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Are their any web sites they can tell us how full the ship is.  I have done dummy bookings but was hoping we could go to one site to get this information.

 

Thank you for your help

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To my knowledge I don’t think there is a website like that available. All cruise companies are secretive in reference to that subject. Very rarely does a cruise ship sail with empty cabins. On many sailings if the ship isn’t selling for whatever reason the empty cabins are discounted so the ship sails full. Since the economy is doing fairly well there really isn’t any reason to deeply discount cabins. Personally I normally book at least a year out to get the best prices.

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Nope. I am pretty sure that there is limit on how many rooms are returned on a call to keep from datamining that sort of thing.

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3 hours ago, Corby114 said:

To my knowledge I don’t think there is a website like that available. All cruise companies are secretive in reference to that subject. Very rarely does a cruise ship sail with empty cabins. On many sailings if the ship isn’t selling for whatever reason the empty cabins are discounted so the ship sails full. Since the economy is doing fairly well there really isn’t any reason to deeply discount cabins. Personally I normally book at least a year out to get the best prices.

 

Interesting. My first ever cruise was on the NCL Gem this past January, a 19 day Panama Canal cruise from NYC-LA booked 17 days out at a deeply discounted rate, then 5 days later the balcony price dropped even further to which I paid  the difference and booked it.

 

Another interesting fact. I just booked a Transpacific on the Jewel for this upcoming May at 52 days out and the price was deeply discounted. So much so that those that booked a year out are complaining about NCL treating them like crap with no price difference on-board credit, etc.

 

For me, I would never book months, or even a year, or years out unless I needed a particular cabin. However, I thought this was an interesting topic and did a few dummy bookings for the Jewel. The cruise before mine is a Japanese (Golden Week Cruise) lowest price is 4K for an inside cabin. The Golden Week is the 2nd most important holiday in Japanese Culture, with New Year being the most important (Hence why I believe you would probably never see that type of cruise deeply discounted). However, the cruise after mine a 7 day Alaskan (Northbound) cruise is priced at $824. When I look at that same cruise a year out sail away is sold out and the next inside cabin is priced out at $1530. So an almost 700 discount between the two cruises, might prove that even if an economy is doing fairly well "there is" a reason to deeply discount cabins. 

 

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interesting side note 

took my first cruise didnt know what to expect for my room wasn't feeling the best went to front desk asked if they had any extra larger rooms maybe with a window or balcony or any other rooms . they said come after fire drill test.

 

I did they pulled up my reservation and said sorry we are all sold out I belived at the time it had to do I was on a casino certificate.

 

so a few days into the cruise around midnight im sleeping I start hearing loud hammering and pounding above my room it doesn't stop so I call  down. they say they will check on it doesn't stop .get out of bed go to front desk find out there doin repairs to the kitchen above my room. after I bitched it stopped

 

they started again at 7 am. woken up again went to front desk and said they will long be making repairs till they get into shore they offers to switch my room out out if I wanted to. I guess they weren't really sold out

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Logically it stands to reason that a ship is never sold out 100% - there are always some cabins held back in

reserve for accidents maintenance (like the above post). These cabins are not likely to be suites or deluxe

accommodations - more on the order of Inside and Ocean View with maybe a balcony here and there.

 

When viewing the NCL website only a limited amount of cabins are shown in any category.

The same with the TA websites.

 

The BIG PICTURE of what is available and booked is no doubt a closely held proprietary business secret.

Never the less it doesn't hurt to call NCL or your TA and pester them to see if anything else is available.

 

Cancellations Upgrades and adjustments are made right up to sailing - changes after the Final Payment

period occur also regardless of the financial penalty to the reservation holder - insurance mitigates that

sometimes to nothing.

 

Hang in there right up to sailing - check back frequently and often !

 

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You have a better chance of securing a discounted room when the sailings are more than seven days. Many customers don’t have the vacation time for longer cruises, especially repositioning cruises which in some instances last longer than two weeks. Another scenario involves purchasing a cruise right after final payment is due which in some cases is up to seventy five days prior to sailing. At that time many customers for whatever reason cancel before final payment opening up cabins which were originally reserved. Those cabins are discounted because the companies would rather sail full than have empty cabins. Cruise lines make most of their profits on excursions, casino revenue,alcohol, and spa treatments. 

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Last year when I cruised with my sister in law she used costco travel. If you pull up their website you can see how many rooms are left. She checked all the time as we waited to hear about upgrades.

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