What are the rules for booking a cruise short term? If I wanted to cruise in 2 weeks could I still book one? What is the cut off time? Plus would the cruise be cheaper since they might have to fill a cabin?
Dec 18, 2014 Caribbean Princess
June 1st 2015--- Denali Explorer Cruise on Star Princess!
The "official" policy is that you can book up to 72 hours before a cruise. Lately I have seen last minute specials advertised 48 hours before a cruise and heard second hand reports of people booking 24 to 36 hours before the cruise.
You can get some last minute specials but the stories of someone going to the pier and getting the Penthouse for $200 are in the category of Urban Legends. It won't say it never happened but..................
I too watch the last minute deals and wish that I could take advantage of some of them but airfare prevents me from doing so.
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As Mike said, "officially" it is 72 hours but they have occasionally accepted at 36 hrs. We have done it with a 36 hr timeframe but we also went through the program of booking with a crewmember in the friends and family program so that may be a little differant as well. As for bargains, probably not as they do not do any 'last minute' reductions like that to fill the ship. Almost all ships are sold out or overbooked or very close to sold out at sailing so what they do is if there is a spare cabin or more they usually find a cabin that needs upgrading and fix it that week while it is vacant.