Originally Posted by OldFartCruiser
Pete, does that mean booking a cruise after final payment date could be a good deal? I understand cabins open up with the final payment date. Couldn't there be some desirably cabins available at a discount.
O F C'er
Sometimes there can be. Again, it depends on supply and demand.
It's not like it use to be years ago where you could show up at the pier and purchase a last minute ticket, which often could result in a huge discount. Because of new security regulations, that's not possible anymore.
However, although you can no longer get such great deals as before, sometimes they do offer discounts within the last few weeks before sailing. Usually though, they are reserved for residents or seniors since, for the most part, those are the only ones who can travel without purchasing last minute expensive airfare or who are available to travel at the last minute. Obviously, most people just can't do this since they live to far away or have jobs or other commitments where they can't leave at the last minute. Most people have to make plans a long time in advance, so they're unable to take advantage of such deals. But those who can get away are occasionally rewarded with good deals just as long as you're not too particular about the cruise line, ship, sail date, or itinerary.
The last time we did something like this was when we got an opportunity on Thursday to sail on Sunday. To coin the phrase, they made us an offer we couldn't refuse. So we spent all day Friday getting our affairs in order, flew out on Saturday, and then on Sunday we left on a one-week cruise. While we got free airfare because our son works for United, the only standby space we could find was to Orlando on Saturday. So we had to rent a car, drive to Miami, and spend a night before the cruise. Crazy, but the price was definitely right.
Occasionally, you can get lucky. (That's what she said!)