Great post Marty.. so the answer is take your chance at that moment in time, pay for it and go and enjoy your cruise.
If not.... then as a person you will not always think on the plus side ie , yes I'm here and try to enjoy, but you could have done it cheaper this experience, so you dont enjoy
, get over it and enjoy your vacation.
BUT, and I have a Big butt
lulu48, that's what they actually present when offering deals, but in reality it does not happen. There is a big difference from filling 200 seats on a plane to 3,000 on a ship. But agreed they have got their pricing policy for early bookers into reality.
Yes. give the people that book a year or so in advance the best ever discount available and not based on a count down for sold or not sold cabins X months later via TA's until sailing.
If these people are putting their hard earned cash up front, they should get the best discounts available for that ship. But that does not happen as they have to please the TA's and their expected mark up on the price you pay.