Thanks for replying!
Yesterday while I was at the travel agency I couldn´t believe I was sitting there talking about cruises that were one year away. All I could think to myself was "is this normal?" and from your replies, I guess it is. The travel agent said "the more important ship, destination and cabin is, the earlier you should book." I guess she is right.
Tweety´s comment about airfare hit home here. There some wonderful cruises available last minute but the airfare was a disaster for both US based cruises and European. I forgot to ask about package last minute deals...will have to do that next time.