Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Deals. Cruise Questions and Answers! > Ask CruiseMates Staff
Register Forgot Password?

Ask CruiseMates Staff Got a question? Our staff will do its best to help.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 22nd, 2005, 01:06 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Posts: 8
Default Cabins selling out???

I have been watching the prices of the cruise we are booked on for September (Carnival Spirit) & recently the travel websites are showing that there are no inside, oceanview or suites available. Since the cruise is 6 months away, it seems early for the cruise to be selling out. So, my question is does this generally mean that the ship is booked close to capacity or is it some kind of marketing strategy used by the travel companies? We booked a balcony guarantee so I am hoping a full ship may increase our chances of an upgrade.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 22nd, 2005, 01:09 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,875
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

No - it is not early. The better cabins are the ones that are selling out early now - balconies especially. You still see the low "lead" rates like $499, but they are for the inside cabins no one wants.

Most ships are sailing full right now, and if you want a balcony in Alaska you had better book right away. They are going fast.

And I guess I missed your logic on a full ship increasing your chances of an upgrade.

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 22nd, 2005, 05:27 PM
Dorothy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 4,239
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

We booked a specific cabin (aft balcony) on the Miracle in January - 9 months before our cruise. Even though there weren't that many of those particular cabins, they were all sold out in the first category that offers aft Balcony (8C) and quickly sold out in the 8E category (which we got).

Anymore, booking waaaay far out seems to be the way of cruising. I'm already looking at a November 2006 cruise - although it's for a group cruise.

dorothy

__________________

Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 22nd, 2005, 06:19 PM
UConn1's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 2,033
Send a message via AIM to UConn1 Send a message via MSN to UConn1
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

I am also on the Spirit in September (Sept 21). We booked last September and I am surpised at how fast it is filling up. No inside cabins left, no Suites left (last time I looked). Looks as if I will have bunches of people to have fun with.

Jodi

Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 22nd, 2005, 06:40 PM
Kuki's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Right here :)
Posts: 22,384
Send a message via AIM to Kuki
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

It's quite possible that many cabins are being held by travel agents in "group bookings"... though normally when the ship starts getting close to sold out, Carnival calls back unsold space from agent.

__________________
C U @ C,
Kuki
CruiseMates' Staff Writer
- The Kuki Side of Cruising-
A new Blog post every Wednesday
http://www.cruisemates.com/blog/author/kuki/
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 23rd, 2005, 11:38 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Palmer, Massachusetts
Posts: 12,716
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

most likely the ship is filling up rapidly. 6 months out not considered a long way off when it comes to cruises, most start filling up 1 year in advance.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 24th, 2005, 08:28 AM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Posts: 303
Default Re: Re: Cabins selling out???

I hope you are referring to Alaska trips selling out for this summer not next summer.
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 24th, 2005, 08:40 PM
Dorothy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 4,239
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

Betcha money Alaska cruises for this summer are mostly sold out - at least the Holland my sister is on in May has been for some time.

I also bet they have LOTS of cabins already booked for next summer.

dorothy

__________________

Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation March 11
Carnival Imagination Sept 07
Carniival Sensation Dec 06
RCI Sovereign of the Seas Sept 06
Carnival Miracle Sept 05
Carnival Glory Sept 04
Carnival Fantasy Jan 04
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 25th, 2005, 11:27 AM
Kathy & Dave
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

If you had to settle for a different room than you originally wanted, I heard on a message board somewhere (can't remember which one), that it's a good idea to start checking about the time that "cancel w/o the penalty" kicks in. Worked for me, I got the aft balcony that I wanted because someone cancelled out.

It's nice to come here and pick up all these neat little tid-bits!

Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 31st, 2005, 10:15 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 366
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

Do ships keep waiting lists when they fill up? When the "cancel without penalty" date approaches, does the ship discount to fill, as they would assuredly have some cancellations? Is that time -- about 60 days out -- the best time to look for a bargain, just as Wednesday after midnight is supposed to be the time to book a flight.? I have read about folks transferring their cruise line direct booking to a TA who will guarantee them a lower rate if one appears -- is this a wise approach, or useless on cruises which are likely to sell out, like Alaskan cruises?
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old April 2nd, 2005, 03:12 PM
CruzCrazy
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: Cabins selling out???

I always book at least a year in advance. I get a better price and the cabin I want.

I'm booked for Jan 2006 and April 2006. Booked these on my Jan 2005 cruise and got a shipboard credit as well.

As soon as the 2007 cruises come out, I will book what I want as well.

Last minutes are good if you settle for an inside cabin or can afford a Penthouse Suite. Personally, I see nothing wrong with an inside cabin. I always book them, and I'm glad they are not that popular.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do I go about selling my cruise? dcdman67 Chit - Chat for Cruisers 9 November 13th, 2007 01:25 PM
anyone selling a used toursaver book? leo Alaska 3 March 15th, 2005 08:23 AM
Selling ship features,,not DavidB Travel Gripes! 10 October 13th, 2004 01:34 PM
Selling cruises Rafal Ask CruiseMates Staff 4 October 2nd, 2003 11:28 PM
selling out? how to know L Galloway Carnival Cruise Lines 3 April 7th, 2003 02:46 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:21 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1