of the screen to see options for filtering your search results by:

    - Where the cruise is going
    - What month the cruise departs
    - Cruise line
    - How long the cruise is (in days)
    - Where the cruise departs from
    - A specific cruise ship
    - Where else the cruise is stopping

  4. Click the buttons or check boxes in the windows that pop up to make your choices, and then click Update Results to see what cruises match your new criteria.

    You can also click Clear Selections to remove all of your filters.

  5. When you see a cruise that you like, click on its title description. This will open up additional information about the dates it departs, where it stops, room rates, etc.Click on Select Date beside the date you want to leave on the cruise to start the booking process.

  6. The first thing you will need to do to book your cruise is decide what type of cabin you want. Click the two buttons at the top of the main window to switch between Oceanview and Balcony cabins.  (There may be other options, depending on the cruise line.)  Scroll down to see information about the cabins being offered, including their features and available rates. When you see a good rate for a cabin that you like, click Select Cabin Type beside it.

  7. You will now have to tell Expedia how many people will be staying in each cabin. Click the drop-down boxes labelled "Ages 21 and Up" and "Ages 0-20" and select how many adults and children, respectively, will be going on the cruise together. Then click See Cabins.

  8. Now, you will have to select the specific cabin that you want. The picture on the right side of the screen shows the layout of the ship and where each specific cabin on that deck is located.In the left side of the screen, click Select Cabin beside the cabin number that you want. If it says "Guaranteed Cabin", you are guaranteed a cabin of this type, but the specific number will be assigned to you when you check into the ship.

  9. Now, you will have to enter some general booking and billing information. We'll split it into two parts for you; let's start with the general information. Click the buttons in the screenshot below for an explanation of what information goes where.

     

    Title

    Click the drop-down menu and select the title commonly applied to your name (mister, missus, miss, doctor, etc.)

     

    First Name

    Click in this box and type in your first name.

     

    Last Name

    Click in this box and type in your last name.

     

    Citizenship

    Click the drop-down menu and select the country where you live.

     

    Date of Birth

    Click each drop-down menu here and select the month, day, and year that you were born, respectively.

     

    Gender

    Click the drop-down menu here and select your gender.

     

    Email Address

    Click in this box and type in the email address that you want Expedia to send your booking confirmation to.

     

    Phone Number

    Click the flag in this box and select your country (so Expedia and the cruise line knows what country code to use if they try to phone you), then click the box beside the flag and type in your phone number, so Expedia and the cruise line can contact you if need be.

     

    Dinner Seating

    Click the drop-down menu here to select what time you want to be seated for dinner (if you eat earlier or later). Choose “Anytime” if you don’t have a preference.

     

    Table Size

    Click the drop-down menu here to select how many other people you want at your dinner table. Select “Any Table Size” if you don’t have a preference.

  10. Now, let's move on to your billing information. Again, click the buttons in the screenshot below if you need help with what information goes where.

     

    Credit Card Number

    Click in this box and type in your credit card number as it appears on the front of your credit card, without any spaces.

     

    Card Type

    Click this drop-down menu and select the brand of credit card that you use.

     

    Expiration Date

    Click each of these drop-down menus to select, respectively, the month and year that your credit card expires.

     

    Card Identification Number

    Click this box and type in your credit card’s security code (usually 3 or 4 digits). Click the help button () next to this box if you need help finding this number on your credit card.

     

    Cardholder Name

    Click this box and type in your name exactly as it appears on your credit card.

     

    Country

    Click this drop-down menu and select what country you live in.

     

    Billing Address 1

    Click in this box and type in your street address.

     

    Billing Address 2

    If you live in a multi-address home, such as an apartment or condominium, you can click this box and type in your unit address. This is optional.

     

    City

    Click this box and type in the city where you live.

     

    State/Province

    Click this drop-down menu and select the region of your country in which you live.

     

    ZIP/Postal Code

    Click here and type in your mailing code.

  11. When you're all done, it might not be a bad idea to read some of the legal stuff by clicking the links in blue in the screenshot below, in order to double-check what you're getting into.When you're really ready, click Complete Booking.

Congratulations on booking a cruise through Expedia! Bon voyage!

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers

Expedia Cruise Ship Centers is a branch company of Expedia that specializes in putting together cruise packages for you. It's good if you want a much more detailed breakdown of everything you're getting when you book a cruise, but other than that, the booking process is pretty much the same as it is on Expedia's main website.

You can check it out by typing www.cruiseshipcenters.com into your web browser (or just clicking the blue link we've given you here).

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