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Caribbean on a Budget: Ten Great Ideas

Start a honeymoon registry. If you’ve already got more appliances and silverware than you’re ever going to use, set up a honeymoon registry to let your friends and family sponsor your trip. Just like a regular bridal registry, your loved ones can pick a piece of your trip that’s in your price range, such as one dinner in a fancy restaurant. Your travel agent keeps track of the registry, and sophisticated systems like HoneyLuna let you see who’s buying what. HoneyLuna, 415-332-5862. http://www.honeyluna.com

Visit a cruise consolidator. You can save money by experiencing the Caribbean on a cruise. You can save even more money by waiting until the last minute and plucking a great deal from a trip consolidator. They help cruise lines fill unsold cabins at unthinkable wholesale rates. If you’re not picky about where you end up, you could get a great deal on a fantastic vacation. Cruises-N-More, 800-733-2048. http://www.cruises-n-more.com

Subscribe to a deal watch newsletter. Online services like Orbitz and Travelocity will let you store a profile for your ideal trip, with a suggested trigger price that activates an e-mail alert. If the cost of your trip drops at any time, you’ll get a “now or never” alert from the system. Alternately, you can track many different deals and watch their prices displayed on a custom page or in a daily e-mail roundup. Orbitz, http://www.orbitz.com. Travelocity, http://www.travelocity.com

Join airline, hotel, and cruise line e-newsletters. Planes take off whether they’re empty or full. That’s why so many providers, like JetBlue, skip the consolidator and travel agent middlemen and make a effort to encourage travelers to book last minute travel with them directly. If your dates are flexible, you can save a great deal of money by purchasing these closeout fares. JetBlue, http://www.jetblue.com

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