Originally Posted by txwildflower2002
How far in advance can you book a cruise? I booked on the other day for December of 08. Do you think the original prices had gone up by then? I must say that I am a bit peeved at RCCL, as we tried to book onboard the Rhapsody, but it was next to impossible. I did not want to ruin the vacation I was on by waiting in long lines to book a new one. I wrote them when I returned to see if I could get the OBC if I booked then, with them. It was a NO, so I booked with an online company for $125 OBC and free dinner at portofinos. I lost $100 OBC from the cruise line , but I don't know what the prices were onboard. Could they have possiby been higher? Just wondering..................
I doubt it seriously. The cruise line won't start adjusting it's price more than a year in advance, not enough time has passed to see how the ship's inventory is selling. The cruise line does set it's initial price based on what it believes will motivate enough people to book early, and that is based on the ship's selling history, the itinerary and the time of year. That is why you can see hundreds of dollars in difference in prices on the same ship, same itinerary, but different week of the month.
BTW, you can call the future cruise specialist onboard an RCI ship from your cabin, make an appointment to meet with them to book your next cruise and not have to wait in a line.