We picked October 25 just to get there sooner. Who wants to wait longer than she has to? Not us, obviously! I would have liked to book the October 4 sailing because 10/6 is Mom's birthday, but for some reason that week is more expensive (like Columbus Day, which only government and bank employees take off for, is a major occasion). With my BIL's birthday being November 3 he did not want me to be out of the country that week.
As you can see in my signature, I have to wait more than 7 months to experience what cruising is all about for the first time and visit the Bahamas.