What is the recomended way to get a cruise at the last minute? A couple months ago on Friday I tried to book a cruise leaving Saturday or Sunday out of the LA area. There were 3 or 4 with the right timeframe, I called the cruiselines involved and all were booked solid. Should I have called the travel agents instead? Is it a seasonal thing? Was I unlucky? Or is it rare that you can get a cruise a day in advance? I'd like to know if this is an option next time I am at loose ends for a week or two.