When to Book a Cruise?
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CARNIVAL, Victory, 10/16, Western
RCCL, Oasis of the Seas, 02/16, Western
RCCL, Liberty of the Seas, 01/14, Western
CARNIVAL, Paradise, 01/13, Western
CARNIVAL, Dream, 11/12, Western
RCCL, Adventure of the Seas, 03/12, Southern
CARNIVAL, Dream, 12/11, Western
CARNIVAL, Pride, 10/11, Bermuda
CARNIVAL, Elation, 01/11, Western
RCCL,Freedom of the Seas, 09/10, Eastern
DISNEY, Magic, 5/09, Western
RCCL, Monarch of the Seas, 1/09, Bahamas
RCCL, Monarch of the Seas, 11/08, Bahamas
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 02/08, Bahamas
RCCL, Mariner of the Seas, 05/07, Eastern
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 12/06, Bahamas
RCCL, Sovereign of the Seas, 06/06, Bahamas
RCCL, Majesty of the Seas, 04/05, Bahamas
CELEBRITY, Century 04/02, Western
I always believe in booking early because the lowest price and highest price cabins go first along with those located in the best locations on the deck within each category. So if you want a good priced cabin in a good location I find it best to book sooner rather than later.
Book soon and if prices go down along the way. Call the CL or TA and get the discount/upgrade/cruise credit
I also book early so I get the cabin I like and then check for price drops up to final payment, however, the cruise lines make it harder and harder price wise to do that lately. But if you wait too long you run the risk of not getting a cabin in a category you can afford or the price increasing as their availability decreases. So book when you think you like the price and be happy.
I agree, i was worried I wouldn't but yesterday i saw a $38 pp drop in price and got a cruise credit!!
For most cruises we find between 90 and 70 days prior to cruise gives a good deal with a guaranteed grade cabin.
However our best deal ever was 2-hours before departure when I was on board the Odyssey of the Seas seeing friends off, found there was space and negotiated a $6400 suite for $1600 each for a 14 day spice island cruise out of Darwin. My husband had to drive 100 km to get to the ship in time but we made it and had our best cruise ever.
One thing we do now is to start to monitor which cruise we want from about 3 months out and see how the cabin allocation and prices are going to make our best judgement but you can bet no matter what price you get someone will get better but so long as you are happy with your deal thats the main thing. The only thing to be gained from talking to those who got a lower price is how they did it so you can improve next time!
I was looking for a suite for my friends and an inside for myself. There had been some great specials on this cruise 2 months out, but I was considering a different cruise and not ready to book. The prices 2 month out were slightly higher than last week, but only about $100 to $200 a cabin. And there were some specials on some cabin categories that never showed up again.
Now it is 5 weeks out. The really low price advertised was for the lowest level guarantee. The specials were available on limited cabins that were the least desirable. By the time I called the travel agent the specials were gone, but there were better cabins available. But the next morning the specials were back but the worst cabins. A few days later a 55+ special, but while I was trying to see if there were any better cabins or if I wanted to move up to a balcony the discount disappeared when I clicked to the next screen.
It seemed that if I booked on line I might have gotten a cabin cheaper but that by the time the TAs come in the price went up but the TA gives me an credit. So it evens out.
Confusing. You bet. Add to that the price of the airfare also changed a few times. The price was $100 a person higher during the day when I put the cabin on hold. Then, when I booked airfare in the evening, they had lowered the price. Somehow we caught a reasonable fare with only a few window coach seats left. We had to pick flights that might not have been our first choice because we were a month out. Now, less than a week later, there are no seats left in coach unless you are elite. I've had the opposite happen with airfare. I've watched and watched and jumped when the price came down, only to find it drop again and stay lower.
Conclusion. Decide what you are willing to pay. My husband thinks I am crazy for looking. He is happy with the cabin and that is that. As long as we pay a reasonable price. It is not worth all this for a few hundred dollars.
We are now 2 days out and the ship is sold out. Even with the threat of a tropical storm in the Caribbean, I guess no one is bailing.
However our best deal ever was 2-hours before departure when I was on board the Odyssey of the Seas seeing friends off, found there was space and negotiated a $6400 suite for $1600 each for a 14 day spice island cruise out of Darwin.So is it worth it to hang out at a port with your bags packed .....?
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