Is it better to book several months in advance or wait until closer to cruise departure date.And please noone answered my question about which Wesrtern Carribean Cruise to take (see earlier post).Carival-Elation or Rc's Rhapsody of the Seas?We are planning on a trip in May.
I book 8-10 months in advance and have gotten some good prices. The cruise I have booked for April 2005 I booked in June 2004. Its already gone up over $200/pp. I can't help you with either of those ships as I haven't sailed on them. I sailed on Carnival Inspiration last year and had a great time.
Celebrity Century 1/09
Carnival Destiny 10/07
Carnival Destiny 9/06
Monarch of the Seas 3/06
Carnival Inspiration 8/05
Carnival Miracle 4/05
Carnival Inspiration 4/04
Sovereign of the Seas 4/03
Prior to 9/11/01 you did best by booking early and then watch others pay more as the price went up the closer it got to sailing date. Immedaitely after 9/11/01 until mid 2004 you were better off waiting until the price dropped to bare minimum close to the sailing date. Since mid 2004 the prices have returned to normal and it is now better to book early again.
As for which ship, both are appealing to basically the same type of folks. I would advise you to read some of the current reviews of these two ships and see which one seems to fit you best. Either one should be fine though.